HCAD500 Healthcare and Healthcare Systems (3 semester hours)

This course examines demographic and epidemiologic health trends impacting healthcare demand, healthcare delivery, and healthcare systems the U.S. Students will analyze health trends, healthcare systems, and population-specific access to healthcare in their home communities. This course provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to frame the context of the role healthcare administrators in U.S. healthcare organizations.

HCAD510 Leadership and Management in Healthcare Organizations (3 semester hours)

This course examines contemporary leadership and management theories, models, and principles as they relate to healthcare organizations. Further, the course explores the ethics of leadership and the role of a healthcare leader in creating the culture and processes that support a high reliability organization. Students will develop a personal philosophy of ethical, effective leadership.

HCAD520 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration (3 semester hours)

This course explores legal and ethical dimensions of health care in the context of patients’ rights and responsibilities, employee rights and responsibilities, and business practices. The course examines ethical values and principles in healthcare, the Patient Bill of Rights, legal regulations in healthcare, malpractice and risk management, and basics of employment law and labor relations. Students will apply ethical and legal principles to analyze the health administrator’s role in case examples involving ethical and legal dilemmas.

HCAD530 Operational Management in Healthcare (3 semester hours)

This course examines the key elements of operational management, strategic planning processes, project management, and marketing strategies in health care organizations. Interpersonal and communication skills are discussed in the context of change management and development of written business plans. (Prerequisite: HCAD510)

HCAD697 Healthcare Administration Practicum (3 semester hours)

This field experience course focuses on exploring the structure, leadership, governance, and organizational culture of a healthcare organization. Students will interact with the organization’s healthcare administrators to gain an understanding of leadership and management responsibilities inherent in the operation of an organization. Specifically, students will explore the roles of the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief medical and clinical officers, human resources manager, and the operations manager. As part of the didactic component of the course, students will discuss leadership styles observed during the field experience and their impact on the organization’s culture, reflect on personal leadership strengths and areas for improvement, and present an analysis of the organization’s strengths and weakness in relationship to the key principles and elements of a high reliability organization.

HCAD699 Healthcare Administration Capstone (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on applying theoretical knowledge of strategic management, continuous quality improvement, and compliance in a health care organization. Students will examine organizational performance measures and outcomes, accreditation readiness practices, and quality management programs. Students will participate in an operational or performance improvement project within a healthcare organization scenario. Students will explore the roles of organizational leaders involved in ensuring quality, safety, and compliance. Students will be expected to create a professional development plan, based on self- reflection and assessment of personal leadership and managerial knowledge and skills.