Curriculum

Complete the program on a part-time basis, earning your degree in as few as 18-24 months. You’ll take 24 credits of core courses to gain a breadth of knowledge, and you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your degree to your interests with nine credits of elective courses.

Core Courses

Gain insight into the concepts of financial and managerial accounting with a “user” (investor or manager) orientation through this course’s three parts. The first part of the course provides understanding of the accounting cycle and the reporting process, with an emphasis on the valuation bases and structure of the financial statements. The second part focuses on the interpretation and analyses of the financial statements, including analyses of cash flows and cross-sectional and time-series trends in financial ratio, and examines the role of managerial accounting choices in determining the nature of financial reporting and quality of earnings. The third part of the course explores the role of accounting information for managerial planning and control. Costing for inventory and pricing, cost-volume-profit analyses, and budgeting issues will be covered.

Learn about the “physiology and fluid mechanics” of national, regional, and local delivery systems through this course, which describes and analyzes the flow of funds and the resulting patterns of use, expenditure, and health outcomes in these systems. Basic epidemiological concepts and their application to population-based health management will also be introduced. Current regional data, live case presentations, and guest lecturers will be used where appropriate to translate abstract concepts into vivid concrete realities.

Review organizational and management theory and how these principles apply to health services organizations. Explore how current trends in healthcare organizational structure will affect future performance, quality, and inter-organizational relations; the values and principles of health management as a profession; and the responsibility of health systems for the health of populations as well as the provision of high-quality clinical services. In addition to a textbook, this course utilizes information from current management publications, guest lecturers, live and published case analyses that provide important insight into the workings of health services organizations, and the personal experiences of the instructor and class participants.

Study human behavior in organizations and the means through which managers can influence that behavior, and specifically consider key situations where the effective exercise of leadership can materially contribute to the achievement of strategic organizational objectives. The leadership process will be considered within a business environment increasingly characterized by global competition, economic turmoil, rapid technological change, and shifting labor market dynamics. This course places emphasis on identifying and developing the personal skills and perspectives necessary to establish and maintain a leadership position (e.g., self-awareness and abilities in such areas as communication, decision-making, problem-solving and behavioral management).

Managing Risk: Risk Management requires the firm to identify opportunities for gain and exposures to unexpected loss. The firm must then assess the potential consequences, and plan to finance the consequences of the adverse event if it happens. In this course, you’ll gain an introduction to the risk management process in the context of general corporate management. Review each step in detail, including setting the risk management context, identification of risk, measurement and analysis of potential impact, and appropriate treatment techniques. Discuss risk financing options in the context of global insurance and alternative capital markets. While the risk management process encompasses all types of risks, this course focuses identification discussion on the class of risks known as “pure risk” events (those that pose the threat of a loss if they happen, but no possibility of a gain).

Health Risk: Explore special characteristics of risk management in healthcare institutions and/or agencies; health insurance as both a benefit for patients and a revenue source for providers; and health economics on a macro level as related to the aforementioned.

Elective Courses

Work one-on-one with a program representative to develop the elective path that suits your interests and goals. See sample specialization opportunities and elective courses:

  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Visualization: The Art of Numbers and the Psychology of Persuasion
  • Statistical Learning and Data Mining
  • Business Strategy in a Global Environment
  • Principle of Management & Strategy
  • FMC/Healthcare Project
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Management Consulting: Principles and Practice
  • Engagement Management
  • FMC/Healthcare Project
  • Human Resources Management Strategies
  • Power, Influence, and Negotiation in Organizations
  • Independent Study
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Lean Six Sigma and the Science of Improvement
  • Biostatistics OR Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Technology for Population Health
  • Fundamentals for Epidemiology
  • Marketing Management/Strategy
  • Information Technology Management
  • Principles of Supply Chain

Certificate Opportunities

The Fox School of Business offers graduate certificate options for healthcare professionals interested in expanding their knowledge without committing to the pursuit of a master’s degree. These 9-12 credit certificates may be accessed without standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT exams. Students who successfully complete a qualifying Fox graduate certificate may matriculate into the MHA program at a later date with credit for their certificate coursework. Please click here to apply now or contact us for more information.

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