MBA in Healthcare Management

Courses

This course will focus upon the factors that make graduate adult students successful when attempting to balance the time commitments and demands of work, family, church, and community obligations with weekly MBA course requirements. Students will master Moodle proficiencies in order to effectively navigate the learning management system and other MNU technologies. Students will also have a hands-on experience with various online library research tools and resources that they will need when completing projects and papers for course requirements. A portion of this course will also be devoted to building the cohort community as students will spend the next 20 months together on their MBA learning journey.

This course will examine ethical theories as they relate to various contemporary issues in business. Conceptual models for improving the clarity and consistency of ethical judgment in business settings will be addressed. Special consideration will be given to the application of Christian ethical principles to decision making.

This course examines how information systems and technology tools can be used to create value and to better achieve both organizational objectives and individual productivity. The course examines the disruptive nature of many of the new and developing technologies. It also considers conditions needed for technology to be accepted and utilized within organizations. The course looks at technology from both an internal and external communication perspective. From an internal perspective, students will learn some of the best practices of utilizing existing and developing technologies for internal communication, collabora-tion and productivity. From an external perspective, students will learn some of the best practices of utilizing the developing technologies for building stronger connections and relationships with customers.

This course focuses on the concept of leadership in organizations. Students will understand the complexity of structural, political, symbolic, and human resource issues in applying a framework for analyzing leadership in organizations. Students will also build skills for modeling an authentic voice for leadership through the use of effective presentation skills.

This course provides an application of economic theory to problems of the organization. Applicable microeconomic topics are explored. Emphasis is on the use of economic information for decision making.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of Project Management. The course addresses the culture, principles, ethics, and basic techniques of project management. The course reviews the general stages of a project and describes how the stages are interrelated. Basic concepts and tools of project management as well as work breakdown structure, scheduling, process improvement, strategic planning, and risk management are introduced and used in classroom team projects that provide real world, hands on experience for the MBA candidate.

Research shows that emotional intelligence is much more powerful than IQ (and technical expertise) in determining who emerges as an effective manager/leader. IQ (and technical expertise) are threshold or baseline competencies that help you to get in the door, but alone they do not make you a star (performer). Emotional Intelligence can. Although most conflicts are best resolved at the lowest level, there are occasions when a good mediator can effectively intercede and minimize the chances of the conflict escalating or losing an otherwise good employee. And, there are times when—in order to resolve a conflict—you need to have a crucial conversation (e.g., where opinions vary and emotions and stakes are high). How do you prepare for a crucial conversation? This course is a living laboratory where students can safely practice applying all of these concepts/skills.

This course examines the issues involved in organizing and operating start-up businesses and new ventures, as well as the role of marketing in today’s organization. Attention is given to the ethical, social, and economic problems faced by entrepreneurs and marketing managers.

This course is project based and examines the quantitative research methodologies appropriate for the study of organizational problems. Students will learn about data collection and analysis techniques, and acquire knowledge of statistical methods appropriate for the analysis of organizational data.

Examines laws associated with healthcare facility operations in the 21st century including those that directly impact governing boards, physicians, directors/administrators, investors, and the public. Methods to assure compliance with corporate auditing accountability regulations, financial disclosures, investor protection statutes, anti-kickback laws, healthcare provider self-referral, and governing board legal responsibilities are explored. Investigates Omnibus Reconciliation Acts; their content and stipulations affecting the provision of healthcare.

Students will approach accounting as the language of business and explore the information that is communicated by financial statements and other accounting reports. Both financial and managerial accounting concepts will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the usefulness of accounting data for decision making.

This course examines the structural and environmental forces influencing the management process within organizations. Issues studied include: resistance to change, the role of change agents, intervention strategies and team development.

Introduces the concept of a strategic plan and the importance of linking this with an organization’s mission and ethos. Basic principles associated with program, project, and service line fiscal management, price-setting, budget preparation, return on investment, cost-benefit analysis, managed care contracting, and value-based purchasing are discussed and applied. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a financial vocabulary to communicate with various stakeholders. Financial reports such as balance sheets, budget forms, and expense reports are studied and formulated.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings. Analyzes leadership roles in relation to decision-making with particular emphases on human resource management. Evidence-based staffing models are developed for the purpose of projecting and accurately documenting human resource requirements. Interviewing, hiring, orientation, and competency rubrics are examined and developed while the guidelines and statutes governing these human resource issues are explored. Conceptual aspects of control, problem solving/decision-making, effective communication, conflict resolution, progressive disciplinary action, delegation, and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality data bases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.

Integrates the knowledge, skills and expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study in a cumulative research project that examines evidence-based practice in the student's area of MSN specialization, documents how the best practice could be actualized in the practice setting and how its implementation and results would be measured and analyzed. Provides students with the opportunity to evaluate this evidence-based practice to gain a broader worldview and vision within the area of specialization. The faculty and preceptor provide support and guidance to help plan and implement learning experiences, to gain a broader worldview within the specialty study area. Emphasis is on the implementation of evidence-based practice, effective communication and the demonstration of the skills necessary to enter the specialty arena. Students negotiate a project to be completed during the practice experience. This course is completed during the student's final module.

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