Courses

The Oklahoma Christian Master of Healthcare Administration degree is earned through the completion of 18 hours of foundational courses from OC’s Master of Business Administration program and 27 hours of specialized MHA courses.

A student without an undergraduate business degree may need to complete leveling courses chosen from the following:

            BUSA-5013 Economic and Quantitative Analysis

            BUSA-5023 Marketing and the Legal Environment

            BUSA-5033 Accounting and Financial Resources

            BUSA-5043 Organizational and Operations Management

 

Master of Business Administration Foundational Courses (18 hours)

ACCT-5103 Accounting Analysis and Control

The course will provide the skills to assist in evaluating issues related to a company’s financing and operating activities based on the financial statements. The course will also focus on how managers can effectively use accounting information to improve performance.

BUSA-5203 Economic Issues

The course covers fundamental micro and macroeconomic concepts. Emphasis on understanding the major issues of US and world economies and the application of economic concepts to management problems.

FINC-5103 Financial Services

The course covers both theoretical and mechanical considerations in the administration of the finance function of today’s service-oriented industries.

MGMT-5613 Leaders, Managers, and Entrepreneurs

The course examines how managers and leaders affect the behavioral social systems of work organizations. The entrepreneurial function is also studied. 

MGMT-5653 Strategic Management and Change

This is the MBA capstone course. As such, it should be the last course taken in the curriculum. The importance of integrating management functions and decision making will be emphasized. A case study approach is used.

MKTG-5703 Marketing Management and Innovation

The course focuses on integrating marketing management decisions with the mission of the entity as well as its specific financial objectives.

 

Master of Healthcare Administration Specialization Courses (27 hours)

MHAD 1 Leadership and Management of Healthcare Organizations

This course will provide the student with an introduction to different models of healthcare delivery and to the theoretical foundations of healthcare organizations, leadership, and management. Emphasis is placed on the roles of the Christian leader and manager and the interactions between these roles in communication, negotiation, delegation, conflict management, coaching, and succession development. Prerequisite: admission to the Master in Healthcare Administration program.

MHAD 2 Human Resources in Health Administration

This course examines the traditional concerns of human resources management within the health administration field. Founded on principles of Christian ethics, particular attention is paid to compensation management, employee recruitment, employee retention, employment policies, staff development, and the legal environment of human resource management. The various employment arrangements and contracts of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals are discussed.

MHAD 3 Strategic Planning and Implementation in Health Administration

The course explores assessment of a healthcare organization’s external influences and internal culture for the purpose of implementing change. Change efforts at the macro, meso and micro levels of the organization are examined. Particular focus is given to rapid cycle improvement applied to creating new service models, retaining employees, and improving patient outcomes.

MHAD 4 Health Care Technology

This course introduces the student to technologies used in health care for administrative, clinical and facility needs. Support systems for health care are also discussed. This illustrates the breadth and scope of technology in health care and its impact on patients, providers and payers. Content will be included related to ethical issues, acquisition expenses, maintenance costs, and assessment of potential benefits and risks of the technology.

MHAD 5 Impact of Culture, Gender, and Race on Health

This course examines health related differences due to the impact of gender, ethnicity and race on health. It attempts to put this information in a Christian context which allows health program managers to use this information to better plan, design and implement programs which are sensitive to the health needs of diverse populations. To achieve this goal the class will examine examples of Jesus’s response to persons of different cultures and genders, epidemiological research, social determinants of health, historical and cultural studies, and social and psychological theories pertaining to health status and communication.

MHAD 6 Issues in Health Policy

The student examines significant health care policy issues. Special emphasis is given to public policies with broad implications, such as Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance reform, and health systems costs. The processes of policy decision-making at national, state, and local levels are explored. The course will include a framework of Christian values for assessing the ethical, financial, and human aspects of health policies. American health policy issues are placed in the international context by comparison with selected other health care systems.

MHAD 7 Health Law, Corporate Compliance, and Ethics

This course examines the conduct of a healthcare business in congruence with laws, regulations, and Christian ethical principles. Critical analysis of healthcare organizations as a spiritual, social, moral, and ethical activity is explored, as well as the communication of legal and compliance decisions. Students are guided in developing a personal ethical framework.

MHAD 8 Management of Integrated Health Systems

The course examines the organization and operations of health care systems in general, with a focus on the implications of corporate decisions on daily operations and provider practices. It covers the topics of board, management, and medical staff roles and responsibilities; quality and population health outcomes; financial management; contracting and negotiations; and insurance.

MHAD 9 Healthcare Administration Residency

Students will be matched with managers and administrator (mentors) for a minimum of 240 hours of practical experiences in a healthcare organization. The experiences will be individualized based on an assessment of the student’s strengths and areas for improvement compared to national competency standards. This course may be split over two or more semesters (1-2 or 1-1-1) to facilitate a feasible and meaningful experience for the student. The capstone assignment is the implementation and evaluation of a project for the organization.