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Health Care Informatics Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Twelve Required Courses

 

 

48 quarter credits

Core courses:

NHS5004
Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners

This course prepares learners for master’s-level course work 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 during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
MHA5006
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.

4 quarter credits
MHA5010
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 costeffective solutions. Learners also develop a long-term strategic health care plan that includes information on human resource requirements, technology needs, and financial implications

4 quarter credits
MHA5012 *
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 MHA5010.

4 quarter credits
MHA5017
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.

4 quarter credits
NHS6004
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.

4 quarter credits
NHS6008
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.

4 quarter credits
MHA5020 *
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.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

MHA5062
Health Care Delivery: New Environments in Health Informatics

Learners in this course investigate the changing technological environment facing today’s hospital leaders. Throughout the course, learners explore the many health information systems and applications now used by health care organizations, as well as examine the myriad rules, regulations, and government influences paramount to health informatics.

4 quarter credits
MHA5064 *
Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design for Administrators

In this course, learners examine the many aspects of health care information systems, including project management, data, and database concepts as components of systems analysis and design. Learners evaluate, analyze, and classify various systems in order to gain a better understanding of their inner workings. Learners also research and apply current trends in health care informatics. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits
MHA5066 *
Cornerstones of Health Informatics for Organizational Operations

In this course, learners examine cornerstones of health informatics, including security, confidentiality, and the maximization of organizational operational efficiency, for health care administrators. Learners investigate topics such as workflow, implementation, go-live support, and information management. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits
MHA5068 *
Leadership, Management, and Meaningful Use of Health Care Technology

In this course, learners analyze leadership and management principles used in health informatics. Learners examine the alignment of information technology with clinical operations, as well as the meaningful use of health care technology in effective organizational communications. In addition, learners identify and articulate ethical and legal policies and procedures for end users. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

48 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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