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Master Degree Program in Healthcare Management

The MS in the Healthcare Management challenges students to tackle the most complex healthcare issues facing our world.

Program Details

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants will be considered for admission if they satisfy the following:
  • Submit a high school diploma or a GED
  • Submit a completed admissions application,
  • Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee,
  • Submit an updated resume,
  • Submit a personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional accomplishments and goals.
  • Copy of valid government issued ID
  • Online students must have access to the Internet

*Students applying for the graduate program must also submit a copy of their official transcripts from their undergraduate program.

The selection process of the University will allow for admission of graduate students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give the University a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.

Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the University. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

MAXIMUM TIME FRAME (MTF) MASTERS IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

Students who adhere to their assigned class schedules and achieve the minimum passing scores or standards in their theory classes and core classes will complete the Masters in Healthcare Management degree program in 36 credits. For any student who, for any reason, has not remained on track with his or her studies, the maximum time frame (MTF) to successfully complete the program is 54 credits.

The MTF, which is 1.5 times the normal completion time of 54 credits, is computed from the very first semester in which the student enrolled and originally began his or her studies at Okan International University. Any student who does not successfully complete the Masters in Healthcare Degree program within the 54 credits MTF cannot earn Masters in Healthcare Degree.

The MTF for transfer students will be adjusted individually according to the total number of credits they successfully transferred into the program. The total number of credits the transfer student needs to complete the Okan International University degree program will be multiplied by 1.5 to determine that student’s MTF.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY

All students are required to meet the standards of academic performance that are outlined in the sections below and they are evaluated regularly to determine that the standards are met. These standards have multiple components: a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement (CGPA); a minimum successful completion rate based on all credit hours attempted; and, a maximum time frame requirement to successfully complete all required credit hours for the program. As described below, each student must achieve the minimum CGPA within the maximum time frame established, achieving the required completion rate of 75% at each evaluation point. Failure to meet these standards may result in dismissal from the academic program and in ineligibility to earn the Masters in Healthcare Degree.

 

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

The course numbering system consists of an alpha prefix followed by a digit course number. The Alpha Prefix identifies the academic discipline and the first digit specifies if the course belongs to an upper or lower division. The following digits are reserved for departmental use in indicating sequence of courses.

Concentration Courses per Program:

  • HAS       Healthcare Management
  • MBA    Master in Business Administration
  • HFT      Hospitality and Tourism
  • BA          Business Administration

First number indicates if the course belongs to an upper or lower division:

  • 1 = Lower division Courses
  • 2 = Lower division Courses
  • 3 = Upper Courses
  • 4 = Upper Courses
  • 5 = Upper Division Course in Masters

CREDIT HOURS

Credit hours are awarded on a semester basis according to the successful completion of coursework for which the student has registered. The successful completion of one unit of credit is equivalent to the following total clock hours per semester:

1 lecture credit = 15 hours
1 laboratory credit = 30 hours
1 internship/externship or practicum credit = 45 hours

MASTER   IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
Total Credits 36
Cost Total per Credit Hour: $650.00

Application Fee: $100.00 (Nonrefundable)

Graduation Fee: $250.00

Admission Requirements Applicants will be considered for admission if they satisfy the following:

•     Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (Provide copy of sealed transcripts),

•     Have achieved a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0),

•     Submit a completed Admissions Application,

•     Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee,

•     Submit an updated Resume,

•     Submit 3 letters of professional references (non family members),

•     Submit a personal statement that describes the applicant’s professional accomplishments and goals.

•     Copy of valid government issued ID

Program Objective

The program is devoted to impart theoretical and practical knowledge in Health Care Management. The program aims to prepare students for professional level and managerial position either in Health Care Management or in Hospital Management. The goal is to develop individuals with abilities and practical skills that are essential for a competent and responsible manager.

Program Description

Uniquely designed for the busy professional, the courses are planned and updated in accordance with the changing healthcare environment. In addition to preparing you for executive-level positions, you’ll be challenged through an array of academic methodologies, including case studies, lectures, group assignments, and community and healthcare projects. Balancing patient needs with fiscal responsibility makes healthcare an especially complex entity, requiring effective leadership at the helm. It demands leaders who possess focused determination to deliver strong ideas that drive operational results without sacrificing quality of care.

Program Course Descriptions
Course # Course Title and Description
HSA 501 THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (3 credits)

Examines the structure, financing and operation of the US healthcare industry. It analyzes how priorities are established, how services are organized and delivered, factors that influence the cost, quality and availability of healthcare, and opposing positions on the future of healthcare reform. This course serves as an introduction for healthcare majors.

HSA 502 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS (3 credits)

Explores how healthcare organizations can create sustainable competitive advantage in a volatile, reimbursement driven industry. Topics include external and internal environmental analysis, strategy formulation, organizational design and control and the impact of mergers and alliances on industry performance. Healthcare case studies are used to illustrate key concepts.

HSA 503 HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS (3 credits)

Examines the unique challenges of clinical and patient care delivery in the healthcare industry, including the role of data management, emerging data standards and information technology in improving the quality and cost associated with healthcare. The focus of the course will be on healthcare IT including issues related to governance, data integration, and selection and management of healthcare IT.

HSA 504 HEALTHCARE NEGOTIATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION (3 credits)

This course explores the theories, processes, and practical techniques of negotiation so that students can successfully negotiate and resolve disputes in a variety of situations including interpersonal, group, and international settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding influence and conflict resolution strategies; identifying interests, issues, and positions of the parties involved; analyzing co-negotiators, their negotiation styles, and the negotiation situations; and managing the dynamics associated with most negotiations. Practical skills are developed through the use of simulations and exercises.

HSA 505 HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS (3 credits)

This course applies the tools of economic analysis to the challenges and opportunities faced by managers and policy makers in the health sector. Topics covered include: measuring the benefits of healthcare, the role of insurance in spreading risk and altering incentives, the production of healthcare, price and non-price competition among providers, international comparisons of healthcare systems, and proposed policies that are intended to expand access and contain cost.

 

HSA 506 ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course explores ethical issues specific to the healthcare industry including: fraud and abuse, rationing, uninsured treatment, the role of government, and end of life decisions.

HSA 507 NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE (3 credits)

Develops critical negotiating and conflict management skills to significantly improve the quality of life within a medical organization. Topics include recognizing the difference between constructive and disruptive conflict, developing systems that handle conflict at the least disruptive level, mediating disagreements among colleagues, negotiating against a stronger opponent and dealing with disruptive or impaired colleagues.

HSA 508 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION (3 credits)

Develops the strategic thinking skills required to create sustainable competitive advantage in a healthcare organization. Topics include critically assessing a medical organization’s competitive strengths and weaknesses, analyzing competitive threats to long-term survival, strategy formulation and the identification of potential strategic partners.

HSA 509 MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS (3 credits)

Analyzes the types of behaviors that lead to high performance within healthcare organizations. Topics include individual behavior and motivation, behavioral job requirements and job/person matching, the differences between leadership and managerial behavior; and how to establish and maintain a high performance work climate.

HSA 510 SERVICE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PATIENT SATISFACTION (3 credits)

Provides the tools physicians need to grow their practices by improving the quality of their patient service processes. Topics include how to identify and improve key service processes, redesigning critical service processes to improve operating efficiency, and developing products and services that add patient value.

HSA 511 HEALTHCARE LAW, POLICY, AND REGULATION (3 credits)

This course examines how healthcare laws and regulations are enacted, and their impact on providers, payers, and patients. Topics include: Stark prohibitions on provider self-referral, federal regulation of fraud and abuse, the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). It also examines the process by which Congressional legislation is transformed into day-to-day industry regulation.

HSA 512 HEALTHCARE INTERNSHIP (3 credits)

Student gains experience and improves skills through appropriate developmental work assignments in a real business environment. Student must identify and submit specific business learning objectives at the beginning of the semester. The student must demonstrate exposure to the managerial perspective via involvement or observation. At semester end, student prepares an oral or poster presentation, or a written paper reflecting on the work experience.