MHSA Curriculum

Courses
The MHSA curriculum offers a maximum of 50 credits comprised of ten core and six elective courses, an internship, and a Master’s Thesis Project. All students complete the ten core courses (30 credits) and three of six elective courses (9 credits) by choosing one of three areas of concentration:

Healthcare Institutions Administration (HIA)
Public Health Studies  (PHS)
General Studies (GS)

Students electing the HIA concentration will complete the three elective courses in healthcare institutions administration and prepare the Master’s Thesis Project with compatible topic correlation. This major prepares students to become managers and executives of healthcare institutions, programs and units. The main focus of this major will be on private healthcare institutions such as hospitals, clinics, private practices, etc.

Students electing the PHS concentration will complete the three elective courses in public health that provide the knowledge and skills related to healthcare services administration and delivery from the public health perspective. Students will prepare the Master’s Theses Project with compatible topic correlation.  Students choosing this major will be better prepared to manage and understand public health issues in private and public institutions.

The GS concentration allows students to select electives from both HIA and PHS course offerings. The Master’s Thesis Project will be completed without restriction to topic once approved by their faculty advisor. Students taking this major will be generalists being able to apply their knowledge and skills for management positions in both private and public healthcare institutions.

Internship
Students must participate in an internship of 480 hours (6 credits). However, students with significant field experiences working in healthcare organizations may request validation of these experiences in fulfillment of this requirement.

Master’s Thesis Project
All students must complete a final research thesis (5 credits)

Comprehensive Examination
All students undertake a final comprehensive examination (non-credit assignment) to assess attainment of competencies.

Students must complete a minimum of 44 credits (50 credits for students without healthcare experience) in order to graduate and be awarded the Master in Health Services Administration degree.

Core Courses:         Credits
  HSA-5000   Healthcare Organizations and Administration   3
  HSA-5010   Population Health and Status Assessment   3
  HSA-5020   Professional and Communication Skills Development   3
  HSA-5030   Research Methodology and Application   3
  HSA-5040   Health Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation   3
  HSA-5050   Legal Issues in Business and Clinical Decision Making   3
  HSA-5060   Information System Management and Safety Issues   3
  HSA-5070   Quality Assessment for Patient Care Improvement   3
  HSA-5080   Governance, Leadership and Strategic Planning   3
  HSA-5090   Economic Analysis and Application in Decision Making   3
      Total Credits   30
  Electives:        
  Concentration 1: Healthcare Institution Administration:    
  HIA-5200   Human Resources Management   3
  HIA-5210   Market Analysis, Research and Assessment   3
  HIA-5220   Financial Analysis and Risk Management   3
      Total Credits   9
  Concentration 2: Public Health Studies:    
  MPH-5300   Healthcare Services Delivery: Prevention, Wellness, Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases and Disaster Preparedness    3
  MPH-5310   Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatics Applied to Health Services Delivery   3
  MPH-5320   Advanced Studies of Epidemiology and Biostatics Applied to Health Services Delivery   3
      Total Credits   9
  Concentration 3: General Studies:    
  Students select any three of the six HIA and MPH elective courses    
  Total Credits   9
  Internship        
  HSA-5400   MHSA Internship   6
  Final Research Thesis    
  HSA-5410   MHSA Master’s Thesis Project   5
           
      Final Comprehensive Exam   Pass/Fail
      Total credit hours    50

Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Descriptions

Core Courses

HSA-5000: Healthcare Organizations and Administration

This course offers an introduction to Healthcare organizations, Healthcare management, and Healthcare administration.  Students will learn about organizational behavior, management and leadership theories in a Healthcare organization. In addition, students will learn how those theories can be applied for comprehensive process improvement in an institution.

HSA-5010: Population Health and Status Assessment

This course addresses socioeconomic determinants of population health and health disparities. Students will learn about differences between non-communicable and communicable diseases. In addition, students will be introduced to public health laws, policies and ethics. The course will also address prevention, safety and wellness methods for disease control. An overview of the public health systems and institutions, public and private finance of healthcare, government role in healthcare and the impact of Managed Care Organizations in United States is also provided.

HSA-5020: Professional and Communication Skills Development

This course will teach students how to conduct oneself in a manner that cultivates confidence and trust in a professional environment. The course offers information on professional networks and relations with peers, team work, superiors and subordinates. In addition, students will learn the skills for public speaking, effective managerial communication in writing, and oral presentations. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge needed for effective writing process, including office and medical reports as well as research proposals.

HSA-5030: Research Methodology and Application

This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts of descriptive, inferential statistics. Students will learn how to do a need analysis, conduct market assessment and assess outcome evaluations. In addition students will learn the statistical analysis tools for forecasting and quality assessment.  Students will also learn planning and data collection strategies, how to use databases, how to interpret substantive statistical results, and how to communicate the results.

HSA-5040: Health Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation

This course emphasizes information on the distribution of health services as well as inequalities and social disparities in health services. Students will be able to identify factors of quality healthcare and differentiate between healthcare delivery systems. The course will discuss health care delivery system issues such as payment, privatization, and effects of competition. In addition, students will learn the methodology of health policy formulation and how to evaluate and implement policies.  Student will understand the role health professionals play in defining health policies and healthcare reform, and its impact on healthcare delivery systems.

HSA-5050: Legal Issues in Business and Clinical Decision Making

This course will introduce students to legal concepts and principles, provisions of contracts, torts, statutes and regulations that apply to health care institutions and their operations. Compliance and fiduciary responsibilities, risk assessment and management strategies of these entities will be examined. In addition, ethical principles relating to health care professionals and institutions will be explored. Legal and ethical issues dealing with medical treatments, patient and employee communications, clinical research, emergency treatment and operations, and disaster preparedness strategies will be presented.

HSA-5060: Information System Management and Safety Issues

This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of health services information system management. Information on techniques and methods to evaluate information systems used in forecasting, planning, design and requirement will be provided. In addition, current threats to privacy protection and safety issues associated with the management of information systems will be discussed.

HSA-5070: Quality Assessment for Patient Care Improvement

This course provides the knowledge and tools needed for management and implementation of quality assessment and improvement in healthcare organizations. The importance of patients, physicians and other health care professionals in quality assessment and improvement processes will be discussed. The role of clinics and primary health facilities in the provision of patient care and quality care is presented as well as the importance of healthcare accreditation, professional credentials, continuing education, licensure and peer review in the quality improvement process.

HSA-5080: Governance, Leadership and Strategic Planning

This course explores the nature and role of governance as applied to for-profit and non-profit organizations (hospitals and health systems). Legal and ethical issues in the decision making process are examined. In addition, the status of health services organizations (corporate structure, stakeholders, constituents), community and social accountability, concepts and theories of leadership, leading organizational changes, development and maintenance of high performance teams and basic foundations for strategic planning are discussed.

HSA-5090: Economic Analysis and Application in Decision Making

This course is designed to introduce the tools needed for budgeting, calculating labor costs, calculating flow of funds, insurance needs, and risk pooling. In addition, students will learn how to assess market and labor markets, and learn how to plan production of products and services. Costing technique and cost-benefit principles will also be presented in this course.

Electives
HIA-5200: Human Resources Management

This course discusses methodology and techniques associated with job analysis, employee recruitment, retention, selection and placement, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, labor relations, motivation theory, cultural competency and job satisfaction. Topics will also include legal and ethical aspect of human resources management.

HIA-5210: Market Analysis, Research and Assessment

This course provides the students with analytical tools needed for studying of market segmentation, analyzing health care services/products usage patterns. In addition, students will learn how to analyze consumer behavior, market price, market channels for services, market communication. Publicity and promotions for health care products and services will be discussed.

HIA-5220: Financial Analysis and Risk Management

This course teaches students how to analyze risk management and investment returns. Students will learn how to review financial statements, how to allocate costs, how to develop capital and operating budgets, how to analyze cash flow. Student will also learn how to use cost containment tools and how to conduct financial analysis of institutions and projects.

MPH-5300: Healthcare Services Delivery: Prevention, Wellness, Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases and Disaster Preparedness

Students will learn health education and health (social) marketing strategies that focus on wellness, preventive interventions, management of chronic diseases, and epidemics/pandemics. In addition, this course focuses on social behavioral issues, health detriments and community resources. Issues such as child obesity, women’s health, diabetes, heart/lung diseases, and geriatric issues are incorporated as part of managing care and marketing strategies. In addition, the course will introduce students to practical issues about healthcare institutions preparedness for emergencies and unforeseen events.

MPH-5310: Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Applied to Health Services Delivery

This course examines basic principles and methods of modern epidemiology and biostatistics used to assess disease causation and distribution. Students will develop conceptual and analytical skills to measure disease association and risks, conduct epidemiological surveillance, evaluate screening and diagnostic tests, as well as investigate disease outbreaks and epidemics. The principles of epidemiology and biostatistics are important in order to plan and assess health services delivery.

MPH-5320: Advanced Studies in Epidemiology and Biostatistics Applied to Health Services Delivery

This course examines advanced principles and methods of modern epidemiology and bio-statistics used to assess disease causation and distribution. Students gain advanced knowledge of bio statistics and epidemiology which will be applied to medical sciences, research, public health studies and health services delivery.

Internship and Thesis

HSA-5400: MHSA Internship

Students will complete a minimum of 480 hours of internship in a healthcare organization. For professionals who already are working in a healthcare field, a request for validation may be submitted. If the request is approved, the internship requirement will be considered met. Students currently enrolled in LECOM’s COM, SOP, or SDM complete clinical rotations within those programs and will be considered to have met the internship requirement.  

HSA-5410: MHSA Master’s Thesis Project

All students are required to prepare, submit and defend a research thesis. The Master’s Thesis Project will be an integration of knowledge obtained through didactic, clinical and work experience. Assigned faculty advisors will guide students through coursework and preparation of research thesis. HSA-5030 ‘Research Methodology and Application’ requires students to submit research topic proposal for approval. Faculty Advisors will review proposals and return them with comments, recommendations and, when appropriate, approval.

The Thesis Project is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the MHSA Program for analysis and understanding of healthcare management problems in private and/or public healthcare institutions and for discovering new management theories and/or solutions. Thesis Projects will be evaluated by a faculty panel.