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MBA Healthcare Management program curriculum

Our MBA Healthcare Management program curriculum is designed by academic experts and healthcare professionals with extensive first-hand experience in the field. Its career-focused syllabus consists of an orientation and 12 graduate-credit courses, each of which has its own comprehensive learning guide. Exploring supplied texts, conducting independent research, and consulting outside sources, you will engage with hands-on activities and projects that challenge you to address real-world issues.

Semester 1

MB600 - Orientation  

This non-credit orientation is a foundation-building experience that introduces and refreshes the skills necessary for success in your Master's Degree 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 Business Administration.

MB601 - Strategic Management  

Plan for increased productivity. Learn about the organization, its structure, and its relationship to the economic, political, and social environments surrounding it. Examine theories and guidelines for dealing with geopolitical events, consumer trends, and new developments in information technology. You'll study a model of strategic management using the "strategic audit" as an approach to addressing complex organization-wide issues.
Credit Hours: 3

MG641 - Marketing Management  

Discover how marketing serves as a foundation for making critical decisions related to identifying customers, delineating which needs to satisfy, developing products and services that satisfy these needs, setting prices, using appropriate communications, staging sales promotions, managing the sales force, selecting channels of distribution, maintaining funding and coordinating partnerships. Concepts presented are directed to the marketplace realities of the 21st century, including global marketing.
Credit Hours: 3

MA610 - Managerial Accounting  

Integrate accounting data into your decision-making process. Managerial accounting is an essential tool that enhances managers' abilities to make sound decisions. You'll examine concepts and procedures of managerial accounting from the user's viewpoint, how they are typically applied in real-world situations, and see the role they play in improving the decision-making process within all types of organizations. Also discussed are issues in cost basics, cost management systems, planning and control, and product costing.
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

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

MF620 - Financial Statement Development and Analysis  

Use financial data to your advantage. Learn what financial disclosures contain and how they effect management decision-making, plus the principles and economic factors behind publicly reported disclosures, their limitations and constraints, and how to analyze them. You'll examine research methods and how they help you convert raw data into useful information that influences decisions about financial performance, wealth creation and economic valuation.
Credit Hours: 3

MH684 - Managed Health Care  

This course provides the basic concepts of Managed Health Care. It is formulated not only for the experienced health care professional who has not worked in managed care, but also for the individual just entering the health care profession. Students are introduced to how managed care has evolved, with a broad look at many of its component parts. The course also examines managed care regulation and offers some predictions for its future.
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

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Program description

The purpose of the MBA program is to provide a learning experience that students can readily transfer into everyday practice in their careers and businesses. 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 MBA program includes core courses in general functional areas and covers general management and administration skills that can be applied toward any field or industry. The program builds upon the core curriculum by focusing on advanced topics in business administration.

Program objectives

Graduates of the general MBA program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Broaden the base of business administration knowledge, smoothing the transition from specialist to generalist.
  2. Utilize an expanded business vocabulary by exploring the functional and specialty areas of business.
  3. Conceptualize the impact of strategic decisions on various functional areas of business and evaluate business- and corporate-level strategies.
  4. Perform market segmentation, SWOT, and competitive analyses to take advantage of changes in the marketing environment and advances in technology.
  5. Apply cost management tools and techniques to managerial decision making.
  6. Develop overall leadership and team building skills to become a more effective change agent and achieve desired business outcomes.
  7. Analyze the various functions of a human resources department, and examine the interaction between the human resource department and other departments to develop and implement corporate strategy.
  8. Analyze the financial disclosures required to effectively evaluate a business and make appropriate strategic decisions.
  9. Evaluate the legal issues arising in the operation of a typical business and apply legal concepts in making and implementing business decisions.
  10. Examine the concepts of entrepreneurship and small business to include identifying new business opportunities; analyzing markets, customers, and product risks/benefits; developing marketing and financial plans.
  11. Strategically and functionally examine the development of a business from domestic to international, and evaluate the impact of diverse cultures on international business processes, strategies, and human resource management issues.
  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 employee behaviors and business operations in a competitive environment.
  14. Research and analyze the competitive environment of an industry, recommend product, business, and strategic positioning changes within the industry, and develop associated strategic plans.

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