Students enrolled in the MHA program will take a total of 36 credit hours – 30 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of elective courses.
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
|IPE 7000 Introduction to Interprofessional Scholarly Studies||3|
|HSA 7200 Foundations of Health Care Administration||3|
|IPE 7120 Organizational Leadership & Policy in Health Care||3|
|IPE 7050 Evidence-Based Practice for the Health Professional||3|
|HSA 7225 Strategic Planning in Health Care Administration||3|
|IPE 7400 Health Care Informatics and Technology Management*||3|
|HSC 7460 Accounting & Finance||3|
|HSA 7250 Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior for Healthcare Administrators||3|
|HSA 7260 Operations & Quality Management in Health Care||3|
|Elective Course or Specialization Course||3|
|Capstone (Integrated Field Experience|
Elective Course or Specialization Course
*Students can select any 2 of the 4 specialization courses
|Elective Courses (min 6 credits hours)||Credit Hours|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
|IPE 7421 Interprofessional Approaches to Regional and Global Population Health||3|
|HSC 7470 Legal and Regulatory Issues||3|
|HSA 7455 Special Topics||3|
MHA Course Descriptions
IPE7000 Introduction to Interprofessional Scholarly Studies
This course provides the student with a foundation for success in a post-professional program. Emphasis is on interprofessional communication and collaboration, ethical decision making, location and use of scientific evidence, professional writing including prevention of inadvertent plagiarism, and resources available to students to support their learning and success in the post professional program.
IPE 7120 Organizational Leadership & Policy in Health Care
There are many opportunities for healthcare organizations and/or their unitary departments to employ strategies to affect the challenges and enhance the outcomes found in today’s healthcare delivery system. The course introduces students to various concepts and tools necessary for understanding operationalization of health service delivery and the effect on performance outcomes, including leadership competencies that support interprofessional collaboration, process improvement, health policy and regulation, and project and quality management. Students will discover the essential relationship linking operations and quality management and develop metrics for monitoring daily operations within their field.
HSA 7200 Foundations of Health Care Administration
Students investigate and analyze the changing landscape of the health care environment and the factors affecting the practice of health care administration. Students consider stakeholders in a variety of settings to establish a framework for scholarly investigation of effective strategies for health care administrators in practice. Particular emphasis will include the importance of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and diversity. The course introduces students to techniques applied by successful health care administrators, such as setting goals and managing time, as well as the attitudes and motivation required for success as a health care manager, administrator, and leader.
HSA 7225 Strategic Planning in Healthcare Administration
Through this course, students gain an understanding of the importance and process of formulating, implementing, and evaluating a strategic plan. They examine the role of strategic planning in achieving organizational performance, as well as the notion of planning as a cyclical process within the health care organization. Students also explore key concepts in strategic planning, including identifying the relationship of the plan to the organization’s mission, values, and vision; assessing the competition; identifying external influences and resources; forecasting trends in organizational performance; setting goals; selecting strategies; implementing marketing actions; identifying implications of the strategic plan on organizational finances and human resources; and evaluating the plan’s progress. Students apply course concepts, including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, as they research and develop components of a strategic plan for a specific health care organization.
HSA7250 Human Resources and Organizational Development in Healthcare
Using a systematic approach, students address the role of human resources in healthcare organizations. Students gain an understanding of key roles in planning for workforce needs and aligning with strategic goals of the organization. Students examine organizational behavior and dynamics, as well as leadership principles to help navigate change. Students analyze through theory and practice of managing individuals and groups through motivation, communication, teamwork, collaboration, leadership, organizational change, negotiation, and conflict management and resolution.
HSC 7460 Organizational Finance Accounting & Financing
This course provides accounting methods and traditional financial management concepts for health care managers using the basic tools of health care financial decision-making. Topics include financial reporting statements, cost concepts and decision-making, budgeting techniques, cost variance analysis, time valuing of money procedures, capital acquisition, debt and equity financing, and working capital cash management.
IPE 7050 Evidence-Based Research for the Healthcare Professional
This course provides an overview of the evidence-based practice process to prepare the health care professional as a consumer of scientific evidence for decision making. A process for formulating a practice question and conducting literature searches for existing evidence is included, as well as an overview of the research process for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research with emphasis on the critical appraisal of evidence for determination of inclusion in a literature synthesis related to a practice question. The discussion of biostatistics focuses on determining the appropriateness of the statistical analysis and interpretation of the statistical results in the critically appraised research evidence. Finding and critically appraising research summaries, such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-syntheses, and clinical practice guidelines is included. Effectively implementing, evaluating, and disseminating an evidence-based change process is discussed.
HSA 7375 Healthcare Informatics and Technology Management
Students in this course learn how integrated, computer-based information systems can enable the assessment and documentation of costs and quality. They also learn how these systems can inform decisions that improve care, allow for better management of medical records, enhance supply inventory and management, and improve vendor contracting and management. Students engage in weekly discussions and assignments designed to provide practical applications of content, focusing on electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry; linked information systems across episodes of care; integrated financial and clinical information systems; linkages among electronic information access systems; and web-based systems for increasing consumer knowledge, confidentiality of information systems, organizational compliance, and data sets.
HSC 7200 – Information Literacy for Evidence-Based Practice
Information literacy is an important skill for evidence-based practice. It incorporates such skills as recognizing when information is needed, searching for information (including developing a research question and creating a search strategy), incorporating new information into an already established knowledge base, and using information ethically and legally. Multiple studies show that one of the most prominent barriers to evidence-based practice among clinicians is limited search skills combined with difficulty accessing evidence. This course can help students develop the information literacy skills they need to incorporate evidence into their practices. The course will also teach students how to use the University of St. Augustine library’s online resources specifically, and help clinicians identify what information resources are available to them beyond the University of St. Augustine.
IDS 7455 – Independent Study
To receive academic credit for a University course, you attend the seminar (if there is one) and then do an assignment that is developed and proposed for approval by your committee and any course advisor to obtain the number of credits listed in the Catalog. The format for an independent study proposal may be used for University course assignment proposals. The assignments for learners are thus largely self-directed. You have 1 trimester (15 weeks) to complete each approved assignment.
HSC 7470 – Legal and Regulatory Issues
This course investigates the legal and regulatory environment of the health services industry. Case law, statutory and regulatory analysis, and trends in health services delivery law will be analyzed in context of implications among major stakeholder groups (providers, patients, administrators, third party payers, and health care organizations). Topics include civil and criminal law, ethics, contract law, antitrust, malpractice, human resources/personnel laws, managed care laws, professional and University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 146 corporate liability, information management/medical records, patient safety and mandatory reporting issues, patients’ rights and responsibilities, among others.
HSA 6260 7260 Operations and Quality Management in Health Care
There are many opportunities for healthcare organizations and/or their unitary departments to employ strategies to affect the challenges and enhance the outcomes found in today’s healthcare delivery system. This course familiarizes the student to a framework of various concepts and tools necessary for understanding the operationalization of health service delivery processes and their effect on performance outcomes. The development of leadership performance competencies that support interprofessional collaboration in organizational health care delivery systems, process improvement, and project and quality management will be emphasized. Through clinical and service quality planning, control and improvement initiatives, outcomes will demonstrate that quality improvement is a strategic mandate. Students will discover the essential relationship linking operations and quality management and the importance and use of metrics in daily operations.
HSA 6497 Capstone Project II
This is an integration of the knowledge and skills appropriate to a student’s specialty area or area of interest. By applying theory and practice, students have the opportunity to explore various approaches relating to the delivery and administration of healthcare services. Under advisement of a faculty member, the student has two options in completing this project. One option is to identify unique and significant problems in the administration of health services and develop one publishable case report. The second option is to develop one publishable article related to critical issues in the delivery of health care today.
HSA 6300 Externship and Consultation
Students in this course may be required to pass a background check in order to fulfill the requirements to be placed within a University-approved healthcare organization. Effective leadership in today’s dynamic healthcare system lends itself to exposing the student to experiential learning in a variety of health service delivery settings. The student is placed under the supervision of an approved healthcare manager/administrator who will lead and mentor the student. The student will be integrated into the leadership team and function as a contributor as approved by the mentor. Exposure to administrative activities not limited to daily functions, planning, and implementation, controlling, analyses and decision-making will provide experiential learning for synthesis of programmatic coursework.
HSA 6325 Advanced Practice in Business
This interdisciplinary course will provide a real-world overview and exploration of basic business skills and principles necessary for preparing for and starting a healthcare business. A developmental continuum from idea generation to launch is discussed. Business strategies are examined to provide the learner with critical thinking skills necessary to become successful in the launching of a business within the health care industry. The advantage of entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving is reviewed. The course investigates substantive strategic marketing concepts and the process utilized to analyze, develop, implement and evaluate the business/practice environment. Emphasis will be placed on objective planning and evaluating metrics for success through interdisciplinary team collaboration. The intricacies of legal considerations, finance and accounting strategies and human resource management are not the focus of this course. Students will have the opportunity to develop key components of a business plan for a new business venture.
HSA 6350 Marketing and Communication in Healthcare
Students in this course analyze the four P’s of marketing—product, price, place, and promotion—and how they affect the five P’s of healthcare marketing: physicians, patients, payers, public, and politics. The interrelationship of a healthcare organization’s strategic plan, business plan, and marketing plan is analyzed and social marketing will also be an area of focus. Students will practice effective oral and written business communication skills. The importance of interpersonal and interprofessional communication for improved effectiveness across the organization’s interdisciplinary continuum that includes communication related to patient care delivery, operational processes, human resources management and organizational administration.