Course Descriptions

Required Courses

HCAD 5201:   Introduction to Healthcare Administration (3 Credits)

Students will learn to apply leadership and management concepts to address current healthcare challenges.  Students will gain an overview of the U.S healthcare delivery system and analyzing the various changes that have impacted the industry.  A focus on theories, frameworks, and policy development will be explored to build a successful organization.

HCAD 5202: Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 Credits)

Healthcare law, ethics, and human rights converge in healthcare administration within the United States. This seminar explores how to understand this convergence, engages the sources of authority for healthcare law and ethics, and uses case studies to examine how healthcare administrators can be effective in advancing social justice and equity in healthcare institutions.

HCAD 5203: Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement (3 Credits)

This course equips students with various strategies related to finance and accounting when applied to healthcare environments. Topics covered in this course include supply and demand principles, insurance reimbursement, accounting statements, cost allocation, compounding and discounting, financial risk, debt and equity financing, ROI analysis, revenue cycle management, and supply chain management.

HPMG 5203: Health Management Concepts (3 Credits)

This course examines basic concepts of management and organization for effective health programs and projects with a focus on the needs of urban, immigrant, and other vulnerable populations.  Students will work individually and in teams in simulations of typical activities in managerial leadership in various public health and healthcare settings.

HCAD 5204: Healthcare Quality Improvement (3 Credits)

This course provides students with the conceptual understandings and practical skills to build a learning healthcare system. The course will consider the forces moving healthcare to push towards quality outcomes and accountability across all levels and diverse healthcare settings.  Students will be introduced to frameworks and tools to promote continuous quality improvement and to integrate improvement efforts into decision-making and performance measurement.

HCAD 5207:  Healthcare Technology and Information Systems (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the purpose and general functions of health information systems to support a healthcare organization. The course will review the evolution of health information systems in the United States. Students will also gain skills in workflow design and assessment and integration of health information systems to support clinical decision making, quality assurance, and a learning health care system. The course will also be introduced to the principles and tools that guide techniques for collecting, storing, securing, retrieving, and reporting health care data.

HCAD 5206: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing (3 Credits)

An examination of strategic issues driving the future of health care. Focus is on identifying and preparing to meet the needs of changing communities. Understanding the factors and forces influencing an organization’s financial stability and delivery of products and services will be identified. Specific attention will be given to strategic planning and marketing to promote health equity and a social justice agenda. In addition, a focus will be on creating strategic marketing plans, how to use benchmarks and metrics to measure levels of success and developing action plans.

HCAD 5211: Public Health Foundations (3 Credits)

This course will introduce MHA students to the foundational concepts in public health, general leadership and management principles, theories, and practices in public health. Students will also be introduced to cultural humility and interprofessional education, as well as foundational skills in negotiation and mediation.

HCAD 5209: Healthcare Operations (3 Credits)

This course provides students with the skills required for the ability to lead a hospital or healthcare system ethically with financial, operational, and scientific expertise. Students will learn how effective managers adapt to sometimes rapidly changing health and regulatory environments and will learn the basics of hospital finance and revenue cycle management.  They will also discern the crucial role hospitals play in the wider community, and how they can be leveraged to raise the overall health profile of the neighborhoods they serve.  We will also examine the role of hospitals in emergency situations, and how New York City hospitals, specifically, form a key part of the emergency management protocols in this city.

HCAD 6002: Applied Practice Experience and Capstone (3 Credits)

MHA students participate in a practicum experience as a capstone to the MHA program. Students will work with a site preceptor (supervisor) at the host organization, as well as their faculty adviser, and the practicum coordinator to make sure that the student has a rewarding, real-world exposure to a health care organization. This hands-on training experience will require that students complete a significant project that demonstrates at least five of the core competencies taught in the MHA program.  The applied practicum experience could entail project management of a complex deliverable, redesign of a system level process, or analyzing a data set to inform actionable change. Students will also complete an online course that will provide opportunity for faculty instruction, structured reflection, and peer-to-peer learning during the practicum experience.  

Current Electives

HCAD 5205:  Healthcare Administration Leadership Series (1 Credit)

Students will have the opportunity to interact with respected healthcare leaders from both the Manhattan and Brooklyn areas to understand the challenges associated with healthcare administration in an active working environment and to gain valuable experience in solving unique managerial experiences


HCAD 5208: Healthcare Entrepreneurship (1.5 Credits)

There are multiple problems in the US. Healthcare System including cost, waste, access, inequality, and others. The purpose of this course is to evaluate the issues in each component of U.S. Healthcare and create disruptive solutions to these problems.