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Health Care Management Concentration

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Concentration Description

The Health Care Management concentration helps health care professionals seeking career advancement gain the skills needed for leadership positions as managers or administrators. It provides students with comprehensive management and leadership skills as well as knowledge needed to solve problems in a variety of health care settings. 

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Comprehend the global, social and environmental context of management and the importance of ethical and socially responsible decision-making
  • Understand health care systems and processes
  • Acquire a systems perspective to understand and analyze health care issues
  • Bring to bear a problem-solving orientation to issues of quality and cost-effectiveness in health care delivery
  • Understand ethical and public policy issues in health care


Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in a variety of organizations in the health care industry. Management career opportunities include jobs in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and outpatient departments
  • Nursing homes and home health care agencies
  • Physician practices
  • Public health agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Health insurance companies


Required Courses
Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care
MHC 723 3 credit(s)
This course will examine racial and ethnic disparities in health and human services and theories as to why those disparities exist. Students will consider policies that impact quality and equity of care. Specifically we will look at Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which states that persons will not be treated differently on the basis of race, creed or color and how this important policy has been implemented and enforced over time. The course will use as its primary text the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report issued in 2003; Unequal treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. While most of the research in this area has focused on health care, we will continually look at the relevance and application to social and human services. Students will critically review current efforts to address disparities in care and will focus on cultural competence.
Emergency and All-Hazards Preparedness in a Health Care Setting
MHC 741 3 credit(s)
This course is intended for the health care manager who is responsible for the preparedness of his or her organization in a disaster situation. It focuses on planning and preparedness for all types of hazards. It covers such topics such as the legal and ethical issues surrounding disaster planning and preparedness, obtaining assistance from government and other agencies, interagency cooperation, integrating civil and military response and meeting the needs of special populations.