MHA Required and Elective Course Descriptions
PubH 6535. Cost Accounting for Healthcare Services. (3 cr; MBA student or #). How markets work, how positive economic rents (profits) are made, and how strategic behavior affects profits. Four major topical areas include market micro-structure, industrial structure, uncertainty, and incentives and firm governance.
PubH 6541. Statistics for Health Management Decision Making. (3 cr; MHA, hsrp&a student or #).. Variation; frequency distribution; probability; significance tests; estimation; trends; data handling; simple operations research applications. Statistical approach to rational administrative decision making. Lectures and lab exercises.
PubH 6542. Management of Healthcare Organizations. (3 cr; mha student or #). Role of the hospital in health services delivery and relationships with other elements of the healthcare system. Problems of achieving results with emphasis on governance, medical staff, and role of administrator.
PubH 6545. Advanced Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations (4 cr; MHA 6744). Defining, analyzing, and solving significant senior management-level operational or health public policy problems by student groups in Twin Cities health services organizations.
PubH 6547. Healthcare Human Resources Management. (2 cr; MHA or PHA student or #). Concepts in human resources management as applied to health services organizations. Relationship between human resources management and general management, nature of work and human resources, compensation and benefits, personnel planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, employee appraisal and discipline, union-management relations.
PubH 6553. Healthcare Management Ethics. (1 cr) Ethical issues faced by health care managers as leaders of an organization, members of a profession, and coordinators of clinical processes. Perspectives of managerial, organizational, professional, and clinical ethics.
PubH 6554. Marketing Health Services. (2 cr) Managing the marketing function; marketing planning, strategy, and management concepts. Identifying marketing problems and opportunities; constructing evaluating and managing a marketing plan.
PubH 6555. Topics in Health Economics. (2 cr) This course will introduce the student to the methods of health economics and demonstrate how these methods can be applied to managerial decision-making processes.
PubH 6556. Health and Health Systems. (3 cr; MHA, pub hlth or grad student) Christianson. Sociopolitical, economic, and moral/ethical issues confronting the U.S. public health and medical care system. Trends in service provision, human resources, financing and health services organization, and implications for the public’s health.
PubH 6557. Health Finance I. (3 cr; college-level accounting course or #; knowledge of spreadsheet software recommended) Riley. Basic principles of finance and selected insurance concepts integrated and applied to healthcare with public sector emphasis. NPV; public financing; capital and operating budgets; Medicare PPS and RBRVS; risk-adjusted capitation; healthcare reform.
PubH 6558. Health Finance II. (3 cr; MHA or PHA student or #). Principles of financial management and insurance are integrated and applied to the health field. Topics include: health care capital and operating budgets; health care payment methods, including Medicare’s payment systems for hospitals and physicians, and risk-adjusted capitation payment systems; population- based health care finance and managed care; and financing aspects of public health policy. Experience with computerized spreadsheets such as EXCEL is necessary.
PubH 6560. Operations Research & Quality in Health Care. (2 cr; grad level statistics; A/F only). Decision-making framework for both operating and control systems in the hospital environment. Basic modeling techniques and examples of actual hospital applications.
PubH 6561. Quantitative Methods Applied to Health Administration Problems. (2 cr; basic statistics course). Applying quantitative methods to secondary data including analysis of cyclicities, data handling systems, linear regression, discriminant analysis and inventory control used in the solution of health problems at various administrative levels.
PubH 6562. Information Technology in Healthcare. (2 cr; MHA or MCH or PHA student or #). How to analyze organization information needs, incorporate these needs into information technology (IT) policy and planning, and implement IT policies.
PubH 6564. Private Purchasers of Health Care. (2 cr; MHA or HPM or hsrp&a or PHA student or #). Development and organization of HMOs: risk-sharing, provider contracts, utilization management, quality improvement. HMO and PPO marketing and new product development; employer relations; Medicare and Medicaid contracting; budget processing; financial performance; pricing; government regulation.
PubH 6565 Healthcare Innovation. (2 cr; MHA or MPH student or #) Designing /creating health care delivery services and experiences. Innovation process, methodologies/tools of innovation design, strategies/processes to ensure execution.
PubH 6568. Professional Teamwork in Health Care. (2 cr; MHA or MPH student or #) Leading/participating in interdisciplinary teams. Team communication, problem solving, conflict management, organizational support.
PubH 6569. Healthcare Policy. (1 cr; MHA or MPH student or #) Public policy environment surrounding health care and public health systems. Political context of health policy. Approaches to policy formation/analysis. Tools/strategies for influencing health policy outcomes.
PubH 6570. Topics: Hospital and Healthcare Administration. (Cr arr; MHA student or #) Selected readings in hospital and healthcare administration with discussion based on these readings.
PubH 6577. Principles of Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations. (3 cr; MHA student or #). Lectures, seminars, and demonstrations on problem-solving theory and technique. Management problem solving of cases. Solving a management problem within a health services organization and presenting a report.
PubH 6589. Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research. (2 cr). Provides knowledge of the skills, data and methodology required to critically evaluate new medical technologies in order to meet financial investment as well as regulatory compliance objectives, such as FDA approval. This course is designed to provide the analytic tool kit for a manager of a new medical technology to formulate the evaluation necessary for this enterprise as well as effectively disseminate results in order to get a new product to market.
PubH 6596. Legal Considerations in Health Services Organizations. (2 cr; MHA student or #). Laws affecting administration of hospitals and other healthcare organizations; administrative law, corporate and business law, labor law, civil liability, tax-related issues. Legal issues relevant to administration, decision-making, and planning process.
PubH 6727 Health Leadership and Change. (2 cr) Applications of a broad theoretical base in planned change to solve managerial/organizational problems in health professions.
PubH 6741. Ethics in Public Health. (1 cr.), Debruin. Introduction to ethical issues in public health practice/policy. Ethical analysis, recognizing/analyzing moral issues.
PubH 6751. Management in Health Services. (2 cr; MHA, MPH or Dentistry MS or Environment Health MS or Ph.D). Role of health-care services administrators, principles of management, administrative process. Lectures, case studies.
PubH 6762. Health Finance Applications. (2 cr; MHA or PHA student or #; knowledge of spreadsheet software recommended). Advanced applications and topics in health care finance, including extensive financial ratio analysis of healthcare organizations.
PubH 6765. Continuous Quality Improvement. (3 cr) Emphasizes applying statistical process control techniques to health care management and clinical problems. History, methods, and quality issues in health care system.
PubH 6832. Health Economics. (3 cr.) Development of traditional issues in health economics. Production of health, demand for health capital and health care, insurance theory and markets, managed care, pricing, physician’s services, production and costs in health care institutions, role of government, cost effectiveness analysis, reform.
PubH 6835. Health Services Policy. (2 cr.) Social, political, and economic context within the U.S. health-care system developed. Influence of these contextual elements on public policies guiding/regulating organization/delivery of health services.
PubH 7596. Clerkship. (2 cr; MHA 6744, MHA student). . Survey and solution of management problems within a local health services organization, preparation of formal management report.