MM with Health Care Management Concentration

  • Credits: 37-46
  • Degree:
    Master of Management

Program Description

The Master of Management program provides leadership and management skills and an introduction to the best of current industry practices in private, public and non-profit organizations

The Health Care Management concentration helps health care professionals seeking career advancement gain the skills needed for leadership positions as managers or administrators. The core MM curriculum is combined with health care courses to provide students with comprehensive management and leadership skills as well as knowledge needed to solve problems in a variety of health care settings. The program is taught by health care practitioners who help students integrate theory and practice. Work experience in health care is required to enter this program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Management program with Health Care Management concentration will:

  • develop strong communication, analytical, research and decision-making skills
  • learn to manage themselves and their own professional development, and to  manage and lead others
  • have the ability to use and understand the role of technology in organizations
  • learn to manage human, financial and informational resources
  • understand how to foster change and innovation and value and promote diversity in organizations
  • comprehend the global, social and environmental context of management and the importance of ethical and socially responsible decision-making
  • understand health care systems and processes
  • acquire a systems perspective to understand and analyze health care issues
  • bring to bear a problem-solving orientation to issues of quality and cost-effectiveness in health care delivery
  • understand ethical and public policy issues in health care

Careers

Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in a variety of organizations in the health care industry

Management career opportunities include jobs in:

  • hospitals
  • clinics and outpatient departments
  • nursing homes and home health care agencies
  • physician practices
  • public health agencies
  • community health centers
  • health insurance companies

Curriculum


Management Seminar and Project
12
Credits
Introductory Seminar
MMG 690 1 credit(s)
Formerly MMG500 The purpose of the seminar is to introduce participants to the resources of the College, provide a coherent overview of the philosophy of the program, and review the benefits and the rationale of the academic model. The course also will focus on self-assessment and goal-setting to assist the student in developing his or her academic and professional development plan.
Management Seminar I: Self-Diagnosis and Goal Setting
MMG 691 2 credit(s)
The Management Seminar serves as a learning laboratory for students to develop, integrate and demonstrate competencies in personal, professional and academic development. It provides an opportunity for students to test and apply learning in a practical and experiential context and to integrate experience and theory. In the first semester students self-diagnose their academic and managerial skills and develop academic and professional goals and plans. They also develop skills at being effective members of a learning community and explore topics and ideas for their Independent Learning Projects.
Management Seminar II: The Manager as Team Developer and Leader
MMG 692 2 credit(s)
This seminar focuses on the manager as a leader and developer of people and teams. Students develop important cognitive and affective skills: developing people, peer relationships, working with others, and resolving conflict. The seminar also helps the student learn how to leverage the diversity in teams and how utilize team resources effectively.
Management Seminar III: Continuous Improvement, Lifelong Learning and
MMG 693 2 credit(s)
This seminar focuses on developing and demonstrating enhanced skills and on present and future employability. Students assess their learning and benchmark them against standards in their professional field. Students learn and practice networking skills to develop and expand their connections within their professional field and learning community.
Management Seminar IV: Current Issues in Management
MMG 694 2 credit(s)
This is the final seminar of the management seminar series. Students integrate their learning from courses and research and update their knowledge through the examination of topics that reflect current issues and trends in management. The seminar is conducted with the help of several guest speakers/faculty.
Independent Learning Project: Management
MMG 800 3 credit(s)
This comprehensive final project is focused on a topic in a student’s concentration. The Management Seminar and the Seminar Leader provide direction and support for the project. The project demonstrates ability to define a problem, use appropriate resources, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and organize the written report.
Management Core Courses
9
Credits
Foundations of Management
MMG 511 3 credit(s)
(Formerly MMG503). This course provides an overview of the field of management and establishes a foundation and common vocabulary for future course work. It emphasizes the functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling. The course assumes students have limited academic knowledge of management theory, and some experience in real world management situations to bring into the classroom. In each session the class explores some aspects of management in theoretical terms and then focuses on application of the theory to the practical problems facing managers.
Organizational Environment
MMG 512 3 credit(s)
(Formerly MMG502). This course provides an overview of the external and internal environment of organizations. It helps students understand the resource, market, technological, economic, and socio-political context of the organization, and the impact of multiple stakeholders on its goals and decision-making processes. It examines organizational architecture and dynamics from the structural, human resource, political and symbolic perspectives. The course draws on theories and research on organizations, including topics such as motivation, leadership, and organizational change and development. The intent of the course is to provide students with the theoretical base to better understand organizational behavior, and to equip them with tools to analyze and improve upon their own managerial practice.
Research Methods for Managers
MMG 517 3 credit(s)
(Replaced MMG501) This course helps students understand the role of research in the management decision making process and in the development of business plans and strategies. It helps students become familiar with the research process and with a variety of business research tools and techniques. Students learn how to define a problem and write good research questions, determine what tools and techniques are appropriate for different kinds of problems, find information sources and assess their reliability, and critically analyze information. They also learn how to present the results of research in appropriate output formats. This course helps students with their independent learning projects.
Health Care Management Required Courses
6
Credits
The U.S. Health Care System
MHC 720 3 credit(s)
The course will review the evolution of health care in the U. S., explore the structure of the current system, and consider the impact of emerging trends on the provision of health in the future. Various components and stakeholders will be identified, with special attention on the diversity of care options and evolving roles of government as a funding source and regulator. Developments in national health care policy, the cost-quality-access conundrum, and the expansion of health care reimbursement options will be examined. The course also examines health care systems in other countries as a means to access alternative approaches to health care delivery issues.
Health Care Policy and Ethics
MHC 750 3 credit(s)
This course gives an overview of policy development at the organizational, local and national levels. Students assess the influence of actors, arenas, and socio-historical trends on health care policy. They explore ethical principles and how they are infused into all aspects of health care and health care management.
Health Care Management Electives
9
Credits

Choose three elective courses.

Risk Management in Health Care
MHC 710 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the discipline of dealing with the possibility that some future event will cause harm. It examines a variety of contemporary issues surrounding managerial and analytical problems involved in health care risk management. It includes a historical review of the role of risk management in health care and the evolvement from a reactive to a pro-active focus and discusses the planning of a pro-active, patient outcome focused risk management program.
Financial Management in Healthcare
MHC 725 3 credit(s)
This course prepares health care managers to participate effectively in financial decision making within health care organizations. It focuses on how to use financial and program data to effectively analyze costs of programs and departments. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and contemporary financial concepts are introduced. Special attention is given to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, managed care, and government funding.
Strategic Planning in Health Care
MHC 740 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on developing an organizational vision, mission and goals, and integrating all components of the health care organization to achieve those goals. Strategic analysis, plan development and implementation strategies are included, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Terrorism and Disaster Management in a Health Care Setting
MHC 741 3 credit(s)
This course is intended for the health care manager who is responsible for the preparedness of his or her organization in a disaster situation. It focuses on planning and preparedness with a special emphasis on issues of terrorism. It covers topics such as the legal and ethical issues surrounding disaster planning and preparedness, obtaining assistance from government and other agencies, interagency cooperation, integrating civil and military response and meeting the needs of special populations.
Directed Studies
1
Credits

Choose one.

Essentials of Accounting
DMG 506 1 credit(s)
This course covers the fundamental principles of accounting. Key concepts are discussed along with use, setup and posting of balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, statements of retained earnings, and required SEC 10K filings. Students learn about dual entry-accrual accounting, and how to analyze key ratios derived from financial statements used in the management of organizations.
Grant Writing
DMG 605 1 credit(s)
This module for non-profit managers introduces the planning and proposal development phases of grant writing. It demystifies the process, from developing a fundable idea to identifying potential donors and structuring the technical components. Hands-on activities provide practice in the art and craft of grantsmanship.
Introduction to Health Care Disparities - Race, Ethnicity and Health
MHC 721 1 credit(s)
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about racial and ethnic, disparities in health and health care. The course will examine the ways in which dyadic relationships and multiple forms of discrimination contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health. Students will examine the ways in which neighborhood and community factors and inequalities in socioeconomic status influence health behaviors, access to health care services and health status outcomes. Individual characteristics such as acculturation, patient preferences, provider congruence and cultural competence will be explored in this course.
Emergency Management of Natural and Man-Made Disasters
DMG 608 1 credit(s)
This course is for managers responsible for ensuring that their organizations are prepared for response, mitigation, and recovery from mass casualty disasters both natural and man-made. Emergency management is prioritized by lives and property saved by improved responses and mitigation., Cases of past and future fatalities from mass disasters are presented, with examples of lives saved and lost by emergency management. Students prepare one-page personal disaster preparedness plans for home and work sites for diverse disaster threat-and-response characteristics.
Program Prerequisites
0-9
Credits

1-3 additional courses required if assessments indicate need.
 

Business Communication
MMG 501E 3 credit(s)
This course is focused on the communication, analysis and presentation skills necessary for success in the U.S. and global business environment. Using a variety of materials, including articles from newspapers, videos and podcasts of business topics, and cases, students will develop their reading, listening, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to issues facing managers in today's environment and gain a better understanding of the cultural assumptions and communication styles of the U.S. business workplace. They will learn the appropriate style of communication for different types of business situations--participating in meetings, interviewing, writing memos or reports and making oral presentations. They will learn to develop clear and persuasive arguments, both orally and in writing. Students may be required to take this course based on results of their initial writing assessments. It does not count as an elective in the Master of Management program.
Graduate Writing
MMG 505 3 credit(s)
This course concentrates on strategies and techniques for building an academic essay. Challenging readings are used to promote the kind of critical thinking and analysis that best support graduate work. Students move from initial ideas, to first drafts, to strategies for revising their papers to achieve a polished product. Through a sequence of three to four progressively longer essays, students come to understand their own writing styles, strengths and difficulties, and become competent evaluators of their own work. By giving attention to the writing process itself and its different phases, students gain awareness of how to achieve their best work. This course is a requirement for students in the MM 55 Program. It may not be taken as an elective.
Analysis and Communication for Managers
MMG 507 3 credit(s)
This course addresses the analytical and communication skills necessary for success in business environments. Students develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to evaluate claims, evidence and assumptions and develop persuasive arguments through analysis of management case studies. The course also covers different forms of business communications including memos, reports, and oral presentations. This course is a requirement for students in the MM 55 Program. It may not be taken as an elective.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Applicants are required to have 3-5 years of Health Care experience.

General Requirements

All applicants need to have a basic familiarity with computers, email and word processing, and must provide us with:

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

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State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    37-46
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $528
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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