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Business of Medicine MBA

Our interactive curriculum explorer will help you better understand how the Business of Medicine MBA program combines business concepts with specialized healthcare courses and applications. To view the curriculum, broken down by quarter, click on the course title for an in-depth description.

Note: 3 credit hour courses last the entire quarter, whereas 1.5 credit hour courses are completed in six weeks.

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Year One: 2016 - 2017

TERM CREDIT HOURS
Fall 2016 Full Quarter

Course Description

Provides an understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure its availability on a timely and relevant basis for decision-making. Focuses on evaluating and interpreting financial reports and how to gain insights into a firm's strategic decisions from financial statements. Examines the value of financial control systems. Establishes a foundation for linking healthcare decisions and financial outcomes.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Examines how market dynamics and government reforms are driving changes in revenue models including value-based reimbursements, bundled payments, and risk-sharing incentives. Analyzes different types of integrated delivery models such as accountable care, medical homes, integrated delivery networks, and new legal entities to deliver care directly to employers. Defines an organizing framework for integrating revenue sources and delivery models with MBA core courses such as finance, accounting, and marketing.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
Total Credit Hours 6.0
Winter 2016 Full Quarter

Course Description

Explores the tools for strategic management and the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies. Examines the dynamics of the competitive environment and how the pace and direction of industry change are influenced by resources, capabilities, and competitive interaction of rivals. Learn strategic analysis methodologies and frameworks to evaluate and change organizational capabilities, the same tools used by top management teams of today's leading organizations. Applies strategic management tools to the healthcare industry, including hospitals, health systems, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, information technology, and health services.

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  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Applies economic principles to improve the decisions made by managers. Develops essential skills in analysis of industry and market structure, employment of game theory in the construction of competitive strategy, and determination of optimal prices for the sale of goods and services with particular focus on pharmaceutical, medical device, and other healthcare industries. Examines how institutions and incentives affect the healthcare choices people make. Establishes a theoretical foundation for understanding other business disciplines.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
Total Credit Hours 6.0
Spring 2017 Full Quarter

Course Description

Examines the process of creating a market-driven organization. Specific topics include marketing strategy, branding, market segmentation, market research/analysis, relationship marketing, social media, pricing, and promotion. Learn both product and service marketing skills. Discovers tools for evaluating the effectiveness of marketing initiatives and how marketing activities differentiate organizations in competitive marketplaces. Focuses on the healthcare industry including patients, employers, government, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and healthcare services.

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  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Provides a working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate finance. Establishes an understanding of the basic elements of financial theory to be used in application of analytical reasoning for business problems. Explores the interrelationship among corporate policies and decisions. Discovers corporate finance principles transferrable to the healthcare industry. Builds the capability to link healthcare decisions and financial outcomes.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
2nd 5.5 weeks

Course Description

Today's global economy demands leaders with an international perspective and healthcare is no exception. This course provides physicians the opportunity to examine international healthcare delivery models and learn from other healthcare systems. The course includes a 9-day international trip.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5
Total Credit Hours 6.0
Summer 2017 Full Quarter

Course Description

Learn the skills to be an effective leader in changing times through hands-on learning experiences and scholarly study. Develops a personalized leadership development plan with a physician executive coach. Establishes the knowledge and skills to lead at all levels of a healthcare organization, from the board level to group practice. Explores governance structures and collaborative techniques for engaging and working with physicians, clinicians, and external stakeholders. Complements action-oriented leadership development that occurs throughout the fabric of the 21-month MBA program.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Provides an understanding of how operations management concepts and tools can produce better quality, lower costs, and improve revenue. Examines how to improve productivity, maximize asset utilization, reduce waiting lines, shorten throughput times, and enhance the overall customer experience. Explores quality management concepts and tools with a focus on healthcare. Includes additional topics such as nurse scheduling, managing patient flows across units and the continuum of care, impact of facility design on patient and caregiver satisfaction, and managing emergency rooms and surgical suites. Identifies transferrable practices from other industries for the redesign of healthcare operations.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
Total Credit Hours 6.0
2015 - 2016 Total Credit Hours 24.0

Year Two: 2017 - 2018

TERM CREDIT HOURS
Fall 2017 Full Quarter

Course Description

Provides knowledge of the American legal system, its processes, and the substantive law itself, which is necessary for making informed and effective business decisions. Emphasizes the study of legal change by considering past legal developments to give managers sufficient insight into the dynamics of this process, enabling them to predict as soundly as possible the future legal environment in which their present decisions will bear fruit. Focuses on legal and ethical considerations in health service organizations, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other healthcare industry challenges.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Provides an understanding of key macroeconomic relationships in a global economy and how these relationships impact the healthcare industry, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostic and treatment technologies, medical care, and information technology. Develops insights into data that is used to interpret macroeconomic conditions. Examines how government policies seek to influence macroeconomic conditions and an introduction into the debate about the effectiveness of these policies.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

As you hone your leadership skills and business knowledge through the curriculum, you will be partnered with an executive coach who will partner with you in leveraging your newfound knowledge and skills in meeting your professional goals. You will meet with your executive coach regularly in the second year of the program culminating in a leadership development plan. Through this process of highly individualized training you will leave the program with the skills and frameworks to orient yourself as a change agent for your organization, whether you are running a private practice, working in a group practice, or employed by an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Course Details

  • 1.0 credit hours
1.0
Total Credit Hours 7.0
Winter 2017 Full Quarter

Course Description

Learn process improvement tools and scientific methodologies for understanding, analyzing, and improving work processes. Offers mastery of Lean tools and principles to maximize value and eliminate waste. Provides the knowledge and skills to deploy Six Sigma methodologies to eliminate quality defects. Applies Lean and Six Sigma to provide better care at lower costs, including improving medical quality, operational flows, patient/family experiences, provider satisfaction, and revenues and reducing patient/caregiver safety errors, adverse health events, and unnecessary wait times.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

As you hone your leadership skills and business knowledge through the curriculum, you will be partnered with an executive coach who will partner with you in leveraging your newfound knowledge and skills in meeting your professional goals. You will meet with your executive coach regularly in the second year of the program culminating in a leadership development plan. Through this process of highly individualized training you will leave the program with the skills and frameworks to orient yourself as a change agent for your organization, whether you are running a private practice, working in a group practice, or employed by an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Course Details

  • 1.0 credit hours
1.0
1st 5.5 weeks

Course Description

This course familiarizes students with current issues associated with health information technology (IT) and their impact on the U.S. healthcare system. Health IT applications (e.g., electronic health records, decision support systems, health information exchanges) are playing an increasingly important role in patient safety, accountable care, and are now linked to financial reimbursements. This course reviews the evidence on the impact of Health IT from the perspectives of hospitals, physicians, patients, payers, and society.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5

Course Description

Develops an understanding of how consumers make health-related choices and how this knowledge can help healthcare leaders make better decisions, improve patient outcomes, and increase revenues. Explores how consumer-behavior knowledge can guide efforts to increase patient engagement, patient adherence to treatment regimens, and patient adoption of healthier lifestyles (e.g., smoking cessation, healthier diets, exercise). These efforts will become increasingly important as reimbursements are more frequently tied to patient outcomes.

Course Details

  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5
2nd 5.5 weeks

Course Description

Develops the expertise to become a skilled negotiator and manager of conflict. Learn different conflict resolution styles/strategies and when and how to apply these tools to resolve conflict and deal with disruptive behaviors. Understands negotiation processes and why they succeed and fail in different contexts. Develops your personal negotiation and conflict management style to more competently and confidently engage in complex professional interactions such as those found in the healthcare industry.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5

Course Description

Today's healthcare environment forces physician leaders to use every tool at their disposal to create and maintain an effective and adaptable organization. A major source of effectiveness and adaptability is the ability of leaders to facilitate meetings, to assess strategic decision-making, and to coach others. This course addresses these skills and explores how to drive change from within an organization.

Course Details

  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5

Course Description

Today's global economy demands leaders with an international perspective and healthcare is no exception. This course provides physicians the opportunity to examine international healthcare delivery models and learn from other healthcare systems. The course includes a 9-day international trip.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 1.5 credit hours
1.5
Total Credit Hours 7.0
Spring 2018 Full Quarter

Course Description

Introduces physicians to behavioral research methods used in business decision making. Physicians define a research problem, collect secondary and qualitative data, design a data collection instrument, collect survey data and provide recommendations regarding a specific health product or service. Physician leaders need to understand the role of research in making effective business decisions, and how to evaluate and improve the quality of this research. This course provides them with the tools to do this.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Physicians select and complete a process improvement project in their own organization which allows the application of the tools and procedures learned in Process Improvement I. Course culminates in Lean Six Sigma "Green Belt" certification. Healthcare organizations have much to gain from improving operational processes, to improve both the quality and efficiency of care delivery. This course allows students to apply process improvement tools within their own organizations.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

Develops a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, issues, and techniques of new venture creation and entrepreneurship with a focus on life sciences, information technology, and healthcare service ventures. Integrates business knowledge and skills from the MBA program and explores the relatively difficult aspects of healthcare value creation. Includes such topics as developing a business plan, evaluating future industry evolution, and designing an effective entry strategy.

Course Details

  • Elective
  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0

Course Description

As you hone your leadership skills and business knowledge through the curriculum, you will be partnered with an executive coach who will partner with you in leveraging your newfound knowledge and skills in meeting your professional goals. You will meet with your executive coach regularly in the second year of the program culminating in a leadership development plan. Through this process of highly individualized training you will leave the program with the skills and frameworks to orient yourself as a change agent for your organization, whether you are running a private practice, working in a group practice, or employed by an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Course Details

  • 1.0 credit hours
1.0
2nd 6 weeks

Course Description

Healthcare is the largest and most heavily regulated sector of the U.S. economy. Physician leaders need to understand how public policies are developed, policy trends, and how to navigate the regulatory environment. This course enables physicians to discuss health care policy with policy makers and regulators in Washington D.C. This course allows physicians to gain a deeper understanding of regulatory process, and how this process can be improved, though direct interactions with policy makers.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
Total Credit Hours 10.0
2016-2018 During Residencies

Course Description

The Current Issues in the Business of Medicine Lecture Series offers a regular series of lectures featuring prominent healthcare thought leaders including healthcare administrators, academicians, physician leaders, policy makers, and more who address some of the most pressing issues in health care today.

Course Details

  • 3.0 credit hours
3.0
Total Credit Hours 3.0
2017 - 2018 Total Credit Hours 27.0
Business of Medicine MBA Total Program Credit Hours 51.0

*elective