MS in Healthcare Management: Course Descriptions
Learning that Fuses Data, Technology and Delivery
The online MS in Healthcare Management is a fully online 36-credit degree program geared toward professionals in healthcare fields looking to enter mid-and senior-level management, consulting and advisor positions.
The curriculum is specifically aligned with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) standards.
The online healthcare master's program consists of 12 courses, each eight weeks long, concluding with a capstone course that demonstrates your maturity and professionalism in strategic healthcare thinking informed by an understanding of data, technology, new models of care delivery and value-based payment.
A council of current, technology-focused healthcare leaders at top organizations such as Inova Health System, MedStar Institute for Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skillset needed today for professional success in the healthcare management field.
Courses emphasize the top three skills identified by industry experts as most critical to healthcare managers in the industry including:
- Strategic decision-making: Make successful recommendations for improvement strategies by understanding the key perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
- Data Analysis: Successfully manage your organization and prove value in healthcare optimizations as you learn to manage, extract and interpret data from emergent technologies.
- Communication/Presentation: Clearly communicate data, its analysis and the strategy of your healthcare improvement plans.
An Online Merit Scholarship of up to $10,000 is available for master’s students who meet eligibility requirements.
Specialized Courses in Healthcare Management (18 Credits)
This course evaluates the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. and the impact initiatives have on healthcare quality, cost and access. Students will become familiar with the costs involved, tiered services, preventative healthcare, trends in healthcare utilization, and the role of major providers and payers.Link to Course Detail Page
This course introduces students to the principles and strategies used to acquire and use information technology to improve healthcare. Students will become familiar with current industry trends in healthcare IT and apply theories of innovation and quality improvement to design successful processes and strategies that will positively impact the quality of patient care.
rapidly changing marketplace, including how strategic partnerships, mergers, and evolving business portfolios are allowing various types of healthcare providers to meet emerging market demands and better serve consumers. It overviews market trends in acute, post-acute, long-term, and ambulatory care services, and addresses how new changes in payments and the role of consumers are creating new strategic partnerships.
This course will cover health information management as it pertains to patient safety and technical and organizational risks, including authoring, data security, securities breaches and plans, and data confidentiality. Students will be introduced to methods that ensure the appropriate use of data to reduce medical errors, and explore ways to manage privacy and security risks.
An overview of emerging models of care delivery and payment and their impacts on healthcare providers and patients, including healthcare cost, quality, and outcomes. Students will learn how to assess and best apply various types of care and payment models in a variety of circumstances based on prior experience with clinical integration, use of enabling technologies, and managing risk, in order to maximize a successful transition to value-based healthcare.Link to Course Detail Page
The final capstone is a culminating project that utilizes a set of skills that demonstrate maturity and professionalism in terms of strategic thinking in healthcare informed by an understanding of data, technology, new models of care delivery, and value-based payment.