2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Healthcare Leadership

Office: University College Student Support Center
Mail Code: 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042
Email: ucolsupport@du.edu  
Web Site: http://www.universitycollege.du.edu

Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

The Healthcare Leadership master’s degree concentration in Global Health Program Management is offered online to meet the needs of busy adults. This concentration is offered collaboratively with the Global Affairs Master’s program. Delivery and support of healthcare in the global setting has increasingly emerged as a multinational, multi-organizational endeavor, pulling together individuals and groups from multiple locations and backgrounds to provide services. Individuals, organizations and corporations routinely come together, providing both emergency and long-term medical services. Individuals and groups engaged in management of direct healthcare service programs, as well as those responsible for the development and marketing of medical devices and products to support healthcare, require specialized skill when operating in the international market. This concentration builds on general knowledge of leadership in healthcare with a focus on global healthcare.

Students will gain transferable skills across functions, assisting them in managing healthcare services, or developing and marketing of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other products, within the international health care setting. Knowledge gained through this concentration will also be of assistance to those writing grants for global healthcare programming, services and product development. Curriculum includes topics such as working with remote teams, regional governance, employment and labor law, independent cross-functional decision making, customs and importation laws, regulatory compliance and other management and legal concerns. Building on desirable areas of expertise identified by those hiring in these fields, this course of study is designed to create a portfolio of skills applicable to various aspects of global health management that can be applied in a multitude of settings throughout the world.

This degree prepares students to

  • Generate and analyze strategies to transfer management skills across a variety of organizational, geographic and/or cultural settings
  • Create team management and communication plans for face-to-face, virtual, and remote teams
  • Develop and evaluate decision-making strategies to integrate systems, processes, and procedures across various organizational functions
  • Assess global legal, cultural, and governance issues and challenges in both delivery of healthcare services and marketing of products to determine most effective implementation strategies
  • Examine regional attitudes, traditions, and cultural differences to apply understanding of those concepts to global-health-related critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Evaluate health delivery systems in developed and emerging countries in terms of successes, opportunities, and challenges to inform adaptation and application of lessons learned
  • Assemble regulatory compliance requirements for research, development, and marketing of healthcare products in the international setting to recommend appropriate courses of action for an organization
  • Appraise management principles for healthcare related Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s)

Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

The Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Career-relevant courses provide students with the knowledge and tools to help them achieve leadership with a pulse on the dynamism in healthcare and continuing emergence of reform leading to changes in healthcare policy.

Students acquire the essential tools necessary to become leaders who help shape, interpret, and implement policies and regulations that impact a value-driven healthcare system. Students improve their understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and trends as they relate to healthcare regulatory systems and public policy. Students examine the relationship between public policy, the patient as the consumer, and the impact of culture on the formation of policy and practice within a transitioning healthcare environment. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to

  • Compare variations in healthcare delivery domestically and internationally
  • Examine the legislative process involved in the creation of healthcare public policy
  • Assess how change leads to resistance and what measures must be adopted to incorporate change
  • Correlate how professional standards and accreditation relate to quality assurance in various areas of healthcare
  • Analyze the processes involved in the implementation of healthcare public policy and healthcare reform

Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

The Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare master’s degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. This program provides legal professionals, health providers, practice managers, healthcare administrators, and others with the concentrated knowledge of how law and medicine must work in cooperation to deliver better health, better care, and lower costs while ensuring patient safety. Students interested in policy and advocacy find this concentration applicable to career advancement.

In the Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare program, students explore the intersection of law and health systems as they navigate business and practice management in the health industry. Students will acquire specialized skills related to the economic and legal structures associated with healthcare systems and delivery mechanisms in order to assess and respond to common legal and policy issues facing health organizations. Principles of change management will be applied throughout all coursework to provide leadership skills necessary to develop, facilitate, and maintain change across health systems.

The curriculum focuses on legal and policy issues including transactional law, professional liability, professional review, patient privacy, and anti-discrimination—all discussed in relation to both inpatient and outpatient facilities and providers. Unique legal concerns related to academic and entrepreneurial medicine are addressed including research regulations, intellectual property, and product development. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master’s degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to

  • Analyze the intersection of law and healthcare in health administration
  • Assess legal and regulatory systems that impact healthcare payment and delivery
  • Summarize legal issues that influence academic medical research and health entrepreneurism
  • Examine ethical considerations that affect healthcare
  • Identify business principles necessary to manage the legal components of healthcare systems

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies

The Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Innovative classes cover how to reduce costs and improve access to quality healthcare through technologies that comprise the framework of modern interconnected healthcare.

Students stay at the cutting edge of emerging healthcare information technology and telehealth with a master’s degree concentration by learning how technology affects and improves diagnosis, treatment, training, patient records, and financial transactions. You'll gain high-level knowledge of the interoperability of healthcare information systems, the benefits and barriers associated with electronic health records systems, and the emerging use of distance medicine.

Courses emphasize provider and patient interaction and how to improve overall efficiency through relevant health informatics. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to

  • Assess how technology affects diagnosis, treatment, training, record keeping, financial transactions and data outcome analysis
  • Compare and contrast emerging trends in medical and healthcare information technology including electronic health records and telehealth
  • Analyze how technology can help improve quality of patient care and reduce costs as healthcare moves from a volume-based to value-based system
  • Recommend different ways to facilitate discussion and communication between clinical providers and technical staff

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

The Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. This concentration prepares students to develop and administer strategic plans for various types of healthcare systems.

Students acquire the skills needed to successfully and strategically lead within healthcare organizations through the integrative process of a changing healthcare industry. Through analysis of the interrelationships of value, quality, and price, students examine the financial state of healthcare at the macro level, allowing them to better understand budgetary restraints while striving to realize an organization’s vision and goals.

Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to

  • Compare and contrast leadership and administration characteristics that contribute to success in the provision of healthcare
  • Evaluate basic components of a strategic plan and change management, relating them to financial planning and patient value within the healthcare system
  • Analyze issues that support and detract from a harmonious workplace environment, and how these issues affect patient services, and provide solutions in effectively dealing with these issues
  • Compare and contrast the strategic management functions required to lead and administer various types of healthcare systems
  • Demonstrate expertise in the complex history and process of healthcare economics

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

The Healthcare Leadership certificate in Global Health Program Management is offered online to meet the needs of busy adults. Delivery and support of healthcare in the global setting has increasingly emerged as a multinational, multi-organizational endeavor, pulling together individuals and groups from multiple locations and backgrounds to provide services. Individuals, organizations and corporations routinely come together, providing both emergency and long-term medical services. Individuals and groups engaged in management of direct healthcare service programs, as well as those responsible for the development and marketing of medical devices and products to support healthcare, require specialized skill when operating in the international market.

Students in this certificate will gain transferable skills across functions, assisting them in managing healthcare services, or developing and marketing of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other products, within the international health care setting. Knowledge gained through this concentration will also be of assistance to those writing grants for global healthcare programming, services and product development. Curriculum includes topics such as working with remote teams, regional governance, employment and labor law, independent cross-functional decision making, customs and importation laws, regulatory compliance and other management and legal concerns. Building on desirable areas of expertise identified by those hiring in these fields, this course of study is designed to create a portfolio of skills applicable to various aspects of global health management that can be applied in a multitude of settings throughout the world.

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

The graduate certificate in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Certificate students will add new skills to their portfolio, including knowledge of how to help shape, interpret, and implement policies and regulations that impact a value−driven healthcare system. The Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership concentration will provide an improved understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and trends as they relate to healthcare-related public policy and healthcare law.

Career-relevant courses provide students with the knowledge and tools to help them achieve leadership with a pulse on the dynamism in healthcare and continuing emergence of reform leading to changes in healthcare policy. Improve your understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and trends as they relate to healthcare regulatory systems and public policy by earning a certificate. You'll examine the relationship between public policy, the patient as the consumer, and the impact of culture on the formation of policy and practice within a transitioning healthcare environment. Credits earned through this certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

The Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. This certificate program provides legal professionals, health providers, practice managers, healthcare administrators, and others with the concentrated knowledge of how law and medicine must work in cooperation to deliver better health, better care, and lower costs while ensuring patient safety.

Certificate students will explore the intersection of law and health systems as they navigate business and practice management in the health industry. Earn specialized skills related to the economic and legal structures associated with healthcare systems and delivery mechanisms in order to assess and respond to common legal and policy issues facing health organizations. Principles of change management will be applied throughout all coursework to provide leadership skills necessary to develop, facilitate, and maintain change across health systems.

Certificate curriculum focuses on legal and policy issues including transactional law, professional liability, professional review, patient privacy, and anti-discrimination—all discussed in relation to both inpatient and outpatient facilities and providers. Credits earned through the graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies

The Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Certificate courses emphasize provider and patient interaction and how to improve overall efficiency through relevant health informatics. Innovative classes cover how to reduce costs and improve access to quality healthcare through technologies that comprise the framework of modern interconnected healthcare.

Certificate students stay at the cutting edge of emerging healthcare information technology and telehealth by learning how technology affects and improves diagnosis, treatment, training, patient records, and financial transactions. You'll gain high-level knowledge of the interoperability of healthcare information systems, the benefits and barriers associated with electronic health records systems, and the emerging use of distance medicine. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

The Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. This certificate prepares students to develop and administer strategic plans for various types of healthcare systems. 

Certificate students will acquire the skills needed to successfully and strategically lead within healthcare organizations through the integrative process of a changing healthcare industry.
Through analysis of the interrelationships of value, quality, and price, students examine the financial state of healthcare at the macro level, allowing them to better understand budgetary restraints while striving to realize an organization’s vision and goals. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Credits earned in the graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Healthcare Leadership.

MASTER'S DEGREE ADMISSION

Admission Criteria

A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission. Applicants whom University College believes may successfully engage in graduate work, but who have not met the previously stated GPA requirement, may be admitted to a degree program on a provisional basis. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

Admission Process

Master's degree applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted online; with the exception of transcripts, which must be received by the stated application deadline (requests for accommodation may be granted). Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail approximately two weeks following the application deadline. Detailed application information and application deadlines are located on the University College website

  • Application: Applicants must complete the application online.
  • Application Fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 
  • One Official Transcript from each Post-Secondary Institution: Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where 2 quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two confidential letters of recommendation are required.
  • Personal Statement: A personal statement (two pages double spaced) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. Sharing personal experiences, abilities, achievements, and goals is encouraged.  This document has considerable influence in the decision to admit applicants with attention given to written communication skills. 
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Degree Plan: The degree plan, detailing courses for the academic program, is required to complete the admission process and can be completed through the University College online Degree Builder tool.
  • Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language, regardless of citizenship, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Applicants may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if they have earned a post-secondary degree from a recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English.
  • Proof of Permanent Residency: Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Registration Alien Card (green card).
  • Admission Interview: An interview may be required at the program director’s request.
  • International Applicants:  Additional requirements are listed below for international applicants. 

CERTIFICATE ADMISSION

Admission Criteria

A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission. Applicants whom University College believes may successfully engage in graduate work, but who have not met the previously stated GPA requirement, may be admitted to a degree program on a provisional basis. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

Admission Process

Certificate applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted online; with the exception of transcripts, which must be received by the stated application deadline (requests for accommodation may be granted). Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail approximately two weeks following the application deadline. Detailed application information and application deadlines are located on the University College website

  • Application: Applicants must complete the application online.
  • Application Fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 
  • One Official Transcript from each Post-Secondary Institution: Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where 2 quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Certificate Plan: The certificate plan, detailing courses for the academic program, is required to complete the admission process and can be completed through the University College online Degree Builder tool. 
  • Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language, regardless of citizenship, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Applicants may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if they have earned a post-secondary degree from a recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English.
  • Proof of Permanent Residency: Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Registration Alien Card (green card).
  • Admission Interview: An interview may be required at the program director’s request.
  • International Applicants:  Additional requirements are listed below for international applicants. 

INTERNATIONAL ADmission

International applicants must comply with all requirements set forth for domestic applicants and supplement their application with additional documentation. International applicant information, including admission deadlines and the International Applicant Checklist, is available on the University College website.

Admitted international applicants whose native language is not English are required to attend University College’s International Preparation Week prior to attending courses at University College.

University College will consider graduate applicants who have earned three-year baccalaureate degrees from 15-year education systems. The school from which the applicant has earned the degree must be a formally recognized or regionally accredited institution of higher learning, as determined by the University Of Denver Office Of International Student Admission. Admission policy and procedures for applicants holding three-year baccalaureate degrees is the same as for other international applicants with one exception: applicants with a three-year degree are not eligible for English Conditional Admission. Priority consideration will be given to those with a minimum of three year’s work experience.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

  • English Proficiency: All internationally educated applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency regardless of citizenship and/or U.S. residency.
  1. TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (Internet based) is required for admission consideration. Generally, applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. TOEFL score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for admission consideration.
  2. Academic IELTS: A score of 6.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher. IELTS score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for admission consideration.
  3. Possible Exemptions: International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/Academic IELTS requirement if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is in English.
  4. English Conditional (Admission?) (ECA): Master's degree applicants who do not meet the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional acceptance if all other admission criteria are met. Prior to enrolling in any graduate-level coursework, ECA requires an evaluation by the University of Denver's English Language Center (ELC) and successful completion of intensive ELC English courses including the Graduate Preparation Program.. Academic classes may not be taken while students are enrolled at the English Language Center. Graduate certificate students may not be admitted through ECA. As an alternative to the English Language Center, an applicant may become fully admitted by submitting sufficient TOEFL/Academic IELTS scores.
  • Official Transcripts and Translations: International applicants should submit official transcripts printed in the official language of instruction of their institution. Certified English translations must accompany all transcripts except for those provided by institutions that issue documents in English.
  • Photocopy of Diploma/Degree Certification and Appropriate Translations: Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit proof of graduation through a degree certificate or diploma along with all appropriate official translations.
  • A Photocopy of Current Passport: Applicants must provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of their passport. This is required before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver.
  • The Supplemental Information Form (SEVIS Supplement): Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents must complete the SEVIS form.
  • Financial Verification Form: Applicants seeking an I-20 student visa must submit financial verification documents.

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4500Operational Challenges in Global Health Management4
HC 4510Legal and Employment Issues in Global Health Management4
HC 4520Global Health NGO Management4
or HC 4530 Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Global Health NGO Management
Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students may choose from the elective options above, or they may work with their advisor to choose electives.  

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4210Quality Improvement for HC Leaders4
HC 4225Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process4
HC 4230Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students may choose from the elective options above, or they may work with their advisor to choose electives.  

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4005Healthcare Macroeconomics4
HC 4400Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities4
HC 4410Legal Issues: Healthcare Research, Development and Entrepreneurship4
HC 4420Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Comparative Healthcare Systems
Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students may choose from the elective options above, or they may work with their advisor to choose electives.  

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4301Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Systems4
HC 4310Electronic Health Records Systems4
HC 4315Telehealth4
HC 4325Healthcare Information Technology Applications4
HC 4335Information Systems Security in Healthcare4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students may choose from the elective options above, or they may work with their advisor to choose electives.  

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of science in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4005Healthcare Macroeconomics4
HC 4100Management Principles in Healthcare Systems4
HC 4110Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management4
HC 4130Organizational Behavior in Healthcare4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Comparative Healthcare Systems
Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students may choose from the elective options above, or they may work with their advisor to choose electives.  

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

Program Requirements

Core coursework requirements
Concentration requirements
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4500Operational Challenges in Global Health Management4
HC 4510Legal and Employment Issues in Global Health Management4
HC 4520Global Health NGO Management4
or HC 4530 Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Global Health NGO Management
Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4210Quality Improvement for HC Leaders4
HC 4225Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process4
HC 4230Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4005Healthcare Macroeconomics4
HC 4400Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities4
HC 4410Legal Issues: Healthcare Research, Development and Entrepreneurship4
HC 4420Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Comparative Healthcare Systems
Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4301Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Systems4
HC 4310Electronic Health Records Systems4
HC 4315Telehealth4
HC 4325Healthcare Information Technology Applications4
HC 4335Information Systems Security in Healthcare4
Elective requirements (Choose one course):4
Healthcare Macroeconomics
Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a Concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4005Healthcare Macroeconomics4
HC 4100Management Principles in Healthcare Systems4
HC 4110Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management4
HC 4130Organizational Behavior in Healthcare4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Comparative Healthcare Systems
Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Courses

HC 4000 Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments (4 Credits)

This course opens with a comprehensive overview of the functions of various types of healthcare organizations: providers, insurance companies, government agencies, and professional associations. Alternative payment and provider models are reviewed, regulatory bodies and issues are explored, and healthcare reform efforts and proposals are discussed. Supply and demand projections for personnel are examined. The work of key federal agencies (NIH, National Center for Disease Control, and Food and Drug Administration) is reviewed as well as the activity of national and international non-governmental organizations. Major national and global public health challenges are introduced.

HC 4005 Healthcare Macroeconomics (4 Credits)

This course focuses on macro analysis of the current financial state of healthcare in the United States. The interrelationships of value, quality, and price are analyzed. The importance of transparency of quality and its effect on value is articulated. Compensation and payer models are compared including the role of employer benefits, private health insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid, and various mechanisms used to cover the costs of prescription drugs. Current issues, such as pay for performance, cost saving through prevention, cost shifting, and healthcare for the aging, are discussed.

HC 4010 Healthcare Communication and Leadership (4 Credits)

This course focuses on the welfare of patient, family, and community in the context of medical team communication and leadership. Models for communicating highly technical medical information with patients and others involved in their care are examined. Students weigh and assess differences in personal and organizational cultures to optimize patient-centered outcomes. Students acquire a sound body of knowledge and terminology to facilitate communication and leadership across a multitude of disciplines essential in the delivery of healthcare. NOTE: This course is strongly recommended within the first 3 terms of study.

HC 4100 Management Principles in Healthcare Systems (4 Credits)

Healthcare systems are dynamic and require constant attention to maintain relevance and competency. In this course students encounter and explore the strategic management functions required to lead and administer various types of healthcare systems. Techniques are explored for analyzing a system and moving it forward from where it is to where it needs to be.

HC 4110 Healthcare Innovative Strategies and Change Management (4 Credits)

Strategic planning for maximum use of financial resources is critical to success within a healthcare system. The starting point includes understanding all of the basic components of a strategic plan: mission, vision, strategy and tactics. A strategic plan answers the questions: Why are we here? Where are we going? How will we get there? What resources do we need? Creative and innovative thinking when considering allocation and management of resources is explored. Students learn the conceptual language and systems of strategic planning and decision making. They learn the application of these principles to provide successful change management within an organization.

HC 4130 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare (4 Credits)

Patient satisfaction, an element of healthcare management, is often a result of how well the entire healthcare system functions. Students examine successful examples of cooperation, compatibility, and dedication within the workplace and explore what contributes to a harmonious and effective healthcare environment. Interpersonal skills are discussed, as well as ethical guidelines and laws that define acceptable workplace behavior.

HC 4200 Comparative Healthcare Systems (4 Credits)

This course describes variations in healthcare delivery systems locally, nationally, and globally as they relate to policy, structure, and finance. Comparisons of systems are made relative to expenditure of resources and outcomes. Students learn about healthcare coverage, access to care, healthcare rationing, provider manpower distribution, and seeking healthcare in foreign countries (medical tourism). The discrepancy between the desirable and the practical is explored, and students are asked to outline and defend a system that they believe is both desirable and practical.

HC 4210 Quality Improvement for HC Leaders (4 Credits)

This course is designed to review the body of knowledge and core competencies needed to function at the level of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) in a healthcare organization. Skills gained are applicable to managers and administrators of hospitals, practices, and clinics. Course content is beneficial to clinicians and others interested in quality and patient safety. This course facilitates the sucessful pursuit of the CPHQ certification exam. Core competencies, aligned with the CPHQ certification exam, to be explored in detail include: Leadership and Managment; Quality and Performance Improvement; Healthcare Safety; Information Managament and Regulation, Accreditation and Continuous Readiness. Students are strongly encouraged to complete HC4000 and HC4220 prior to registering for the course.

HC 4220 Ethical Considerations in Healthcare (4 Credits)

This course explores ethical considerations encountered throughout the United States' healthcare industry as well as within the broader global environment. Both clinical and non-clinical scenarios will be examined. Students will learn to apply ethical principles, theories, and concepts to analyze and draw conclusions for a broad range of ethical dilemmas. Through readings, class discussions, and assignments, students will recognize how ethical considerations vary depending on the perspective of the stakeholder or assessor, a critcal step in making ethical decisions with no single right answer.

HC 4225 Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process (4 Credits)

This class provides students with an understanding of the political and legislative procedures that lead to healthcare policy change and reform. Students examine the influences and functions of government agencies, legislative processes and procedures and executive branch rule-making. Students objectively evaluate how policy changes occur at the federal and state levels and subsequently affect the functioning as a citizen and a professional. Class lecture focuses on the legislative path of federal law and then follows it through to the outcomes at the state level. Students explore the importance of developing relationships, communication and advocacy strategies with elected officials and various stakeholder groups that interact with the federal and state legislative processes.

HC 4230 Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy (4 Credits)

This course examines strategies for implemtation and evaluation of healthcare public policy. Students develop skills in analyzing issues, consdiering and weighing pros and cons of proposed policy, and in defending strategies for bringing about change. Beginning with the passage of a new law, policy, or regulation, students track the process to implement and evaluate new policy. Topics related to implementation of a new policy include funding the implementation, effect on constituents and the overall national economy, sustainability, and short and long term evaluation of the policy. At the conclusion of this course, students will prepare an implementation plan for selected recently passed state legislation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete both HC4000 and HC4225 prior to registering for this course.

HC 4301 Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Systems (4 Credits)

Healthcare information technology (HIT) systems can improve cost and efficiency when systems are properly evaluated and implemented. Good IT systems are also increasingly being associated with better patient outcomes. However, healthcare has lagged behind other industries in adoption of IT systems. A major challenge to healthcare professionals is understanding the major underlying technical concepts involved in the jargon-filled world of healthcare information systems. This foundational course provides a working knowledge of key HIT definitions and concepts. It is not designed to turn students into network administrators or software developers; rather, it is to equip the student to become an active and valuable participant – or even a team leader – in the evaluation, selection, implementation and ongoing operation of health information systems. Note: This course is a pre-requisite for HC 4325 except with approval by the academic director.

HC 4310 Electronic Health Records Systems (4 Credits)

Electronic health records systems - electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), and personal health records (PHRs) are all the buzz these days, yet for the past 30 years the healthcare sector has clung to paper records, manila file folders and clipboards. Technology vendors have been claiming for years that their systems are mature enough to be successfully used, yet many providers say they will retire or sell their practice before they will adopt EMR/EHR technology. Other providers, who have made the leap of faith and have implemented EMR/EHR technology, say they would never go back to paper records. Against this backdrop, this course explores in great detail the technical and controversial aspects of healthcare information technology in general and the specific factors involving evaluation and adoption of EMR systems. We explore the fundamental components of modern electronic records systems, and review their impact on both business and clinical functions, discussing barriers to adoption and how to overcome them. A class exercise is utilized to evaluate one or two EMR systems, and role-play actual evaluation in a clinic environment. Key areas of interoperability, interfaces and standards are introduced. The course is practical and thought-provoking as it emphasizes critical thinking and the synthesis of ideas from multiple sources and perspectives. Participants are challenged to develop their own viewpoints and opinions, substantiated by the published work of those who are thought leaders in the field of HIT, as well as the participants' own experiences.

HC 4315 Telehealth (4 Credits)

Access to proper medical facilities presents a gap in quality healthcare, particularly for certain populations and specialties. The advantages and challenges of telehealth services to address these issues are presented. Special focus is placed on how communication, innovative technology, safety, and efficiency are addressed through telehealth as access and distance become less of a barrier. Regulatory, legislative, and political considerations regarding telehealth implementation are discussed. Students evaluate business and technology infrastructure models required to support telehealth services. Students compare stories of patient reaction to telehealth as a primary or secondary means of access to care.

HC 4325 Healthcare Information Technology Applications (4 Credits)

This course covers the major healthcare information technologies and topics other the electronic health records systems. There is a large focus in healthcare technology on electronic records systems. However, there are many other important systems that form the complete framework of modern connected healthcare. This course includes electronic practice management (EPM/PMS) systems, scheduling, billing, diagnostics/labs, reporting, payment interfaces and business intelligence in healthcare. Prerequisite: HC 4301, or approval by the academic director.

HC 4335 Information Systems Security in Healthcare (4 Credits)

This course will introduce students to information security risks facing the healthcare industry. Students will learn how to better protect healthcare organziations and their patients' data. Students will learn about recent security breaches, the impact of those breaches on healthcare organizations, and all of the key players involved. This course also covers the evolution of healthcare IT and the continuously evolving risk and regulatory landscape. Students will explore the regulations of HIPAA and how they relate to day-to-day operations in healthcare organizations. Additionally, this course will prepare students to support information security initiatives in order to protect the organization while futhering the advancement of healthcare IT capabilities. This is not a technical course, however we will be learning about how security is impacted by technology and what we must do across technology in order to secure our healthcare systems, our organizations, and our patients.

HC 4400 Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities (4 Credits)

This course is a primer on the legal and compliance considerations associated with operation and administration of healthcare provider groups and facilities. Topics include the Stark and anti-kickback laws, contract law, licensure and credentialing, professional liability, staff management and professional review, HIPAA and patient privacy, safety, highlights of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), and civil rights and non-discrimination in the private and public sector.

HC 4410 Legal Issues: Healthcare Research, Development and Entrepreneurship (4 Credits)

This course describes legal issues which impact medical research, development of pharmaceutical agents and medical devices, food safety regulation and principles of healthcare entrepreneurism and biotechnology. Topics include institutional review board, data management and security, grants, loans and capital investment as funding sources, and intellectual property.

HC 4420 Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems (4 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the legal complexities of creating and managing delivery and payment models for healthcare services. Course content revolves around the current challenges of evolving from volume based to value based reimbursement principles. Topics include fraud and abuse and compliance systems, legal foundations of private vs. public payment systems, disparities in access and reimbursement, health information exchanges and health insurance exchanges, and review or current healthcare reform efforts in reimbursement procedures.

HC 4500 Operational Challenges in Global Health Management (4 Credits)

This course presents challenges in operations that are unique to healthcare services and products being delivered in the international market. Topics include international marketing of services and healthcare products, negotiation styles, ethical considerations, organizational structure, transporting of medical goods and personnel, individual travel health and medical tourism as a business model. Cultural and religious considerations in healthcare delivery are discussed. Grants and research management for global health are compared with domestic procedures.

HC 4510 Legal and Employment Issues in Global Health Management (4 Credits)

This course presents legal considerations involved in conducting global programs and business related to healthcare services and products. Employment and labor law are discussed in relationship to employment across international lines and within foreign countries. Intellectual property, patent and copyright of healthcare products, curriculum, and programs are examined. Customs laws, foreign trade, and other regulations such as healthcare licensing and credentialing of personnel are developed. Human resource challenges such as remote team management are discussed.

HC 4520 Global Health NGO Management (4 Credits)

Students will examine factors that impact organizational performance in the global nonprofit health sector. Students expore current challenges associated with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) that operate in low-income and middle-income countries. Examples include Doctors Without Borders, Shoulder to Shoulder, and others. Students are empowered to research and compare different NGOs and analyze factors that impact organizational effectiveness. Key challenges facing NGO leaders are analyzed and students provide recommendations to improve organizational performance. Course topics include assessment of NGO strategies, organizational resources and financing, and stakeholder relations. Other topics include analysis of countries' demographics, culture, healthcare delivery, policies, and external environment. It is recommended that students in the Global Health Program Management concentration or certificate complete HC4500 and HC4510 prior to registering for this course. Students in other concentrations or programs may take this course at any time as an elective.

HC 4530 Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management (4 Credits)

This course discusses the various regulatory requirements of conducting healthcare related business from the perspective of research, development, and marketing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Both domestic and international requirements will be examined. Students will develop a template of skills for investigating healthcare related compliance issues that can be adapted to specific markets as needed.

HC 4701 Topics in Healthcare Leadership (1-10 Credits)

This is an advanced special topics seminar course. The focus is on specialized areas of interest. Topics courses may be used as electives within the Healthcare Leadership degree and certificates, and, with advance approval from Academic Director, may substitute for core courses in the degree or certificate programs.

HC 4901 Capstone Project (4 Credits)

The Capstone Project provides students the opportunity to research a topic, problem, or issue within their field of study, and work individually with a Capstone advisor. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project will synthesize and apply core concepts acquired from the program. The student will select an appropriate Capstone advisor who is knowledgeable in the field of study to work closely with and whom can guide the research project. Evaluation will be focused on the quality and professionalism of applied research and writing; critical and creative thinking; problem-solving skills; knowledge of research design, method, and implementation; and contribution to the field and topic of study. Please see the Capstone Guidelines for additional details. Prerequisites: A Capstone Proposal that has been approved by both the Capstone Advisor and the Academic Director, unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of a B- or better is required to pass.

HC 4902 Capstone Seminar (4 Credits)

The Capstone Seminar is a graduate seminar in which students utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the degree program to create a culminating work that critically addresses a problem in their degree field of study. The students produces a Capstone of 7000-8000 words that presents a position on a relevant problem, supports the position with professional and academic literature, analyzes and tests the proposed solution, and discusses the findings as related to the field of study. The seminar is dependent upon quality, collegial discussion, and feedback of students’ research and work products, under the facilitation of a faculty member. The course structure guides the students through the process of independent, secondary research and writing of a Capstone. No primary research is allowed. Students generate the course content through ongoing discussion and peer feedback on the Capstone process and individual topic areas under investigation. Students professionally and academically communicate through written work and oral presentation . Students must have: Unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of B- or better is required in this course to meet degree requirements. Students must complete the Capstone Seminar in one quarter; no incomplete grades are assigned.

HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar (4 Credits)

The Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar is a graduate seminar in which students utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the degree program to create a culminating work that critically addresses a problem or issue in the degree field of study. Members of the class will include students from various UCOL programs, representing multiple topics of study. On campus offerings of this course include required online components. The student produces a paper of 7000-8000 words that presents a position on a relevant problem or issue, supports the position with professional and academic work in the field, analyzes and tests the paper position, and discusses the role of the findings within the field of study. Students professionally and academically communicate their findings through written work and oral presentations. The seminar is dependent upon active and collegial discussion and critique of student research and work under the facilitation of a faculty member, and it is governed by the quality of participation and contributions of the students. Students must have: Unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of B- or better is required in this course to meet degree requirements. Students must complete the Capstone Seminar in one quarter; no incomplete grades are assigned.

HC 4910 Research Practices and Applications (4 Credits)

This course develops competency in principles of research and measurement for use in the professional setting. As an initial course in the program of study, students will learn research methods to apply to program and systems design and evaluation to achieve successful measurement of outcomes and goals. Students will become critical consumers of pertinent literature to provide background and support for the choice and application of proper qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis for professional application. Critical thinking through comparing and contrasting cause and effect is used to build logic models. Research, design, and evaluation processes that address issues of implementation, feasibility, and sustainability are emphasized. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared to apply and clearly communicate the practice of scientific research principles in the professional environment to ensure that the question being asked can be answered through rigorous research and the design and formative assessment of the program or system. Completion of Institutional Review Board (IRB) training via CITI Program is required as a basis for discussion of research ethics and IRB procedures. Competencies gained in this course, including practices of inquiry, self-analysis, and evaluation, will be applied and integrated throughout the course of study and demonstrated in the culminating capstone work of the master’s degree. This course is required of all degree-seeking students and should be taken in the first three quarters of enrollment.

HC 4980 Internship (1-10 Credits)

The Healthcare Internship is designed to offer students a purposeful experience in a practical, industry related setting. The internship is an individualized learning experience. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the internship site supervisor to provide experiences related to the skills and knowledge covered in the certificate and master’s programs as well as professional goals. Students are responsible for finding their own internship site and proposing their internship ideas. University College will send notification to all Healthcare students if they hear of internship possibilities. Students may also work through the DU career center, to explore opportunities for internship experiences.

HC 4991 Independent Study (1-8 Credits)

This is an advanced course for students wishing to pursue an independent course of study. The student must be accepted in a degree program, have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better, obtained the approval of the department director, and have completed the Independent Study form and filed the form with all appropriate offices before registering for the independent study. Independent Study is offered only on a for-credit basis.

HC 4992 Directed Study (1-8 Credits)

This is an advanced course for students wishing to pursue a directed course of study. The student must be accepted in a degree program, have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better, obtained the approval of the department director, and have completed the Directed Study form and filed the form with all appropriate offices before registering for the directed study. Directed Study is offered only on a for-credit basis.

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