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MHA, Health Care Leadership, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Administration

The MHA Health Care Leadership specialization focuses on effective change management and the development of high-performance teams in complex, dynamic health care environments. The specialization curriculum emphasizes evidencebased best practices for change leadership, coaching, team collaboration, and professional development that build a continuous learning system for sustainable health care delivery. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue director-level and leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn an MHA through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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Core courses:

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
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
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
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
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
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-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






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.