Program Outline &
Course Descriptions

Program Outline

Required Courses 

(36 hours)

  • MHA 6000 Health Systems and the Healthcare Economy (3)
  • MHA 6100 Leading and Managing People in Health Care (3)
  • MHA 6200 Health Behavior and Managerial Epidemiology (3)
  • MHA 6240 Human Resource Management in Health Care (3)
  • MHA 6250 Health Care Finance (3)
  • MHA 6300 Quality Improvement and Risk Management in Health Services Organizations (3)
  • MHA 6320 Health Policy and Economics (3)
  • MHA 6350 Executive Decision Making for Healthcare Leaders (3)
  • MHA 6400 Strategic Health Planning and Marketing (3)
  • MHA 6440 Health Ethics and Law (3)
  • MHA 6450 Managing Health Information (3)
  • MHA 6500 Field Work (3)

(6 hours)

  • MHA 6140 Long-Term Care Administration (3)
  • MHA 6160 Medical Group Management (3)
  • MHA 6180 Health Care Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MHA 6360 Comparative International Health Systems (3)

Leveling Courses
Some students may be required to take leveling courses in statistics, accounting, and economics. 

  • HIM 3200 Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3) or equivalent
  • MBA 6020 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)
  • MBA 6040 Managerial Economics (3)

Course Descriptions 

Required Courses

MHA 6000 Health Systems and the Health Care Economy
This course provides in-depth analysis and synthesis of all aspects of the health care delivery system emphasizing improvement of health care delivery and access. It examines the complex organizational dynamics and structures that predicate the interaction among major components of the U.S. health care system, including service provider settings in which care is provided. The course surveys the funding systems and regulatory structures for financing health care delivery and resource management in health services organizations. Issues regarding reimbursement, capitation and resource management are addressed. 

MHA 6100 Leading and Managing People in Health Care
This course emphasizes visionary leadership and management of diverse health care professionals in complex organizational structures. Individual leadership talents in handling various organizational challenges, such as leading organization change, building strong culture, developing effective teams, resolving conflicts, implementing effective motivational systems, and nurturing a learning organization are investigated.

MHA 6200 Health Behavior and Managerial Epidemiology
This course addresses the integration of epidemiology into strategic planning and managerial decision-making in health services organizations. Epidemiological principles and tools of investigation from clinical and managerial perspectives are addressed. Course work includes environmental analysis of health behaviors and lifestyle that impact demand on health care delivery systems. Students will evaluate models for integration of health services, preventive programs, demand management and policy issues affecting continuity of care. 

MHA 6240 Human Resources Management in Healthcare 
Human resources management in healthcare organizations including recruitment and selection of employees, benefits and compensation management, privileging and credentialing of health
professionals, performance evaluation, staffing plans, labor relations and labor law relevant to health care organizations.

MHA 6250 Health Care Finance
This course teaches students how to apply financial management techniques to decision making for health care providers. Among the principles and topics covered in the course are financial management functions and organizations, financial statement analysis, working capital management, present value analysis, capital budgeting, cost of capital, variance analysis, financing techniques, and financial analysis case studies.

MHA 6300 Quality Improvement and Risk Management in Health Services Organizations
This course focuses on the effects of sophisticated quality and health outcome measures as used by individuals, employers and insurers to compare the results of various providers. The course will cover the forces of the smarter external customers and internal pressures to justify costs, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and changes demanding creative health care marketing techniques. Course content will include JCAHO an NCQA accreditation standards and processes, life safety and fire code requirements, and handling of biohazards such as blood borne pathogens.

MHA 6320 Health Policy and Economics
This courses looks at economic analysis as applied to the health services sector.  It includes the concept of efficiency applied to production and distribution of health services, health insurance, government programs, health care personnel and health services organizations. Current health policies will be studied with an emphasis on student application of economic principles to health care issues.

MHA 6350 Executive Decision Making for Healthcare Leaders
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to selected mathematical, statistical, and computer applications and statistical techniques applied to decision making in hospitals and other health care organizations. Research articles and case studies will play an important role in class discussion and assignments. By the end of the course, students will be able to interpret research that uses a variety of quantitative and statistical methods.

MHA 6400 Strategic Health Planning and Marketing
The course focuses on various planning approaches, styles and theories, considered from a corporate decision-making perspective within the unique governance structures of health service organizations. Issues covered in the course include strategic planning and resource allocation within integrated health systems. Students will participate in an environmental analysis that explores national health care delivery policy, unique financing structures such as third party payment systems, and open versus regulated markets. They also will look at the development of comprehensive marketing plans. 

MHA 6440 Health Ethics and Law
This course surveys the major legal and ethical issues of the health care system. It covers the legal issues surrounding the relationships of patient, provider, and health care institution. It focuses on corporate liability, medical malpractice, admission and discharge processes, medical staff bylaws, informed consent, nursing, patients' rights, medical records and governmental regulation of personnel and health facilities.

MHA 6450 Managing Health Information
This introductory course provides a basic information technology vocabulary and looks at the principles of modern information architectures. It addresses the vast computer networking and communication technologies needed to support modern information infrastructures. The differences between integrated and quilted systems are examined.  Emphasis is placed on management and the use of information to support management decision making.

MHA 6500 Field Work
This course provides a capstone experience where the student synthesizes theory learned in the classroom and applies it to real world problem solving in health care organizations. It is designed to integrate the knowledge gained in other graduate courses into an applied management project. The project will have enterprise-wide applicability to health services organizations. The student will develop and present a deliverable product that could be implemented by management to improve organizational performance, specifically with analysis and recommendations for policy and strategic improvements.


MHA 6140 Long-Term Care Administration
This course addresses chronic disease and aging, and the specialized health services needed to care for these issues. Skilled nursing facilities, assisted care centers, residential care centers, day care facilities, mental health facilities and agencies, home care, and rehabilitation centers and services will all be studied in this course. Students will enjoy field trips and they will study current research and case studies to enhance their learning experience.

MHA 6160 Medical Group Management
This course introduces students to the field of medical group management. Theory and principles of practice management will be discussed and studied. Course work, case studies, and readings will emphasize the fundamentals of organizing, staffing and controlling a physician practice. Financial applications and resource consumption will also be addressed.

MHA 6180 Health Care Entrepreneurship
Students in this course will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship, its importance to a health care organization and the health economy, and the challenges associated with promoting entrepreneurship within healthcare organizations. Issues such as development, planning, funding, marketing, staffing, quality control and other challenges associated with entrepreneurship will be studied.

MHA 6310 Managed Care vs. Managed Health
This course is an examination of factors that will influence the future direction of managed care. Changing relationships among major stakeholders will be addressed. Broad areas of discussion will include population health, market dynamics, product characteristics, reimbursement methodologies, contracting issues, management information systems, government initiatives, legal and ethical issues, demand management strategies and future trends.

MHA 6360 Comparative International Health Systems
This course will look at the health systems, health policy, financing and other key attributes of health care in selected countries around the world. Comparisons will be made with the U.S. health care system in terms of performance and outcomes. Students will study current papers, be involved in class discussion, listen to or read presentations of guest speakers and gather information from a variety of other sources to develop a clear understanding of the world’s health care systems and the globalization of the business of health care.

MHA 6380 Patient Services Staff Management
The course focuses on the front-line and mid-level management of patient care staff. This includes the study nursing administration, nursing and management theories for application in nursing service settings. The course will also address the management of a variety of ancillary services including, but not limited to, respiratory therapy, radiological services, clinical laboratory services, physical therapy and pharmacy.

In addition to these courses, you will have the opportunity to select from a number of courses taught through the Weber State University Master of Business Administration program. These would be considered electives.