Executive MHA Curriculum

The Executive Master in Health Administration (EMHA) course of study features an integrated thematic approach focusing on five curricular themes related to accountability in health services organizations. The program is uniquely designed to focus on the academic and leadership imperatives that enable highly talented mid-career professionals to excel in our rapidly changing healthcare delivery environment.



Degree Requirements

Degree candidates will be required to complete a total of 36 units to be eligible for the executive MHA degree.

A high level of attendance is expected and program participants are required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to fulfill degree requirements. Failure to do so, or to make appropriate compensatory arrangements with course faculty, may jeopardize successful completion of the degree. If it becomes necessary to discontinue or extend the course of study, it is possible to make arrangements to do so. However, administrative fees and/or higher program costs may apply.


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Each circle represents 16 week semester and each oval represents an intensive residency.

We continually review the Executive Master of Health Administration program to ensure the best possible educational experience. As a result, we reserve the right to alter at any time the curriculum, class schedule, fees, faculty, location or other program components for the purpose of achieving our educational mission.

Five Curricular Themes



1. Innovative Leadership Through Transformational Times

Developing executives who anticipate health care delivery system changes and create strategies to take advantage of these opportunities to maximize organizational potential.

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  • Gaining a broad understanding of various leadership styles with the objective of enhancing overall effectiveness as a health care leader.

  • Understanding the role of performance measurement, risk assumption and evidence-based medicine in an era of population health management.

  • Gain a greater understanding of the statutory and regulatory changes affecting the delivery of health care and how such changes can be effectively managed.

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HMGT 520: Leading People and Health Care Organizations (4 units)

  • Gain an understanding of effective leadership competencies to maximize professional effectiveness in an era of rapid change
  • Examine leadership skills to motivate employees to excel in their individual work environments
  • Examine group behavior in organizations including team building, conflict resolution, formal and informal negotiations

HMGT 575: Managing and Improving Health (4 units)

  • Understand the principles of evidenced-based medicine
  • Understand mechanisms to improve clinical quality and achieve operational efficiencies
  • Understand the role of internal and external quality bench-marking and value based purchasing

HMGT 570 Strategic Management (4 units)

  • Understand and become familiar with strategic management concepts and principles
  • Learn to apply various strategic responses to transformational change occurring in the delivery of health care
  • Develop a professional competencies portfolio based on the contents of this class as well as selected competencies gained in other courses throughout the EMHA learning experience


2. Cost Effective Care in Era of Value-Based Purchasing

Developing a cognitive and intuitive understanding of the fundamental factors driving health care delivery system evolution (cost and effectiveness) and how organizations can evolve aligning with these objectives. 

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  • Develop the ability to conduct economic analyses of various health care issues.

  • Acquire competence in solving financial problems through the application of core financial skills.

  • Understand the principles and implications of various aspects of risk assumption by health care organizations with special emphasis on evolving financial reimbursement and utilization trends

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HMGT 540 Healthcare Economics, Financing, and Reimbursement (2 units)

  • Learn to apply health economic concepts to current health care issues and evolving policies and regulations associated with reform and market developments
  • Develop an understanding of key economic factors driving the health care market
  • Examine evolving health care financing and policy issues associated with reform from a legal, regulatory and market perspective

HMGT 565 Managing the Organizations Financial Health (4 units)

  • Develop an understanding of basic financial decision points, tools and analysis specific to the health care sector
  • Understand financial theories, scenarios and techniques used in financial management of health care organizations
  • Understand and analyze financial statements, operating performance and evaluate financial capital decisions

HMGT 600 Managing Risk in Contracting to Meet Performance Objectives (2 units)

  • Understand the various aspects of risk assumption by physicians and health care organizations
  • Demonstrate competency in using tools and techniques for managing in a risk bearing organization
  • Understand models for analyzing risk for physicians and health care organizations associated with current and evolving health care reimbursement models


3. Efficient Management and Administration

Translating the fundamental factors of cost and effectiveness in the internal operations of the organization to improve productivity, clinical outcome and patient experience. 

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  • Development of a broad range of professional competencies in financial management as a foundation for effective management in a changing environment.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of Six Sigma and Lean Methodology and the application to process improvement in health care organizations.

  • Ability to effectively address emerging issues in the financing of health care brought about by federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements.

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HMGT 601 Operations Management for Accountability (4 units)

  • Gain skills to assess current operations and identify appropriate tools and techniques for process improvement
  • Understand the statutory, regulatory and market forces driving the need for improved efficiencies and economies
  • Understand the concept of population based health care and the imperative for improvement in patient safety, quality of care and patient satisfaction

HMGT 602 Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations (2 units)

  • Understand Six Sigma and Lean Metrics at a fundamental level
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Six Sigma and Lean tools to achieve higher quality and improved productivity in health care processes
  • Use change control and documentation to develop skill in establishing process baselines and ensuring permanence in process improvement

PPD 605 Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy (2 units)

  • Develop an understanding of health care reform as the new economic reality
  • Explore contemporary financial issues facing health care organizations while developing a set of consistent methodologies to support critical analyses and strategic decision making
  • Understand critical financial principles and concepts critical to effective financial management in an era of health care reform


4. Patient Safety and Quality of Care

Operationalizing outcomes that matter to payers, organizations, and clinicians.

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  • Understanding health risk, measuring performance and assessing opportunities for improvement in the area of patient safety and clinical outcomes.

  • Gain a rich understanding of the tools for tracking clinical performance and costs.

  • Gain and understanding regarding the coordination of clinical services across a continuum of care as a means improve individual patient outcomes and enhance population health.

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PPD 518 Quality of Care (2 units)

  • Understand various approaches to performance improvement in clinical areas in the in-patient and out-patient settings
  • Develop an understanding of the national, state and local programs monitoring and reporting on quality of care, the various matrices used and how quality of care reporting impacts reimbursement for providers
  • Develop competency interpreting published data and using reported data to in¬form and educate care givers and consumers

HMGT 603 Development and Monitoring of Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes (2 units)

  • Understand the various programs in place at the government and private sector level for improving quality of care and communicating outcomes
  • Develop skill in data collection and analysis of clinical care outcomes
  • Understand the various initiatives for improving patient safety, incident reporting, and “root cause analysis” in health care organizations


5. Organizational & Clinical Effectiveness through Information Systems

Demonstrating how health information technology systems provide a foundation for the strategic growth of the organization.

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  • Understanding the requirements for real time data and information exchange between all participants in the continuum of care as well as the necessity of user friendly patient portal accessibility.

  • Understand the role of Information Technology (IT) as an enabler for health care delivery transformation.

  • Appreciate the role of IT to track and measure patients’ outcomes and experiences across multiple clinical settings; inpatient, long term care, specialty out-patient and primary care.

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PPD 511 Health Information Systems (2 units)

  • Understand the role of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) in health care in the inpatient and ambulatory settings
  • Evaluate the benefits to all parties from various perspectives including patient safety, evidenced based medicine and reimbursement
  • Develop an awareness of other information systems commonly used in health care including patient scheduling, decision support, patient tracking systems, electronic prescribing, physician/patient electronic visits, etc.

HMGT 512 Information Technology Management Systems in Healthcare (2 units)

  • Examine the changing demands of patients, government, payers and physicians regarding personal health records
  • Understand various repositories of patient medical records, patient access and privacy protection issues (HIPAA) and the transportability of such information
  • Explore social media applications and patient activity in response to the trend toward the empowered medical consumer, online medical shopping and learning opportunities

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Course Descriptions

[fa icon="plus-square"] HMGT-520: Leading People and Health Care Organizations (4 units)

Exploration of contemporary workforce issues and skills development in organizational design, performance measurement, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership, and change management.

[fa icon="plus-square"] HMGT-540: Health, Economics, Financing & Reimbursement (2 units)
Provides a framework for the economic analysis of health care issues and provides students with an opportunity to apply economic methods to a number of actual health care problems.
[fa icon="plus-square"] PPD-511: Health Information Systems (2 units)
Conceptual framework for data base development; relational data management; use of health statistics; health indicators; confidentiality, security, privacy. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] HMGT-565: Managing the Organization’s Financial Health (4 units)
Executives confront and solve problems requiring use of accounting, finance, and management control principles; provides core financial skills for non-finance professionals.
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-601: Operations Management for Accountability (4 units)
Hospital operations in the inpatient/outpatient setting; special emphasis on the growing requirement to more effectively manage across the continuum of care while assuming greater accountability in the delivery of care. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-512: Information Technology and Patient Engagement (2 units)
Strategic management and utilization of healthcare information technology in the delivery of healthcare; patient engagement and the use of technology to facilitate participation in their own care.
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-575: Managing and Improving Health (4 units)
Methods for monitoring and improving the health of populations. Topics include outcomes management, risk-adjustment, development and implementation of practice guidelines. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] PPD-518: Quality of Care Concepts (2 units)
Quality issues and complexities affecting health care; fundamentals of quality improvement programs; examination of quality issues and improvement programs in various health care venues; strategies.
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-570: Strategic Management (4 units)
Provides skill development and application in the integrative discipline of strategic management including assessment, strategy formulation, implementation and control. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] PPD-605: Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy (2 units)
Emphasis on current or emergent issues in the health care industry. Focus on impact of recent health legislation and/or health care system responsiveness.
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-603: Developing and Monitoring of Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes (2 units)
Overview of contemporary methods used to develop and monitor patient quality and safety outcomes; develop skill in data collection and analysis of clinical care outcomes; focus on operationalizing outcomes that matter to payers, organizations, and clinicians.
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-600: Managing Risk (2 units)
Overview of reimbursement models in clinical and institutional settings; legal, financial and clinical assumption of risk pursuant to new and evolving federal and state statutory and regulatory provisions. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] HGMT-602: Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations (2 units)
Improving productivity and efficiency of health care organizations combining the application of key operational analysis principles to improve quality, speed and productivity in the delivery of health care.