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Kaplan University’s curriculum is continuously reviewed by experienced industry experts who see the big picture and the ways you may fit into it. With America’s health care system undergoing dramatic changes—and experiencing faster-than-average growth*—the management of this shifting landscape is expected to require professionals with special knowledge, insight, and problem-solving skills. The new wave of medical and health services managers must be prepared to handle complex new developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management.
Kaplan University master’s degree in health care administration could help prepare you to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations. The rising costs and shifting accessibility of quality health care are critical issues to individuals and organizations nationwide. Effective leadership in the industry could help improve management structures and find solutions to unique challenges facing individuals and communities.
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With a Master of Health Care Administration from
Kaplan University, you may be prepared to pursue a wide range of leadership and
management positions, including health services manager, health services
project administrator, managed-care facility manager, hospital administrator,
director or vice president of a health care facility, and more.† You
may also have built a solid foundation for the further pursuit of academic
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
May 14, 2014
Online Start Date
Jun 11, 2014
Online Start Date
Jul 02, 2014
This course explores organizational behavior,
theory, and development as they apply to the health care
industry. Topics include, but are not limited to, classic and
modern theory, individual behavior and motivation, group
dynamics, conflict management, decision making, culture values,
and organizational dysfunction. Physician leadership development
and change management are also explored.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course explores organizational theory and
behavior essential for successful leadership and management in
the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on
communication techniques, self-analysis, and strategies for best
practices in order to effectively implement key leadership and
management concepts in dynamic health care environments. Key
values that guide a leader's personal and professional behavior
and influence overall effectiveness will be explored, as well as
their impact on overall leadership styles.
This course introduces the terminology, theory, concepts and techniques used in the finance functions in health care organizations. Students gain an understanding of the important role of finance in health care organizations and learn various techniques to develop, manage, and control finances. Students interpret financial statements, prepare analyses with cost finding and price setting, and conduct break-even analyses. The course provides students with experience in capital and operating budgets, financial forecasts, and business plan preparation. Students will be expected to expand their utilization of spreadsheet applications.
This course provides analysis of law, the
legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the
financing and delivery of health care services. This course
covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care
organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and
ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical
decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health
information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how
the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health
care delivery systems.
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of how human resource management is applied in
different health care settings. The course focuses on the major
elements of human resource management, as well as the ways in
which it can be used in the strategic planning of the
organization. Students investigate ongoing human resources
practice and issues from a health care perspective such as
recruitment, contract/agreement, training/education/support,
retention, performance evaluation, compensation, legal and
regulatory issues, and strategic planning.
This course focuses on the analysis,
interpretation, and presentation of health care statistical data.
It includes an overview of measurement methods, descriptive
statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, sample
size and power calculations, analysis of variance and multiple
comparisons, correlation and regression, multiple regression and
statistical control of confounding, logistic regression, and
This course provides an interdisciplinary
perspective on operations and quality management in health care,
taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior
and health management research. Special attention is given to
causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total
quality management and continuous quality
This course provides students with an in-depth
analysis of health care policy development in the United States
of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and
evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students
consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy
development such as economics, political science, management,
communications, and public health.
This course provides students with the skills
needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students
focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health
policy, and economic and health care system issues in health
promotion and disease prevention.
This course provides a comprehensive
examination of the principles and practices of the management of
health information. The course covers three principal areas of
health information management: Health Information Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), electronic health information
management (e-HIM), and informatics.
This course provides an examination of both
the theory and the principles of ethics within the health care
industry. The course covers national standards for the protection
of individual's health information as applied to health plans,
health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. Students
also learn other health industry regulations that protect
employees, patients, and providers. The integration of ethics as
the foundation for long-term as well as day-to-day operations of
an entity is emphasized.
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they
apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential
elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing
tools and strategies in the dynamic health care
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Health Care Administration. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired through their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in health care administration.
Completion of all courses in the
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. (Accessed November 2013) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.