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Healthcare Administration, M.H.A.

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Healthcare Administration, M.H.A.
School/College: College of Health Sciences

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
Overview
The Department of Health Informatics and Administration offers the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) to provide evidence-based training in micro and macro theory and practice to advance the health of individuals and communities—local, national, and international. The program enables students to understand the complex interrelationships between health organizations, societal and cultural contexts, and biological systems, and emphasizes the well-being of the individuals and populations affected by these complex interrelationships. The curriculum is designed for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME.)

Graduate Faculty

Professors
Cisler, Ron Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Associate Professors
Trinh, Hanh Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
Wu, Min Ph.D. University of North Carolina
Patrick, Timothy Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
Kate, Rohit Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Nambisan, Priya Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Assistant Professors
Fink, Jennifer Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Luo, Jake Ph.D.,Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Master of Healthcare Administration

Admission
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements and submit GRE, GMAT, or other graduate entrance exam scores taken within the past five years. Exceptions to the entranced exam requirement will be determined on a case-by-case basis for exceptional prior professional experience or exceptional academic performance. Credits earned in these courses do not count toward the degree.

Major Professor as Advisor
A student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. Initially the director of the HCI Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. Students are then assigned faculty advisors according to faculty advising loads.

Credits and Courses

There are three options for the MHA:

Option 1: Face-to-face program (39 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered in face-to-face sections; 30 credits of required courses, a 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.

Option 2: Online program (39 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered online; 30 credits of required courses, a 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.

Option 3: Executive Online program (33 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered online; 30 credits of required courses and a 3-credit internship are required. Admission to the Executive Online program requires previous health related administrative experience and an advanced professional degree. Examples of acceptable degrees include MBA, PharmD, PhD, MD, JD, DO, DPT, and APRN.

Required Courses (30 credits)
HIA 801 Design of Health and Human Service Systems (3) (TBD)
Kin 702 Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences (3)
HIA 821 Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations (3) (TBD)
  or Bus Adm 755 Health Care Administration and Delivery Systems (3)
HIA 822 Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations (3) (TBD)
HIA 823 Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations (3) (TBD)
  or Bus Mgmt 720 Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (3)
HIA 865 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations (3) (TBD)
HIA 866 Leading Change and Innovation in Systems (3) (TBD)
HIA 867 Leading Strategic Innovation in a Competitive Global Marketplace (3) (TBD)
HIA 813 Health Regulatory Policy and Politics (3) (TBD)
Bus Mgmt 727 Health Care Accounting, Law, and Ethics (3)
  or HIA 721 Law for Health Care Consumers and Professionals (3) (TBD)
  or HCA Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics (3)

Required Internship (3 credits)
HIA 799 Internship in Health Management and Informatics (3) (TBD)

Electives (6 credits)
HIA 844 Data and Text Mining (3) (TBD)
HIA 815 Consumer Health Informatics (3) (TBD)
HCA 700 Introduction to Health Care Informatics (2)
HIA 860 Topics in Health Management and Biomedical and Health Informatics (3) (TBD)
HIA 803 Epidemiology for the Health Sciences II (3) (TBD)
HIA 804 Information Security (3) (TBD)
Bus Adm 783 Supply Chain Management (3)
Bus Adm 785 Project Management and Innovative Operations (3)
HIA 814 Health Regulatory Science (3) (TBD)
HIA 850 Healthcare Quality Management (3) (TBD)
HCA 760 Biomedical and Healthcare Terminology and Ontology (3)
HIA 761 Biomedical Ontologies and Controlled Terminologies II (3) (TBD)
Bus Adm 757 Managed Care and Integrated Health Networks (3)
HCA 742 Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics (3)
HS 917 Seminar in Health Outcomes Assessment (3)
HIA 843 Health Data Analytics (3) (TBD)

Time Limit
All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

444 Introduction to Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to text retrieval, text classification and their biomedical applications; topics include: indexing, query processing, and document retrieval methods. Jointly offered with & counts as repeat of CompSci 444, CompSci 744, & HCA 744. Prereq: jr st; CompSci 351(P) or HCA 442(P).

497 Study Abroad. (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance to Study Abroad Prog.

521 (420) Advanced Systems Thinking for Healthcare Leaders. 3 cr. U/G.
An in-depth view of systems theory, Deming's system of profound knowledge, and Goldratt's theory of constraints and how these theories can improve healthcare organizations. Prereq: jr st; HCA 340(P) & Bus Adm 330(P).

537 (HCA 337) Introduction to Healthcare Databases and Technologies. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to origins, sources and content of healthcare data; technologies used to manage and control healthcare databases. Prereq: jr st in Hlth Sci or minor in HCA or HCI cert or cons instr; HS 224 (HCA 224)(P) or L&I Sci 110(P) or Bus Adm 230(P).

541 (HCA 441) Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design. 3 cr. U/G.
Overview of health facility computerized information systems. Information systems theory, systems analysis, and implementation of computer systems from a managerial/planning perspective. Prereq: jr st; HCA 337(P)

541 (effective 09/06/2016) Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design. 3 cr. U/G.
Overview of health facility computerized information systems. Information systems theory, systems analysis, and implementation of computer systems from a managerial/planning perspective. Prereq: jr st, HCA 537(P); or grad st.

542 (442) Healthcare Database Design and Management. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of database structure, data models, and operations issues. Emphasis on data security, integrity, integration, and access. Healthcare database applications. Prereq: HCA 541(441)(P) or L&I Sci 340(P).

542 (effective 01/23/2017) Healthcare Database Design and Management. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of database structure, data models, and operations issues. Emphasis on data security, integrity, integration, and access. Healthcare database applications. Prereq: jr st, HCA 541(P); or grad st.

590 Topics in Health Sciences: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
Topics of current interest within the field of health sciences. The theme for each semester's offering will be posted. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 9 cr for grad students. Prereq: jr st; cons instr for grad cr.

699 Advanced Independent Study: 1-3 cr. U/G.
May be retaken with change in topic. Prereq: U: jr st, 2.5 gpa, writ cons instr; G: grad st; writ cons instr.

700 Introduction to Health Care Informatics. 2 cr. G.
An introduction to the history, theory, applications, and organizational context of health informatics. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

721 Health Information Technology Procurement. 3 cr. G.
A study of the concepts related to acquisition of information technology, including evaluation, selection, and contracts. Emphasis on integration of information technology and strategic planning. Prereq: grad st; Bus Adm 749(C) or CompSci 557(C) or HCA 442 (HIA 442)(C) or cons instr.

722 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Legal, ethical and social issues in the use of health care computer-based technology and information systems. Prereq: grad st

723 Health Care Systems Applications - Administrative and Clinical. 3 cr. G.
A study of the administrative and clinical applications of health information systems with emphasis on content, functional and technical requirements. Prereq: grad st; Bus Adm 749(C) or CompSci 557(C) or HCA 442 (HIA 442)(C) or cons instr.

741 Essential Programming for Health Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Study of programming topics and skills necessary to perform commonly encountered computational tasks in the field of biomedical and health informatics. Prereq: grad st.

742 Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Study of computational intelligence as applied to biomedical and health care informatics. Prereq: grad st.

744 Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine. 3 cr. G.
Fundamental issues and current research in text retrieval, text classification and their biomedical applications; programming and use of indexing, query processing, and document retrieval methods. Not open to students who have cr in COMPSCI 744, COMPSCI 444 or HCA 444. Prereq: grad st; COMPSCI 351 (P) or HCA 442 (P) or cons instr

760 Biomedical and Healthcare Terminology and Ontology. 3 cr. G.
Theory and application of ontology, controlled terminology, and coding to health information systems. Prereq: grad st

776 (effective 09/06/2016) Biomedical Natural Language Processing. 3 cr. G.
Study of basic and essential concepts, techniques, and tools of Natural Language Processing for its application to the biomedical domain. Prereq: grad st; B or better in HCA 741 or cons instr. Computer and internet access required.

789 (effective 09/06/2016) Biomedical Information Extraction. 3 cr. G.
Applications of Natural Language Processing Methods to Biomedical Information Extraction Tasks. Prereq: grad st; B or better in HCA 776 or cons instr. Counts as a repeat of HCA 590 with same topic.

821 (effective 09/06/2016) Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Fundamental principles, concepts, and approaches regarding health care operations management, quality management, and process improvement. Prereq: grad st; admis to MHA major; or cons instr

830 (effective 01/23/2017) Social Media & Healthcare: Opportunities & Pitfalls. 3 cr. G.
Social media for healthcare providers, self-management, disease surveillance, mood/depression detection, social support for patients with chronic diseases. Social media as platforms for collaboration. Counts as repeat of HCA 590 of same topic. Prereq: grad st; admis to MHA or MS-HCI program; or cons instr

835 (effective 09/06/2016) Patient-Provider Communication: Strategies & Practices. 3 cr. G.
Communication techniques including technological skills, social media skills, inter-cultural skills and the ability to understand the new and evolving empowered patients. Counts as repeat of HCA 590 of same topic. Prereq: grad st; admis to MHA or MS-HCI program; or cons instr

866 (effective 09/06/2016) Leading Change & Innovation in a System. 3 cr. G.
Management of innovation business projects, including multi-tier contracting, virtual manufacturing, quality targeting and pursuit, and global operations. Counts as repeat of HCA 590 of same topic. Prereq: grad st; admis to MHA major; or cons instr

870 Internship in Health Management & Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Fieldwork placement in a staff or administrative position. Includes initiation of capstone project. Prereq: grad st; admis to MHA or MS-HCI program; or cons instr

890 Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a thesis under the direction of the student's major professor. Prereq: grad st, cons instr.

891 Health Care Informatics Professional Project. 3 cr. G.
Preparation of a professional project under the supervision of the student's major professor. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
This course provides the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, with the opportunity to design, deliver, and evaluate an undergraduate course. Jointly offered w/ and counts as a repeat of BMS (C L Sci) 909. Prereq: grad st; Occ Thpy 900(P); cons instr

990 Research and Dissertation. 1-6 cr. G.
Research in HealthCare Administration and Informatics. Prereq: grad st