Course Descriptions

MHA 601: Introduction to Executive Leadership in Healthcare and Ethics (2 credits- onsite)

This course will provide students with the foundation they need to develop their own skills as healthcare leaders. Becoming a leader is a process that involves self awareness, self assessment and self confidence. As each individual learns to trust their own ability to make choices, to analyze their current situation, and to understand how they can influence other people and their environment, they become more prepared to effectively undertake leadership roles. Through personal plan development, case study analysis, role playing, discussions, group leadership assignments, and oral presentations, each student will learn how to evaluate their individual strengths and weaknesses, take steps to develop and implement an individualized plan for leadership development, and build leadership skills through practice.

HCC 610: Introduction to Healthcare Compliance (3 credits - online)

Compliance programs have become an integral and necessary component of every healthcare organization. As the world of healthcare becomes more regulated, the ability to adapt internal processes to adhere to external regulations is vital for a successful compliance program. This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of healthcare compliance, providing a comprehensive examination of the seven elements of a compliance program, compliance oversight and committees, enforcement, compliance policies, corporate integrity agreements, types of compliance programs (hospital, physician, research, LTC/SNF, DME, etc.), overview of regulatory bodies and content essential to demonstrate understanding of compliance programs.

HCC 630: Privacy and Security (3 credits - online)

This course will examine the regulatory landscape in healthcare specifically as it pertains to privacy and security concerns. It will cover the operational application of HIPAA/HITECH legislation, federal and state data breach notification and reporting requirements, and genetic privacy laws. Because privacy and security are both complementary and conflicting in their goals, the course will explore the complex relationship between these two concepts and professional disciplines. The course will examine both the patient and provider perspectives on privacy and security issues. During the course, students will learn to navigate this complex topic and learn practical ways to solve problems using the right blend of people, process and technology. Students gain an understanding of privacy and security standards, policies and procedures and privacy and security program oversight.

MHA 640: Legal Aspects in Healthcare (3 credits - online)

This course covers a broad range of legal issues relevant to healthcare management. It is designed to introduce students to the regulatory complexity present in healthcare management. The course will introduce laws applicable to the healthcare industry such as antitrust, contracts, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and insurance law. It will also examine medical malpractice and patient care laws such as informed consent, advanced directives, and patient restraints. The course will provide students with insights into how the legal system works, how lawyers analyze problems, and how healthcare administrators interact with the legal system and lawyers.

HCC 650: Compliance Laws and Regulations (3 credits - online)

This course introduces and provides in-depth exploration of key federal and state laws, policy guidance, and enforcement initiatives that are applicable to healthcare organizations. Specifically, this course will address Stark Law, EMTALA, the Anti-kickback Statute, False Claims Act, and other applicable healthcare federal and state laws. It will provide students with an ability to identify specific regulatory issues present in the healthcare environment and understand penalties associated with violations of such regulations. Students will learn to conduct basic legal research and where to find resources to interpret healthcare regulations.

HCC 670: Healthcare Compliance Practice - Auditing, Investigations and Reporting (3 credits - online)

With the ever increasing oversight and scrutiny on healthcare operations, it is imperative that healthcare compliance professionals understand the audit and investigation process. Compliance professionals must be able to conduct investigations in response to employee, patient, and regulatory concerns. It is also crucial that professionals understand the importance of reporting both internally and externally to demonstrate a commitment of compliance. Through these activities, an organization can demonstrate the effectiveness of its compliance program and provide a systematic approach for its compliance practices. During this course, students will learn skills and techniques in performing risk assessments, audits, and investigations by utilizing internal monitoring and auditing tools and resources. Students will also learn best practices to use when responding to external and/or government audits and investigations. Students will demonstrate the importance of benchmarking and reporting to both internal and external parties, in order to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws. In addition, students will learn to ensure effective audits in order to correct and improve healthcare operations through follow-up, monitoring, process change and education.

HCC 690: Healthcare Compliance Seminar (1 credit - onsite)

This on-site, 2-day course is the culmination of the certificate program and focuses on application of management practices for the compliance professional. In this one credit course students will demonstrate their knowledge gained over the last year, through course activities based on real world scenarios. The course is intended to be the completion point of a well-rounded education on many aspects of healthcare compliance. Students will engage in a simulated real-world compliance investigation completing research and presenting facts and solutions to a "board" of the faculty instructors. In addition, students will present their capstone project research and discuss progress on their Leadership Development Plan.