The first semester of a two-semester course where students focus on the integration of practical knowledge and the application of theories, models, and techniques from preceding courses, applying these to specific operational issues in the field of healthcare management. This first course provides students with the opportunity to develop and present their initial research proposals for their year-long capstone projects to MHA faculty and peers, receive critical feedback, and evaluate the capstone research proposals of other students. Case studies, discussion, and group learning will highlight a variety of topics including population health, social marketing, human resources management, financial planning and operations, health policy, and healthcare ethics related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of applied projects in healthcare management. Prerequisite: Completion of the first two semesters of the MHA curriculum. May be repeated for credit. 1-2 credits.