2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin

Healthcare Management

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 management with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

The Healthcare Management master’s degree concentration in Global Health Program Management 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 degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The concentration focuses on the delivery and support of the global health industry 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 a range of services from public health to emergency and long- term medical services. Individuals and groups engaged in management of direct and indirect health industry service programs, as well as those responsible for the development and marketing of medical devices, products, and services to support the health industry, require specialized skill when operating in the international market. This concentration builds on general knowledge of leadership and management in the health industry with a focus on global application.

Students will gain transferable skills across functions, assisting them in managing services and projects related to the health industry within international settings. 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 the health industry and 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 management with a Concentration in Health Data Informatics and Analytics

The Health Data Informatics and Analytics 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 degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The concentration prepares students for the evolving environment in the health industry and healthcare system informatics and analytics. In addition, this concentration presents many opportunities to bridge the divide between field-level and director-level positions related to informatics and analytics within the healthcare delivery system. The program incorporates lessons learned from across the training spectrum, and produces graduates with the necessary skills to create and populate the new mid- and higher-level management positions. This degree concentration focuses on three areas of development.

First, students develop a solid base of knowledge about healthcare delivery in the U.S. within the framework of the “4 Ps”: Patients/People, Providers, Payers, and Population. This framework allows students to understand both informatics and analytics related to the process of transforming data into information, knowledge, and then insight (DIKI) along the broad scope that exists in health industry and U.S. healthcare today. Second, students will: (1) compare and contrast the similarities and differences between asking and answering research and business questions and (2) demonstrate competencies in this area. Third, students will learn how to collaborate, organize projects, and formulate real-life solutions to existing healthcare industry issues.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Compare how healthcare data is generated, routed, and analyzed within the U.S. healthcare delivery system and the health industry from the perspectives of patients/people, providers, payers, and populations and how these processes affect interoperability

  • Distinguish major, as well as innovative, health information systems as they relate to the perspectives of patients/people, providers, payers, and populations - utilizing both active and passive informatics

  • Appraise healthcare and health industry informatics tools as they relate to the past, present, and future directions of healthcare reform - as well as how these differ from other industries

  • Articulate the ways in which HIPPA regulations and biostatistics principles influence data informatics and analytics

  • Evaluate the impact of data governance challenges, ethical implications, and security issues on stakeholders in healthcare data research, business workflows, and compliance

  • Recommend study and project designs for healthcare informatics and analytics-based case studies incorporating frameworks such as database architecture, data warehousing, natural language processing, and epidemiology

  • Defend the fundamental DIKI process of transforming data to information, knowledge, then insight through integrating disparate public data sets and modeling predictive analytics to create solutions, complete with data visualizations, to healthcare and health industry challenges

  • Develop a professional, actionable implementation, change management, and assessment plan for bringing IT, clinical, engineering, and business individuals together to solve a healthcare industry challenge

Master of Science in Healthcare management 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. This degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The career-relevant courses within the concentration provide students with the knowledge and tools to help them achieve leadership and management skills 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 and managers 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.

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 management 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 degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The concentration 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.

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 entrepreneurship

  • Examine ethical considerations that affect healthcare

  • Identify business principles necessary to manage the legal components of healthcare systems

Master of science in Healthcare management 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. This degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The innovative classes in the concentration 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, telehealth, digital, and virtual health 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 data interoperability.

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, telehealth, digital, and virtual health

  • 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 their counterparts

Master of science in Healthcare management 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 degree has a set of core courses addressing healthcare systems and regulatory environments, finance, and communication and leadership. The 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.

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 theseissues

  • 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 management with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

The Healthcare Management certificate in Global Health Program Management 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. Delivery and support of healthcare in the global health industry 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, a range of services from public health to emergency and long- term medical services. Individuals and groups engaged in management of direct and indirect health industry service programs, as well as those responsible for the development and marketing of medical devices and products and services to support the health industry, require specialized skill when operating in the international market. Students will gain transferable skills across functions, assisting them in managing services and projects related to the health industry within international settings. 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 management with a Concentration in Health Data Informatics and Analytics

The Health Data Informatics and Analytics certificate is offered completely online to meet the needs of busy adults. This certificate is designed for three principal types of students. This certificate is appropriate for individuals in the health data informatics or analytics field who are currently working beyond their skillset capacity. This certificate seeks to match their skills to the competencies they would like to acquire. These students will benefit from instruction on theory and validation of their on-the-job experiences.

Alternatively, this certificate is appropriate for those who are ready to move to a managerial position and may need a new skillset to make this conversion. Additionally, this certificate is appropriate for individuals with solid business skills looking to transition from another industry into the health industry or healthcare but need support for the move. This certificate will aid in the transition to a health data informatics and analytics position within the healthcare or health industry. To this end, the certificate curriculum is aligned with AHIMA and HIMSS certification specific core objectives. This certificate focuses on three concentrated areas of development.

First, students develop a solid base of knowledge about the healthcare delivery in the U.S. within the framework of the “4 Ps”: Patients/People, Providers, Payers, and Population. This framework allows students to understand both informatics and analytics related to the process of transforming data into information, knowledge, and then insight (DIKI) along the broad scope that exists in health industry and U.S. healthcare today. Second, students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between asking and answering research and business questions. Third, students will learn how to collaborate, organize projects, and formulate real-life solutions to existing healthcare industry issues.

Certificate in Healthcare management 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 and management 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 Management.

Certificate in Healthcare management 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 Management.

Certificate in Healthcare management 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 data interoperability. 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, telehealth, digital, and virtual health 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 Management.

Certificate in Healthcare management 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 Management.

Master's Degree Admission

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2018 Final Submission Deadline: July 20, 2018
  • Fall 2018 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: June 15, 2018
  • Winter 2019 Final Submission Deadline: October 26, 2018
  • Winter 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: September 28, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Final Submission Deadline: February 8, 2019
  • Spring 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: January 11, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Final Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: March 29, 2019

Admission Requirements

  • Online admission application
  • $75.00 Application Fee
  • University Minimum Degree and GPA Requirements
  • Transcripts: One official transcript from each post-secondary institution.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.
  • Personal Statement: A personal statement (two pages double spaced, 450-550 words) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. Some questions to consider are (a) what do you expect to learn and achieve in your degree program? (b) what kind of professional position do you anticipate having five years after you earn this degree? (c) what experiences have you had that form the foundation for these career or 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, clarity, and organization.
  • Résumé: The résumé (or C.V.) should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for the degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (internet-based test): 80 with minimum of 20 on each subscore
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 on each band score
  • Minimum CAE Score: 176 with minimum of 169 on each band score
  • English Conditional Admission Offered: 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, English Conditional Acceptance (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. As an alternative to the English Language Center, an applicant may become fully admitted by submitting sufficient TOEFL/Academic IELTS/CAE scores.

Read the English Language Proficiency policy for more details.

Read the English Conditional Admission (ECA) policy for more details.

Read the Required Tests for GTA Eligibility policy for more details.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Financial Aid

There are many different options available to finance your education. Most University of Denver graduate students are granted some type of financial support. Our Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you explore your options.

Certificate Admission

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2018 Final Submission Deadline: July 20, 2018
  • Fall 2018 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: June 15, 2018
  • Winter 2019 Final Submission Deadline: October 26, 2018
  • Winter 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: September 28, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Final Submission Deadline: February 8, 2019
  • Spring 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: January 11, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Final Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Deadline for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.: March 29, 2019

Admission Requirements

Admission Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for the degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (internet-based test): 80 with minimum of 20 on each subscore
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 on each band score
  • Minimum CAE Score: 176 with minimum of 169 on each band score
  • English Conditional Admission Offered: No, University College certificate programs do not offer English Conditional Admission.

Read the English Language Proficiency policy for more details.

Read the English Conditional Admission (ECA) policy for more details.

Read the Required Tests for GTA Eligibility policy for more details.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Financial Aid

There are many different options available to finance your education. Most University of Denver graduate students are granted some type of financial support. Our Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you explore your options.

Master of science in Healthcare Management 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 4015Healthcare Finance4
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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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 Management with a Concentration in Health Data Informatics and Analytics

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
HC 4000Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments4
HC 4010Healthcare Communication and Leadership4
HC 4015Healthcare Finance4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4600Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective4
HC 4610Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics4
HC 4620Healthcare Methods and Programming4
HC 4630Healthcare Data Mining, Integration, and Interpretation4
HC 4640Healthcare Database Applications4
HC 4650Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism4
Elective requirements (Choose one course):4
Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
Electronic Health Records Systems and Health Information Exchanges
Telehealth, Digital, and Virtual Health
Healthcare Information Technology Applications
Information Systems Security 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 management 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 4015Healthcare Finance4
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 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4225Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process4
or HC 4230 Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
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 management 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 4015Healthcare Finance4
HC 4910Research Practices and Applications4
HC 4901Capstone Project4
or HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
or HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
HC 4400Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities4
HC 4410Legal Issues: Research, Development, and Entrepreneurship4
HC 4420Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems4
HC 4430Significant Health Industry Law4
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 management 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 4015Healthcare Finance4
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 Systems and Health Information Exchanges4
HC 4315Telehealth, Digital, and Virtual Health4
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 management 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 4015Healthcare Finance4
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 management with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

Program 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 Affairs 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 Affairs Global Health Management
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Certificate in Healthcare Management with a Concentration in Health Data Informatics and Analytics

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4600Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective4
HC 4610Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics4
HC 4620Healthcare Methods and Programming4
HC 4630Healthcare Data Mining, Integration, and Interpretation4
HC 4640Healthcare Database Applications4
HC 4650Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism4
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

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

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4210Quality Improvement for HC Leaders4
HC 4220Ethical Considerations in Healthcare4
HC 4225Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process4
or HC 4230 Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
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 management with a Concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4400Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities4
HC 4410Legal Issues: Research, Development, and Entrepreneurship4
HC 4420Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems4
HC 4430Significant Health Industry Law4
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 management with a Concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
HC 4301Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Systems4
HC 4310Electronic Health Records Systems and Health Information Exchanges4
HC 4315Telehealth, Digital, and Virtual Health4
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 management 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 relationships of value, quality, and price are analyzed. Transparency related to price and quality is considered. Fundamental items such as balance sheets/income statements, accounting vs. financial reporting, equity, cash flows, and debt financing are covered in detail. Payment and incentive models are considered in connection with employer-furnished benefits, private health insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid. Current issues, such as pay for performance, shared savings, cost shifting, and healthcare for the aging, under and uninsured are discussed. Students will discuss variations in health policy related to payment and coverage systems.

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 4015 Healthcare Finance (4 Credits)

This course presents an overview of financial management in healthcare organizations operating in the United States. Students will gain a broad overview of the business of healthcare in the United States, including interpretation of financial statements, budgeting, variance analysis, operational analysis, capital investment analysis, expense management issues, revenues, and payment systems used in the current United States healthcare system. The course will use a case-based approach where students will demonstrate mastery of financial management skills through application of knowledge to real-life scenarios from the industry.

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 and health-related organizations. This course explores techniques for analyzing the present state of a system and walking through the change process to achieve improvement. The course wraps up by exploring the similarities and differences related to management and leadership in the context of the health industry.

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? How do we define success? Creative and innovative thinking when considering allocation and management of resources is explored in this course. The course covers how to assess changes to changing conditions such as regulatory compliance, revenue uncertainty, or personnel. Students will learn the conceptual language and systems of strategic planning and decision making. Students will also learn the application of these principles to provide successful change management within an organization.

HC 4130 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare (4 Credits)

Customer and employee satisfaction elements of healthcare management are often a result of how well the entire healthcare system functions. Students examine successful and less 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 are 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 implementation and evaluation of healthcare public policy. Students develop skills in analyzing issues, considering and weighing pros and cons of proposed policy, and 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 HC 4000 prior to registering for this course.

HC 4301 Fundamentals of Healthcare Information Systems (4 Credits)

Health information technology (HIT) can improve cost and efficiency when systems are properly evaluated, implemented, and optimized. Effective IT systems are also increasingly being associated with better patient outcomes and reduced costs. However, healthcare has lagged behind other industries in the adoption of IT systems. A major challenge to healthcare professionals is to articulate the major underlying technical concepts involved in the jargon-filled world of health information technology. 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 students 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 prerequisite for HC 4325 unless approved by the academic director.

HC 4310 Electronic Health Records Systems and Health Information Exchanges (4 Credits)

Electronic health records systems (electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), and health information exchanges (HIEs)) are all the buzz these days, yet for the past 30 years the healthcare sector has clung to paper records, file folders, and clipboards. This course will explore the technical and controversial aspects of healthcare information technology in general, and the specific factors involving evaluation and adoption of EMR systems. The course also covers the fundamental components of modern electronic records systems and reviews their impact on both business and clinical functions. Key areas of interoperability, interfaces, and standards will be introduced. The course will be practical and thought-provoking as it emphasizes critical thinking and the synthesis of ideas from multiple sources and perspectives. Participants will be 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, Digital, and Virtual Health (4 Credits)

The lack of access to proper medical facilities presents a gap in quality healthcare, particularly populations, geographies, and specialties. Other populations simply prefer receiving some healthcare services in locations and/or during times that are more patient-centric. This course will present the advantages and challenges of telehealth services to close these gaps, and to develop more efficiencies in providing healthcare services across populations. This course will also cover a broad variety of healthcare services and specialties but will focus on services and specialties that primarily utilize synchronous technologies. After a broad review of the telehealth field, this course will focus on how to set up, sustain, and lead a telehealth, digital, or virtual program. This will include regulatory issues such as state-based licensure, state-based licensing boards, emergency management procedures, reimbursement, and credentialing and privileging. In addition to these regulatory issues, the course will focus on current and emerging technologies, how to conduct a needs assessment, define staff training needs, overcome resistance, market services, implement different business models, and evaluate best practices for leading virtual teams. The course will also cover how some innovative and emerging technologies such as mobile apps and virtual reality are being used in healthcare.

HC 4325 Healthcare Information Technology Applications (4 Credits)

This course covers the major healthcare information technologies and topics other than electronic health records systems. Electronic health records systems represent a large focus in healthcare technology; however, many other important systems form the complete framework of modern connected healthcare. These include electronic practice management (EPM/PMS) systems, scheduling, billing, diagnostics/labs, reporting, payment interfaces, and business intelligence in healthcare. This course focuses on the fundamentals of how to be an analyst of health IT technology. 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 protect healthcare organizations and their patients’ data better. 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 regulations of HIPPA, NIST/ONC, HITECH, and Meaningful Use 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 furthering the advancement of healthcare IT capabilities. This is not a technical course; however, the course covers how security is impacted by technology and what one must do across technology to secure healthcare systems, organizations and patients.

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

This course is a primer on the legal and compliance considerations associated with organization, payment, and administration of facilities and provider groups. Topics will include the corporate and contract law, Stark and anti-kickback law, licensure and credentialing, professional liability, professional review and patient safety, HIPAA and patient privacy, and other laws affecting healthcare providers and organizations.

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

This course describes fundamental legal issues related to a range of topics in the health industry including clinical research, development of pharmaceutical agents, and medical devices. This course also examines legal issues related to food safety regulation, principles of healthcare entrepreneurism, and biotechnology. In addition, this course includes key information related to the legalities of institutional review boards (IRB), data management, 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 payment principles. Topics will include fraud and abuse and compliance, legal foundations of private and public payment systems, fee for service, managed care, value-based systems, and a review of current healthcare payment reform efforts. The course wraps up with the role of clinical health information and related data systems in healthcare delivery and payment.

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 Affairs 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 4600 Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective (4 Credits)

This course evaluates the environment of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and introduces the 4P (patient, provider, payer, population) perspective framework. This framework is generated from the natural flow of healthcare delivery starting with the patient, moving to the provider, towards the payer, and evolving into population health. Students will learn about the associated data that is generated from the patient as a consumer, from the provider through clinical operations, from the payer perspective, and finally how all of these contribute toward population health data. This course will cover the basics of U.S. healthcare research and clinical intervention, and students will have the ability to model the conceptual as well as practical application of health informatics.

HC 4610 Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics (4 Credits)

This course discusses research investigator training and outlines the progression of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. In addition, this IRB process will be compared with the business process improvement cycle. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as data governance issues are surveyed from the patient, provider, payer, and population perspectives. The connections between these topics and ethics are explored, and the principles of biostatistics are discussed. Common statistical packages used within healthcare research and business applications are covered, and this course concludes with an analysis of resulting ethical implications of short- and long-term healthcare data. Prerequisite: HC 4600.

HC 4620 Healthcare Methods and Programming (4 Credits)

This course presents the basic study designs of epidemiology and illustrates the field’s benefit to the healthcare industry. Randomized control trials (RCT) through correlation studies are explained through case studies as well as practical application. Informatics tools such as machine learning, clinical decision support, and natural language processing (NLP) are categorized with respect to their relative positions in the 4P (patient, provider, payer, population) perspective framework. This framework is generated from the natural flow of healthcare delivery starting with the patient, moving to the provider, progressing on to the payer, and evolving into population health. This course concludes with the many benefits of auditing as a check and balance for healthcare methods and programming. Prerequisite: HC 4600.

HC 4630 Healthcare Data Mining, Integration, and Interpretation (4 Credits)

This course explores available public healthcare data sets and the data mining process. In addition, this course articulates the value of mapping relationships between data points and workflows. This process determines the level of integration of disparate data sources and is explored through the 4P (patient, provider, payer, population) perspectives. This framework is generated from the natural flow of healthcare delivery starting with the patient, moving to the provider, progressing on to the payer, and evolving into population health. Once the data sources are integrated, the focus becomes how to turn this data to into information, knowledge, and insight. This course wraps up by exploring both business and research options for interpreting data through visualizations and predictive analytics. Prerequisite: HC 4600.

HC 4640 Healthcare Database Applications (4 Credits)

This course covers the growing functions of security in healthcare data and specifically elaborates on the vulnerabilities and emerging solutions for dealing with data once it is stored. Database architecture is surveyed, which transitions into an exploration of terminologies and standards and how these impact interoperability of data in warehouses. A significant portion of this course focuses on the specifics of medical coding and how coding is affected by the 4P perspectives. This framework is generated from the natural flow of healthcare delivery starting with the patient, moving to the provider, progressing on to the payer, and evolving into population health. The course wraps up with a compilation of Structured Query Language (SQL) capabilities and a study of their influence of their practical application.

HC 4650 Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism (4 Credits)

This course applies skillsets acquired during the course of the program. It is important to learn how to utilize these skillsets, as well as to understand how cultural issues influence processes within the healthcare delivery system. In addition, this course compares research collaborations and business mergers and acquisitions. Finally, the course includes exercises to build professionalism in reporting to convey actionable items. The combination of all of these skills informs students’ strategies for addressing change management, program implementation, and evaluation. At the culmination of this course, students will have a baseline proficiency in the cultural aspects that are required to succeed as a healthcare informatics and analytics professional. Prerequisites: HC 4600, HC 4610, HC 4620, HC 4630, and HC 4640.

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 4900 Experiential Learning in Healthcare (4 Credits)

This course is for students who want to do independent research by completing an industry project and serves as a connector between research methods and a student’s Capstone Project. The course will connect an academic research question with an experiential learning opportunity in healthcare for students as they prepare for their Capstone Project experience. Students will choose a Capstone Advisor, choose a topic, develop a thesis statement, explore project methodologies, write a proposal, and complete the necessary Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements. Students will also agree to the structure and deliverables of their projects. There is an expectation for face to face (virtual is acceptable) meetings between students and their prospective Capstone Advisor during this course. This course is a prerequisite for any students planning to complete the Capstone Project (HC 4901) as it is the beginning of the Capstone Project process. Prerequisites: approval by Academic Director, acceptance as a degree candidate, and completion of between 30-40 quarter-hours. This course meets an elective option.

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, 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 produce 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: 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: 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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