Health Care Administration

Plymouth State University’s MBA in Health Care Administration is suitable for anyone who is looking to build a career in the health care field. Whether you work in a hospital or pharmacy, doctor’s office or nursing home; if you are a physical therapist or insurance provider – the MBA in Health Care Administration will give you the tools you need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex world of health care.

The MBA in Health Care Administration can be completed entirely online.

Those seeking professional development in this area also may be interested in the Health Care Administration Certificate.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Graduate Business courses will be offered.

  • Health Care Administration Component – 24 credits
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    This course presents an in-depth review of the financial management of health care organizations. This includes but is not limited to: budget formulation process specific to health care delivery systems, funding sources and payment methodology, managing working capital and capital budgeting, the unique characteristics of non-profit organizations, and financial analysis of such organizations. Students will also do case study analysis in the previously mentioned topics. Prerequisites: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
  • 3
    This course is specifically designed for graduate students enrolled in the Health Care Administration Certificate Program and/or an MBA with a health administration specialty. This course will focus on: The principles and theories of law as it relates to health care delivery; health care management and administration; examination of the applications of laws in relation to health care liability prevention and risks facing administrators, managers and practitioners. Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    This course will address managing organizational behavior issues and techniques with a specific focus on Human Resource management issues unique to the health care industry. Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Management.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    This course will be a seminar style presentation of current health care topics. This will be an integrative course which incorporates all previous coursework into a cohesive body of knowledge. The topics will include but will not be limited to: health care policy, quality initiatives, marketing in health care, current issues within Medicare and Medicaid, strategic decision making and public health. Prerequisites: BU 5410 and BU 5430.
    • Electives (choose two from below)
    • 3
      This course takes a comprehensive look at a broad range of technologies used throughout the health care industries and continuum of care. This includes and not limited to, Medical Informatics, Administrative Applications, Medical Office Automation, Telemedicine and Electronic Medical Record. The course will also cover technology in Surgery and informational resources access and use.
    • 3
      Health Care leadership is an introduction to the principles of management and leadership as the foundations for the administration of health care products and service delivery. The course covers the evolution of management principles and practices, and the bases for health care administration. Emphasis is on the management of global health care systems and the need for innovation and creativity in health care administration. The focus is placed on mastering graduate-level critical thinking, writing and ethical decision making skills.
    • 3
      An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue, or concern will be the focus of this course and will be taught by a specialist within the field being studied. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with different topics.
    • 3
      This course is an online elective course designed for those that are interested in healthcare systems around the world. This course is designed to encourage further understanding of healthcare policy in the United States as compared to other countries. How does each deal with the provision of healthcare? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? This course will require critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Total for MBA in Health Care Administration- 30 credits minimum

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