Healthcare Informatics Administration - Courses

Program length is approximately 18 months.

Term One

MHA 530 | Health Care Systems and Organizations | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course introduces the history and evolution of our health care system. The structure and function of health care organizations, internally and with one another, is examined in depth. A systems approach to administration and management is covered within the health care context. The organization of health services is reviewed with an overview of the interaction among, and the integration of, the major health care subsystems: primary; secondary; tertiary; long-term; palliative; special populations/disorders. Delivering health care in a systematic and integrated framework is stressed throughout the course.

BUS 500 | Organizational Leadership | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course examines organizational leadership; the role that visionary leaders play in empowering employees, providing the environment for effective work units; and harnessing diversity (organizational, cognitive, and physio-cultural) for competitive advantage.

MHA 520 | Health Care Research Methods | 4 credits | 7 wks

This course is an introduction to quantitative research methods in general, and health care research methods in particular. First, an overview of research is given with attention to various purposes and approaches. Next, the components of the quantitative research process are studied, including the research problem, review of the literature, methodology, human subjects concerns, collection of data, analysis, results of the data, and conclusions. Statistical software is introduced as a tool to analyze, interpret and present data. Emphasis is on understanding the concepts of statistical analysis, choosing appropriate tools, and procedures to use in a given context, using the computer to carry out the procedures, and then interpreting the computer results within the given context. Prerequisite: Introduction to statistics or equivalent.

Term Two

MHI 500 | Health Care Informatics | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course introduces all of the fundamental elements of informatics; health information systems, health records systems, and information technology. The clinical and administrative information needs and use of computer tools of a health care organization are covered. Students will study the interrelationships between administrative data and clinical systems. Students will study the differences between and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and a Personal Health Record (PHR). The course also covers the role and function of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) such as a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO).

MHA 580 | Health Care Financial Management | 5 credits | 8 wks

This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth investigation of health care accounting and finance. This course is intended to give those who seek to manage health care organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to assure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of health care organizations such as not for profit and for profit hospitals, physician groups and other health care groups including how these organizations use accounting and financial systems for decision making. In this course, we will examine the health care organization as a management function and the basic principles of accounting followed by financial statement analyses, cost accounting, cost shifting, budgeting, managing accounts receivable, materials management and health care economics. We will examine these topics and their use in planning, control, evaluation and “real life” work examples. The course covers all the essential functions in health care accounting and financial operations that would be experienced throughout the Health Care industry, except for the insurance business and those entities which have special and additional requirements for being for-profit. During the course the participants will carefully construct what the accounting and finance department is expected to accomplish. The course objectives are reinforced through the lecture notes and supplemental readings, significant group discussions, homework problem sets, a case study, topic presentation, and a final paper and presentation.

MHI 515 | Health Care Data and Document Management | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course provides an in-depth view of typical health care IT systems, data and document management and information challenges facing health care knowledge workers. Implementation of electronic content management systems and interoperable electronic health records are explored. Students will also study data models, data conversion, data warehousing, data mining and mechanisms for data sharing and transfer.

Term Three

MHI 525 | Health Care IT Standards | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course covers key standards in Health Informatics Systems. The course explores specific health care IT standards and reviews the benefits that the adoption of standards brings toward the successful health care transformation. The course will review legacy standards and terminologies, ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED, HL7, X12, DICOM, NCPDP, HITSP, HIPAA, NIST, XDS, XDS-I, etc.. The role of non-medical standards in medical informatics will also be studied.

MHI 545 | Health Care Systems Analysis & Design | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course focuses on the critical role of health information systems and technology planning, operation, and management in health care organizations. Topics addressed include the analysis, design, selection, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information technology and systems in a variety of settings such as health systems, hospitals, and medical practices. This course also reviews tactics and tools for constructing a health care information technology strategy and plan.

MHI 595 | Decision Support Systems | 3 credits | 5 wks

This course covers trending and forecasting, the capital budgeting process, and return on investment in HIT. In addition, issues such as supply chain management, clinical algorithms, and care plans/clinical pathways and implementation strategies as related to IT purchases will be covered. Adult learners will study the development of rules, implementation of systems, and the evaluation of decision support systems in the HIT arena.

Term Four

MHA 600 | Health Policy, Ethics, and Law | 4 credits | 7 wks

This course presents a review of the ethical and legal dilemmas faced by health care providers and administrators. The values underlying the development of the health care system in the United States are explored in depth. The formation of governmental policy, state and federal, is reviewed. Health policy’s impact on and regulation of health care delivery in the United States is examined. Application of ethical decision-making is explored.

MHA 690 | Strategic Planning in Health Care | 4 credits | 6 wks

This is the capstone research course in the health administration program. All other required courses must be completed before registering for this course. This course reviews strategic thinking and planning from a systems perspective. Students will integrate the knowledge and information from their previous course work and employ strategic planning tools, techniques, and data for the development of an integrative research experience. The course culminates in the development of a comprehensive business plan in a health care industry sector selected by the students. Students may work independently or petition the instructor to produce a team-developed business plan.

MHA 695 | Health Organization Transformation | 4 credits | 6 wks

This course prepares health care professionals to lead change and drive the transformation of health care organizations in the 21st century. The elements studied are an achievement orientation, managing ethically, values-based leadership, community service, innovation, relationship building, accountability, process, and project management.

Total credits: 42

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