Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Biostatistics

This course places emphasis on understanding of statistical concepts behind data analytic principles. This course will be accompanied with a computer lab to explore, visualize and perform statistical analysis with data. Lectures and discussions will focus on the following: exploratory data analysis; basic concepts of statistics; construction of hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; the development of statistical methods for analyzing data; and development of mathematical models used to relate a response variable to explanatory or descriptive variables.

Business Strategy

Students learn the tools and analytical techniques that managers need to assess and formulate effective strategies for their organizations. Topics include strategic analysis, industry analysis, value chains, core competencies, competitor analysis, scenario analysis, portfolio analysis, option analysis, and game theory. The focus is on analyzing and diagnosing business problems as well as developing and implementing effective strategic solutions.

Capstone course

This is the culminating capstone course of all masters-level graduate education programs. It has two aims: (1) helping students to discover and develop new and effective ways of managing and working together with all the stakeholders within the healthcare field and (2) helping accelerate a student's development of the context awareness, integrative management, and industry skills that are needed to lead in a rapidly changing healthcare sector. This capstone course puts students in a new organization, one they don’t already know well, and gives them the chance to practice hitting the ground running. This culminating course provides a deeper preparation for the next stages of a student's career.

Cost Accounting

This course will help students interpret the performance measures generated by the managerial reporting systems most pervasive in modern organizations, design systems that generate more useful measures, and make better use of those measures.

Financial Accounting

This course prepares managers to make effective business decisions using the organization's accounting data. Topics include balance sheets; income and cash flow statements; inventory, plant, and equipment; investment decisions; corporate structure; present value and financial statement analyses; and communicating accounting information.

Health Data

This course provides an introduction to data sources commonly used for health care research and analysis. Topics will include publicly available data sources, identifying strengths and weaknesses of data sources, and data management. By the end of the course students will be able to identify a large number of available data sources for research and analysis, understand their strengths and weaknesses, assess whether a particular data source is appropriate for a given project, and manage and work with health data.

Health Informatics and Quality

Clinical information systems such as electronic health records are central to modern healthcare. This course introduces students to the complex infrastructure of clinical information systems, technologies used to improve healthcare quality and safety (including clinical decision support and electronic ordering), and policies surrounding health information technology.

Healthcare Leadership

The fundamental view that guides this course is that leadership in diverse healthcare focused organizations has shifted from being predominantly about “command and control” to being more oriented towards “cultivate and coordinate.” Enabling change in the changing health care environment requires leaders to have a compelling vision of the change they want to create, insight into themselves and others, a clear understanding of the contexts in which change occurs, and effective practices for producing shifts in current ways of doing things.

This course will include leadership concepts, tools and skills, as well as reflection. Through a variety of readings, cases, videos, exercises, and practice assignments in your organization this course will help you develop your leadership capabilities, both in the near term as well as over time.

Healthcare Policy and Economics

This course provides an introduction to basic economic concepts associated with health care and current policy issues facing the US health care system. Topics will include the historical foundations of the health care system, how the health care sector differs from other markets, financing of health care and the role of government, the structure and functions of public and private health insurance, economic components of the delivery system, and understanding the challenges of health care reform. These topics will be examined from the view of payers, providers, and regulators, and the interactions of these stakeholders.

Incentives in the US Healthcare Systems

This course provides an overview and analysis of incentives in the current US health care system for consumers/patients, health care providers, payers and insurers, and other stakeholders such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Discussion centers around how the medical care market differs from markets for other goods and services and how incentives interact to affect health care delivery and outcomes. We then use the lens of incentives to examine the rationale and consequences – both intended and unintended – of major reform models designed to align incentives with improving the quality and experience of care while containing the growth of health care costs.

Intro to Health Services Research

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of health services research. Health services research is the discipline that measures the evaluations of interventions designed to improve healthcare. These interventions can include changes to the organization, delivery and financing of health care and various healthcare policies. Common outcome measures in health services research include (but are not limited to) patient safety, healthcare quality, healthcare utilization, and cost.

Management Simulation

This computer-based simulation provides participants with the opportunity to formulate a strategy for creating shareholder value through strategic and tactical decisions in a competitive business environment.

Managerial Finance

Students develop the knowledge that managers require to make effective financial decisions and to operate in capital markets. Topics include capital budgeting, portfolio theory, risk and return, security valuation, asset pricing, raising capital, capital structure of the firm, interest rates, mergers and acquisitions, and international finance issues.

Managerial Operations

Managerial operations examines the management of processes: operations that convert inputs into outputs. Topics include process improvement, queuing theory, productivity, constrained optimization, inventory management, quality management, service operations, supply chain management, and the role of manufacturing in the firm.

Managing and Leading in Organizations

This course introduces some of the major ideas and findings in the field of managing and leading in contemporary organizations. It approaches this complex field by systematically uncovering the myths and beliefs that are held about leadership and examining how they hold up to the scrutiny of critical thinking, analysis, and research evidence.

Marketing

Sustainable competitive advantage is derived from maximizing customer closeness while building positive competitive differentiation. This course covers the key frameworks, best practices, and approaches used effectively by strategic marketers.

Microeconomics

This course explores the bases of economic decisions. Topics include consumer behavior, supply and demand, competitive industries, pricing and market power, strategic interaction, input markets, contracts and incentives, and the role of government.