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Healthcare Management MSM Concentration

Healthcare Management MSM Concentration

The concentration in Healthcare Management combines the tools provided from our Management core with specialized skills needs for those who want to work as leaders in the healthcare industry.  Management positions in hospitals, medical offices and other healthcare facilities need leaders with not only a background in human resource management, finance, and marketing, but also specific knowledge needed to be effective leaders in healthcare, including healthcare policy, economics, and risk management.

Phyllis Baron

"Change is a constant, innovation is critical. Stay open-minded and flexible and keep building core competencies in yourself. Never stop learning and listening to what others have to offer!"

Jacqueline Skeith

Professor Skeith has held various positions in healthcare informatics in hospital, home health, and health information technology vendor settings for over 20 years.

Students complete the following courses along with the MSM Core Curriculum

(All courses follow the hybrid model, combining online with on-campus study, unless noted)

HC 501 – The U.S. Healthcare System

Whether you are considering a career in health administration, direct patient care, health policy and planning, or health care finance, an understanding of the varied and interconnected aspects of the U.S. health care delivery system is essential. This course presents to the student the changes in health care delivery systems through an extensive case study of one hospital’s growth into a multi-faceted health care system. It also looks at the costs of health care, trends in spending, some reasons for increasing costs, and attempts at containing costs. The course looks at and discusses the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-Obama Care, Medicare and Medicaid, managed care, the large uninsured population, physician training, licensing, and credentialing. Outpatient care, ambulatory care and the next generation of health care are also discussed.


HC 502 – Healthcare Policy and Ethics

An examination of the structural, political, financial, legal, ethical, and policy influences affecting the organization and delivery of health care services. This course is designed as an in-depth review of the role and responsibilities of the Health Care Manager in today’s rapidly changing business environment. Students will prepare for dealing successfully with challenges posed by an increasingly competitive and highly regulated marketplace. This requires students to understand and accept that policymaking and ethical business practices require healthcare and businesses to use all their resources and their most effective policies. Strategic assessment, business perspectives, analysis and conceptual thinking are integral to the understanding of such practices for healthcare and all business managers.

HC 503 – Foundations and Concepts of Healthcare Informatics

This course is a survey of fundamental concepts and activities of information technology as applied to health care. Topics include computer-based medical records, knowledge-based systems, decision theory and decision support, human-computer interfaces, systems integration, the digital library, and educational applications. Department-specific applications will also be discussed.

HC 505 – Risk Management in Healthcare

This course examines a variety of contemporary issues surrounding the unique managerial and analytical problems involved in healthcare risk management. These issues include: planning a pro-active, patient outcome focused Risk Management program to meet the needs of healthcare organizations; a historical review of the role of Risk Management in Healthcare and the evolvement from a reactive to a pro-active focus; an overview of the role of a healthcare risk manager in today’s environment and the future both public and private.

HC 506 – Healthcare Economics

This course uses economic analysis to examine selected issues in health care. The course emphasizes the concepts of microeconomics and applies them to understand the functioning of health care markets and to analyze problems and proposals related to the provision of health care. Topics will include theories of demand and supply of health care services, production functions, market structures, and incentives. Particular consideration will be given to the role of health care providers and insurers in the market.

HC 520 – Management of Healthcare Agencies

This course surveys the major administrative approaches in public and private agencies that administer health programs. The ultimate goal of the course is to assist students in understanding management principles in the American health care delivery system, including the roles of patients, third party insurance payers, and health care professionals. The course presents contemporary thinking about management skills and competencies, and “how management gets done” in health care organizations. The focus is on (1) developing an understanding of management and organizational processes which help or hinder successful task completion (2) improving interpersonal and diagnostic skills, and (3) developing an understanding of theoretical knowledge related to organizational design and behavior.

HC 540 – Healthcare Management Internship

The focus of the internship is the professional development of the graduate student as a functional part of management within a healthcare organization. A graduate student will benefit greatly from practical learning and in-depth experiences in the healthcare industry. Graduates who possess a professional attitude and have effective communication, organizational and management skills are eagerly sought after in the highly competitive healthcare marketplace. The graduate internship will integrate the student’s formal academic preparation with management practices in the work environment. The internship experience will provide an opportunity for the student to synthesize, transfer and apply knowledge from their graduate study to all phases of an organization’s operation in the workplace.

Sample course schedule

Year 1

Fall Semester
BA 530 Human Resource Management
HC 501 The U.S. Healthcare System

Spring Semester
BA 506 Marketing Strategy and Management
HC 502 Healthcare Policy and Ethics

Summer Semester
HC 503 Foundations and Concepts of Healthcare Informatics
HC 506 Healthcare Economics

Year 2

Fall Semester
HC 505 Risk Management in Healthcare
BA 526 Graduate Seminar: Research Methods

Spring Semester
BA 606 Financial Management for Decision Analysis
BA 501 Management Theory and Organization

Summer Semester
BA 650 Strategic Planning, Policy Development and Management
HC 520 Management of Healthcare Agencies or HC 540 Healthcare Management Internship