Course Descriptions

HC510 Dynamics of Health Care Systems (3)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various yet overlapping health care systems. It describes and assesses the various systems and their components, as well as the interrelationship of these components in the healthcare industry and health services delivery. The student is expected to understand the behavioral, cultural, organizational and environmental factors affecting the use, organization, and outcomes of health services delivery. The roles of hospitals, health personnel, public health agencies, payers, and regulators are examined. Current organizational, system and industry wide dilemmas and issues are identified.

MB500 Critical & Ethical Decision Making (3)
Strength in critical and ethical thinking skills has become predictive of employee effectiveness and successful business outcomes. Business professionals must be able to better apply their knowledge to analyze problems and to formulate and evaluate business decisions and solutions in an ethical way. Critical thinking is at the heart of these abilities. Business leaders are increasingly becoming aware that excellent problem solvers will enable a company to succeed in today’s global and hyper-competitive markets. (Course cannot be waived.)

MB503 Economics for Managers (3)
In this course the dynamics of economic growth and change are explored. Money and banking, wealth, income, employment, inflation, exchange rates, budgetary debts, and other economic fluctuations are examined. The roles of market structures, supply and demand, consumer behavior, and government interventions, particularly in relation to price determination will also be examined.

MB505 Marketing for Managers (3)
In this course, individuals will examine the marketing mix from the perspective of management, with particular attention to how decisions concerning target markets, marketing research, planning, and strategy are accomplished. Attention is given to product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution, as well as the current trends and technologies in marketing.

MB508 The Global Manager (3)
This course provides individuals with a solid understanding of how practices of management are impacted by the context of the culture within which they take place. Emphasis is given to the strategies and organizational structures that must be created or changed when operating within different competitive, legal, technological, and social environments. Current issues in the globalization of the highly competitive world economy will also be explored.

MB509 Management of Technology (3)
This course examines how current and emerging technologies are used to support and transform the various functions of an organization and to enable new competitive opportunities. Emphasis is given to how properly configured information systems and new technologies are relied upon to reengineering business processes, provide critical intelligence to business operations, and enable the development of new products and services.

MB515 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
This course will develop a solid foundation of financial management concepts which managers can use to make financial decisions. This course will show managers how to interface with accounting and finance departments, and help them to understand how firms meet their financial objectives utilizing financial analysis. This course will also explain financial tools and techniques, which can be used to help firms maximize value by improving decisions relating to capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. This course will deal with a number of related topics, including multinational financial management, risk management, mergers and acquisitions.

MB520 Management & Organizational Behavior (3)
This course will provide an in-depth and critical investigation of the functions, roles, skills and effectiveness of management in today’s complex, hypercompetitive and uncertain business environment. Attention will be given to topics such as motivation, values, teams, conflict and negotiation, communication, teamwork/group dynamics, managerial styles, power and politics, leadership, and culture. An additional component will consist of self-assessments related to self-awareness, personality and leadership styles.

HC610 Health Care Quality Management (3)
This course provides individuals with an understanding of the various statistical concepts and process related tools that are used by an increasing number of industries in order to continuously improve its operations, products and services. Special attention is given to the most popular methodologies of Six Sigma and Lean. This course can be used in preparation for “Green Belt” certifications.

HC620 The Managed Care System (3)
This course examines critical concepts of managed care and health care reimbursement from the perspective of the payer and the provider. Topics include the history of managed health care, types of managed care plans and integrated health care delivery systems as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The course will examine the implications of managed care plans for major provider sectors and review the mechanics of third party reimbursement with a goal of developing a basic understanding of managed care and the reimbursement process.

HC625 Medical Group Practice Management (3)
This course presents an overview of medical group practice and ambulatory care organization operations. It also incorporates the health care management concepts, knowledge and competencies from other core courses and applies them to the group practice and ambulatory care settings.

HC630 Long-Term Care Management (3)
This course focuses on the analysis and operation of long-term care organizations and their services in a changing environment. This includes the infrastructure necessary to support, deliver, and monitor care, operational issues such as reimbursement, case mix, compliance, recruitment, retention, survey management, and other key success factors. This course will also discuss the impact of environmental forces such as regulatory changes and consumer expectations in shaping the nursing home industry and the associated responsibilities of nursing home administrators.

HC635 Health Care Information Technology (3)
This course is designed to give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the evaluation, selection, planning, implementation, and management of health care information systems and technology. The course is oriented to the contemporary role of a health services manager and focuses on the need to integrate technology with processes, services and policy.

HC640 Legal Aspects of Health Care (3)
An rigorous overview of current and pending health care law and legal issues including government regulation, legal constraints, liability, negligence, patient rights, confidentiality and corporate/administrative responsibility. Emphasis will be placed on the business application of health care law.

HC645 Current Topics in Health Care Management (3)
This course will select and analyze contemporary topics that are of particular importance in our dynamic and volatile business environment that have not been covered in other core or elective courses. Possible topics will be solicited from business practitioners, faculty and students, as well as from respected research sources. Guest speakers with relevant expertise will be sought.

HC650 Leadership in Health Care (3)
Leadership has emerged as one of the most critical and controversial topics in our current business environment. In this course, different styles of leadership are explored along with the techniques and practices that are used by successful leadership. This course will include the analysis of cases that demonstrate effective as well as non-effective leadership behaviors and their impact on organizational effectiveness.

HC655 Health Care Strategy (3)
The methods, problems and issues of strategy formulation and implementation are increasingly relevant in today’s dynamic, complex, and highly competitive environment. This course will focus on the many variables and situational factors that must be dealt with from a total enterprise perspective. The student will be challenged to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and critique the strategy of a firm of their choosing.

MB705 Business Model Analysis (3)
This first capstone course is the culmination of all previous coursework. Through the extensive use of the business model framework, the value proposition construct and analysis of current business events, students will examine how the various dimensions of a business should be integrated in order to provide sustainable profits in a dynamic and uncertain business environment.

MB706 Business Plan Development (3)
This second capstone course will have students experience the role of an entrepreneur. Students will develop an entire business plan, including the marketing, promotion, pricing, distribution, and financing arrangements required for a new business initiative taking into account the possible effects of competition, legal regulations, and other external factors.