Health Care Leadership MBA Curriculum

For more detailed curriculum information about earning your health care leadership MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, please refer to the University catalog.

Core courses

All students must take the following courses:
  • Health Systems I, HC 6125 (3 credit hours)
  • Management Information Systems, BUS 5025 (3 credit hours)
  • Foundations of Managerial Accounting, AC 5025 (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Healthcare Management Principles, MG 6370 (3 credit hours)
  • Effective Communications for Leaders, BUS 6020 (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Economics, EC 4550 (3 credit hours)
  • Foundations of Marketing, MK 5025 (2 credit hours)
  • Foundations of Finance, FN 5025 (3 credit hours)
  • Managerial Economics, EC 6000 (3 credit hours)
  • Cost Management and Control, HC 6200 (2 credit hours)
  • Quality and Improvement in Healthcare, HC 6350 (2 credit hours)
  • Policy and Politics of Healthcare, HC 6325 (3 credit hours)
  • International Business, MG 6500 (3 credit hours)
  • Medical Practice Management, HC 6260 (3 credit hours)
  • Law and Social Responsibility, MG 6225 (3 credit hours)
  • Healthcare Leadership Capstone, HC 6425 (3 credit hours)
  • Strategic Analysis for Health Services, HC 6225 (3 credit hours)

Course Descriptions

HC 6125. Health Systems I (3 credit hours)

Course surveys the major components and organizational interrelationships of the United States health care system. Students examine the various health care organizations (HCOs), personnel issues, delivery systems, policy and payment mechanisms. This course introduces students to the public policy and business practice issues associated with access, cost and quality.

BUS 5025. Management Information Systems (3 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the health care leadership program or focus only. Course reviews past developments and emerging trends within the general discipline of Managerial Information Systems (MIS), and within the specific discipline of Health Care Information Technology (HCIT). Students explore the business management processes required for successful Information Systems planning design and implementation within health care organizations of various sizes and types. Field visits and case studies expose students to the practical challenges involved in systems selection, implementation and ongoing utilization, including ethical issues, human responses to change, and best practices in project management.

AC 5025. Foundations of Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)

Course introduces students to basic accounting concepts. Students learn how accounting captures and reports the effects of business activity in a set of general-purpose financial statements and facilitates business planning and control. Students are also introduced to basic time value of money concepts.

MG 6370. Introduction to Healthcare Management Principles (3 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the Health Care Leadership program. This course explores basic principles and tools of management, including the planning, organizing, influencing and controlling functions of organizations. This course will further explore competencies, behavioral styles, and values of leadership, as well as roles of leadership and teamwork in driving organizational effectiveness. Ethical challenges often faced by managers and leaders will be highlighted, with identification of frameworks to guide organizations in fulfillment of their responsibilities to serve various stakeholders. Applications specific to leading and managing healthcare organizations, and to leading teams within those organizations, will be addressed.

BUS 6020. Effective Communication for Leaders (3 credit hours)

Course explores the various techniques, instruments, processes and styles employed by leaders to communicate effectively within organizations. Students write, give oral presentations and learn to employ electronic media effectively. Exercises employ numerous real or simulated business situations that require communication in different styles, using a variety of forms and methods. This course is purposely linked to other MBA program elements to form the linchpin in a Rockhurst MBA effective communication experience that begins at orientation and ends with a capstone assignment in business policy.

EC 4550. Principles of Economics (3 credit hours)

Course examines major topics including role of the price system, the factors which impact prices in resources and product markets, determinants of price level and national income, and the effects of governmental stabilization policies.

MK 5025. Foundations of Marketing (2 credit hours)

Course examines the role of marketing in business strategy and planning. It covers marketing practices such as market research, environmental and competitive analysis, market segmenting and targeting, brand positioning and pricing. It also covers integration of marketing communications including advertising, promotion, publicity and sales -- both online and in traditional media. The course also covers product management in new, growing, mature and declining markets, both domestically and globally.

FN 5025. Foundations of Finance (3 credit hours)

Course explores financial concepts at work in various health care organizations, and introduces tools and methodologies available to the financial manager. Future physicians and health care providers learn to protect asset value through portfolio management, and understand what incentives motivate managed care institutions and hospitals in negotiations with physicians. Students perform a financial audit and engage in a financial simulation.

EC 6000. Managerial Economics (3 credit hours)

Helps students assess a market and its stakeholders before attempting to make decisions. They learn strategic decision-making, effective decision-making, and how to implement decisions. Through simulations, live case studies and media analysis, the course explores competitive management strategies in a continually changing health care environment. Students learn to temper aggressive competitive strategies with respect for the dignity of all of the firm's stakeholders.

HC 6200. Cost Management and Control (2 credit hours)

This course examines how medical care is financed and how it is purchased. It looks at methods in which physicians, hospitals, and other providers are reimbursed for their services. This course is meant for the general healthcare manager as well as those seeking information that may be of value in other health management positions. It will examine methods of reimbursement used by commercial payers, Medicare and Medicaid. Emphasis is also applied to evaluating if contracts are profitable for the health care organization. The class will introduce alternative methods of organization and payment including patient centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and the other governmental and private arrangements.

HC 6350. Quality Improvement in Healthcare (2 credit hours)

Quality improvement is a central topic in health care. "Report cards" are widely available, evaluating the care and service offered by companies and, increasingly, by individual employees. Effective health care managers must understand the array of performance measures and how to implement them. This course will evaluate the issue of quality from a variety of perspectives including customers, purchasers, regulators, and health care professionals.

HC 6325. Policy and Politics of Healthcare (3 credit hours)

Course examines political issues affecting contemporary health care services by analyzing policy goals, public policy formulation processes, and external environments. Analysis blends the use of managerial epidemiology, biostatistics, political and economic analysis, with an understanding of public health initiatives. Future health care leaders also gain an appreciation for how political structures determine interactions with local and national governments. Prerequisite or concurrent HC 6225, or approval by HCL program director.

MG 6500. International Business (3 credit hours)

Course introduces the student to the experiences of firms of all sizes, from many countries, to the issues of an increasingly complex and competitive global environment. Through case studies, current topical articles and lecture, the student is immersed in the internationalization process and multinational management from a manager's perspective. The student is expected to analyze and provide solutions to global issues confronting corporations. Prerequisites: MG 6100 and MK 5025.

HC 6260. Medical Practice Management (3 credit hours)

Course surveys the major components and organizational interrelationships of medical practice management in the United States. Students examine medical practice benchmarking, reimbursement, contract analysis and negotiation, operations management, quality management, budgeting and forecasting in medical practice environments. Prerequisites: HC 6125, FN 5025, AC 5025.

MG 6225. Law and Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)

Course explores basic business law and regulatory compliance, with a focus on key laws and regulations impacting health care. This course also introduces students to contracting and contracting law pertaining to real estate, IT vendor decisions, medical malpractice, property and casualty insurance, and managed care. Students examine how health care leaders integrate regulatory compliance and social responsibility into the formulation of organizational strategy.

HC 6425. Healthcare Leadership Capstone (3 credit hours)

Course integrates core business concepts and managerial perspectives mastered earlier in the MBA program. Students write, present and critique business plans that define organizational vision, mission, goals, values, structure, systems and strategies for competitive advantage and growth. Student-developed business plans also describe the management processes by which goals and resources allocations will be continuously monitored and adapted. HC6225 must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. This course must be taken as three of the last nine credit hours in a Health Care Leadership MBA student's program of study.

HC 6225. Strategic Analysis for Health Services (3 credit hours)

Course employs finance and marketing methods to analyze situations faced by contemporary health care organizations. Students learn how different management strategies affect financial performance. Through sensitivity analysis, they learn to simulate a marketing business decision. Students employ various techniques for forecasting, to include pro forma and regression analysis, and apply these techniques to business decisions. Prerequisites: HC 6125, FN 5025, MK 5025.