Online Programs

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.

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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.

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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.

Professional Courses (18 Credits)

This course explores the current and potential impacts of new, emerging, and rapidly evolving technologies on organizations and their operations, across a range of industries and sectors. Topics include project design, data collection, and data storage as well as legal and privacy issues. Students will gain hands-on experience with techniques for gathering and analyzing information including audio, video, and text capture; media analytics; mapping and data visualization; mobile data collection systems; and more. In addition to tools and best practices, participants will examine challenges and opportunities for designing projects that implement current and emerging technologies to ensure success.

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The main objective of this course is to improve the intercultural competencies and communication skills of students, with a particular focus on aspects of intercultural communication highly relevant for technical experts and managers. Students will increase their understanding of, and ability to work with, the processes involved when cultures come into contact. This course will enhance the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about today’s cultural challenges, to practice intercultural relations, and to provide a perspective on one’s personal and social responsibility as current and future leaders. No prerequisites.

This course explores professional ethics and leadership to maximize organizational and personal success across a wide range of disciplines and fields. Participants will learn about ethical issues involved in working with clients and donors, professional correspondence, and managing monitoring and evaluation functions. These topics will be approached within a framework of organizational leadership theories and current trends. No prerequisites.

This course provides students with the skills needed to collaborate with global partners and widespread teams and to effectively communicate with clients, including large and small corporations, internal and external customers, and members of the project team. Drawing on real-world case studies, students will learn how to prepare and document project correspondence, how to master the art of persuasion, and how to satisfy clients despite budgetary and methodological restrictions. No prerequisites.

The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.

This course is designed specifically with the non-economist in mind, including adult professionals who may have little or no academic preparation in economics. It includes recent developments in the theoretical and empirical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) literature, beginning with a detailed discussion of welfare economics and the microeconomic foundations of CBA. It gives comprehensive treatment to CBA methodology and concludes with the current state of CBA as it is practiced by a variety of public, private, and international agencies with applications in areas such as healthcare, environmental management, energy, law enforcement, internet strategy, and others. No prerequisites.