Health Administration


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  • Course Description

    DHA 700. Leadership Strategies in Health Entities.  An exploration of leadership strategies that generate value, competitive advantage, and growth in health entities. Students will be exposed to core concepts, analytical techniques, and frameworks. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 706. Foundations of Health Policy.  An examination of health policy and economic issues as they relate to the health care delivery system. The complex arrangements and interactions among governmental, private not-for-profit, and for-profit systems are explored within a context including economic, legal, socio-political, and public policy perspectives. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 712. Strategic Change Management.  A disquisition of the strategic change management process in the delivery of health care. Within the context of health care mission, planning, resource allocation, program implementation, and program evaluation are examined. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 718. Current Trends in Accreditation & Licensure. An inquiry into the foundations, requirements, and trends in various accrediting and licensing entities within health care. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 724. Healthcare Law, Regulations & Ethics.  An exploration of the legal and ethical issues and dilemmas in the delivery of health care. The principles and practical application of laws and regulations affecting operational decisions of health care providers, health plans and third party payers along with the social, moral, and ethical issues encountered in the balance of patient interests, needs, and rights. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 730. Organizational Behavior for Health Professions. An examination of organizational theory as applied in the delivery of health care. Areas studied include psychological and cultural processes affecting recruitment and selection, factors influencing training and development, the scientific method as applied to health care organizations, theories and practices influencing employee performance, effective management theory and practice, engaging and involving employees in organizational processes, and employee well-being. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)  

    DHA 736. Health Economics.  A disquisition of economic theory, trends, market issues, and applications as related to health care delivery. The application of economic analytical techniques to health care markets, quality improvement, and patient safety will be explored. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 742. Health Marketing Dynamics.  An examination of marketing theories applications as related to health care delivery. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 748. Communications in Health Organizations.  An exploration of concepts and issues related to communication among internal entities and with external entities in the delivery of health care. Interprofessional collaborative practice, interprofessional education, knowledge management, negotiation, mediation, and public relations will be studied. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)  

    DHA 754. Fundamentals of Applied Research.  An inquiry into the principles and techniques for designing and implementing research studies in the health care environment. Critical assessment of literature, analysis and interpretation of results, and application to management decisions will be studied. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 760. Fiscal Responsibility & Accountability.  An examination of financial management and operations theory as related to health care delivery. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 764. Health Systems.  A disquisition of the evolution, structure, and current issues in the health systems. Students will be exposed to provider, supplier, and payer aspects of health systems as well as to health care disparity within the United States but especially in Mississippi. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 770. Epidemiology.  An exploration of epidemiological principles and tools of investigation as applied to managerial decision-making in health care delivery. Students will examine health behaviors and lifestyles that impact demand on health care delivery systems, require integration of health services, necessitate preventive programs, and affect continuity of care. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 776. Applied Research Techniques.  A continuation of DHA 754, Fundamentals of Applied Research. Students will apply qualitative research methods to community health problems using appropriate qualitative methods and critique qualitative research in terms of design, technique, analysis, and interpretation.(3 semester hours) (3-0-0) 

    DHA 798. Doctoral Project. Research, findings, recommendations, and conclusions of a doctoral research project will be reported. Course may be repeated for credit but not more than 18 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)