Curriculum | Rural Healthcare MBA

The Rural Healthcare MBA consists of a core management curriculum, a core healthcare curriculum and a capstone program. 

  • Core Management Curriculum | 24 credits
  • Core Healthcare Curriculum | 12 credits
  • Capstone program | 4 credits

Total minimum credits required for program completion is 40 credits.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

The Healthcare MBA can be completed in less than 2 ½ years by students attending part-time (one course per term).

Sample Degree Plans

Part-time sample degree plan (pdf)

What classes do I need to take?

Course descriptions

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse MGT 6307 - Economics for Decision Making

This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. The tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and micro-economic theories is a pre-requisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6351 - Health Care Administration

Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6352 - Performance Improve Hlth Care

Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry. With health care under extreme pressure from both purchasers and regulatory agencies to improve its performance, many experts predict that only the best managed health care organizations will survive. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6355 - Health Care Finance

The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6412 - Management Writing & Resources

Provides students an opportunity to develop and practice their writing skills for graduate coursework. Differences between academic and business writing are examined in terms of audience, purpose, format, and demands. Course includes examples of good academic writing and previews the final project and final project proposal for the MA in Management. (Common Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6430 - Organization Development

Explores how organizations learn to better utilize their internal resources for the purpose of improving their services and/or products. Also known as "Planned Change," Organization Development exposes students to a variety of theoretical models explaining how and why organizations change, and provides opportunities for students to develop and practice the skills necessary for change management. (Change Leadership or Public Administration Concentration)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6431 - Research Methods

Studies the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on their application in conducting business research and understanding the research of others. Topics will include: Probability, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, correlations, linear and multiple regression, and hypothesis testing (t-test, analysis of variance, and chi square). Foundation course. (Common Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6445 - Human Resource Management

Explores how decisions about human resources (HR) contribute to an organization's overall effectiveness. Integrates HR activities with the organization's strategic planning objectives. Students study both traditional and contemporary HR issues from a practitioner's perspective. (Program Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6450 - Marketing: Consumer Behavior

Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications. (Common Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6455 - Strategic Leadership for Chang

Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course serves as a core curriculum capstone for the MAM and MBA programs and requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses. (Common Core Curriculum)

Expand and Collapse MGT 6532 - Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs

Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6800 - Final Applied Project

Students have a choice of an Applied Project, a Conceptual Model Study, an Industry Analysis, or other applied projects with application to the students' interests, career employment or relevancy to individual goals. They carry out research that includes international or multi-cultural dimension in the gathering and analysis of data. Students write a final paper that describes their literature review and research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions. Students are given 16 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved. (Capstone Option)

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