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Cohort Model

The PSU MHA Program is designed with a cohort model foundation. Each fall 15-20 residential MHA students are admitted to the program with the goal that this group will serve as a future professional network throughout the individual student’s career. Courses are offered only one time per academic calendar year.

Course Title

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

Advanced Financial Management Principles in Health Service Organizations I

HPA 447

Analysis of financial flows, third party payment programs, and reimbursement practices in the health services sector.

3

Introduction to Health Services Organizations and Delivery

HPA 520

Introduction to health systems, health services organizations and health care delivery focused on trends, problems and issues.

3

Leadership Ethics in Health Services Organizations

HPA 853

Examination of building-blocks that support the ethical framework that drives decision making. Face-to-face intensive scheduled 1st wk of classes.

3

Health Services Organizational Behavior

HPA 503

A systematic application of the principles of organizational behavior to understanding professional roles in health services organizations.

3

Population Health and Quality Management in Health Services Organizations

HPA 854

This course is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills for leading quality improvement, population health management, and patient safety efforts to create high reliability health services organizations that improve the overall health of the communities they serve.

3

Semester 2

Course Title

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

Advanced Financial Management Principles in Health Service Organizations II

HPA 835

The financial environment of health institutions, financial aspects of management decision making; emphasis on revenue sources, budgeting and cost control.

3

Managing Healthcare Operations

HPA 527

This course is focused on understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with nurturing and managing effective health care operations.

3

Project Management for Health Services Organizations

HPA 890

(Listed as HPA 897)

Introduction into project management; The course structure will give each student an opportunity to reflect on choices, assess progress to goals, and evaluate successes and failures in a supportive environment while striving for continual performance improvement. Organizing deliverables into a leadership portfolio will provide a vehicle to display growth and competency attainment

3

Management of Health Services Organizations

HPA 524

A systematic study of the roles of health services managers and the organizational and environmental context within which they work.

3

Interprofessional Experiential Capstone

HPA 894 (Listed as HPA 897)

A three-semester (1 credit per semester) partnership with Mount Nittany Physician Group (MNPG) which will embed students with Practice Administrators to expose student to a wide array of administrative competencies. Students will work one day a week (Weds) during the spring of their first year and fall and spring of their Second year at the same practice site to gain in depth involvement in one or more project area.

1

Semester 3

Course Title

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

Individual Studies - Residency

HPA 896

Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

1

Semester 4

Course Title

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

Change Leadership in Health Services Organizations

HPA 805

Exploration of diagnostic and intervention strategies employed in planned change in health services organizations and programs.

3

Health Law

HPA 836

The legal process as it applies to the health administrator, health organization, medical provider, and patient.

3

Health Care Marketing

HPA 850

Introduction to the theory, concepts, skills and principles of marketing applied to health related organizations and networks.

3

Interprofessional Experiential Capstone

HPA 894 (Listed as HPA 897)

A three-semester (1 credit per semester) partnership with Mount Nittany Physician Group (MNPG) which will embed students with Practice Administrators to expose student to a wide array of administrative competencies. Students will work one day a week (Weds) during the spring of their first year and fall and spring of their Second year at the same practice site to gain in depth involvement in one or more project area.

1

Semester 5

Course Title

Course Number

Course Description

Credits

Introduction to Health Economics

HPA 545

Survey of the application of economics to the roles of markets and government in health care.

3

Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations

HPA 460

Foundations of human resource management applied to health care organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health organizations.

3

Information Systems in Health Services Administration

HPA 855

Foundations of information systems for supporting clinical services, quality improvement, and administrative functions in health services management.

3

Interprofessional Experiential Capstone

HPA 894 (Listed as HPA 897)

A three-semester (1 credit per semester) partnership with Mount Nittany Physician Group (MNPG) which will embed students with Practice Administrators to expose student to a wide array of administrative competencies. Students will work one day a week (Weds) during the spring of their first year and fall and spring of their Second year at the same practice site to gain in depth involvement in one or more project area.

1

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