Course Descriptions

Through the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, launching fall 2020, your courses will prepare you to lead health care organizations with strategic vision, management skills, technical knowledge, and health care expertise. The below course descriptions are a sampling of some of the courses and subject matter that will be prepare you for the next step in your career.

Strategic and Operations Program Management

This course is an introduction to understanding:

  • The competencies, roles, and responsibilities of public health and health managers
  • Health organizations, which are complex and changing in response to community needs and changing environments
  • The skills required to establish and maintain organizational culture and organizational change
  • Talent and team management

Through readings, class discussion, and analysis of case studies, you will explore and identify key management and leadership challenges affecting public health and health; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions to problems; and learn to present your analysis of managerial plans and proposals, orally and in writing. The course will emphasize skill development in the management of mission, strategy, operations, and the business aspects of health organizations.

Health Economics

The intent of this course is to train future public health practitioners in the economic and political questions that emerge in the development of health systems. The course will review core economic principles applied to the role of federal and state governments, the private sector, and the competitive marketplace. It will provide an overview of traditional microeconomic theory and practice as applied to demand, supply, competition, monopoly, and social welfare. It will drill down on topics such as the role of governments, the private sector, market competition, government failure, and market failure. Special sessions will address clinical services, non-clinical services, the health care workforce, health financing, health-related manufacturing sectors (pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and information technology), and leadership/health management.

You will experience guided, semester-long exercises in analyzing and developing strategic development plans from a public health professional's perspective to inform political and economic decision-making. We focus on health systems as a way to understand the more general competencies involved in the application of economic analysis, which include political, financial, technical, and organizational skills.

When you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the key policy and public health challenges faced by the U.S. and other health care systems using economic principles, market analysis, and health policy formulation
  • Design policy recommendations to address some of the public health challenges faced by vulnerable population groups that are consistent with underlying economic principles, market analysis, and health policy formulation
  • Apply the principles of economic evaluation to selected problems in the health sector and health industry vertical markets

Using Data for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Health Care

This course explores the analytical methods health care managers and executives must use to critically interpret the findings of comparative effectiveness studies and to use hospital-derived data for assessing and improving quality of care and process performance. The course structure contains four overarching topics:

  • Biostatistical and epidemiological methods for comparative effectiveness research
  • Statistical process control
  • Scope and limits of evidence-based medicine
  • Hospital-based and public sources of health care data

Through selected readings, case studies, problem-solving assignments, online self-study components, and lecture presentations and discussions, you will develop an understanding of the principles and analytical tools necessary to critically read health services research literature. This skill will enable you to identify and adopt best practices for your institution. Moreover, it will give you the analytical skills needed for guiding quality improvement projects effectively.