Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Foundation Courses

MBA 550 Foundations of Management    
The goal of the Management module is to familiarize the student with what we know about how organizations function and how people behave in them; and to encourage application of this knowledge to management challenges. 2 credits

MBA 551 Foundations of Marketing     
The Marketing module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand the role of marketing within the framework of an organization. Using an analytical and decision-making approach, students will learn to apply the concepts of marketing segmentation and marketing mix to the marketing of products and services within the dynamics of the business environment. 2 credits

MBA 552 Foundations of Accounting     
The Accounting module will provide students with an overview of financial accounting. It will introduce accounting concepts and terminology, with a focus on the creation of financial statements. Students will learn how to analyze corporate annual reports as well as ethical issues. 2 credits

MBA 553 Foundations of Finance    
The module in Finance is designed to provide students with a review of key financial management concepts so that they are fully prepared for more advanced topics in the MBA program. The objective is to ensure each student’s familiarity with the language and resources of financial management so that they have a solid understanding of financial management’s role in the business environment. 2 credits

Core Courses (Required for CGS and MBA in Healthcare Management)

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 600 Management and Supervision for Healthcare Professionals 
This course will provide an overview of basic management functions and the leadership skills necessary for effective healthcare supervision. Topics covered will span the vast knowledge and skill areas associated with effective healthcare business management and leadership. Management functions such as position descriptions, personnel recruitment, training and orientation, safety and workplace violence, motivation, reward and recognition, and conflict resolution will be covered. Cultural diversity within the workplace will be addressed. Practical management functions such as time management, decision making, effective meetings, delegation and coping with stress and burnout will be covered. The course is a practical and skill-based approach to management within healthcare organizations. 3 credits

MBA 602 Marketing Decision Analysis
This course is designed to help students integrate their knowledge of marketing into applied strategy for the firm as a whole. It requires creative thinking and problem-solving applied to analysis of situations as presented in cases and contemporary articles. The course covers areas such as marketing concept, target market identification, market research, consumer behavior and psychographics, product development, pricing, sales, promotion, distribution, international marketing, and comprehensive strategy development. Prerequisite: MBA 551, 3 credits

MBA 603 Financial Decision Analysis
This course examines the financial strategy of the organization in terms of both external environmental factors such as inflation and taxation and internal constraints and events. It explores issues and practices in working-capital management, current-asset management, capital budgeting, long-term financing, and dividend policy, using the case method to emphasize key concepts. Prerequisite: MBA 553, 3 credits

MBA 605 Accounting Decisions for Managers
This course will focus on corporate decision-making skills for managers. It will involve the concepts and practices of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, contribution margin reporting, profit planning, budgeting, performance analysis, and relevant costs for decision making. Prerequisite: MBA 552, 3 credits

Advanced Core Courses (Required for MBA in Healthcare Management)

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 718 Management Information Systems    
This course focuses on the role of managing information in achieving strategic objectives, with special emphasis on evolving technological, application and organizational issues. This is accomplished by examining the organizational and technical foundations of the information systems and exploring the tools, techniques and approaches for building and managing effective information systems. Prerequisites: MBA 550, 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 726 Organizational Development and Change    
This course examines the process of change from individual, team and organizational perspectives. Because business environments are rapidly changing, managers need to improve their abilities to diagnose, implement and evaluate planned change. This course uses an experiential approach to develop the skills managers need to improve performance in changing organizations. Prerequisite: MBA 601, 3 credits

MBA 800 Business Strategy    
This course covers the practical tools and theoretical concepts that companies use to arrive at effective business strategies. The course is integrative, and builds on students’ understanding of the functional areas of the firm including operations, finance, marketing, human resource management and organizational design. Through readings, case analysis, real world company strategy analysis, simulation and discussion, course participant will learn the processes, tactics and schemes for specific action that firms use to achieve their intended business objectives. Prerequisites: All Foundations Courses (MBA 550-557), all Functional Core Courses (MBA 600-605), and 3 Electives (MBA 700 & 900 level courses), 3 credits
MBA in Healthcare Management Electives (Must take 2)

MBA 903 Marketing and Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations    
This course will examine marketing and public relations theory and practice in the context of the nonprofit sector, and will explore the ways in which strategic communications campaigns support mission attainment and increase public accountability for the public, and communication the value of organizations to a broad range of stakeholders. 3 credits

MBA 904 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations    
This course presents a description of the financial management techniques appropriate to nonprofit, voluntary, and philanthropic organizations. Operational budgeting, financial planning, nonprofit accounting, pricing, capital budgeting, and investment strategies will be considered in detail. 3 credits

MBA 905 Leadership and Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations    
This course presents theories of leadership, organizational development, organizational behavior, and their application to nonprofit, voluntary, and philanthropic organizations. In addition, students are exposed to basic practices and issues in hiring, compensation, training, and performance evaluation as they apply to this sector. The role, value, and dynamics of volunteerism and diversity are explored. 3 credits

MBA 906 Governance, Executive Leadership, and Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations    
This course focuses on the history, role, and functions of nonprofit boards with respect to providing leadership at the organizational, community, and societal levels. Emphasis is placed on how boards in partnership with executive leadership achieve the mission and vison on nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit sector boards are contrasted with public and for-profit sectors. Board development is considered, as is how boards embody, establish, and monitor organizational values such as trust, stewardship, service, volunteerism, civic enjoyment, freedom of association, and social justice. 3 credits

MBA 907 Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations    
This course explores current accounting principles designed for not-for-profit organizations such as hospitals, colleges, voluntary health and welfare organizations and fraternal organizations. Recent pronouncements covering financial reporting, pledges and revenue recognition, and cost allocation is covered and discussed. The relationship between traditional fund accounting and the new financial statement format is covered. 3 credits