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Online MHA degree program curriculum

Our online MHA degree program curriculum provides a high degree of specialization in healthcare administration. As you progress through classes designed by academic experts and healthcare professionals, you will engage with hands-on activities, address real-world issues, and develop expert healthcare competencies that you can readily transfer into your everyday practice.

Semester 1

MH600 - Orientation  

This non-credit orientation is a foundation-building experience that introduces and refreshes the skills necessary for success in your Graduate Certificate Program. You'll learn how to navigate ProQuest, Ashworth College's online library, and review the distinguishing characteristics of academic journals and other publications. Internet research skills are polished enabling you to identify credible and unbiased Web sites for your research. Emphasis is placed on submission requirements, project structures, and writing formats used throughout your coursework, and APA writing style. The final portion of this course provides you the opportunity to research and explore the various career fields in the world of Health Care Administration.
Credit Hours: non-credit

MH601 - Survey of the Health Care System  

This course presents the concepts and principles of public health practices within the health care system. It begins by exploring broad principles and then shifts focus to substantive topics and issues within the public health field, including the development of public health practices, the determinants of health status, legal aspects, and the public health information systems. Special attention is given to the tools needed to effectively manage a typical health department and the role of the public health department in a variety of environments.
Credit Hours: 3

MH640 - Health Care Marketing  

This course is a comprehensive introduction to current marketing theories and practices within the health care system. Health care industry applications are featured with highlighted examples from some of the most successful and noteworthy marketing experts at performing this complex function, which is part art, part science, and always somewhat dependent upon a combination of knowledge and wisdom that is nearly impossible to codify or quantify.
Credit Hours: 3

MH681 - Health Care Human Resource Management  

This course is an overview of the various functions of a human resource management department, including staffing, recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, and more. Each area is examined with a focus on current trends and the role of HR as an integral part of the administrative team in health care organizations. The movement of the human resource management function to a strategic level is also discussed. Special emphasis is given to these functions with respect to the dynamics of the health care industry.
Credit Hours: 3

MB661 - Leadership and Motivation  

Develop your leadership potential. Discover the qualities, talents, and vision that leaders need to survive and grow in a changing world. You'll examine how today's theories of leadership and motivation have evolved, and how leadership concepts and motivational techniques are applied in a wide variety of business environments. Case studies reveal how executives and other decision makers lead, motivate and succeed.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

MH682 - Medical Sociology  

This course provides a broad overview of the health service delivery system as viewed by the social scientist. It examines the rich contribution that medical sociological research has made to our understanding of changing professional roles, health care institutional values, and the socio-cultural influences that affect medical treatment of patients. The course introduces the student to socio-medical concepts such as the sick role, socio-medical stress, illness behavior, social control of medical power, and life-style influences in examining the social factors that affect health and the treatment of disease.
Credit Hours: 3

MH685 - Health Care Security  

This course examines issues surrounding the security and protection of health care environments. The student will be exposed to the uses and disclosures of identifiable health information, as permitted by security and privacy issues, regulations, legislations, and accreditation standards in the health care environment. The basis for confidentiality in health care systems will be introduced to provide an assessment of physical security requirements, as well as security of databases, networks and systems design.
Credit Hours: 3

MH683 - Information Management  

Information Management examines the fundamentals of health information management, including the functions of obtaining, managing, and utilizing data for computer-based systems. This course provides the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to implement, facilitate, and coordinate information management activities.
Credit Hours: 3

MH688 - Health Care Economics and Financial Management  

This course examines the application of economics, finance, and accounting principles to health care organizations. The initial focus of the course involves a discussion of economics, which provides the health care professional with the tools to understand both the behaviors of the major participants in the health care system in the United States and the evolution of the managed care system. Managerial and financial accounting are then described, with a particular emphasis on the budgeting process and financial reporting, followed by a review of ratio analysis. The course concludes with a series of topics of special interest to the health care professional, including grant writing, business plan development, and international health care economics.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program description

The purpose of the Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration program is to provide a learning experience that students can readily transfer into everyday practice in their careers within the field of healthcare. Performance competency (skill- and knowledge-developing projects) and affective development (value-challenging experiences) are emphasized. Projects focus on enhancing the following skills: Internet, primary, and secondary research; software (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management); creative; decision making; project and people management; analytical; synthesis; integrative; conceptual; and communication. The program is designed to provide a high degree of specialization within the area of healthcare administration, with an in-depth understanding of advanced concepts, knowledge and skills.

Program objectives

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Examine the emerging challenges that are transforming the healthcare administration landscape.
  2. Utilize an expanded vocabulary by exploring the functional and specialty areas of healthcare administration.
  3. Examine the components of healthcare services in the United States and analyze the current issues, trends, and limitations of healthcare administration.
  4. Apply marketing theories and practices to the healthcare industry.
  5. Examine the human resource management functions within the healthcare industry.
  6. Develop overall leadership and team building skills to become a more effective change agent and achieve desired business outcomes.
  7. Analyze the social science perspective of the health service delivery system and the contribution of medical sociology to our understanding of the roles, values, and sociocultural influences that affect the medical treatment of patients.
  8. Evaluate the threats, vulnerabilities, and importance of physical and information security in the healthcare industry.
  9. Examine the fundamentals of healthcare system information management including electronic health records.
  10. Apply economic, finance, and accounting principles to healthcare institutions.
  11. Review and analyze managed care regulation and the components of managed care systems in general.
  12. Manage large and small business projects, to include developing timelines to guide completion, writing associated reports, and utilizing project management software.
  13. Evaluate ethical and legal issues relevant to the policies, practices, and management of healthcare delivery in a competitive environment.
  14. Examine the principles of public health practices, the role of the public health department, and the tools needed to effectively manage a typical health department.

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