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Health Care Management Concentration

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Concentration Description

The Health Care Informatics concentration addresses key area of expertise in the emerging field of health care informatics including the fundamentals of health information systems and software, project management, and data, knowledge and information management.  A required field work project enables students to demonstrate their skills in a work setting. Work experience in health care or information technology is required to enter this program as it builds on the student’s prior knowledge. Faculty members are practitioners who work in the health care informatics field and introduce students to current trends and best practices in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Comprehend the global, social and environmental context of management and the importance of ethical and socially responsible decision-making
  • Understand health care systems and processes
  • Acquire a systems perspective to understand and analyze health care issues
  • Bring to bear a problem-solving orientation to issues of quality and cost-effectiveness in health care delivery
  • Understand ethical and public policy issues in health care


Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in a variety of organizations in the health care industry. Management career opportunities include jobs in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and outpatient departments
  • Nursing homes and home health care agencies
  • Physician practices
  • Public health agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Health insurance companies


Required Courses
The U.S. Health Care System
MHC 720 3 credit(s)
The course will review the evolution of health care in the U. S., explore the structure of the current system, and consider the impact of emerging trends on the provision of health in the future. Various components and stakeholders will be identified, with special attention on the diversity of care options and evolving roles of government as a funding source and regulator. Developments in national health care policy, the cost-quality-access conundrum, and the expansion of health care reimbursement options will be examined. The course also examines health care systems in other countries as a means to access alternative approaches to health care delivery issues.
Health Care Policy and Ethics
MHC 750 3 credit(s)
This course gives an overview of policy development at the organizational, local and national levels. Students assess the influence of actors, arenas, and socio-historical trends on health care policy. They explore ethical principles and how they are infused into all aspects of health care and health care management.
Elective Courses - choose three
Risk Management in Health Care
MHC 710 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the discipline of dealing with the possibility that some future event will cause harm. It examines a variety of contemporary issues surrounding managerial and analytical problems involved in health care risk management. It includes a historical review of the role of risk management in health care and the evolvement from a reactive to a pro-active focus and discusses the planning of a pro-active, patient outcome focused risk management program.
Financial Management in Healthcare
MHC 725 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG514 or equivalent. This course prepares health care managers to participate effectively in financial decision making within health care organizations. It focuses on how to use financial and program data to effectively analyze costs of programs and departments. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and contemporary financial concepts are introduced. Special attention is given to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, managed care, and government funding.
Health Care Information Systems
MHC 730 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MHC 522. This course includes an overview of the health care information technology system as well as clinical information systems devoted to the direct management of the patient. It provides guidance for implementing, managing, and accessing clinical information systems in various health care settings. Discusses medical records, resource management and security, the importance of disaster planning, standards and regulatory issues as related to informatics. Also examines the current state and future of health care informatics, including tele-medicine and emerging technologies, and explores the new technology creation and adoption processes and the impact of rapidly evolving technologies in the health care arena.
Strategic Planning in Health Care
MHC 740 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on developing an organizational vision, mission and goals, and integrating all components of the health care organization to achieve those goals. Strategic analysis, plan development and implementation strategies are included, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Emergency and All-Hazards Preparedness in a Health Care Setting
MHC 741 3 credit(s)
This course is intended for the health care manager who is responsible for the preparedness of his or her organization in a disaster situation. It focuses on planning and preparedness for all types of hazards. It covers such topics such as the legal and ethical issues surrounding disaster planning and preparedness, obtaining assistance from government and other agencies, interagency cooperation, integrating civil and military response and meeting the needs of special populations.
1-Credit Course - choose one
Essentials of Accounting
DMG 506 1 credit(s)
This course covers the fundamental principles of accounting. Key concepts are discussed along with use, setup and posting of balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, statements of retained earnings, and required SEC 10K filings. Students learn about dual entry-accrual accounting, and how to analyze key ratios derived from financial statements used in the management of organizations.
Grant Writing
DMG 605 1 credit(s)
This module for non-profit managers introduces the planning and proposal development phases of grant writing. It demystifies the process, from developing a fundable idea to identifying potential donors and structuring the technical components. Hands-on activities provide practice in the art and craft of grantsmanship.
Introduction to Health Care Disparities - Race, Ethnicity and Health
MHC 721 1 credit(s)
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about racial and ethnic, disparities in health and health care. The course will examine the ways in which dyadic relationships and multiple forms of discrimination contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. Students will examine the ways in which neighborhood and community factors and inequalities in socioeconomic status influence health behaviors, access to health care services and health status outcomes. Individual characteristics such as acculturation, patient preferences, provider congruence and cultural competence will be explored in this course.
Emergency Management of Natural and Man-Made Disasters
DMG 608 1 credit(s)
This course is for managers responsible for ensuring that their organizations are prepared for response, mitigation, and recovery from mass casualty disasters both natural and man-made. Emergency management is prioritized by lives and property saved by improved responses and mitigation., Cases of past and future fatalities from mass disasters are presented, with examples of lives saved and lost by emergency management. Students prepare one-page personal disaster preparedness plans for home and work sites for diverse disaster threat-and-response characteristics.