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Healthcare Administration Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

The University of New Haven’s online MHA is CAHME-accredited and designed to be flexible – you can complete your healthcare administration courses in any order. Required courses are offered every term to ensure timely completion of your degree.

The hands-on, application-based curriculum includes a wide variety of electives, allowing you to customize your studies for your career goals. Students also complete a capstone or internship to gain real-world skills and build their professional network. Courses simulate the practical reality of healthcare through case studies and real-world assignments, so you acquire the cutting-edge knowledge you need to succeed as a healthcare administrator in the 21st century.

The University of New Haven’s healthcare administration courses are taught by dedicated faculty who provide the personal attention you need to succeed. Every faculty member brings at least 10 years of academic and industry experience to the classroom.

This program consists of 36 credit hours and 12 total courses. Courses are 7.5 weeks in duration. Most students complete their degree in just 18 months. Our MHA is the only such program in Connecticut – and one of just four in New England – that is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Core Courses

A comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the system. This course includes the historical origins and current social and political contexts in which health care is provided. Cross-listed with ATHL 6803, SLPA 6703.
Identification of the characteristics of healthcare organizations and the dimensions of management in such organizations. Examination and application of the principles of management necessary for the successful operation of healthcare organizations.
The use of computers in the healthcare field. Review of the history of information systems and their application in healthcare settings. Survey of problems and issues inherent to healthcare information management.
Theory and application of financial planning and management techniques in healthcare organizations. Emphasis on financial decision making and on preparation of short- and long-term cash, capital, revenue and expense budgets and financial plans to meet the requirements of HCFA and other third parties.
This course examines the laws relating to the public health at the federal, state, and local level as well as the practical administration of those laws.
Explores and defines a wide spectrum of critical ethical issues; factors that should be considered in resolving these issues; investigation of ways in which organizations can anticipate and plan for future ethical problems.
This course introduces research methods and the fundamental statistics needed to succeed in today’s healthcare organizations. The course follows a practical approach that allows the student to learn key statistical principles and learn ways to effectively convey data and results using Excel and other statistical software. This course covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in healthcare.
Examination of the diversity of communication encounters and contexts in which allied health professionals may be involved; emphasis on development of competencies and skills necessary to communicate effectively with staff, patients, and the community. Influence of interpersonal communication and mass media in staff development, patient care, and the marketing of healthcare. Students will develop a communication campaign aimed at internal and external audiences.
This course will explore the current state of healthcare leadership, leadership models and approaches, and the values and decision-making processes of leaders in healthcare organizations. This course will also prepare students for the job market with practical applications and skill-building.
This course covers theories and strategies used in strategic management of healthcare organizations. Practical approaches to strategic planning, analysis of the healthcare environment, structure and implementation of strategic plans, and innovative models in healthcare.
Prerequisite: 15 credit hours or consent of the program director. A faculty-mentored team project based on a real-world problem or project from a health care organization. Teams of students create deliverables for their organizational client. A final project report is written that describes the problem, outlines the scope of work, and presents recommendations and solutions in a professional manner. An oral presentation is made and presented by the team. This capstone experience concludes the program and will address all five domains of healthcare administration: communication and relationship management, professionalism, leadership, knowledge of healthcare environment, and business knowledge and skills.
A supervised work experience in a healthcare organization. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours of internship and complete a paper about their internship experience.

Elective Courses

This course explores the physician group practice arena including all major business areas including finance, regulation, human resources, and other topics. Current as well as future directions in physician practice management and ways to enhance its profitability are addressed.
Ways reimbursements are regulated and collected; financial implications of third-party reimbursements for all types of healthcare providers. Focus on history as well as current and future programs related to the most complicated payment methods in any industry.
This course addresses the concepts and principles of project management and allows students to apply that knowledge to healthcare organizations. Students will learn how to create and design a project; plan, schedule and budget a project, and monitor and evaluate projects in a healthcare setting.
Prerequisite: HCAD 6603. Integration of accounting, economics, finance, budgeting, and health insurance principles, concepts, and analytic tools essential to the decision-making processes of healthcare organizations.
Examines the variety of systems providing long-term care services for the aged. Special concentration on the ways various facilities are managed and on the impact of state bylaws. Case studies illustrate decision making and problem solving within health institutions.
A survey of nontraditional approaches to healthcare. Includes cost shifting, cost sharing, the development of outpatient facilities, and the impact of cost containment regulation in a systems-oriented framework.
Students will learn about how health policy is made at the local, state, and federal level and how politics influence health care policy, delivery, finance, and organization. Students will learn about current issues in health politics and policy including the Affordable Care Act.
This course will explore ethical issues and concepts as they relate to public health practice, research, and policy. Current issues are discussed including: the right to health and health care, vaccine ethics, bioterrorism, health inequalities, poverty, and power. Student evaluation is based on class participation, a small group project, and a final paper based upon a case study addressing ethical issues. Cross-listed with PUBH 6645.
Students in this course will explore the emerging field of population health management. Students will develop a working definition of population health management and distinguish PHM from existing disciplines such as chronic disease management and public health. Students will explore existing models for understanding population health including health behavior and social determinants models. Students will develop a population health management project that could be implemented at the health system, community, state, or regional level.
Exploration of principles and functions of human resource planning in a healthcare organization. Topics include legal and public policy parameters, demographics and the healthcare workforce, disparate employee groups and their special concerns, implementation and evaluation of human resource planning in healthcare settings.
HCAD 6670 – 6674 – Special Topics A study of relevant topics of particular interest to students and instructor. Course may be taken more than once.
Gives healthcare professionals a broad view of current topics in their field. Students will view current videotapes, work on case studies, participate in class exercises, and present several reports. Current articles illustrate the issues under discussion.
This course will examine the roles and uses of health information technology in healthcare and the tools and techniques used to identify, analyze and communicate healthcare data.

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