MHA in Health Care Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

36 TOTAL
CREDITS REQUIRED

Through seven core courses focused on the healthcare continuum, our MHA in Health Care Administration curriculum broadens your professional knowledge base and offers excellent networking potential.

Choosing between three specializations allows you to pursue the specific competencies and skills you need to work in the health care setting that best meets your career goals.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Core Total Hours:

HCA 521 Health Care Systems: A Continuum of CareCredit Hours: 3

Examine broad aspects of health care systems, including Human Dynamics®, mental models, systems thinking, organizational learning, and organizational design and behavior. Apply your understanding of these concepts and explore their relationship to health care alongside demographic issues facing health care.

HCA 527 Ethical and Legal IssuesCredit Hours: 3

Explore the legal principles of development, application, and assessment in health care organizations. You'll examine best practices for leadership in applying ethics to business and clinical decision-making, and adherence to the codes of ethics of health care professionals.

HCA 531 Leadership in Marketing and Strategic PlanningCredit Hours: 3

Explore broad aspects of service-sector management and strategic planning. You'll gain an understanding of the customer's role in service delivery, service offering design, service recovery, strategic plans, and strategy's impact on the successful delivery of health care.

Same as MGT 531.

HCA 612 Advanced SeminarCredit Hours: 3

Learn to understand and apply essential skills for health care organizational management, including grant writing, entrepreneurship, consultation, community service, and resolution of emerging issues.

HCA 614 Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Evidence Based HealthcareCredit Hours: 3

Explore a comprehensive overview of performance improvement initiatives that impact all levels of health care, including clinical and financial issues.

HCA 615 Human Resources ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Learn how to understand and manage human behavior in health care organizations. You'll explore legal aspects and evaluation as well as employee motivation, collective bargaining, and recruitment.

Same as MGT 615.

ACC 506 Health Care Accounting ProcessesCredit Hours: 3

Learn how to understand and use fiscal knowledge to make mindful decisions in health care organizations. You'll review and analyze varied accounting processes.

Electives: Leadership - Hospital Total Hours:

HCA 613 Health Care Administrator LeaderCredit Hours: 3

Explore the skills and core competencies of leadership within health care organizations including concepts of visioning, change management, and team development.

HCA 627 Health InformaticsCredit Hours: 3

Explore the effective use of data and information technology from a managerial perspective. You'll learn how these tools can improve organizational performance in health care settings.

FIN 585 Health Care Financial ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore the diverse financial planning, management, and accountability systems existing in the health care organizations today and predicted health care financial uses in the future.

Prerequisite: ACC 506 or permission of instructor

HCA 645 Clinical ResearchCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of research methods employed in clinical settings. You'll explore quantitative and qualitative methods while analyzing research designs related to clinical situations.

Electives: Leadership - Service Organization Total Hours:

HCA 525 Organization LeadershipCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of organizational leadership and its relationship to health care. You'll explore focus areas including Human Dynamics® and personal mastery, in addition to governance structure, roles, responsibilities, and alignment to leadership as it affects the health care system.

HCA 616 Organization Development and ChangeCredit Hours: 3

Learn to apply application tools and methods of the behavioral sciences to improve organization performance. Key principles and conduct of internal/external consultants.

HCA 613 Health Care Administrator LeaderCredit Hours: 3

Explore the skills and core competencies of leadership within health care organizations including concepts of visioning, change management, and team development.

AGE 613 Grant Writing, Program Planning, and EvaluationCredit Hours: 3

Examine the skills needed to develop health care and social service program proposals, especially those funded by grants. You'll use introductory qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate program effectiveness.

Electives: Leadership - Nursing Home Total Hours:

HCA 621 Nursing Home AdministrationCredit Hours: 3

Gain insight into nursing home management issues, whether it be for the seasoned veteran or the novice health care manager. The analysis of these issues will assist in developing the manager's style of management.

FIN 585 Health Care Financial ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore the diverse financial planning, management, and accountability systems existing in the health care organizations today and predicted health care financial uses in the future.

Prerequisite: ACC 506 or permission of instructor

AGE 503 Perspectives in GerontologyCredit Hours: 3

Review literature relevant to the study of gerontology and consider current and future aging issues and career opportunities.

AGE 603 Public Health Care Policies of AgingCredit Hours: 3

You'll explore current health policies and examine their inadequacy in reducing or preventing health-associated diseases in the aging population.

Additional Electives Total Hours:

FCM 535 Legal and Regulatory Issues for Fraud ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Examine the structure and design of organizations with a focus on systems theory and its impact on economic crime. Expand on your findings and apply them to today's environment.

FCM 603 Management for Fraud Prevention and DetectionCredit Hours: 3

Explore the development of counter-fraud technology, including proactive programs and tools for fraud detection and prevention in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce, and e-business. Examine models of production of fraud prevention and detection products.

ECN 535 The Economics of Health and Health Care PolicyCredit Hours: 3

Apply the basic tools of microeconomic analysis to health economics and health care policy to gain an understanding of the health care market and the behaviors of consumers, providers, insurers, and government entities.

Capstone Total Hours:

HCA 675 Capstone ProjectCredit Hours: 3

Complete a project paper in which you'll reflect upon and illustrate your competency as a health care administrator. This culminating project can consist of an internship, research, or program improvement report.

Prerequisite: Completion of all required HCA program coursework

Coursework and Residencies

Our online classes are small and students and graduate program faculty work closely together in a virtual atmosphere designed to promote personal and professional development. You can complete the 36-credit master's program in two years by completing six eight-week courses each year, including four synchronous online residencies:

  • HCA 521 – Health Care Systems
  • HCA 525 – Organizational Leadership
  • HCA 531 – Leadership in Marketing and Strategic Planning
  • HCA 613 – The Health Care Administrator Leader

You will take these courses in an online learning environment where faculty and multiple students can engage at the same time. Residencies are scheduled to accommodate students' work schedules and time zone differences.

 
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