Healthcare Administration Curriculum

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree is structured to provide learning in a convenient, highly-flexible format for professionals working full time. Students could potentially complete their degree in 18-24 months depending on each student’s unique needs. 

Each semester is comprised of two eight-week sessions with options for students to enroll in two courses per semester for an accelerated program. 

We match each student with a dedicated program support specialist to help navigate the educational experience and provide insight when considering adding more than one course to your schedule at a time.

Specialize in one of the following focus areas, or customize your degree to fit your career ambitions.

*Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date healthcare administration course descriptions and program information.

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Curriculum

GPH 709: Public Health Emergency Preparedness (Credits: 3)

This course introduces public health professionals to mitigation and preparedness responsibilities while developing skills and awareness of the response and recovery phases of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP). Hazard assessment, community outreach, and training development complement a review of the incident management system. Special attention will be given to research, policy, plan, and report development within PHEP.

GPH 722: Introduction to Environment Health (Credits: 3)

The world about us provides for our life, but also can be dangerous to our health. This dichotomy is the essence of the study of environmental health. Students completing this course will be able to apply scientific knowledge to evaluate the risks that exist in the world about them. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of environmental health in an ecosystem's context. The course will emphasize the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards including toxic chemicals, fibers and dust, ionizing radiation, and infectious agents. General principles and global processes will be linked to local issues and the regulatory environment through case studies and interviews with subject matter experts.

HCA 630: Healthcare Law & Ethics (Credits: 3)

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

HCA 705: Emergency Management (Credits: 3)

Natural and man-made disasters present complex problems that require coordinated responses from multiple municipalities and emergency responders. In this course, students will gain expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive emergency prevention and response plans. The influence of legal, social, environmental, and medical requirements and limitations on emergency management policies will be explored with additional focus on post disaster recovery.

 

Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality Curriculum

HIN 605: Introduction to Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

This course introduces students to central health informatics tools, techniques, and concepts used to improve health outcomes through technology. Students explore various healthcare technology platforms, how data is used in healthcare, and how the need for cybersecurity and health data privacy shape the information infrastructure that powers modern healthcare.  This course offers students a framework for deeper understanding of many of the concepts explored in subsequent coursework.

HCA 610: Healthcare Quality for Enhanced Value-Based Patient Outcomes (Credits: 3)

This course explores the dynamic between healthcare delivery and the leveraging of informatics for enhanced patient outcomes. Given increased scrutiny on empirical value-based care metrics for payer reimbursement, informatics data and its strategic utilization will be key in the new continuum of care models. Students will complete this course with a solid understanding of healthcare quality standards, the regulations around those standards, and how they are affected by the use of technology and data analysis. Key themes will include the latest quality of care compliance trends like promoting interoperability, patient generated health data, participatory medicine, and leveraging population health metrics for quality improvement.

HIN 735: End-User Experience Monitoring and Data Management (Credits: 3)

User experience UX metrics are key to designing and improving mission-critical information systems used by many people within the organization. In this course, students will learn techniques for measuring user experience both quantitatively and qualitatively, and for analyzing that data to reveal deep understandings about user behavior with particular systems. Students will move beyond merely understanding user behavior by learning and practicing techniques for influencing user behavior toward desirable interactions and outcomes. Students will learn how measuring and influencing the user experience can significantly improve mission-critical data quantity and quality.

HCA 760: Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Strategy (Credits: 3)

This course explores the fundamentals of finance and economics in a health care system at both the local system and national levels. Healthcare leadership increasingly depends upon deep and strategic understanding of the complex payor systems that provide revenue to their organizations. Students will gain expertise crafting strategic approaches to managing market supply and demand, the economics of care and managed care, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal reporting.

 

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management Curriculum

HCA 601: Introduction to Health Administration (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the history, challenges, and opportunities facing healthcare administrators today. Topics will include the ongoing transition from a pay-for-services model of healthcare delivery to accountable care networks, emerging public health and healthcare partnerships, and the ability to obtain care for vulnerable populations.

HCA 630: Healthcare Law and Ethics (Credits: 3)

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

HCA 720: Leadership and Strategic Management in Healthcare Settings (Credits: 3)

This course explores the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare leaders and organizations in an age of accountable care, and examines the critical role health data and informatics can and should play in the strategic management of healthcare organizations. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Students combine this insight into health leadership with the actionable insight offered through effective health informatics and business intelligence practices, to craft optimal solutions to internal organizational processes and to external business decisions.

HCA 765: Communication for Healthcare Leaders (Credits: 3)

Students in the course will examine concepts, theories, and best practices for communication in the professional workplace. The goal of this course is to refine your written, oral and visual communication. Participants in this course will develop strategies to create meaningful communication for a vast audience. Students will enhance their skills in natural and scholarly writing, oral presentation, and visual demonstrations.

 

Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance Curriculum

HCA 601: Introduction to Health Administration (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the history, challenges, and opportunities facing healthcare administrators today. Topics will include the ongoing transition from a pay-for-services model of healthcare delivery to accountable care networks, emerging public health and healthcare partnerships, and the ability to obtain care for vulnerable populations.

HIN 625: Health Information Legislation, Compliance, Privacy and Security (Credits: 3)

This course explores legislation and regulation relating to health informatics. The course will examine the major laws and agency regulations governing healthcare technology, data collection, management, and privacy, as well as the security standards required for healthcare and health-related organizations. Students will explore the intent behind, and ethical dimensions of, health informatics regulatory frameworks, using case studies of recent health information uses, security breaches, and challenges to interoperability. This course will also look ahead to the impact of future Health IT regulations.

HCA 630: Healthcare Law and Ethics (Credits: 3)

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

GPH 702: Policy: An Interprofessional Approach (Credits: 3)

This course brings together graduate students in public health, education, healthcare administration, health informatics, nutrition, and social work to work collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of policy-making as applied to the broad issue of student health in an educational setting. Students work in interprofessional groups to identify the social problem, describe the policy context, map potential policy solutions, and make final recommendations in an individually-written policy analysis that incorporates learning from their interprofessional peers. Students will explore the structure and function of government systems as they relate to values-driven policy decisions.

 

Master of Healthcare Administration Curriculum

All Master of Healthcare Administration students must complete the following nine required healthcare administration courses, including a capstone project.

HCA 601: Introduction to Health Administration (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the history, challenges, and opportunities facing healthcare administrators today. Topics will include the ongoing transition from a pay-for-services model of healthcare delivery to accountable care networks, emerging public health and healthcare partnerships, and the need for analytics that can address the particular characteristics of big health data.

HIN 605: Introduction to Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

This course introduces students to central health informatics tools, techniques, and concepts used to improve health outcomes through technology. Students explore various healthcare technology platforms, how data is used in healthcare, and how the need for cybersecurity and health data privacy shape the information infrastructure that powers modern healthcare. This course offers students a framework for deeper understanding of many of the concepts explored in subsequent coursework.

HCA 610: Healthcare Quality for Enhanced Value-Based Patient Outcomes (Credits: 3)

This course explores the dynamic between healthcare delivery and leveraging data for enhanced patient outcomes. Given an increased scrutiny on empirical value-based care metrics for payer reimbursement, the strategic use of data will be key in new continuum of care models. Students will complete this course with a solid understanding of healthcare quality standards, the regulations around those standards, and how they are affected by the use of technology and data analysis. Key themes will include quality improvement methodologies, measuring and interpreting quality data, strategies to increase healthcare process reliability.

HCA 630: Healthcare Law and Ethics (Credits: 3)

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

HCA 720: Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Settings (Credits: 3)

This course explores the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare leaders and organizations in an age of accountable care, and examines the critical role health data and informatics can and should play in strategic management. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Students combine these insights into health leadership with the actionable insights offered through effective health informatics and business intelligence practices, to craft optimal solutions to internal organizational processes and to external business decisions.

HCA 760: Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Strategy (Credits: 3)

This course explores the fundamentals of finance and economics in a health care system at both the local system and national levels. Healthcare leadership increasingly depends upon deep and strategic understanding of the complex payor systems that provide revenue to their organizations. Students will gain expertise crafting strategic approaches to managing market supply and demand, the economics of care and managed care, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal reporting.

HIN 700: Project Management (Credits: 3)

The implementation or integration of major projects or initiatives, such as a new healthcare technology system requires careful planning and organization. This course will provide students with widely-accepted concepts and skills that can be used and scaled to successfully complete projects of varying sizes. Through course work, students will gain experience with the common language used by professionals involved in project management. Students will explore concepts of project charter, work breakdown structures, scheduling, risk planning, and project reporting.

GPH 702: Policy: An Interprofessional Approach (Credits: 3)

This course brings together graduate students in public health, education, healthcare administration, health informatics, nutrition, and social work to work collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of policy-making as applied to the broad issue of student mental health in an educational setting. Students work in interprofessional groups to identify the social problem, describe the policy context, map potential policy solutions, and make final recommendations in an individual written policy analysis that incorporates learning from their interprofessional peers. Students will explore the structure and function of government systems as they relate to values-driven policy decisions.

HCA 780: Healthcare Administration Capstone (Credits: 3)

This course is the culmination of the student's learning throughout the Healthcare Administration program. Combining the leadership theories and practices they have studied, the challenges facing the healthcare sector they have explored, and the contextual practice they have gained through their focus area courses, students will develop a research-based inquiry into healthcare leadership that addresses a current or emerging challenge relevant to their professional goals.

 

OPTIONAL FOCUS AREAS

Students in the Healthcare Administration program can choose to pursue one of the following optional focus areas or custom-build their curriculum to better suit their educational or professional goals with our individualized focus area. Students who want to customize their Healthcare Administration degree can select any three elective courses following completion of the nine required core courses.

 

Health Data Analytics

Positive health outcomes and decisions that lead to lasting improvements in care delivery start with enhanced health care data skills. The Health Data Analytics focus area teaches students core competencies in health data to expertly identify, analyze, and inform real-world challenges facing healthcare and is best suited for students interested in health administration roles anchored in data-driven decision making and management.

HIN 620: Database Design, Standards, Access, Modeling (Credits: 3)

This course explores in depth database basics such as the relational algebra and data model, schema normalization, query optimization, and transactions. The course addresses current needs in database design and use for optimized human-computer interaction, for rigorous security, and for robust modeling that can transform raw data into useful information. This course will also provide a deep exploration into data standards and what part that plays in the field of Informatics. Students will gain a solid understanding of, and extensive practice with, structured query language (SQL).

HIN 770: Foundations of Healthcare Data Analytics (Credits: 3)

R is an open source programming language ideally suited for analysis and visualization. This course will provide students with a foundation in data preparation and preliminary analytics using R which can be applicable for research, quality improvement and industry large-scale data analytics projects. This course will include the following skills: data analysis with publicly available data sets; cleansing and imputing data; descriptive statistics; and data visualization.

HIN 775: Advanced Concepts in Healthcare Data Analytics (Credits: 3)

Advanced topics in health informatics leverages the concepts introduced in the Foundation course. Students will be exposed to advanced statistics, vast and diverse data sets, and data interpretation and visualization. This course will prepare students for a deeper dive into forecasting, trends, and data modeling.

 

Public Health

The healthcare landscape is ever-changing with continued evolutions to meet the growing demands of the industry. The Public Health focus area equips students with foundational public health concepts, theories, and disciplines that prepare them to lead using advanced skills to support their community’s health and well-being. These courses are designed to strengthen your knowledge of health policy, economics, leadership, and care quality.

GPH 714: Principles of Public Health (Credits: 3)

This course will examine public health principles and concepts. It will provide a broad framework for understanding public health’s role in community health, prevention, and medicine. Using the five-core public health knowledge areas and the ten essential public health services as a foundation, students will explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues. In addition, the course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, and injury into discussions and assignments.

GPH 706: Principles of Public Health Administration (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the history, content, scope, and processes of public health administration. Emphasis is placed on administration, public health structure and framework, organizational culture, management functions and roles, leadership, motivation, and performance management. Basic principles and tools of budget and resource management will be addressed.

GPH 738: Program Planning and Evaluation (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the development of public health programs and the evaluation of those programs. The course will help students develop the skills required to assess community needs and assets, identify and adapt evidence-based programs, evaluate program effects, and seek funding for these programs.

 

Individualized

In order to earn the Master of Healthcare Administration degree with a custom-built curriculum, students may select the individualized focus area. This option allows students to choose three elective courses from the full list below that are best suited to support their professional and educational goals.

HIN 620: Database Design, Standards, Access, Modeling (Credits: 3)

This course explores in depth database basics such as the relational algebra and data model, schema normalization, query optimization, and transactions. The course addresses current needs in database design and use for optimized human-computer interaction, for rigorous security, and for robust modeling that can transform raw data into useful information. This course will also provide a deep exploration into data standards and what part that plays in the field of Informatics. Students will gain a solid understanding of, and extensive practice with, structured query language (SQL).

HIN 770: Foundations of Healthcare Data Analytics (Credits: 3)

R is an open source programming language ideally suited for analysis and visualization. This course will provide students with a foundation in data preparation and preliminary analytics using R which can be applicable for research, quality improvement and industry large-scale data analytics projects. This course will include the following skills: data analysis with publicly available data sets; cleansing and imputing data; descriptive statistics; and data visualization.

HIN 775: Advanced Concepts in Healthcare Data Analytics (Credits: 3)

Advanced topics in health informatics leverages the concepts introduced in the Foundation course. Students will be exposed to advanced statistics, vast and diverse data sets, and data interpretation and visualization. This course will prepare students for a deeper dive into forecasting, trends, and data modeling.

GPH 714: Principles of Public Health (Credits: 3)

This course will examine public health principles and concepts. It will provide a broad framework for understanding public health’s role in community health, prevention, and medicine. Using the five-core public health knowledge areas and the ten essential public health services as a foundation, students will explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues. In addition, the course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, and injury into discussions and assignments.

GPH 706: Principles of Public Health Administration (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the history, content, scope, and processes of public health administration. Emphasis is placed on administration, public health structure and framework, organizational culture, management functions and roles, leadership, motivation, and performance management. Basic principles and tools of budget and resource management will be addressed.

GPH 738: Program Planning and Evaluation (Credits: 3)

This course provides an overview of the development of public health programs and the evaluation of those programs. The course will help students develop the skills required to assess community needs and assets, identify and adapt evidence-based programs, evaluate program effects, and seek funding for these programs.

 

Interprofessional Electives

Students also have the option to take electives from our other online graduate programs. A full list of these interprofessional courses can be found here:

SHARED INTERPROFESSIONAL COURSE LIST

Questions?

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