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Program Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the basic structures and operations of the United States health care system.
  • Evaluate various ethical and legal issues the health care manager deals with in a health care organization.
  • Analyze the future challenges in wellness, prevention, chronic care, and long-term care.
  • Examine health care organization from both a micro-level and macro-level based on current research in the field.
  • Examine the multicultural aspects of health, illness, treatments and therapies to understand the various conventional and unconventional healing systems and modalities.
  • Express key concepts and theories related to health care management, in written form, utilizing prescribed essay criteria.
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Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management (M.B.A.)

The Master of Business Administration online degree program in Health Care Management is designed around the strategies, theories and practices utilized by management professionals working in the the health care industry.

The Master of Business Administration degree program in Health Care Management is:

  • a self-paced learning program;
  • completed off-campus;
  • online learning format;
  • not structured in semesters, quarters or terms; and
  • designed to allow students to begin their online Health Care Management studies at any time of the year.

**Military students and some employers require students to complete courses on a per term basis.  Please contact our Admissions Department for additional information.  

The Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management requires students to complete a total of 39 semester units comprised of the following:

  • 13 core courses

**Requirements are fulfilled through coursework completed at California Coast University and coursework completed at other recognized educational institutions.  Previously completed coursework will be evaluated to determine all applicable transfer credit.  

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Management; or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program. 

    Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management (M.B.A.) Core Courses

    Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

    plus-sign BAM 509 Management Information Systems

    3 Semester Units

    Management Information Systems was designed for business students who want an in-depth look at how business firms use information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives. Information systems are one of the major tools available to business managers for achieving operational excellence, developing new products and services, improving decision making and achieving competitive advantage.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the role that information systems have in businesses today.
    • Review the ways in which businesses store, organize and manage their data.
    • Understand how information systems can help managers at all levels make better decisions.

     

    plus-sign BAM 510 Human Resource Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource approaches in their organizational settings.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Distinguish the human resources responsibilities of line and staff (HR) managers.
    • Cite specific discriminatory personnel management practices in recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, layoffs, and benefits.
    • Discern at least three methods of collecting job analysis information including interviews, questionnaires, and observation.
    • Convey at least six factors that affect the usefulness of interviews.
    • Analyze important factors that shape ethical behavior at work.

     

    plus-sign BAM 511 Marketing Management

    3 Semester Units

    Marketing Management introduces basic marketing principles and policies and explores various marketing functions with an emphasis on marketing strategy planning and the integration of marketing with other business activities and functions. Price policies and controls are discussed, as well as the various trade channels, merchandising, market research, government regulations, and competitive practices.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze the various fundamental marketing concepts.
    • Examine how marketing management has changed over time.
    • Distinguish between the necessary tasks for successful marketing management.
    • Examine what is included in a marketing plan.
    • Evaluate the components of a modern marketing information system.
    • Evaluate branding and how it works.
    • Analyze the steps involved in developing an advertising program.

     

    plus-sign BAM 513 Financial Management

    3 Semester Units

    Financial Management is intended to be a practical guide for students with little to no prior knowledge in financial management. Through the use of real-world examples and case studies, financial concepts are applied and reviewed as they relate to various areas of business. Finally, the course is designed to help aspiring nonfinancial managers and executives to communicate better with financial managers, accountants, and controllers within their organizations.

    Coure Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

      • Provide nonfinancial managers with insight into the various activities of a firm that affect cash flows.
      • Assist current and future managers in developing the analytical skills necessary for evaluating business problems and opportunities from a financial perspective.
      • Help nonfinancial managers better understand key concepts related to some of the major decisions facing financial managers.

     

    plus-sign BAM 550 Leadership

    3 Semester Units

    Leadership focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze classical and contemporary leadership theories.
    • Examine the importance of managerial leadership skills.
    • Differentiate transformational and transactional leadership.
    • Evaluate the relationships among negotiation and conflict, influencing tactics, power, and politics.
    • Examine the importance of ethical principles, personal and company values, and socially responsible leadership practices.

     

    plus-sign BAM 554 Employee Training and Development

    3 Semester Units

    Employee Training and Development provides students with insight into the different methods of training and development for company—as well as personal—success. New technologies, such as virtual learning and big data, allow for greater accessibility to various training content and revision of traditional training and development techniques. There are effective and relevant training and development methods for every stage of an employee’s career.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the context of training and development.
    • Grasp the fundamentals of training design.
    • Identify different training and development methods available.
    • Cite examples of social responsibility and the future of training.
    • Propose how training can help with career management.

     

    plus-sign BAM 562 Modern Management

    3 Semester Units

    Modern Management is a comprehensive approach to the skills of business management. Traditional concepts, theories, contemporary issues and practical applications are examined with the goal of improving organizational efficiency.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Comprehend the importance of management to society and individuals.
    • Appreciate both arguments for and against the assumption of social responsibilities by businesses.
    • Recognize the advantages of having diversity in the workforce.
    • Distinguish what kind of changes should be made within an organization and how to implement those changes.
    • Assess production, productivity and quality.

     

    plus-sign HCA 501 Health Care in America

    3 Semester Units

    Health Care in America provides a comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the US health system, from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Using a unique “systems” approach, it brings together an extraordinary breadth of information and a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Emphasize why it is important for health care managers to understand the intricacies of the health care delivery system.
    • Appreciate the implications of the above concepts for medical care delivery and for the promotion of health and prevention of disease.
    • Explore some of the recent developments and key forces that will likely shape the delivery of health services in the future.
    • Differentiate between the concepts of group insurance, self-insurance, individual health insurance, and managed care.
    • Develop an understanding of the various types of outpatient settings and services.
    • Analyze the future challenges in wellness and prevention, chronic care, and long-term care.

     

    plus-sign HCA 503 Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care Professionals

    3 Semester Units

    Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Care Professionals will help students prepare for the ethical issues they will experience on the job and teach them how to evaluate the right and wrong courses of action when faced with complicated legal problems. Through contemporary topics presented with a real-world perspective, students will develop the critical thinking skills needed for the moral decisions they will encounter in the health care environment.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Incorporate the concepts of ethics in the resolution of health care ethical dilemmas.
    • Probe the importance, development, structure, and goals of ethics committees.
    • Create an inventory of the important laws designed to protect each individual’s rights.
    • Interpret how ethical and legal issues described in any single case have applicability to the various health professions.
    • Discover how practicing one’s professional code of ethics can assist in resolving the day-to-day issues that arise during the care of patients.
    • Assess the importance of understanding the physician-patient relationship.

     

    plus-sign HCA 505 Multicultural Health Care

    3 Semester Units

    Multicultural Health Care explores multicultural models of health, illness, and treatments or therapies to deepen the student’s understanding of the scientific, sociocultural, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual foundations of various unconventional healing systems and their approaches to prevention, health promotion, healing, and maintenance of well-being. These multicultural or alternative approaches to health care and to modern conventional medicine are seen as complementary to the biomedical model as they blend body/mind/spirit, science, tradition, and cross-cultural avenues of diagnosis.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Examine how historical factors, behaviors, and belief systems within a particular culture influence a person’s views of health, illness, treatment, and health care.
    • Analyze the major concepts and principles governing the multicultural healing approaches or alternative healing systems presented throughout this course.
    • Define and explain common terms related to the various alternative-healing systems discussed.
    • Compare and contrast some of the emotional, spiritual, psychological, physical, geographical, and behavioral factors influencing health, the manifestation of illnesses, and the therapeutic techniques used in the various cultural healing systems presented.
    • Assess various approaches practitioners use to diagnose and treat illnesses within their particular medical system.

     

    plus-sign HCA 507 Organizational Behavior in Health Care

    3 Semester Units

    Organizational Behavior in Health Care integrates the study of organizational behavior and organizational theory within the dynamic context of the healthcare industry. Students will explore healthcare organizations from both the micro-level (individual behavior in leadership, intrapersonal and interpersonal issues, groups and teams, and managing organizational change), as well as the macro-level (the organization as a whole). Future and practicing healthcare managers alike will benefit from this course, which draws deeply from current research articles, case studies, and healthcare management journals.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze the major challenges facing today and tomorrow’s health care organizations and health care managers.
    • Evaluate why changes in U.S. demographics affect the healthcare industry.
    • Classify the common barriers to communication and utilize various methods to overcome communication barriers.
    • Apply the various contingency theories of leadership to today’s work environments.
    • Examine how stress can negatively affect individuals and organizations.
    • Analyze the importance of group dynamics.

     

    plus-sign GRM 597 The Research Process

    3 Semester Units

    This is a required course for Master’s Degree students to develop an understanding of various research methods. The course provides guidance in planning research strategy, documentation of research data and design of a defensible study. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, development and use of computer-aided research and writing skills and logical argumentation techniques in stating and defending research data.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate competencies comparable to those achieved within traditional institutions of higher learning that require resident instruction and evaluation.
    • Exhibit a broad comprehension of research methodologies utilized in the social sciences, health sciences, government, business, and other related fields.
    • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge acquired in this subject area and apply it in practical situations.

     

    plus-sign BAM 599 Strategic Management: Capstone

    3 Semester Units

    Strategic Management: Capstone is designed to challenge student to integrate knowlege they have acquired across the breadth and depth of the master's program.  Students learn new strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques. Utilizing this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses, students will be able to chart the future direction of different organizations. Knowledge of strategic management will enable students to analyze firms in different industries, make objective strategic decisions for companies, and justify those decisions through oral or written communication.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the strategic-management process.
    • Describe the benefits of good strategic management.
    • Write good vision and mission statements.
    • Discuss the value of establishing long-term objectives.
    • Describe a three-stage framework for choosing among alternative strategies.
    • Explain market segmentation and product positioning as strategy-implementation tools.
    • Describe a practical framework for evaluating strategies.

     

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