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MS in Human Resource Management, Health Care, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The Health Care specialization provides learners with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage strategic human resources management (HRM) functions in a health care organization’s legal and regulatory environment. Learners develop competencies in how to help manage the health care employee experience which include workforce planning, talent utilization and development, a high-performance culture, and employee wellness. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn an MS in Human Resource Management through self-demonstration of competencies.

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Core courses:

Survey of Human Resource Management in Practice

This course is a survey of contemporary perspectives in the field of human resource management. Learners apply competencies developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in order to support people, the workplace, and an organization. Learners integrate legal and ethical standards into human resource policies and practices. Learners also address the role of the HR practitioner in the alignment of operational and strategic approaches. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Human Resource Management degree program, FlexPath option. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5055 *
Comprehensive Reward Systems

In this course, learners examine compensation models and their application in organizations, which includes both direct and indirect rewards. Learners also discuss compensation strategies and their link to designing an effective organization. Learners further explore how compensation structures are developed and applied as well as the different strategic roles of rewards in developing an effective workforce. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002. 

2 program points
HRM-FPX5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or current registration in HRM-FPX5002; or HRM-FPX5310.​

2 program points
HRM-FPX5065 *
Employment Law in the Successful Workplace

Learners gain an understanding of the application of U.S. law and legislation to human resource management theory and practice in the modern workplace. Learners evaluate historical perspectives on law and labor relations and the impact of context on practice. Learners identify the value of aligning organizational mission, legal compliance, and ethical practices. Learners also assess methods by which the HRM professional can resolve conflict and defuse or mitigate potentially litigious situations while enhancing productivity. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5070 *
Workplace Learning in the Digital Age

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the role of the HR professional in talent development, theories and models of learning, learning styles, and ways to design and manage the learning process. Learners apply a strategic approach to workplace learning to align the organization’s strategy with learning programs and demonstrate learning strategies and practices which meet the needs of employees and the organization. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5080 *
Evidence-Based Decision Making for HR Professionals

In this course, learners apply evidence-based models of decision making to  advocate and support HR strategies and practices. Learners use qualitative and quantitative data in HR decision making to influence organizational stakeholders and incorporate storytelling to provide compelling advocacy for HR programs, practices, and projects. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5090 *
Retaining and Engaging Employees for the Modern Workforce

In this course, learners apply models of employee motivation, thriving, and engagement in the workplace to create the employee experience. Learners also analyze the ways in which culture, employee and leader behavior impact strategic retention. Finally, learners assess the influence of technology and evidence-based practices on employee lifecycle, engagement, and positive employee and organizational outcomes. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002 or HRM-FPX5310.

2 program points

Specialization courses:

HRM-FPX5401 *
The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Health Care

Learners in this course study the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of health care and the impact on human resource management. Learners examine health care delivery systems, revenue sources, laws, regulations, ethics, and compliance requirements, including ways to support and mitigate risk in the complex health care environment.  Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002, HRM-FPX5065.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5402 *
Planning, Sourcing, and Developing Talent in Health Care Organizations

In this course, learners examine talent acquisition, employee development, and workforce planning in health care organizations. Learners analyze, develop, and apply models and approaches for the unique needs of health care talent management.  Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002, HRM-FPX5060, HRM-FPX5401.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5403 *
Transforming the Employee Experience in Health Care

Learners analyze human resource (HR) practices to retain and engage the health care workforce. Learners investigate HR's role in organizational transformation and supporting positive patient outcomes by creating a culture of quality, high performing, and engaged employees. Learners also strengthen their understanding on how HR supports employee health and wellness. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002, HRM-FPX5090, HRM-FPX5401.

2 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter: 

HRM-FPX5960 *
HRM Capstone: Improving and Transforming HR Practice

This is an integrative course for learners in the MS in Human Resource Management degree program. Learners synthesize and integrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills acquired throughout the program by developing and implementing a final project that demonstrates critical thinking, creativity, and practical application of program content. Learners apply models and best practices in human resource management to achieve desired project outcomes. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

2.5 program points






At least 22.5 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.