Given the rapid advancements in healthcare policies and technology, the online MBA from the University of Delaware offers you two degree options in healthcare — a concentration and a major. A healthcare degree option is for professionals who wish to focus on the improvement of individual and population health management and patient experiences. This degree option is designed to develop healthcare management leaders who can improve on the contemporary challenges of care delivery models, policy and financing issues, and direct innovative changes.
Our goal is to prepare you to effectively take on the challenges of a healthcare management career. Read the course descriptions and choose the degree option that best aligns with your career goals.
MBA Healthcare Major
The online MBA from the University of Delaware offers an MBA healthcare major. To complete it, you’ll take the core curriculum and then the following five MBA healthcare courses for a total of 44 credits:
Population Health Informatics, 3 Credits
Integrates knowledge of healthcare information technology and public health data to support and facilitate individual and population health management and improvement. Focuses on the analysis and application of information technologies that support the provision of care including social context, availability of technology, and structure of information along with legal, regulatory, and ethical concerns. Emerging technologies and contemporary issues are highlighted.
Leadership and Innovation in Population Health, 3 Credits
Examines theories of leadership and models of change and innovation in healthcare. Gain a systems perspective useful in analyzing the leadership and management needs of healthcare organizations. Examine the key drivers affecting contemporary healthcare delivery. Special emphasis will be placed on developing leaders capable of leading innovation and change in healthcare.
Policy and Finance for Healthcare Delivery, 3 Credits
Examines nursing leadership required for population health evaluation and service delivery with a specific focus on policy development and healthcare financing. Gain knowledge needed to position doctor ally-prepared nurses to develop, implement and evaluate policies, programs and financing structures to support innovative methods of decreasing rates of disease and increasing wellness to improve population health.
E-Service Management in Healthcare, 3 Credits
The rapid pace of technological change as it relates to connectivity and communications is having a significant impact on healthcare service delivery. Due to enhanced mobility and the proliferation of faster service solutions in nearly all sectors of industry, customer expectations have arguably increased at a fundamental level. How can the healthcare industry adapt to this paradigmatic shift and yet provide high level of assurance expected of it in terms of the quality service? By taking this course, students will be able to evaluate, design and articulate e-service solutions in the healthcare industry. Concepts related to technology and e-services will be applied to a healthcare context using academic articles, industry reports and case studies.
Patient Experience and Engagement, 3 Credits
This course engages the healthcare community in critical issues facing the healthcare industry today. Due to CMS (Center for Medicare & Medical Services), HCAHPS and CGCAHPS requirements; as well as intense industry competition, the effectiveness of healthcare delivery is being measured by the quality of related direct and indirect services, including quality of accommodations, communication, and other auxiliary services. Many of these services are not medical in nature, rather they relate directly to patient experience and creating a culture of patient engagement. The goal is to make hospitals and medical practices truly hospitable and prepare current and future healthcare providers, doctors, NPs, nurses, healthcare scientists, students and allied healthcare professionals to deeply connect to the emotional side of patient care and experience. These emotional experiences, especially sensory landscape, effective communicating, and connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, are critical to patient engagement, patient confidence, and healing. Current hospital staff and future hospital managers need to be better prepared to face the changing healthcare environment and the increased focus on a total patient experience and engagement.
MBA Healthcare Concentration
The online MBA from the University of Delaware offers a concentration in healthcare. To complete the 44-credit program, you’ll take the core curriculum. Then you’ll complete the below three courses, and choose two electives that best align with your career goals from either the finance or international business concentrations.
- Population Health Informatics, 3 Credits
- E-Service Management in Health Care, 3 Credits
- Patient Experience and Engagement, 3 Credits
Elective Options — Choose Two
International Financial Management, 3 Credits
Examines the financial management of multinational firms and the interrelationships between financial planning and the international economic environment. Topics include direct investment theory, capital budgeting, financing trade and investments, risk management and working capital management. Prerequisite: Financial Management.
Corporate Financial Management, 3 Credits
Examines major policy-making areas in corporate finance and the impact of alternative policies on the value of the firm. Emphasis is placed on strengthening financial decision-making skills. Advanced topics include capital investment policy, financing and capital structure policies, dividend policy, and corporate control. Prerequisite: Financial Management.
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, 3 Credits
Examines the role and functioning of securities markets, valuation techniques, and the theory and practice of portfolio management. Topics include portfolio construction and evaluation metrics, relative valuation techniques and an introduction to derivative security pricing. Prerequisite: Financial Management.
Managing the Global Enterprise, 3 Credits
Focuses on the development of business strategies and management practices for managing the multinational business organization.
Globalization and Business, 3 Credits
Assesses environmental, institutional, industrial, strategic, and organizational features of globalization and business. Considers frameworks that guide managers' understanding of globalization and business, how managers interpret the challenges and opportunities of globalization and the implications of globalization to professional development.
Dual and Triple Concentrations Available
You have the option of completing any one, two, or three concentrations to deepen the level of knowledge needed for your chosen career path. Consider all your options.
Customized Degree Option Available
If you’re interested in a particular selection of electives to match your career goals, you can select any 5 electives of your choice from the finance, healthcare, or international business areas. Consider all your options.
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