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Health Care Management ConcentrationGain the professional skills and experiences to become a successful manager in today's fast-changing health care business environment. The School of Business' online M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management combines a rich mix of traditional coursework with the most current information and best practices in the rapidly changing field. Health care management concentration courses explore: U.S. health insurance programs Health care and taxation Legal and ethical issues facing providers and patients Consumer health care Federal and state health policy processes Community health evaluation and epidemiology You will also achieve a broad background in business through general M.B.A. courses including those that address: Core business management functions Oral and written business communication Effective team membership and leadership in work partnerships and cross-functional collaborative efforts Ethical, economically responsible business decisions in the context of a diverse set of stakeholders Business implications of the new economy and applying widely used technologies to management issues In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex management problems, our M.B.A. program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University's core values and traditions. Our online M.B.A. is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.
M.B.A. students take up to two courses per eight-week term. Students can complete the 36 credits required for graduation in as little as one year, or may extend their studies for as long as five years. You may start the Saint Leo M.B.A. program at any of the six terms each year, and—with director approval—can pursue up to two M.B.A. concentrations concurrently.
Business Core (21 credits)
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MBA 525 Professional Development 3
This course is designed to give MBA students a tangible head start in acquiring and honing numerous core skills essential for success in the MBA program and the business world. The emphasis will be on the development of professional skills and perspectives, such as business writing, coaching and counseling, conflict resolution, effective business protocol, interviewing, intercultural awareness and sensitivity, negotiating agreement, and public speaking.
MBA 533 Human Resource Management 3
This course is designed to focus on an in-depth analysis of the major functions of a manager dealing with human resource issues. Issues to be covered include, but are not specifically limited to, staffing, employee training and development, compensation and benefits, legal issues, union versus non-union issues, safety and health issues, and cross-cultural and expatriate issues.
Prerequisites: MBA 525
MBA 540 Managerial Economics 3
This course explores the concepts of economic optimization, the estimation of demand, and cost and pricing analysis. An introduction to economic forecasting and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty is also included.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, plus undergraduate course in economics strongly recommended.
MBA 560 Financial and Managerial Accounting 3
This course focuses on the study of accounting concepts and standards applicable to presentation of financial information to interested users, structure, uses and limitations of financial statements, and measurement systems related to income determination and asset valuation. The course also considers the discussion of internal and external influences on accounting decisions.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in financial accounting and managerial accounting is strongly recommended.
MBA 565 Marketing 3
This course considers the operational and strategic planning issues confronting managers in marketing. Topics include buyer behavior, market segmentation, product selection and development, pricing, distribution, promotion, market research, and international and multicultural marketing. Additional fee applies for marketing computer simulation.
Prerequisites: MBA 525
MBA 575 Global Business Management 3
The student will develop an understanding of international/multinational management by examining the challenges and opportunities of operating globally. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of the complexities of dealing with diverse social, cultural, economic, and legal systems. The role of business in this dynamic world environment will be analyzed.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 533
MBA 599 Strategic Management 3
This capstone course integrates knowledge gained in previous graduate business courses. It centers on the theme that organizations achieve sustained success when their managers have astute, timely strategic game plans and they implement these plans with proficiency. Strategic management theory is used in the analysis of case studies of companies operating in the domestic and global marketplace. This course is to be taken in the student's last term, unless otherwise approved by the Director of the MBA Program.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 533, MBA 540, MBA 560 or ACC 504, MBA 565, MBA 570, MBA 575
Health Care Management Concentration (15 credits)
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HCM 520 Health Care Organization/Managed Care 3
This is an overview of the contemporary health care system. It examines the historical antecedents, patients, providers, payers, and current health policies. It also provides an overview of the mission, environment, and organizational design of today's health services organizations. Finally, it describes and analyzes U.S. health insurance programs, including private and public insurers, health insurance demand, health plan types, premiums, and reimbursement systems.
HCM 530 Community Health Evaluation/Epidemiology 3
This course provides an overview of the various health reporting systems that are in use and required by the federal government. It stresses the importance of accurate reporting and the role that these reporting systems play in disease and death prevention and containment. It also examines the business costs of such approaches.
Prerequisites: HCM 520
HCM 540 Critical Issues in Health Care 3
This is a course that explores the most significant issues in health care today. It considers corporate theory from a health care perspective as well as consent to care, malpractice in contemporary America, health care negligence, and liability. Special attention is given to an examination of health care and taxation, legal problems facing providers and patients, and ethical issues in human reproduction, genetics, and death.
HCM 550 Health Care Management 3
In this course, students will study the critical elements of contemporary health care management beginning with strategic planning, marketing, and information systems. The course will also examine other aspects of management as they relate to health care quality improvement methods and allied health professions such as human resource management for health care, communication management for health care, and process improvement techniques related to health care practice behavior in various settings.
Prerequisites: HCM 520
HCM 590 Health Policy Evaluation 3
This course is a survey and a critical analysis of federal and state health policy processes. It focuses on the evaluation of health care outcomes and the effectiveness and efficiency of contemporary health services. Students analyze cases dealing with administrative and policy issues in health services including problem solving in ill-defined, multifaceted situations, operational health program evaluation models, and health planning documentation models.
Prerequisites: HCM 520, HCM 530, HCM 540, HCM 550
Total Semester Credits 36
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MBA 625 Internship 3
This is an elective credit course (added on top of the basic MBA courses). MBA students, along with their designated faculty members, arrange for full- or part-time jobs in fields related to their MBA curriculum. Under the guidance of a designated faculty member, students work to enrich their University experience through a paid internship in order to practice Master's level business skills. Specific competency requirements (and the associated activities) are outlined by the designated faculty member and agreed upon with the internship site representative. The internship must last the entire term for which the student is registered (specific work hours to be agreed upon with the employer and faculty member). At least two site contacts will be completed by the faculty member to ensure that the outlined competency requirements are completed.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 550