MBA Elective/Certificates Course Descriptions

Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System and Policy – MGMT 5368

This course will examine the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare in the United States. The course will introduce students to the basic concepts of health insurance and contrast the private and public sectors. The course will explain different provider reimbursement methodologies and analyze how each methodology affects healthcare delivery, healthcare cost and providers’ and patients’ behavior. The course will explore the effects of competition in healthcare and the pros and cons of different national health insurance models. Finally, students will study the Affordable Care Act and analyze how this law affects each of the aforementioned areas.

Health Service Management and Regulations – MGMT 5366

This course reviews the dynamic nature of organizations in the healthcare arena, as well as the legal implications for leaders and managers as part of this type of organizations. The major managerial concepts that influence organizations in the healthcare sector, common management issues in these organizations; and the main law and regulations that affect the healthcare field are examined.  

Health Service Economics and Finance – FINC 5352

This course is an introduction to the field of health economics with an emphasis on the economic key concepts that health economists use to analyze healthcare markets. This course also provides an overview of financial structure, market forces, controls and techniques used in the financial management of healthcare organizations and the perspectives of the various interest groups involved (providers, insurers, policy makers, patients and the general public).

Negotiation Strategies & Critical Thinking Skills – MKTG 5310

This course is concerned with the application of strategies and tactics, as well as the necessary ethical and critical thinking skills that are available to be applied to a variety of business, non-profit, and political environments. Special emphasis is placed on collaborative over competitive styles of negotiating. 

Energy Finance – FINC 5350

This course helps students learn the up-to-date energy outlook. It exposes students to the structure of oil and gas industry, and key terminologies. In addition, it introduces financial statement analysis, capital budgeting and risk analysis, relative valuation, alternative energy such as nuclear and windmill power, and risk management in the energy industry. The goal of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of financing and investment decisions in energy industry.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management – MKTG 5320

This course will examine the basic components of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the effect of efficient flow of materials, information, and financials within and among organizations, as well as the analytical foundations related to key concepts such as inventory, capacity, quality and customer service. Challenges and opportunities related to technology implementation and sustainable development will be addressed.

Human Resource Management – MGMT 5339

This MBA elective course blends theory and practice surrounding the development and implementation of human resource management policy in organizations, to include: staffing; compensation; training and development; performance management; change management; employee and labor relations; employee health, safety and security; workforce diversity; ethics; the impact of globalization; and HRM delivery systems. It also incorporates the most relevant research and practical issues in contemporary strategic and operational human resource management.

Leadership, Change & Innovation – MGMT 5370

Successful organizations require quality leaders who are dynamic and synergistically moving the organization forward though competitive markets both domestically and abroad. As technology is accelerating the rate of change and organizational boundaries blur, organizations need leaders who are equipped to meet the challenge. This course focuses the theoretical foundations of leadership and the important role of the leader in organizational change and innovation initiatives. The investigation of leadership theory, change management, and innovation in this course leads students to demonstrate their understanding of dynamic leadership as it relates to self, others and the organization. Further, the course addresses change and innovation as it relates to competitive advantage in an ever changing global market. Drawing on both historical and current global events, students will examine the complex demands of the three dimensions leadership. First, leaderships impact to the workforce, followed by the organizations need to effectively manage change and innovation, and finally wrapping the topic area with leadership of knowledge management and sustaining organizational knowledge. 

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