The healthcare industry today is evolving, opening opportunities for the creation of many new and exciting careers. The healthcare management field focuses on planning, directing or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, health insurance companies, public health agencies, nursing facilities and other health-related organizations. This program prepares students for healthcare management and administrative careers within any healthcare facility or business that must stay current with healthcare laws and regulations.
The major curriculum consists of 11 courses and a senior project. Only one course is taken at a time, while each student progresses with the same group of students, or cohort, throughout the program.
You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.
A student entering this degree program can earn up to 32 semester hours from sources such as workshops, seminars, self-study, training programs or work experience. Prior college-level learning acquired from these sources is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.
Introduction to the US health care systems highlighting the role of values, access and allocation of healthcare services and resources, medical language and terminology.
Exploration of issues and trends impacting US health care systems: financing, regulation and compliance, quality of control and care, administrative and management as well as delivery services.
Exploration of legal issues in the health care industry: medical laws and legal aspects of medical ethics, contract negotiations, legislative, regulatory and compliance, patient protection, medical proxy, and liability and risk management issues.
Exploration of marketing trends and issues in the health care industry. Terminology, strategies, goals and objectives, planning and advertising, consumer-driven marketing agenda, application of technology for marketing, e.g., podcasts, websites, social networks for advertising, branding, name recognition, customer loyalty, etc.
Consideration of the various ethical issues and challenges experienced in the health care industry: medical ethics, access and delivery of medical services, patient rights, knowledge information and record keeping practices, information sharing and communication.
Problem specification, literature review, and problem-solving processes.
Solution to the problem, selection of evaluation method, and presentation of evaluation results
Recommendations based on problem identification and evaluation of solution; formal presentation of project, reflection on research process and explanation of learning from research.
Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statements, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.
Overview of statistics. Measurement objectives for research projects, normal curve, confidence intervals. Data definition, testing hypothesis. Data collection, Chi-Square test. Research project evaluation plan. Survey construction for the research project. Data finalization and project evaluation process.
Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management and Management by Objectives.
Personnel function, development, and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection and orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions, and negotiation.
Financial tools for managers in decision-making: financial statements, bookkeeping process, financial statement analysis, statement of cash flow, internal cost concepts, present value concepts, budgeting.
For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog at www.CUChicago.edu/catalogs.
Applicants who meet the admission requirements and who have earned at least 30 semester hours of college credit (including at least one English composition course with a grade of C or better) are eligible to be admitted to the accelerated bachelor's degree completion program and the organizational management major.
Applicants who meet the admission criteria but have earned 0-29 semester hours of credit, or who have not completed at least one college-level English, may be admitted to the university in pre-major status.
Prospective students who complete a composition course or the equivalent may be admitted to the University with pre-major status. Applicants admitted with pre-major status may enroll in accelerated courses at Concordia to meet deficiencies until they have earned the minimum requirements for admission to the program and the organizational management major. Applicants admitted with pre-major status are eligible to apply for financial assistance.
Students entering the Accelerated Degree Program for Adults can earn up to a maximum of 32 semester hours of credit from such sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service or other experiences.
Documentation that the student presents, demonstrating college-level learning acquired from these sources, is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.
Students can choose from the following class formats:
Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion courses are $475 per semester hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-five credits are required to complete the major coursework. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.
Healthcare managers act in an administrative roles and deal with the business aspects of managing hospitals and other healthcare facilities. If you are interested in advancing your career in this exciting field and obtaining a management position within a health care-related organization, a degree in Healthcare Management can help you get there. This program addresses the unique attributes of a healthcare organization while providing a solid business foundation in areas such as management, finance and marketing. Healthcare management can encompass a wide variety of job functions and industry sectors.