The MBA in Rural Healthcare consists of a core management curriculum, a core healthcare curriculum and a capstone program.
Total minimum credits required for program completion is 36 credits.
Attend part-time and finish in just under two years (one course per term).
This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. Economics tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and microeconomic theories is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)
Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.
Serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of organization development (OD), also referred to as “planned change.” It emphasizes the historic evolution of OD, models of planned change, the dynamics of resistance to change, organizational culture, and the role of the OD consultant. The course also seeks to compare and contrast OD with other approaches to “change management” and to assess their relevance in organizations today. This course relies heavily on a philosophy of consultation (developed by Edgar Schein) known as process consultation (PC). PC seeks to develop effective helping relationships with clients, and the instructor attempts to model this philosophy in his teaching of the course.
Explores how decisions about human resources (HR) contribute to an organization's overall effectiveness. Integrates HR activities with the organization's strategic planning objectives. Students study both traditional and contemporary HR issues from a practitioner's perspective. (Program Core Curriculum)
Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications. (Common Core Curriculum)
Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses.
Provides an overview of the technological responsibilities of a manager in the area of finding strategic solution, business process solutions, project management solutions and technology solutions to daily business problems. The use of technology in decision making, strategy and attainment of competitive advantage is discussed. Other topics include aligning technology with organizational goals metrics and accountability development, vendor selection, needs assessment, project planning and facilitating and technology enhanced/enabled communications. (Program Core Curriculum)
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.
Students will design and carry out a significant research project that includes a review of the literature, formulation of a problem statement or hypothesis, and the design and implementation of methods for the gathering and analysis of data. It is desirable for the research to include a significant international or multi-cultural dimension. They will write an academic report that includes their research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions. Students are given 16 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved. (Capstone Option)