Master of Science in Healthcare Management - General
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029.1 Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management is designed to help you prepare to effectively manage and lead within healthcare organizations. This online Master’s in Healthcare Management program is structured to help you develop a greater understanding of how to effectively manage a healthcare organization and influence change at a variety of levels for healthcare quality.
Explore healthcare operations including human capital, finance, information systems, and strategic planning. This degree in healthcare management is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of health policy issues, and various legal, ethical and moral issues in healthcare. Choose from either a general track or informatics concentration to focus your field of study. In the capstone course, you will have the opportunity to complete an assignment that demonstrates your understanding of the various aspects of healthcare management.
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CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management program is recognized as an Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering excellence and innovation in healthcare management and policy education, and scholarship.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm, visited December 12, 2020. This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
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The Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHCM) is a 48 credit-hour-program that is offered online. The program includes 28 credit hours in the healthcare management core with 20 credit hours dedicated to a concentration or electives of the students' choosing.
The degree program helps students prepare to manage and lead in a variety of health care organizations using principles of financial and human resource management, strategic planning, governance, and ethics. The program is designed to emphasize continued professional development and understanding of the current political, legal, and regulatory environment influencing the U.S. health care industry. Students work toward developing strategies to deliver quality healthcare using knowledge related to health care finance, marketing and economic indicators and identify evidence-based practices to assess and improve quality of care. Students are encouraged to utilize their knowledge of health care management and leadership principles to positively influence the delivery of quality health care.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
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Health Studies at CTU is dedicated to providing quality programs that integrate the relevant principles and competencies to empower students from diverse backgrounds to pursue leadership roles and career pathways in an evolving healthcare field.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours HCM670This course is designed to provide an overview of human resource management in healthcare. This course will introduce principles, concepts, functions and applications of human resource management. Topics include: healthcare professions, workforce planning, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, job analysis and design and labor relations. While most of this course focuses on human resources in the healthcare setting, implications of human resources in other important industries and settings may be discussed. Management of Human Resources in Healthcare 4 HCM672
This course will concentrate on healthcare quality including the multiple influencers on the provision of quality of care and the demands for quality healthcare. Students will identify evidence-based practices that may be applied to change management plans designed to improve quality of care. The assessment of healthcare quality will be discussed.
Quality Improvement in Healthcare 4 HCM673This course will focus on marketing health services based on consumer behavior and market needs. The use of market research for access and pricing will be discussed. Students will be challenged with using innovation to identify strategies to provide health services based on market research focused on behaviors, needs and pricing. Integrated marketing communication concepts will be discussed. Healthcare Marketing Strategies 4 HCM675This course will provide an overview of health economics in the United States. Topics of discussion will include production of healthcare services, supply and demand of healthcare services, the role of government in a market-based system, and how various industries (e.g., private health insurance, physician services, hospital services, pharmaceutical and long-term care) affect the economics of healthcare. Healthcare Economics 4 HCM679This is the final course in the MS-HCM program. Students will complete individual assignments that build toward a final assignment that will encompass the program competencies and reflect a synthesis and application of their prior coursework. This course will require the student to demonstrate an understanding of healthcare management as it relates to population health, health policy, organizational development, management, operations, human resources, information systems, legal principles, governance, leadership, communication, statistical, economic, market, and financial analysis, ethics, strategy development, quality improvement and professional development. Healthcare Management Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours HCM612This course focuses on health care leadership and management practices. Students will examine the current structure, operation, and regulation of the U.S. health care system, and discuss the factors influencing the future direction of healthcare in the United States. Students will apply essential management concepts and professional competencies and behaviors to the unique social, physical and emotional environments of healthcare organizations. Managing the Healthcare Organization 4 HCM632
This course studies healthcare systems and the delivery of healthcare. In addition, factors such as access, population health and health policies will be examined to assess their influence on healthcare systems.
Systems in Healthcare 4 HCM671This course will discuss descriptive and inferential statistical concepts with an application for healthcare management. Students will learn to distinguish the various statistical tools that may be used for data collection, needs analysis, market assessment, outcome evaluation, forecasting, and quality improvement. The importance of Interpretation and accurate communication of statistical results will be discussed. Healthcare Statistics 4 HCM674
This course provides an overview of health policy-making in the United States and introduces the policymaking process and the effects of health policy across the country. Topics will include: health policy formulation, contemporary policy issues, an overview of various national health policies (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act) how interest groups influence policy, and how health policy implementation can attempt to reduce disparities in healthcare and improve quality.
Health Policy in the United States 4 HCM676This course concentrates on the financial operations of a healthcare organization including the development of capital budgets, operating budgets and cash flow budgets. Financial statements will be analyzed for variances. Students will be required to apply concepts such as time value of money, risk and return, investment decision analysis and lease valuation assisting in the understanding of financial operations of a healthcare organization. Healthcare Finance 4 HCM677Information Systems for Healthcare will provide the student with the evolution of the use of information systems in healthcare. Students will evaluate the information system needs and how to acquire those needs for the organization. An understanding of terminology relevant to health services information system management will be gained in this course. Privacy and security issues relevant to health services information will be analyzed. Information Systems for Healthcare 4 HCM678This course will provide an overview of the judicial system in the United States and contemporary ethical issues in healthcare. Topics of discussion will included tort law, criminal law in healthcare, negligence in healthcare, contracting issues in healthcare, cases that have shaped healthcare in the United States, and various legal-ethical and moral issues in healthcare Healthcare Law and Ethics 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Total Credit Hours: 48
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CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This master’s degree program may help students prepare to manage and lead in a variety of healthcare organizations using principles of financial and human resource management, strategic planning, governance, and ethics. The program emphasizes continued professional development and understanding of the current political, legal, and regulatory environment influencing the U.S. health care industry. This online master’s degree curriculum is structured to help students work to develop a greater understanding of how to effectively manage a healthcare organization and influence change at a variety of levels for healthcare quality.
As you work to complete your MSHM, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: the judicial system in the United States and contemporary ethical issues in healthcare; health policy-making in the United States, the policymaking process, and the effects of health policy across the country; and descriptive and inferential statistical concepts with an application for healthcare management.
Courses for the MSHM degree program start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program.
The MSHM degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
Through innovative industry-relevant curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, you will study through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the needs of leadership roles and career pathways in an evolving healthcare field.
CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management program is recognized as an Associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals, and organizations dedicated to fostering excellence and innovation in healthcare management and policy education, and scholarship.