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MHA, General Health Administration, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The MHA General Health Administration specialization synthesizes the fundamental concepts, principles, and processes presented in the core curriculum with the concepts, principles, and processes associated with general health administration and process improvement. The specialization curriculum includes practice-based explorations and collaborative group experiences in a choice of health administration specialization topics, including human capital management, health care consumerism and marketing, facilities and capital asset management, comparative models of global health systems, health care policy drivers, and policy and legislative development processes. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue careers as supervisors, managers, and directors in various health care settings, such as health clinics, hospitals, and ambulatory care health facilities, with an emphasis on general health administration. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn an MHA through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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Twelve Required Courses

 

 

At least 24 program points

Core courses:

NHS-FPX5004
Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners

This course prepares learners for master’s-level coursework in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze how the role of the practitioner-scholar guides leadership in the health care field and determine the ways in which they can effectively use communication strategies expected of health care professionals. In particular, learners examine the attributes that contribute to effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken by learners in their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5006
Health Care Finance and Reimbursement

Learners in this course gain knowledge of and apply financial management concepts, principles, and processes used in health care organizations. Learners examine accounting, financial statements and ratios, budgeting, capitalization, cost allocation, reimbursement methodologies and processes, and the impact of varying reimbursement structures on health care practice and service delivery. Learners also design, prepare, and manage health care budgets; analyze short- and long-term health care investment decisions; and articulate the ways effective health care finance and accounting processes are used to present operational and strategic financial information to organizational stakeholders.​

2 program points
MHA-FPX5010
Strategic Health Care Planning

In this course, learners examine strategic orientation, planning, and decision making in health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, demographical, and multicultural implications of strategic planning decisions and how those decisions impact communities and populations, define best practices for health care organization staff development, and balance the prioritization of organizational and regulatory needs with feasible cost-effective solutions. Learners also develop a long-term strategic health care plan that includes information on human resource requirements, technology needs, and financial implications.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5012 *
Organizational Leadership and Governance

Learners in this course examine and articulate the fundamental concepts and principles of health care organization management and leadership, including governance, cost-effective decision making, and managing and leading stakeholders and staff. Learners identify best practices for mobilizing, managing, and improving employee, organization, stakeholder, and community commitment and for creating employee-centered organizations that foster professional and organizational accountability. Learners also analyze an organizational leadership structure and governance plan and examine how to apply team leadership skills to initiate change. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MHA-FPX5010.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5017
Data Analysis for Health Care Decisions

Learners in this course gain and apply an understanding of how data drives decision making at every level of health care administration, including in value-based reimbursement as well as operations and outcomes. Learners identify ways to use data analysis tools and techniques in the pursuit of value, quality, and safety. Throughout the course, learners use readings, media presentations, and real-world examples to analyze a particular foundational statistical concept and related practical application.

2 program points
NHS-FPX6004
Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

2 program points
NHS-FPX6008
Economics and Decision Making in Health Care

This course helps learners develop and demonstrate concepts, principles, issues, and trends in health care economics and the economic decision-making practices employed in the health care environment. Learners analyze the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, demographical, and multicultural implications of business decisions on health care economics; explore the ways economic and stakeholder influences affect operational planning and decision making; and practice applying performance monitoring and process management measures as part of the decision-making process. Learners also examine cost-effective problem solving; community- and population-based orientation; and effective use of health care market research, analysis, and assessment.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5020 *
Health Administration Capstone

In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in their specialization area by selecting a health care problem in their specific area of interest, conducting a data analysis, and finally, proposing evidence-based recommendations for resolution. Throughout the course, learners practice three key industry-identified competency groups—transformation, execution, and people. For MHA learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points

Specialization courses:

MHA-FPX5014 *
Health Care Quality, Risk, and Regulatory Compliance

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of concepts, principles, processes, and issues associated with health care quality, risk, and regulatory compliance. Learners examine performance measures associated with quality of care, patient safety, risk management, regulatory standards and compliance, and patient and stakeholder satisfaction and conduct a cost benefit analysis based on these factors. Learners also evaluate the impact of regulatory demands on health care organizations and environments and integrate health care market analysis and scorecard results into formal and informal designs for process improvement and organizational fitness. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5010, NHS-FPX6008.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5016 *
Introduction to Health Information Systems

Learners in this course develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use health information systems and technology in health care organizations and environments. Learners differentiate between administrative, clinical, management, and decision-support information technology tools; design and evaluate short-and longterm IT management projects; and analyze the budgetary and financial concerns associated with implementing IT management projects. Learners also demonstrate best practices and industry standards of health information systems management into professional practice, with an emphasis on effective staff management and organizational performance. Prerequisite(s): NHS-FPX5004, NHS-FPX6008.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5028 *
Comparative Models of Global Health Systems

In this course, learners identify, analyze, and compare world health care systems and the challenges associated with them. Learners also demonstrate knowledge of the costs and benefits of implementing and measuring quality improvement programs intended to address community and global health system needs. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5006, MHA-FPX5010, completion of or concurrent registration in MHA-FPX5012, NHS-FPX6004, NHS-FPX6008.

2 program points

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

MHA-FPX5022 *
Human Capital Management in Health Care

In this course, learners examine concepts, principles, and processes for human capital management in order to create employee-centered health care organizations. In particular, learners develop a human capital strategy for a health care organization that considers organizational needs, budgets, and environmental forces. Specific course topics include employee recruitment, retention, influence, and accountability; staff development; and workforce optimization. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5006, MHA-FPX5010, NHS-FPX6004, NHS-FPX6008.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5026 *
Facilities and Capital Asset Management

In this course, learners examine and apply concepts and processes used to optimize facilities and capital asset management in health care organizations. Learners analyze obsolescence and routine maintenance in facility operations; synthesize formal and informal decision-making structures and power relationships; plan, execute, and evaluate short- and long-term capital projects; and identify ways to incorporate research, communication, and collaboration into professional practice, with an emphasis on targeting the capital needs, including financing of capital and capital budgeting for the health care organization. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5006, MHA-FPX5010, NHS-FPX6004, NHS-FPX6008.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5040 *
Health Administration Change Leadership

Learners investigate evidence-based approaches to change leadership, process management, and organizational design in complex, dynamic health care environments. Learners apply analytical and innovative thinking to complex problems related to guiding change by using knowledge of theory and past trends to develop effective solutions. Learners assess their own ability to manage change and identify stretch goals for their future development in change leadership.  Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5010.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5042 *
Team Development and Personal Leadership in Health Care Settings

In this course, learners receive personalized coaching and apply coaching techniques in a real-world setting. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of talent development, team leadership, professionalism, and interpersonal understanding in health care organizations. Learners evaluate their own leadership skills through introspective investigation, reflection, and coaching, and then use these skills to construct their own personal leadership plan. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5010.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5062
Health Care Delivery: New Environments in Health Informatics

Learners in this course investigate the changing technological environment facing today’s hospital leaders. Throughout the course, learners explore the many health information systems and applications now used by health care organizations, as well as examine the myriad rules, regulations, and government influences paramount to health informatics.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5064
Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design for Administrators

In this course, learners examine the many aspects of health care information systems, including project management, data, and database concepts as components of systems analysis and design. Learners evaluate, analyze, and classify various systems in order to gain a better understanding of their inner workings. Learners also research and apply current trends in health care informatics. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5062.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5066
Cornerstones of Health Informatics for Organizational Operations

In this course, learners examine cornerstones of health informatics, including security, confidentiality, and the maximization of organizational operational efficiency, for health care administrators. Learners investigate topics such as workflow, implementation, go-live support, and information management. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5062.

2 program points
MHA-FPX5068
Leadership, Management, and Meaningful Use of Health Care Technology

In this course, learners analyze leadership and management principles used in health informatics. Learners examine the alignment of information technology with clinical operations, as well as the meaningful use of health care technology in effective organizational communications. In addition, learners identify and articulate ethical and legal policies and procedures for end users. Prerequisite(s): MHA-FPX5062.

2 program points
PM-FPX5018
Project Management Foundations

In this cross-disciplinary course, learners analyze the fundamentals of project management and gain an overview of project management standards and their applicability to managing projects, with an emphasis on management methodologies and frameworks, including those defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Learners have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning by bringing in a workplace project, or they may use the project provided in the course. Learners cultivate effective project management leadership skills, including project politics and ethics and collaboration.

2 program points

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 24 program points

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.