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Year 2: Specialized Courses

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 the legal and ethical considerations in a highly regulated environment.

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.

As you hone your leadership skills and business knowledge, you will be partnered with an executive coach, who will work with you to meet your professional goals. You meet with your executive coach regularly in the second year of the program, which culminates in a leadership development plan. Through this process of highly individualized training, you 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.

By improving operational processes, healthcare organizations can improve both the quality and efficiency of care delivery. In this course, physicians select and complete a process improvement project in their own organization, applying the tools and procedures learned. Prepares students for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Green Belt Exam.

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 leaders’ ability 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.

Today's global economy demands leaders with an international perspective, and healthcare is no exception. In this elective course, physicians examine international healthcare delivery models, learn from other healthcare systems, and study opportunities for healthcare companies abroad. The course includes a 9-day international trip.

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.

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 and accountable care and are linked to financial reimbursements. This course reviews the evidence of Health IT’s impact from the perspectives of hospitals, physicians, patients, payers, and society.

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

Healthcare is the largest and most heavily regulated sector of the U.S. economy. Physician leaders must understand how public policies are developed and how to navigate the regulatory environment. Enables physicians to discuss healthcare policy with policy makers and regulators in Washington, D.C. Allows physicians to gain a deeper understanding of the regulatory process and how this process can be improved through direct interactions with policy makers.

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