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Curriculum

Post University’s Healthcare MBA integrates a strong focus on leadership and change management into all courses. Innovation, also a key focus of the curriculum, is vital to the “doing more with less” reality of working in the healthcare industry during a time of economic stress. A program wide emphasis on human dynamics and organizational behavior, management of creativity, management of customers, patients and services, and community and population health helps the Post University Healthcare MBA stand apart from other healthcare-focused MBA programs.

The Post University Healthcare MBA program is designed to help students continually build on their skills. Therefore, HMBA program students are required to complete their foundation courses, followed by their core courses, followed by a concentration focused on leadership and other healthcare-relevant topics, before applying their cumulative learning to a capstone project.

Preparatory Course  
BUS500 MBA Preparatory Course

BUS500

MBA Preparatory Course - Non-credit

This course introduces Post University MBA students to the program, processes and online technology used in our program. It is designed to help students to understand the rigor expected and the resources available in the MBA program, thereby increasing students' ability to succeed. The course also exposes students to research methodology necessary for success in the MBA program and business/professional situations; strengthens writing skills necessary for graduate-level work and professional success, including APA style practices; satisfies the statistics course requirement and aids students understanding the quantitative skills necessary in the MBA program; and prepares Post MBA students for the capstone experience.

This course is pass/fail and is optional except for students who need to satisfy the program' statistics course requirement.1 This course, which is strongly recommended for success in the Post University MBA degree program, is offered at $300.

1 All Post University MBA students must have taken a business statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level within the last 10 years.

 
   
Healthcare MBA Foundation Courses 15 crs.
Courses
Credits
HC503 US Integrated Healthcare Systems

HC503

US Integrated Healthcare Systems - 3 Credits

Students will explore the realities of managed care and competition in US healthcare institutions.¬† This environment requires health systems reengineering to maintain a competitive business edge.¬† The ‘integration’ behind these systems, policy and technology supported clinical and administrative processes that span the delivery system, will be examined.¬† High performance integrated systems will be reviewed, analyzing improved care delivery systems and care experiences that facilitate staff interactions in a coordinated and holistic way to provide ultimate value for the customers/patients

3 crs.
HC504 Regulation, Compliance and Ethics in Healthcare Reform

HC504

Regulation, Compliance and Ethics in Healthcare Reform - 3 Credits

This class will explore the uniqueness of healthcare ethics: a blending of medical ethics and business ethics.¬† The Federal emphasis on preventing healthcare fraud and abuse has provided a strong incentive for healthcare organizations to create programs that ensure adherence to regulatory requirements.¬† Compliance programs focus on conformity to laws and regulations.¬† Healthcare business ethics, as discussed in this class, emphasize a broader interpretation to include the organization’s mission and values, the manager’s contract with patients, employees and community. The emphasis is placed on understanding what it means to manage a healthcare organization according to high ethical standards and ideals, rather than simply complying with regulations.

3 crs.
HC505 Health Systems Financial Management

HC505

Health Systems Financial Management - 3 Credits

Rising healthcare costs and regulatory efforts to control them are creating a dynamic context for healthcare financial management.  This program will explore tools and strategies to manage the financial health of an organization: interpreting & analyzing healthcare financial statements, principles & practices of healthcare accounting, working capital management, and exploring the time value of money.  Students will explore how to make an investment decision, budgeting and responsibility, and accounting and capital financing for health care providers.  They will place these functions within the context of provider cost finding methods and payment systems, to maintain a strong bottom line.

3 crs.
HC506 Healthcare Leadership and Human Dynamics

HC506

Healthcare Leadership and Human Dynamics - 3 Credits

Leadership is the art of taking risks while management is the science of maximizing them.  Exceptional leadership requires the discipline of practice and the commitment of continued personal growth.  This class will explore the professional and personal competencies; skills, knowledge, values, and traits required for executive performance, behavior, interaction and decision-making.  The class will also focus on the qualities of a true leader beyond executive skills: personal conviction, communicating vision, mentoring others and stimulating creativity in all circumstance; all distinguishing marks of a highly effective leader. 

3 crs.
HC507 Organizational Innovation, Creativity and Change Management in Healthcare

HC507

Organizational Innovation, Creativity and Change Management in Healthcare - 3 Credits

Building on principles of leadership and management, this class will explore the role of imagination and creativity in executing change and moving it forward in the dynamic healthcare industry.¬† Removing barriers to change‚ÄĒboth within oneself and the organization environment‚ÄĒis the key to successful innovation.¬† Creative change begins with hiring winners, developing a successful staff, building a learning environment, establishing a high-performance team, motivating excitement and overcoming obstacles.

3 crs.
 
Healthcare MBA Core Courses 15 crs.
Courses
Credits
HC510 Healthcare Decisions, Analytics and Systems Performance

HC510

Healthcare Decisions, Analytics and Systems Performance - 3 Credits

Improving the efficiency of health care is one of the most important management challenges of this century. US expenditures in health care will reach $4 trillion in 2016; 1 in 7 dollars spent today is devoted to health care.  This class will focus on contemporary performance and efficiency evaluation methods, data analysis, and benchmarking tools and strategies to improve healthcare costs. The strength and limitations of various performance assessment methods will be explored along with variables defining the process. 

3 crs.
HC515 Human Resource Management in Healthcare

HC515

Human Resource Management in Healthcare - 3 Credits

Learners will focus on human resource management and methods for linking it to the strategic plans, priorities and goals of the organization.  Methods for successful recruitment, retention, development and coaching of a high-performance workforce when reimbursement and financial pressures are high, will also be explored.   Making solid cost-benefit human resources decisions within financial resources available, as well as creating the long-term ability to provide highly qualified staff, facilitates the delivery of organizational mission.

3 crs.
HC520 Organizational Behavior and Culture Management in Healthcare

HC520

Organizational Behavior and Culture Management in Healthcare - 3 Credits

Human resource issues are complex and the answers are not simple.¬† Building a strong link between organizational culture and outstanding care delivery requires strategic thinking, planning and execution.¬† Compensation practices, equitable staffing schedules, competency management and professional career progression plans are explored along with ‘special topics’: unionization, special needs employees, unsafe performance, discipline and personnel issues.¬† Health care environments have an additional challenge in health safety and workplace preparedness that must also be considered in creating a healthy work environment.

3 crs.
HC525 Healthcare Business Communication

HC525

Healthcare Business Communication - 3 Credits

Strong communication skills create a strong leader.¬† Learners will explore how strategic communication skills at the interpersonal, group and organizational levels are critical for representing the organization & its vision, mission and goals.¬† Marketing tools and information augment performance data when conducting a meeting, answering e-mail, a community group, or fielding reporters’ questions.¬† Cultivating and using relationships and good information secure and expand market share.

3 crs.
HC530 Healthcare Quality and Performance Management

HC530

Healthcare Quality and Performance Management - 3 Credits

The complexities of healthcare delivery and the legal environment call for accountability of all involved.  Quality performance and risk management topics will be explored as an organized response focusing attention on issues of quality through; hospitals over-all quality control program, quality management of medical and professional staff, hospital board and institutional management. Methods of establishing risk programs within the institution will be explored along with ways to create uniformity in outcomes of the risk management program.

3 crs.
 
Healthcare MBA Concentration Courses 12 crs.
Courses
Credits
HC610 Entrepreneurship and Networking in Healthcare

HC610

Entrepreneurship and Networking in Healthcare - 3 Credits

Ever-increasing healthcare expenditures are increasingly driving innovation in healthcare.  Learners will explore new health care practice concepts such as shared care, evidence-based medicine, clinical practice guidelines and cradle-to-grave-health record and clinical workflow/careflow strategies.  Another emerging strategy impacting health care to be explored is user-driven healthcare and narrative medicine using collaborative social networks and technologies.

3 crs.
HC611 Virtual Technology and e-Health

HC611

Virtual Technology and e-Health - 3 Credits

The adoption of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in healthcare is driven by the need to contain costs while maximizing quality & efficiency.  Learners will explore how this movement has impacted patient privacy and confidentiality.  The security of healthcare information & services in the context of a networked, sensor-enabled pervasive and mobile computing infrastructure is the core of both the challenges and opportunities of Healthcare ICT adoption.

3 crs.
HC612 Marketing Healthcare Services

HC612

Marketing Healthcare Services - 3 Credits

Learners will explore the marketing process, beginning with the nature of marketing strategy & the environment in which it operates.  The core of marketing is the consumer; identifying ways to define and engage them as their decision-making processes are studied.  The marketing research process will focus on methodologies for data capture and data mining. The course will conclude with an exploration of how the marketing data is integrated, along with finance, human resources and operational components, into a well-structured business plan.

3 crs.
HC613 Managing Community and Population Health

HC613

Managing Community and Population Health - 3 Credits

Maintaining close connections with community often falls into a lower priority because there is no clear path of investing human and financial capital leading to outcomes that can be measured as deliverable to the bottom line.  Students will examine population health from multiple perspectives; protecting not-for-profit status of foundations and other philanthropic entities in an environment of increased governmental pressure to raise taxes, opening new channels of funding through increased philanthropy, foundation and government support.  The course will review the purpose of health care organizations as charitable institutions, how they evolved and how community engagement strategies strengthen both the community and the organization.  Aligning values of collaboration and service between the organization and the community is key to enhancing population health.

3 crs.
 
Capstone Course and Culminating Experience 6 crs.
Courses
Credits
HC698 Readings, Research and Planning

HC698

Readings, Research and Planning - 3 Credits

Students will select a final project‚ÄĒin keeping with their career goals and/or the Certification requirements of the appropriate accrediting body. ¬†Students will complete a plan for their project and perform a literature review of relevant concepts and research to complete their project design.¬† An argument defending the world view or theoretical perspective of the project will be formulated.

3 crs.
HC699 Capstone Project

HC699

Capstone Project - 3 Credits

Students will design and execute a project related to their area of professional expertise, including Certification ‘applied learning’ requirements.¬† Three project goals must tie into the Health Care MBA program goals, as well as three of the Certification objectives.¬† All projects must integrate technology and demonstrate new professional skills acquired through the Post University HC MBA Program.¬† Upon completion of the Capstone Project and the MBA Degree, the student may apply for the National Certification Exam if all eligibility requirements are met.

3 crs.
 
Healthcare MBA Program Total Credits 48 crs.


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time.
The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.