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The target student population for the MHA are individuals who have successfully completed an undergraduate program of study in an associated field to allied health, healthcare management, business, or closely related/equivalent field.  The MHA has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of those who are place-bound or who hold full-time employment which prevents them from completing a master’s degree via traditional methods.  Those interested in the management of hospitals, long term care facilities, physician’s practices, government health agencies, physicians and other patient care providers will be encouraged to enroll. The program is designed for anyone seeking a graduate degree within healthcare administration.

Mission

The Mission of the Master of Health Administration programs is to prepare students for leadership roles in the health care industry.

Vision Statement

The Vision of the Master of Health Administration is to increase access to a premier graduate degree that produces graduates who are academically prepared to lead the healthcare industry. 

Values Statement

The Master of Health Administration will focus on academic excellence by using a curriculum that meets the expectations of industry leaders and the premier accrediting body of graduate level healthcare management education. The program strives to be compassionate and understanding to students by offering an online education that assures access to a premier graduate healthcare management degree is accessible to place-bound and working adult students.    

Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of a 2.7 on last 60 Hours of undergraduate coursework

Meet all of SIU Graduate School admission requirements. These requirements can be located at: http://gradschool.siu.edu/apply/domestic.php

Individuals who have successfully completed an undergraduate program of study in healthcare management, business, or any health related field.  

Program Objectives

  • Prepare the student to practice as healthcare executives/managers by offering a balanced curriculum and quality didactic/experiential instruction.
  • Provide didactic and experiential opportunities that lead to research in educational, professional, or healthcare issues relating to health administration and/or management.
  • Offer avenues to students for development and growth within the healthcare administrative profession.
  • Offer avenues for students to develop and apply skills in effective communication, analytical and critical thinking, and problem solving necessary for successful administrative roles in healthcare practice.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity for regional, national, and global health care/business professionals to acquire a terminal degree, especially for those who are place-bound or holding full-time employment that prevents them from completing a master’s degree via traditional methods.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity for regional, national, and global health care/business professionals to acquire the necessary means to succeed in a global and diverse workforce/workplace.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity to pursue graduate education that will prepare individuals for entry into related doctoral programs.

Course Sequence

Fall Odd Years Credit Hours 1st 8 Weeks,
2nd 8 Weeks,
Entire Semester

MHA 511 

Fundamentals of Health Care Systems

3

1st 8 weeks

MHA 520

Healthcare Policy

3

2nd 8 weeks - Video Synchronous Delivery

Spring Even Years

MHA 510

Effective Healthcare Operations

3

1st 8 weeks

MHA 580

Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management

3

1st 8 weeks

MHA 582

Health Economics

3

2nd 8 weeks

Summer Even Years

MHA 593

Individual Research

6

Entire Semester

MHA 595

Graduate Residency

6

Entire Semester

MHA 556

Individual Research in Healthcare

3

Entire Semester

MHA 551

Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health  Care

3

Entire Semester

Note: Students will take MHA 556/551 the first summer in the program. Students will either take MHA593 or MHA 595 but not both the second summer of the program.

Fall Even Years

MHA 566

Managing Health Information

3

1st 8 weeks

MHA 585

Financial Issues in Healthcare

3

1st 8 weeks - Video Synchronous Delivery

MHA 555

Theories of Health Promotion and Evaluation

3

2nd 8 weeks

Spring Odd Years

MHA 531

Human Resource Management in Health Care

3

1st 8 weeks

MHA 536

Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

3

2nd 8 weeks

MHA 575

Current Events Seminar in Healthcare

3

1st 8 weeks - Video Synchronous Delivery

Summer Odd Years

MHA 593

Individual Research

6

Entire Semester

MHA 595

Graduate Residency

6

Entire Semester

MHA 556

Individual Research in Healthcare

3

Entire Semester

MHA 551

Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health  Care

3

Entire Semester

Note: Students will take MHA 556/551 the first summer in the program. Students will either take MHA593 or MHA 595 but not both the second summer of the program.

Course Curriculum

MHA 510 -3 Effective Healthcare Operations.  A course investigating why HCOs function differently than other businesses in terms of operating margins and how improvements can be addressed with properly executed logistics and supply chain control.  Addresses the resources spent on the healthcare supply chain in relation to other related expenses and focuses on support systems to modify ineffective operational issues within the constraints of the highly regulated healthcare sector.  eCommerce, hospital materials supply, inventory control of medical supplies and controlled substances, vendor collaboration, purchasing, receiving, and total value analysis are explored. Case studies are used to apply techniques to specific healthcare examples.

MHA 511-3 Fundamentals of Health Care Systems.  This course provides a multi-disciplinary analysis and is designed to provide students with information pertaining to the issues surrounding access to care, medical technology, and the complex financial structure of the health care system.  Students will extensively examine aspects of the complex health care system such as managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, pharmaceuticals, health promotion and disease prevention, and the quality of care.

MHA 520-3 Healthcare Policy.  Explores the public policy interventions within the varying healthcare domains and defines the theoretical reasons for pursuing policy development in the presence of intense political, bureaucratic, and social environments within the healthcare industry.  The effects, consequences, and social implications of policy decisions are evaluated through real-world case analysis of actual public health policies.  Focus is placed on how policy impact patients and medical providers.

MHA 531-3 Human Resource Management in Health Care.  Describes the key human resource functions that play a significant role in the healthcare environment and focuses specifically on how those functions support management initiatives and accreditation and/or regulatory compliance.  Explores the dynamic legal and regulatory environment and carefully examines how legislative changes in the healthcare field influence the healthcare organization.  An overall focus on functions related to patient satisfaction are examined, as well, balanced scorecards and/or benchmarking of provider performance. 

MHA 536-3 Strategic Leadership in Healthcare.  This course provides students with an examination of nature, function, and techniques of administration and supervision in HCOs. Topics include the ever-changing healthcare environment and trends impacting leadership competencies. Specific healthcare factors that influence organizing managing of varying health systems such and hospitals vs. ambulatory care.  Focus will be given on the professional bureaucracy that is complex given regulatory issues, political factors, and the era of the informed patient.

MHA 551-3 Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health Care.  This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the legal and ethical environment of the health care industry.  Comprehensive and focused on the health care environment, the course closely examines the judicial process specifically pertaining to torts, contracts, antitrust, corporate compliance, access to care, negligence, and professional liability.  The nature of ethics in the multi-cultural health care environment is extensively examined with an analysis of the varying moral issues in healthcare.

MHA 555-3 Theories of Health Promotion and Evaluation.  An exploration of the concepts, theories, and status of research in health promotion and disease prevention emphasizing varying methods used to modify the health-related behaviors of groups and individuals. This course examines methods of ascertaining health behaviors, the design and interpretation of behavioral intervention programs to modify behaviors, and current trends in the study of how lifestyle and preventive health practices the field of health care

MHA 556-3 Advanced Research in Healthcare. This course requires students to use methods of statistical analysis and to complete a research project in the field of healthcare based upon student interest and instructor approval.  Each project will have a written paper as a final product and this paper will be submitted for publication, as approved by the instructor, in one of the professional journals within the field of healthcare.

MHA 566-3 Managing Health Information.  A detailed review of the components of an information system as utilized for the capture of health information.  Focus is on EHR, HIPAA, and implementation of information systems in healthcare organizations. Classification systems, clinical terminology, and use of health information in terms of operational management and decision making will be explored. Emerging technologies related to the security of health information management are overviewed.  

MHA 575-3 Current Events Seminar in Healthcare.  A seminar course designed to address current issues in the field of healthcare.  Students will identify and analyze varying topical issues currently being addressed within the field of healthcare such as legislative changes/mandates, healthcare reform, and governmental over site, etc.   Students will engage in presentations and may participate in discussions with healthcare professionals via a variety of potential classroom methods including, but not limited to, live video conferencing, podcosts, and/or discussion postings, etc.

MHA 580-3 Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management.  Epidemiological principles pertinent to the delivery, management, and marketing of healthcare services.  Examines evidence and population based decisions which are critical to effective delivery of patient care.  Utilizes evidence based theories to prepare the students to identify management problems and develop related paths of focused inquiry.

MHA 582-3 Health Economics.  Covers micro-economic theory focusing on patient demand for services and supply of services based on the complex regulatory environment in healthcare organizations.  Students will learn to analyze health policies, as well as, the behaviors of patients, insurers, and physicians in varying HCOs.  Issues will be explored such as fee structuring; controversial policy issues, such as, access to care and/or the medically under-insured or uninsured; the demand and mandate of health insurance; and the increased presence of governmental control that impacts healthcare economics.

 MHA 585-3 Financial Issues in Healthcare.  A macro-examination of the role of finance in healthcare.  Emphasis is not on financial formulas, but rather on the application of financial information within the healthcare sector.  Discussion of charge-masters, healthcare payment systems and sources of revenue, profit vs. duty, regulatory issues and profit maximization, provider payments and pricing in capitated-managed care markets, and IDS, etc.  Case principles specifically related to the healthcare field are completed.

MHA 593-6 Individual Research.  A research courses leading to the completion of a research paper that demonstrates the student’s knowledge of research techniques.  Research is based on a special project or specific courses related to the field of Healthcare Administration and in accordance with the policies and guidelines as established by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’ (SIUC) Graduate School. Prerequisite to a grade of C or higher in all required MHA courses. Consent of SAH Academic Advisor. 

MHA 595-6 Graduate Residency.   Students initiate and complete University requirements (including MOU) to participate in a graduate residency/internship in a healthcare facility as outlined in course syllabi. Provides students with real-world healthcare exposure in their area of interest.  Approval must be obtained by the University, Instructor, and Preceptor, prior to the beginning of the residency.  Report logs and performance evals required.  Hours/credit arranged with instructor.  Mandated Pass/Fail.  No repeat on Fail.  1 credit hour equals 50 contact hours.  Minimum of 300 contact hours required.  Restrictions may apply based on state-to-state regulations.  Prerequisite: A grade of C of higher in all required MHA courses.  Restricted to consent of SAH Academic Advisor.

MHA 601-1 per semester - Continuing Enrollment.  This course is required to satisfy the Graduate School’s requirement of continuous enrollment and is intended for those students who are enrolled in the program but cannot take a core academic course during a given semester.  Prerequisite:  Consent of  SAH Academic Advisor.

The online delivery method will be through distance education via Desire2Learn or the current classroom management system in use at SIUC.