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    1. MBA in Healthcare Administration

      MBA in Healthcare Administration Overview

      In today's highly complex healthcare industry, the strongest leaders are those who understand the many facets of this dynamic marketplace. Healthcare administrators must be able to handle economic, legal, regulatory, political, historical, and social demands in addition to their managerial duties.

      The South University Master Business Administration in Healthcare Administration online program is designed for those individuals who want to excel at every level of decision-making. This MBA program provides a sound foundation in business analysis and a rigorous specialization in healthcare administration. Thanks to the online format, students can enjoy flexibility as they pursue a degree, with the option to take classes any time of the day or night.

      Students of this program will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the following:

      • The systems and subsystems that comprise the healthcare industry
      • The impact that various dynamics (e.g., regulatory, legal, and political issues) can have on health service organizations
      • The manner in which public, private, and social forces can shape the healthcare system and affect healthcare providers
      • The managerial skills needed to work in teams, build cross-functional teams, and facilitate collaborative decision-making

      Graduates will have the business competencies and leadership skills necessary to pursue a managerial position in a variety of medical and health service locations, including hospitals, practitioners' offices, home health care agencies, and healthcare management companies.

      The Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356;www.acbsp.org).

      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.”

      Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#
      *The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.

      Academic Requirements

      The Master of Business Administration-Healthcare Administration (MBA-HCA), online program is designed for prospective students who have completion of application for admission and submission of application fee ($50), and

      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale OR
      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent graduate work OR
      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum combined GMAT score of 400 or GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Reasoning, OR
      • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)

      MBA in Healthcare Administration - 48 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the MBA in Healthcare Administration are required to take a total of 48 credits as follows:

      • Foundation Requirements - 16 Credits
      • Core Requirements - 12 Credits
      • Healthcare Administration Requirements - 16 Credits
      • Capstone Requirements - 4 Credits

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      Foundation Pre-Requisite Courses Required

      Students must have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.  The following foundation undergraduate courses must have been satisfactorily completed from an accredited institution or be satisfactorily completed (grade of C or better) within the first two quarters after acceptance into the MBA in Healthcare Administration program.  If the courses are taken at South University the undergraduate tuition rates will apply to these courses.

      • Accounting: two courses (or completion of MBA5000 at South University)
      • Macroeconomics: one course
      • Statistics: one course


      Foundation Requirements - 16 Credits
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      MBA5001 - Organization Behavior and Communication

      This course addresses the issues of motivation, leadership, and communications. Included are negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5004 - Managerial Economics

      This course provides an overview of microeconomic concepts and applications to common business problems. Topics include supply and demand analysis, cost analysis, economies of scale, basic market types and their characteristics, pricing, risk analysis, and the government's role in economic affairs.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5005 - Law and Ethics for Managers

      This course provides a framework for managers to understand and assess the ethical and legal responsibilities of managers and the implications of their decisions. The course introduces an ethical framework for managers and explores the constitutional foundation for laws and regulations that affect business, the current legal environment, employment and civil rights law, major regulations, corporate governance, securities and financial transactions and international law.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5008 - Quantitative Analysis and Decision Making

      This course presents students with quantitative tools for effective business analysis and decision-making. In addition to a review of basic inferential statistics, the course includes tools such as chi-squared tests, nonparametric statistics, correlation and regression analysis, time-series analysis and forecasting, and decision analysis. 

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4


      Core Requirements - 12 Credits
      Students are required to take 12 credits as follows:

      MBA6011 - Strategic Marketing

      A framework for examining key strategic marketing issues faced by modern organizations and helps students to develop an understanding of the marketing environment, customer and their buying behavior, the marketing research process, new product development, marketing channels, and marketing communication and advertising.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of MBA prerequisite courses and foundation courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA6012 - Operations and Supply Chain Management

      This course introduces students to the management activities involved in operating organizations within a global supply chain context.  Students will learn how business functions (such as marketing, operations, and finance) interact to support decisions for successful execution of the organization’s strategic plan.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of MBA prerequisite courses and foundation courses
      Credits: 4
      MHC6305 - Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations

      This course examines budgeting, reimbursement, financial planning, capital planning, financial statement analysis, and financial decision-making in healthcare organizations.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4


      Healthcare Administration Requirements - 16 Credits
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      MHC6301 - Healthcare Structure, Organization and Governance

      This course examines the way health care organizations are structured, organized, and governed to achieve optimum performance. Explores the various sub-systems of healthcare delivery and the way in which these interrelate in the marketplace.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4


      Students are required to take 12 credits from the courses listed below:

      MHC6302 - Public Health Organization and Management

      This course examines the assessment and understanding of the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, and health risks and behaviors in diverse populations. It also reviews federal and state emergency management procedures and services with lessons learned from recent national and foreign disasters.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4
      MHC6303 - Quality Performance and Management

      This course examines the quality assessment of both business practices and healthcare delivery focusing on outcome measurements, process/outcome relationships, and methods for process improvement. Quality management tools and techniques are reviewed with a focus on patient safety, clinical quality, care outcomes, and cost benefit analysis in patient care.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4
      MHC6304 - Health Policy

      This course examines the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of government health policy both at the state and federal level, and the manner in which public, private, and social forces influence the politics of healthcare, shape the system, and impact healthcare providers.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4
      MHC6306 - Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations

      Presentation of human resource management principles as applied in healthcare organizations. Examines the unique aspects of managing healthcare professionals including recruitment and retention; staff privileges; legal issues; job design and analysis; compensation; and labor relations.

       

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4


      Capstone Requirements - 4 Credits
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      MHC6999 - Case Studies in Healthcare Administration

      Through the application of cases in health care administration, students are provided an opportunity to draw upon and apply material covered throughout the program of study and to demonstrate skills in continuous learning through information access, synthesis and use in critical thinking.

      Prerequisite(s):
      To be taken during a student's last quarter or as the last class in the student's program
      Credits: 4


      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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