Master of Science in Healthcare Administration | Course Catalogue

2021-2022 Catalogue

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program is designed for students who are looking to enter the healthcare workforce or advance their careers in the industry. The curriculum prepares the student to hold vital positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, laboratories, in both public and private sectors The instructional activities coupled with the educational experiences found in the program provide students with skills that will allow them to be competitive for positions in healthcare for public, and private settings, healthcare human resource management, and job training.

Program Outcomes. Through course work and experiences in this program, the student will be able to:

  1. analyze the healthcare industry's threats, risks and opportunities
  2. assess the durability of competition found in business and healthcare
  3. develop forecasting patterns as they relate to change within the markets found in the healthcare industry
  4. apply a planning process framework to a variety of healthcare settings
  5. interpret and use financial data
  6. analyze the procedures for the delivery of services needed in the industry
  7. evaluate information systems impacting the needs of health care
  8. apply business ethics to decision making

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Program consists of twelve graduate-level courses taken over a fourteen-month schedule. The degree earned from the program is the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS).

Course Load. Students who enroll in at least 6 credit hours during the program's specified period of enrollment will be considered full-time. Students who enroll in less than 6 credit hours during the program's specified period of enrollment will be considered part-time. Refer to the MS calendar for periods of enrollment.

Program of Study. The required courses for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree are as follows:
All courses are 3 hours. 36 hours total required.

  • EBA 600: Executive Management Accounting
  • EBA 602: Organizational Behavior in Management
  • EBA 604: Strategic Marketing
  • EBA 608: Managerial Corporate Finance
  • EBA 610: Quantitative Methods
  • EBA 612: Data Analytics
  • BHA 613: Healthcare Administration
  • BHA 614: Healthcare Law
  • BHA 615: Ethics in Healthcare
  • BHA 616: Healthcare Information Management Systems
  • BHA 617: Global Healthcare Principles
  • BHA 699: Healthcare Administration Thesis

Course Descriptions

EBA 600: Executive Management Accounting
Description: The course covers generally accepted accounting principles and the content of financial statements. The interpretation and use of accounting information in the many contexts of management decision making are examined. Included are financial planning, performance evaluations, decision making, activity based cost management, relevant costing, business operations, and information systems.
Credit: 3 hours
 
EBA 602: Organizational Behavior in Management
Description: The course examines the various aspects of organizational behavior, allowing the student to gain valuable insights for increasing decision-making options. Methods of objective achievement are explored through an evaluation of students' individual management styles. The course emphasizes relationships, factors influencing behavior in organizations, and the various means used by efficient managers to develop control and leadership within their organizations.
Credit: 3 hours
 
EBA 604: Strategic Marketing
Description: The course will cover issues related to product, distribution, pricing, promotion issues and market planning processes, including development of a marketing plan and interaction among policy makers in the organization. The marketing strategies of different companies will be studied. Cases will be used extensively in the analysis of business marketing decision making.
Credit: 3 hours
 
EBA 608: Managerial Corporate Finance
Description: The student will develop the ability to analyze operational and strategic financial decision-making within the corporate structure, including financing and investment strategies as they relate to stockholder value. The course will include the study of cash flow analysis and economic value added derived from financial statements.
Credit: 3 hours
 
EBA 610: Quantitative Methods
Description: This course covers the quantitative methods used for quality management and continuous improvement in the workplace.  The student will learn specific methods for reducing waste and decreasing product variability.  Computer spreadsheets and financial/statistical software will be used to enhance student’s ability to identify and to solve problems.
Credit: 3 hours
 
EBA 612: Data Analytics
Description: The student will be exposed to the use of computer technology and data analytics to support decision making. The use of business intelligence, business analytics, and data science will drive corporate strategy, performance, and competitiveness. Through the use of case studies and data activities, students will learn how to use data analytics to provide a competitive advantage for a company.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 613: Healthcare Administration
Description: The course places an emphasis on the application of theory and best standards of practice for the healthcare business environment. Students will develop leadership and competent skills specializing in healthcare systems, strategic planning, organizational structure, motivation, and problems solving within healthcare.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 613: Healthcare Law
Description: This course examines a broad outline of health law and the healthcare system within the United States. There will be an emphasis on the impact of health law and regulations on health care systems including areas such as liability in the workplace, malpractice issues, risk management, and how to manage risks and potential litigious issues.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 615: Ethics in Health Care
Description: This course explores the ethical behavior, situations, and scenarios in the various health care environments. Students will analyze decision-making models, concepts, principles, and required responsibilities of health care providers and how these apply to their specific roles.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 616: Healthcare Information Management Systems
Description: The course examines the use of information systems used within the healthcare industry. An emphasis will be placed for health services administrator’s us of systems to integrate clinical, human resource data, and financial information to support decision making within the facility.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 617: Global Health Principles
Description: This course introduces the main concepts of public health and the vital links between global health and the economic and social development. Students will see determinants of health and how status is measured. There will also be a review on the burden of disease, risk dynamics, and procedures to address disease burdens in cost effective ways.
Credit: 3 hours
 
BHA 699: Healthcare Administration Thesis
Description: The master’s thesis is a culminating assessment for obtaining the degree of Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. Each project is unique to the student and flexible in its approach. This project will be a work of original scholarship and research to integrate the models, data, philosophies, and systems reviewed in the program.
Credit: 3 hours
 

Graduate Faculty

Suzanne Minarcine, Visiting Professor of Business. M.S. Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Mercer University; Masters, Health Policy and Administration, Mercer University; Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Capella University.

Seth D. Selke, Assistant Professor of Business/Director of Graduate Business Programs. B.S., Indiana University; M.S., Indiana Wesleyan University; DBA, Northcentral University.

Ying Zhen, Associate Professor of Business. B.A., Communication University of China; M.A., Clark University; Ph.D., Clark University.

Adjunct Faculty

Glenna Dod Meyer, D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise. B.S., M.A., Eastern Kentucky University; Ed.D., University of Southern Mississippi.

Barbara Rowan, Adjunct Instructor of Business. B.A., Malone College; M.S., Georgia College & State University; Ph.D., James Madison University.

James Rowan, Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Biology and Psychology), Malone College; M.A. (Experimental Psychology), Kent State University; Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology with Biopsychology Concentration), Kent State University.

Philip Davis Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Economics. B.A., M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Rhonda Roell-Taylor, Adjunct Instructor of Business. B.B.A., Mercer University; J.D., Mississippi College School of Law.

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