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Executive MHA Course Descriptions

The first year foundational course sequence consists of:


PHPM 604 - Population and Public Health for Health Professionals

  • Public health and its concentration areas; examination of how the federal, state and local health care and public health system/infrastructure has evolved; public health problems, diseases and risk factors; role of public health in preventing/alleviating same; reviews the core functions of public health.

PHPM 606 - Health Systems Management

  • Introduction to conceptual frameworks and practices associated with key functions in the management of complex health organizations.

PHPM 603 - Managing Healthcare Data and Information

  • Applicability of descriptive statistical techniques for the presentation of health care data; presentation of commonly used inferential statistical techniques survey for data analysis.

PHPM 653 - Health Insurance and Managed Care

  • Overview of health insurance in the U.S., with emphasis on the private health insurance markets and managed care; demand for insurance, insurance underwriting and rate making; the role of employer-sponsored health insurance; the impact of managed care on hospitals and physician markets; health savings accounts and consumer-directed plans.

PHPM 623 - Healthcare Financial Management

  • Course is designed as an overview of health financing and techniques for financial management in health service settings, blending theory and practice through lecture discussion and case analysis. This course also examines major sources of public and private health services funding.

PHPM 617 - Quality and Process Improvement

  • Overview of evolving health delivery system quality mechanisms and approaches for maximizing quality control in health care organizations. includes concepts and practices of quality assessment, control and improvement, and accreditation and outcome analysis in service delivery systems.


The second year integrative course sequence consists of:


PHPM 620 - Operations Management

  • This course is organized around the types of tactical and operational decisions made by health care operations managers. Tactical decisions are medium- and long- term decisions that together determine the processes by which health care services are produced and delivered, while operational decisions are short-term decisions concerned with utilizing resources to meet the objectives of the organization in an efficient manner. Building on a “system-based” approach to the health care environment, analytical tools are examined to aid problem solving and decision-making in health care organizations. Where appropriate, spreadsheets will be used to ease computational work, facilitate analysis, and aid in the presentation of results. This course examines operational decisions through a combination of lectures, problem sets, organizational analysis, and readings.

PHPM 616 - Management of Human Resources

  • An introduction to the range of human resources issues facing the health delivery system administrator from benefits to grievances and human resources management in health organizations. Course also covers personnel practices such as job analysis and description, recruitment, selection and compensation in various health delivery system settings.

PHPM 633 - Health Law and Ethics

  • The course covers torts, contract law, corporate liability, malpractice, key federal and state regulations, and records management relative to health care. Important health case law is discussed. Ethical considerations are discussed as they relate to the law and management of health delivery systems.

PHPM 614 - Strategic Planning and Marketing

  • This course offers an introduction to strategic planning and management in health services organizations. Processes and formats employed in strategic planning and marketing are presented and applied in case studies and a final project. Elements of market assessment, environmental analysis and strategy development are presented and applied to course practices.

PHPM 640 - Health Policy and Politics

  • Examination of health policy-making at the national and state levels, including the role of Congress, the Presidency, administrative agencies, and interest groups; policy formation in multiple areas with a particular focus on Medicare, Medicaid; approaches to controlling costs, improving access, and assuring quality.

PHPM 680 - Health Systems Leadership

  • Integration of essential content presented in health policy and management curriculum by assessing issues confronted by health service organizations leaders and employing tools acquired in prior courses to address the issues.