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Masters Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Master of Health Sciences Degree
First Year 
Summer SemesterHours
HS 608 Health Care Law3
HS 630 Health Policy and Society3
 Fall SemesterHours
HS 600 Personal and Ethical Leadership3
HS 604 Organizational Behavior3
Total 6
Spring SemesterHours
HS 612 Data Analysis and Outcomes Assessment3
HS 616 Health Care Administration3
Second Year 
Summer SemesterHours
HS 650 Resource Management3
HS 652 Program Development and Implementation3
Fall SemesterHours
HS 656 Grant and Proposal Development3
HS 658 Workforce Development3
Spring SemesterHours
HS 654 Contemporary Issues in Health Care Finance3
HS 699 Integrated Health Care Leadership3
Total Credit Hours for Degree36

Course Descriptions

HS 600. Personal and Ethical Leadership. An exploration of applied leadership, personal leadership skills and the similarities and differences between leadership and management. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 604. Organizational Behavior. An exploration of organizational structure and processes including interpersonal relations and team development with a particular focus on health care environments. Additionally, this course will provide the health care manager with a framework for decision-making, an understanding of work teams and employee motivation, perspectives for handling of conflict, tools for assessing work design and an evolution of an organizational behavior framework. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 608. Health Care Law. An examination of the legal regulation of health care processes and the health care industry including access to care, finance, antitrust, contracts, medical malpractice, administrative law, patient rights, licensure and risk management. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 612. Data Analysis and Outcomes Assessment. A study of basic applied statistical methods used in the summarization of management and health data for decision-making, especially as they relate to the interpretation of data. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 616. Health Care Administration. A practical and quantitative approach to operation and management of health care delivery systems including administration, financial systems, staffing, departmental functions and performance evaluation. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 630. Health Policy and Society. An examination of theory and methods of health policy analysis in the public, nonprofit and private health sectors. Emphasis is placed on the role of analysis during various phases of the public policy formulation and implementation cycle. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 650. Resource Management. An examination of the functions of administrators in health care and academic environments in relation to personnel, finance, resource allocation and strategic planning. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 652. Program Development and Implementation. An exploration of program planning and development that includes market conditions needs assessment, planning, implementation, allocation of resources and evaluation. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 654. Contemporary Issues in Health Care Finance. A study of current issues in health economics, including problems and options in the financing of health care, physician and hospital services, mental health, long-term care and health care reimbursement. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 656. Grant and Proposal Development. A practical application of the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare a grant or business proposal for submission to a board of directors or other funding source, including the identification of a suitable area to address, needs assessment, identification of potential funding sources, developing the problem statement, exploring solutions and justification of all aspects of the proposal. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 658. Workforce Development. An examination of issues in health care workforce development, including the knowledge and skills necessary to assess needs and develop and facilitate interventions designed to educate/train, recruit, prepare and retain a viable employee workforce. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HS 690. Special Topics. Selected issues, problems, research techniques, materials and policies. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of program director. (Lecture) (1-3 semester hours)

HS 699. Integrated Health Care Leadership. A capstone course in which students utilize the knowledge, skills and insight gained from previous courses taken in the MHS program and from their individual life experiences to develop, implement and evaluate a project designed to improve some facet of health care delivery or program administration. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)