Healthcare Management (Master of Healthcare Management)

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A master’s degree in healthcare management (MHM) from Creighton University will prepare you to become a leader in the healthcare industry. This program provides formal academic training through online courses as well as practical experience to face the changing landscape of healthcare and to grow the industry.

From hospitals to public policy arenas, healthcare management is needed to influence the delivery of healthcare services and lead the interprofessional approach to healthcare. Healthcare needs leaders who can weather the changes to laws, regulation and technology in healthcare as well as rapid growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), occupations related to healthcare will add more jobs than any other industry between 2012 and 2022. Employment in the healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to grow by 29.4 percent over the same period, adding an estimated 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022.                                           

This program is grounded in the Ignatian value of cura personalis, which means care for the individual person. According to the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), healthcare administrators and managers are dedicated to giving back and are focused on ensuring that every individual patient, provider and caregiver has a positive experience with the healthcare system, which directly aligns with the values-based education at Creighton.

The healthcare management program is seeking CAHME accreditation to ensure that graduates possess the required competencies paired with concrete, experiential learning.

Outcomes

This program prepares you to develop, plan and manage healthcare operations and services. Graduates with this degree are qualified for formal roles of management or administration at all different levels of healthcare organizations. These roles can span management and leadership roles in various areas such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Clinics
  • Long term care
  • Assisted living
  • Home health
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Biomedical device manufacturers
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Public policy arenas
  • Providers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants who have accepted leadership roles
  • Private corporate entities such as banks, insurance companies, staffing agencies who primarily work within the healthcare arena

Curriculum

The HCM program contains 45 credit hours with three to six credit hours of practicum (internship) for a total of 48-51 credit hours.  

General Course Descriptions

Healthcare Concepts 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery systems within a public health context. To be effective managers, healthcare professionals must be able to link the theory of individual and social determinants of health status with the changing structures and organization of the U.S. healthcare system. This course will teach the basic components of the healthcare system including financing; the role of public programs, insurers, and employers; the healthcare delivery system; managed care; and an overview of collaborative interventions between managed care and public health to improve health status.  

Law and Ethics for Healthcare Managers 
This course explores the crucial connection between health law and healthcare ethics. The course focuses on major ethical themes that have emerged in the law and highlights specific interconnections of doctrines that have come out of landmark cases. The course will also examine the significant and fundamental differences between healthcare ethics and health law.

Healthcare Financial Management 
This course examines the organization, delivery, and financing of healthcare services from a managerial and policy perspective. Specific focus will be given to the role, responsibilities, and functions of public health services; the integral relationship of public health within the larger health system; and management principles and practices applicable to public health organizations.

Human Resources for Healthcare Managers 
This course examines the complexities of human resource management within healthcare organizations and systems. The content offers healthcare managers the knowledge and tools needed to manage staff including recruiting, hiring, and training of personnel; compensation and benefits; motivational strategies and performance evaluations; and, promotions and terminations. This course provides healthcare management students with current thinking, theory, and best practices which are effective healthcare organization management tools. 

Healthcare Management 
This survey course will explore critical issues related to the management of healthcare in a competitive and market-based environment. These issues will include; managing clinical performance, understanding a changing external environment, the foundations of high performance, managing diverse human resources, and healthcare marketing. Students will be asked to apply concepts through real-world cases and projects.

Healthcare Systems 
This course examines the organization, delivery, and financing of healthcare services from a managerial and policy perspective. Specific focus will be given to the role, responsibilities, and functions of public health services; the integral relationship of public health within the larger health system; and management principles and practices applicable to public health organizations.

Decision Support Systems for HCOs (Biostatistics) 
The application of biostatistical principles for critical analysis of retrospective and prospective studies within health sciences and related fields. Emphasis is on the interpretation of statistical methods covering probability, discrete and continuous distribution, inferential statistics, categorical data, non-parametric methods, analysis of variance, regression, correlation and critical reading of the literature. 

Healthcare Informatics 
This course provides a foundation for understanding the concepts and best practices in health communication and for developing skills in building effective communication campaigns with multiple and culturally diverse audiences. Recognizing the importance of informatics in health communication, this course will also address skills in the use of information technology for the retrieval, management and dissemination of information that promotes population health.

Managerial Epidemiology 
This course offers a foundation for the study of the distribution, history, and determinants of disease and disability in human populations. In addition to examining the biological basis of health, the course will explore social epidemiology and the interrelationship between the social and biological determinants of health.

Strategic Management for Healthcare Organizations
This course introduces principles, methods and concepts of healthcare organizations and specifically focuses on strategic planning, management and marketing. Related topics including systems analysis, model building, marketing and product development, governance, financial planning, process engineering, human resources planning and decision support systems will be discussed as they relate to the design and development of strategic management culture in the current healthcare environment. 

Healthcare Economics 
The course examines fundamental theories in health economics and the application of these theories in public health administration. The course emphasizes economic issues pertinent to the public health sector as well as concepts and practices in financial management that support the successful leadership and administration of public health organizations.

Finance for the Healthcare Manager
This course focuses on how managers can create value for a healthcare organization through sound financial management practices. Techniques addressed include effective employment of capital budgeting and resource allocation techniques, proper computation and use of the cost of capital, and how to deal with capital structure. Third-party payer considerations are also discussed. Prerequisites: MBA 701 and Statistics.

Healthcare Leadership
The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories, identify leadership challenges, and analyze best practices in public health leadership. Emphasis is given to reflection and self-development of decision-making and leadership styles in assuming leadership roles within public health organizations.

Healthcare Managerial Accounting
This course introduces concepts of financial accounting to the non-accountant user of financial information. The basic concepts addressed include the analysis of healthcare organization financial reports, budgeting, reimbursement, and not-for-profit healthcare accounting. After completion of the course, students will have an operational knowledge of financial accounting concepts, vocabulary, the accounting cycle, and the ability to interpret and analyze financial statements with an emphasis placed on accounting concepts and the use of financial data in the management of providers and payers. 

Executive Skills
In this course students develop the skills expected of a healthcare executive leader. Students will learn how to successfully navigate relationships with physicians, governing boards, regulatory bodies, donors, and other key stakeholders in the healthcare environment. 

Electives (Six [6] credit hours required and selected from the course options listed below)

Healthcare Marketing 
Healthcare organizations and systems offer products and services which pose a variety of marketing challenges for managers due to its unique competitive, regulatory and ethical environment. This course focuses on the fundamentals of marketing which can be applied throughout a broad spectrum and used to address healthcare management issues and concerns. This class will investigate the role of marketing in the strategic management of healthcare, identifying and addressing marketing opportunities and threats using a wide array of marketing techniques. 

Health Policy
This course is an exploration of health policy and its development, emphasizing social justice and human rights as providing the moral and ethical bases of policy. Also considered and compared are institutional, local, regional, national, and international approaches to public health, health systems, and determination of research and development priorities. American health systems, their operations, processes, successes, and failures are extensively analyzed. The processes and challenges for making policy at institutional, state, and federal levels are described, and past and current attempts at health systems reform, and why they succeed or fail, are analyzed. Analysis of the Affordable Care Act is emphasized.

Practicum 3-6 hours

The course provides students with the opportunity to incorporate integrative experiences, including field-based applications that require students to draw upon, apply and synthesize the knowledge and skills covered throughout the program of study. (three [3] credit hours with experience; six [6] credit hours with no experience)

Internships

The course provides students with the opportunity to incorporate integrative experiences, including field-based applications that require students to draw upon, apply and synthesize the knowledge and skills covered throughout the program of study.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completed application form with application fee
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced) outlining the reasons for applying for admission and the intended goals
  • Three recommendations by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background, achievements and personal qualities
  • Minimum TOEFL of 90 for students for whom English is not their first language
  • Proof of regular access to the technology needed to take online courses

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition: $875 per credit hour

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