Online Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management

>Online Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management

The online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Healthcare Management program prepares students to excel in management positions across an extensive range of healthcare settings. Graduates will have gained the management skills and knowledge about healthcare necessary to manage hospitals, health clinics, rehabilitation centers, home care management, physicians’ offices, and nursing homes.

Program Details

This program consists of a 42 semester hour major containing 12 courses. A total of 120 semester hours are required to graduate with a bachelor’s in healthcare management.

Potential Careers

Management positions in:

  • Clinics
  • Consulting firms
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Healthcare associations
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician practices
  • Mental health organizations
  • Public health departments
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Universities and research institutions

Course Descriptions

ACCT 213 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

An introductory study of accounting with emphasis on the accounting cycle, accounting terminology, the collection of accounting data, the recording of data into the accounting system, and the preparation and interpretation of basic financial statements. Topics include accounting for transactions of service and merchandising enterprises, internal control, ethics, common adjusting entries, and application of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to receivables, inventory, productive assets, and liabilities.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall, Summer

ACCT 223 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

A study of corporate accounting, job order, process cost, and standard accounting systems. Includes corporate financial statements, bond liabilities, investments, statement of cash flows, and decision making topics such as: variable (direct) costing, break even analysis, EOQ method, budgeting, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 213.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Spring, Summer

HCMG 303 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

This course will provide students with an overview of healthcare systems, including hospitals, medical practices, insurers, government entities, ancillary firms and concerns, and comparative systems in other countries. Organization, stakeholders, various business components, and health policy institutions will be identified and explored. Focus will be given to the quality of care, structure of the delivery system, and the drivers of cost and growth. In addition, principles of management and leadership as the foundations for the administration of healthcare products and service delivery are introduced.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall

HCMG 313 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE

This course will examine the major legal and ethical issues in contemporary healthcare settings. It covers the legal issues surrounding the relationships of patients, providers, and healthcare systems. Focus is on corporate liability, medical malpractice, hospital processes, medical staff bylaws, informed consent, nursing, patients’ rights, medical records and governmental regulation of personnel and health facilities. Also considered are the social and ethical issues encountered in trying to balance the interests, needs and rights of individual citizens against those of society.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Spring, Even Years

HCMG 323 INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING FOR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

This course presents the basic concepts of marketing in the context of the delivery of healthcare services in the United States. Analysis of the marketing mix, including product, price, promotion and distribution channels will be undertaken with the specific focus on healthcare systems. Unique marketing considerations of healthcare products and services, including the regulatory constraints, will be explored.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall

HCMG 333 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

This course will provide an overview of information technology (IT) management and how healthcare managers can use IT to maximize organizational performance. Fundamental principles of IT and data management and their implications for healthcare managers are reviewed. Discussion explores the use of technology, databases and other analytical tools to structure, analyze and present information related to healthcare management and problem solving. Topics also include strategic information systems planning, systems analysis, system design, evaluation and selection.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall

HCMG 363 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

This course will introduce the fundamental theories of financial management and how to apply them in healthcare systems. Among the principles and topics covered in the course are financial management functions, financial statement analysis, working capital management, time value analysis, and capital budgeting. Topics also include reimbursement mechanisms and their effect on healthcare organizations, managed care, capitation and per case or per diagnosis payment, as well as how these financial strategies are utilized by third-party payers. Focus is on financial challenges such as uncompensated care, cost increases, increased competition and increased regulation and how healthcare providers should respond to them. Prerequisites: ACCT 213 and ACCT 223.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall, Odd Years

HCMG 403 HEALTHCARE AND PUBLIC POLICY

This course will look at the policy and politics central to healthcare’s most pressing and governed issues: access, cost and quality. The roles of patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies will be established. The interaction between the government and these different groups will also be covered as well as the important issues that cut across institutions, including private insurers and the federal/state financing programs (Medicare and Medicaid/SCHIP). The governance and policies of at least two [foreign] comparative health systems will be introduced. Prerequisites: ECON 113, HCMG 303, HCMG 363.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Spring, Even Years

HCMG 413 HUMAN RESOURCES AND STAFFING IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS

This course will explore the unique considerations of staffing and human resource management in healthcare settings including recruitment and selection of employees, benefits and compensation management, privileging and credentialing of health professionals, performance evaluation, staffing plans, labor relations, and labor law relevant to healthcare organizations. This course also provides an overview of interpersonal dynamics, conflict resolution, and negotiation in healthcare systems and organizations.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall, Even Years

HCMG 453 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE

Through cases, readings, examples, and assignments, this course explores the planning, management, and implementation of mission-driven healthcare strategy. Practical concepts and their real-life applications will highlight the importance of competitive and collaborative strategies to drive organizational success in the healthcare marketplace. The topics of market structure, business models, generic strategies, first-mover strategies, growth and integration strategies, and common tools and methods used to evaluate the external and internal environments, including SWOT analysis, value chain analysis, portfolio analysis, and financial analysis will be explored.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall

HCMG 483 CURRENT ISSUES IN GLOBAL AND DOMESTIC HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

This course examines current and emerging issues in healthcare, giving the student timely knowledge about the current issues and trends driving change in healthcare. Technical, economic, political, and social forces will be explored, along with topics related to inpatient, outpatient, and long term care.

Credit hours: Three Hours

Term offered: Fall

General Education Core Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours in general education courses prior to graduation. Students must take one course from each of the following disciplines.

  • Communication Skills
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (Cultural Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology)
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