Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Healthcare Management

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Healthcare Management imparts the knowledge, skills, competencies, and critical thinking necessary for aspiring and established healthcare professionals to secure high-impact careers in healthcare management. The Program is designed to provide MBA graduates with advanced knowledge of management in the healthcare context to prepare them to meet the demands and opportunities confronting healthcare organizations and systems. 

COURSE SEQUENCE (6 courses/18 credits)

HAP 505 A Systems Approach to Delivering Healthcare in America
This course will take a systemic approach to Healthcare delivery in the United States. An overview of Healthcare delivery along with chronicling the evolution of Healthcare delivery in the United States will be covered. The course will provide students with an understanding of the law, the legal system, and the policy-making process as it relates to healthcare. Individual and patient rights in healthcare and public health initiatives will be addressed in addition to public health institutions and systems. Critical policy issues and issues related to specific patient populations such as long-term care, medical technology, government health insurance programs, and health service financing will be addressed in this course. The course will culminate with a critical look at the future of Healthcare and health-care delivery systems. 3 credits

HAP 525 Critical Issues in Healthcare Ethics
This course will address the significant and critical ethical issues evident in current healthcare practice and systems. The course will provide a strong foundation in the principles and theory in healthcare. Healthcare disparities will be addressed with a focus on populations with inadequate access to healthcare. Critical ethical issues related to healthcare will be identified and studied including areas such as physician-assisted death, domestic violence, human cloning and spirituality. Ethical considerations related to older adults such as long-term care and assisted living will be covered. The ethics of healthcare reform will be studied in an effort to look toward the future of healthcare and potential ethical issues. 3 credits

HAP 610 Research in an Evidence-Based Healthcare Environment
This course is the first part of a two course sequence that will address the translation of research evidence to quality healthcare practices, programs, systems, policies and initiatives. An overview of Evidence-based practice models to understand the process of combining the best available research evidence with knowledge and skill to make effective decisions within the context of healthcare will be covered. The critical appraisal of research as a systematic, unbiased, careful examination of a study to determine its merits, limitations, meaning and value will be emphasized. The course will cover quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research, data analysis and institutional review board procedure. 3 credits

HAP 630 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health policy Analysis
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of healthcare policy. Healthcare policy will be framed from multiple perspectives, specifically economics, political science, management, technology, communications and public health. The policy analysis process will be delineated to provide a framework for critically analyzing and assessing past and current healthcare policy. The policy analysis process will be used to consider health technology assessment, evidence-based medicine, political feasibility, economic feasibility and values. Analysis of past and current healthcare policy will occur along with identifying alternatives for future policy. The course will examine the role and function that healthcare providers and leaders can bring to the policy-making process. 3 credits

MBA 721 Healthcare Project Management
This course provides a comprehensive foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare operations and programs. Students examine how to plan and manage projects effectively within healthcare organizations. Topics covered will include planning, organizing, staffing, and leading teams to accomplish initiatives in a resource efficient manner. From the stage of project ideation through to completion, an overview of handling change, dealing with conflict and problem solving is provided. Students will gain experience in setting and communicating project goals, planning and tracking progress, as well as facilitating commitment to broader organizational objectives. 3 credits

MBA 900-907 Non-Profit Elective
Students will have the ability to select from one of our non-profit electives in accordance with their own learning goals and objectives. 3 credits

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