Healthcare Administration Curriculum

Our 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration curriculum 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 terms, in which students typically take one course per term (two courses per semester). For an accelerated program, students have the option to enroll in two courses per term (four courses per semester). 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 per term to your schedule.


Not ready to commit to a full master’s degree just yet? UNE Online offers several four-course graduate certificates in emergency management, health data quality, healthcare management, or health policy, law, and compliance to accelerate or even change your career path. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate can later “stack” earned credits into UNE’s 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program. Reach out to an enrollment counselor at healthcareadmin@une.edu or (866) 722-5096 for more details on this opportunity.

Core Courses

All Master of Healthcare Administration students must complete the following nine required healthcare administration courses, including a capstone project. Then they choose three courses from the electives further down the page.

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

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.

 

Electives

Students can specialize in Health Data Analytics or Public Health through our optional focus areas, or customize their degree to fit their career ambitions with our Individualized option.

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 ever-changing healthcare landscape has to constantly evolve 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 a mix of three elective courses that are best suited to support their professional and educational goals from the list below or from the ‘Interprofessional Electives’ list.

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 five other online graduate programs. A full list of these interprofessional courses can be found here:

SHARED INTERPROFESSIONAL COURSE LIST

 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.