Program Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online Master of Healthcare Management curriculum is composed of the following seven core courses:

ACCT 540: Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 units)

Principles and procedures underlying the financial accounting process and their application in the preparation and analysis of financial statements. 

ECON 550: Economics for Managers (2 units)

Firm decision making to sustain competitive advantage in the context of different market structures and regulatory environments.

ECON 556: Healthcare Economics (3 units)

Healthcare expenditures now account for more than one-sixth of gross domestic product in the United States. This class will explore the sources of funding for those expenditures, and the rapidly changing trends therein.

FIN 510A: Survey of Finance (2 units)

This course gives students foundational skills in the area of finance. Topics include financial markets, corporate finance and valuation.

MGMT 538: Healthcare Organizations and Management (3 units)

This course focuses on the management and organization of healthcare delivery, particularly in the United States. The course examines the salient features of the healthcare context, the unique challenges these features produce for managers in the industry, and solutions organizations have used to address those challenges. Micro to macro challenges and solutions are explored, with a particular emphasis on the ways that leadership, human resources, culture, operations, organization design and strategy influence the quality, safety and costs of care and the patient experience.

MIS 506: Healthcare Information Technology (3 units)

The goal of this course is to give students the tools necessary to interact with and understand the technological processes currently being used in the healthcare industry.

MKTG 510: Market-Based Management  (2 units)

Market and customer analysis for product service, price, promotion and distribution decisions; study of marketing management theories and practices to maximize customer value and satisfaction.


 

Electives

In addition to core courses, students must complete nine units of electives and four capstone experience units.

ACCT 575: Healthcare Accounting (3 units)

Financial and managerial accounting concepts are examined in the context of healthcare business models. Topics include financial statements, budgets, revenue streams in healthcare, managerial accounting of service lines and expansion decisions and providers and revenue generators versus cost centers.

ENTR 548: Healthcare Entrepreneurship (3 units)

In this course, you will focus your business and entrepreneurial skills on contemporary challenges and opportunities. Through a series of readings, case studies, discussions, guest speakers and assignments, you will explore a number of contemporary healthcare problems and identify entrepreneurial solutions to these problems.

MGMT 534: Healthcare Quality and Reliability (3 units)

Increasing emphasis on value-based care has necessitated that healthcare leaders develop programs for improving quality, safety and reliability outcomes. Topics include the nature of patient errors, design of quality and safety programs, creating a culture to support high reliability organizing and an environment of quality care and patient satisfaction.

MGMT 536: Leading Healthcare Change (3 units)

Healthcare organizations need to adapt to the rapid changes occurring in payment models, delivery mechanisms and industry organization. This course covers theory and technique for leading organizations through transformation at the broad strategic level and in terms of improving processes and efficiencies, all within the unique context and challenges of the healthcare industry.

MGMT 537: Healthcare Leadership (3 units)

The goal of this course is to expose students to the leadership skills necessary for the healthcare industry and highlight what makes leading teams in a healthcare setting so unique and challenging.

MIS 545: Data Mining for Business Intelligence (3 units)

This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or "mining" knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value or "business intelligence" to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques--classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization and prediction.

MIS 561: Data Visualization (3 units)

The goal of this class is to introduce students to principles and tools of data visualizations, and create visualizations using appropriate tools for two different but related purposes: (1) exploration and (2) presentation. The first part is about trying to understand the data and test hypotheses that drive the data visualization effort, and formulate a story; the second part is to convey that finding to others in a convincing manner.

MKTG 538: Healthcare Marketing Strategy (3 units)

Healthcare markets offer unique challenges and opportunities with regard to strategic marketing. Concepts of identifying customers, pricing products and services, customer relationship management, and market segmentation will be examined across provider service, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The role of marketing analytics will also be addressed in each of these areas.


  

Capstone Experience Course

All MHM students will have the chance to apply the principles they learn in the healthcare curriculum in an actual field setting. Students will scope, research, plan and execute a project that delivers value for a healthcare organization. Students will experience how decisions are made in real-time, apply skills and learning using a project methodology and communicate findings and recommendations in a professional manner. This requirement is set up to be taken as MGMT 595 A and B (two units each).


 

Concentrations

Students can choose from three different concentrations to focus on a specific aspect of healthcare management:

Healthcare Leadership Healthcare Innovation Healthcare Informatics
Healthcare Accounting (ACCT 575) Healthcare Entrepreneurship (MGMT/ENTR 548) Data Mining for Business Intelligence (MIS 545)
Leading Healthcare Change (MGMT 536) Healthcare Marketing Strategy (MKTG 538) Health Analytics
Healthcare Leadership (MGMT 537) Healthcare Quality and Reliability (MGMT 534) Data Visualization (MIS 561)

 

MHM graduate handbook

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