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M.S. in Health Administration Courses

All courses are scheduled for intensive, Saturday/Sunday format.

Health Administration: The Individual and the Profession* - 2 credits
This segment will introduce you to the idea of “healthcare as a system” in the United States and will provide a brief overview of the challenges facing the Healthcare industry.  Emphasis will be on macro policy and economics issues with data on costs and performance of the healthcare industry.  It will conclude by identifying key challenges that face the industry.  All this will be in the context of changes taking place with healthcare reform.  A case study focusing on a hospital will anchor the above discussions and introduce you to tools that will enable the understanding of the role of people and data within a healthcare organization.
*Please note - this pre-program intensive class begins on a Friday and ends on a Sunday.

Introduction to Health Administration - 2 credits
This course covers current challenges faced by the U.S. healthcare delivery system and how health policy, both historically and today, has sought to address these challenges. We will consider healthcare concerns associated with population and public health. We will also explore the logistics of the healthcare system, including how it is organized, who makes up the workforce, how healthcare is financed, how it is managed, and the role of information technology in this sector.

Decision Making: A Patient Centered View - 2 credits
This course takes a systematic approach to improving decision-making, organized around an important distinction in decision-making between normative and descriptive approaches. It will provide you with the analytical tools to make good decisions (normative approach) and develop your understanding of the ways in which actual decisions can fall short (descriptive approach).

Healthcare Ethics - 3 credits
This course provides an overview of foundational ethical principles for healthcare administration and will present a methodology for your employment to resolve contemporary healthcare ethics questions with healthcare settings, specifically working within the context of emerging healthcare trends and legislation.

Strategy and Operations - 2 credits
The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills in strategic planning and operations management necessary to perform an administrative role. This course will also discuss the increasing role of “quality management” in hospitals and identify the impact of changes in reimbursement based on the importance of efficiency metrics such as readmission rates.

Leadership and Change - 2 credits
This course examines managerial and change leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the healthcare professional in various organizational settings.  This course takes into consideration theories, frameworks, and models of leadership and an understanding of the leadership/relationship management skills necessary to build a superior organization.

Healthcare Law - 2 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the legal issues you are likely to face in managing a healthcare organization.  It is important for you to be familiar with basic legal principles affecting how healthcare institutions are operated, how legal rules and doctrine are formulated, and how to interact effectively with attorneys.

Behavioral Health and Primary Care - 2 credits
This course offers a broad overview of theoretical foundations and empirical research findings related to the experiences of health and illness. We will examine intervention strategies targeting individuals, families, work settings, and communities will be examined and critiqued.

Population Health, Public Health, and Outcome Measures - 2 credits
This course examines how Healthcare Reform brought into focus the need for population and public health in improving healthcare.

Patient Centered Integrated Care - 2 credits
This course provides an understanding of patient-centered healthcare and the role of providers and the environment. The course recognizes the importance of different professions within the health workforce and the role of healthcare professionals working collaboratively on inter-professional teams to enhance patient-centered healthcare.

Health Information Technology - 2 credits; online course
This course introduces you to the subject of health information technology (HIT) and describes the organizational context surrounding the implementation, use, and management of HIT. It prepares you for the more advanced coursework by examining the concepts applications, and strategies of HIT.

Healthcare Finance - 2 credits
This course will address the current challenges faced by various healthcare organizations, specific to financial management and will focus on the interconnectivity the role that finance plays across the continuum of healthcare. You will learn the time value of money and how the understanding and pricing of costs is essential to the financial management among healthcare organizations.

Negotiating and Communicating in Healthcare - 2 credits
This course draws from social ecological models of health promotion as a way to situate the work of health administrators within multi-level contexts. It also interrogates how an evolving media landscape – one that includes mainstream print and broadcast outlets, but also social media, ethic media, and other diverse platforms.

Integrated Project - 3 credits
This is an ongoing project that you will engage in from the beginning of the program and will end with a capstone type presentation. You will identify problems in the workplace and identify problems and solutions in the workplace. If you are not employed in a healthcare related workplace, you will be provided with an internship either at a healthcare facility or at one of Fordham’s research center in order to apply your learning to a real life situation.