M.S. Integrated Healthcare Management Areas of Study

The Master of Science, Integrated Healthcare Management degree requires completion of project-based courses and a capstone culminating in 5 core competencies: healthcare strategist, transformational leader, value innovator, tactical manager, and analyst. The program also embeds themes of person-focused care, professionalism, technology, and ethics, and fosters innovation and sustainability in healthcare systems. Projects become progressively more complex as you advance through the curriculum, integrating core competencies to provide key skill sets and a knowledge base that will foster career development.

Leadership and Innovation

Innovation Project
This course explores healthcare innovation by having you compare examples, apply concepts, perform research and analysis, and create original work. You will complete and submit an Innovation proposal form describing a new technology to decrease clinic wait times.

Collaborative Leadership Project
The purpose of this course is to practice applying collaborative leadership skills in an innovative environment while engaging with a community. You will combine innovation with leadership to serve patients. You will also identify an innovation process that will serve the Navajo Area Indian Health Services (NAIHS) facility in the Navajo Nation. The main task will be to collaborate with stakeholders on the proposed process to address obesity.

Healthcare Systems

Healthcare Systems Project
You will explore healthcare systems by evaluating the needs of a group medical center to expand care to a growing population of underserved and underinsured patients. You will assess the value of affiliation with other providers and potential payers, analyze several healthcare organizations as potential partners for affiliation, and determine what type of affiliation structure will best meet the needs of the medical center. This project culminates in the creation of a proposed “affiliation recommendation” that summarizes the assessment of three candidate organizations.

Healthcare Quality

Healthcare Quality Project
You will use Six Sigma principles and strategies, as well as other quality concepts (DMAIC), to address problems of high patient wait times and poor physician communication at a highly functioning level 1 trauma center. You will develop a healthcare quality improvement process that implements the five phases of a Six Sigma approach. You will also analyze challenges executives face in identifying, synthesizing, and acting upon healthcare data to improve operations and patient-centered care.

Financial Management

Healthcare Financial Management Project
You will develop a value-based payment model and strategic implementation plan to provide high-quality, most costeffective care to a high-risk patient population. The organization is currently not equipped to take on the risks inherent in the population of Southern Florida. To create a successful plan, you will analyze and interpret data to determine the population's need and justify that their organization can financially support and sustain the new system.

Healthcare Analysis

Analytical Methods of Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the significance of research and statistics in care management. You will start by examining the role of evidence-based decisions in care management and how to evaluate the quality of research used to make those decisions. You will examine the role of statistics in making evidence-based decisions about care management. Finally, you will learn how statistics are used in healthcare and how to test the validity of statistics in order to make informed care management decisions.

Risk Management

Enterprise Risk Management Project
You will take on the role of a consulting risk manager for the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) to address the Office of Inspector General’s report. You begin by identifying and analyzing risk issues embedded within a real-world scenario. You will use enterprise risk management (ERM) concepts to create and define implementation strategies for an ERM plan to mitigate and manage the risks identified. Finally, you will recommend a new system model.

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology Project
A medical group has decided to move forward with the organizational initiative of reducing health disparities, increasing access, and improving outcomes by leading a cooperative of local healthcare organizations in a Community Health Information Exchange System (CHIES) expansion plan founded on the governor’s vision to advance HIEs. You will complete an assessment of a CHIE, propose an updated Electronic Health Records System (EHRS), and complete a CHIE feasibility assessment.

Community Health

Population Health and Care Coordination Project
You will design a chronic care population management plan and change a health system's model to one that focuses on patient and family. You will review a model from Mississippi that has expanded Medicaid where the opportunities to develop partnerships are ideal. To help control costs, you will develop a wellness and prevention program alongside the disease management model already being used in a system of their choice.

Challenges in Community Health Project
Community-based integrated healthcare requires skills in communication, management, and resource utilization among healthcare personnel, healthcare organizations, and community and state entities. You will apply appropriate actions and strategies consistent with the organizational mission, values, and needs in interactions with community leaders and members of the community. You will learn and demonstrate utilization of communication and collaboration skills and the evaluation and application of data in problem solving skills at both the organizational and community level.

Integrated Healthcare

Integrated Healthcare Project
You will develop and present a comprehensive case study and business plan that proposes an integrated system that includes, at a minimum, a health plan, hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and home health organizations to meet the rising health demands of the baby-boomer population. You will choose an area of the U.S. with existing healthcare organizations, and present a model of an “open delivery system” that serves as a financial hedge, enables experimentation, integrates culture (patient population demographics and regional healthcare values and principles), incentives wellness and preventative care), and is value-based and consumer driven.

Capstone

Integrated Healthcare Management Capstone Project
The capstone project is a student-designed project intended to illustrate your ability to effect change in the industry and demonstrate competence in all five core competencies of the curriculum. You are required to collaborate with leaders in the healthcare industry to identify opportunities for improvement in healthcare, propose a solution, and perform a business analysis to evaluate its feasibility. In addition, the capstone project encourages work in the healthcare industry that will be showcased in your collection of work and help solidify professional relationships in the industry.

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