Saint Joseph's University

HAD 552 Health Administration

Become an effective administrator and make a difference in patient care and employee relations.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

The Health Administration (HAD 552) course introduces the core principles of administration within health and human services organizations. You’ll gain the basic concepts of leadership and organizational theories relevant to effective administration within health care institutions.

Health Administration Coursework

HAD 552 explains how all organizations, including health care practices, are viewed as open systems that require constant interactions with internal and external environments and influences. The Health Administration coursework places considerable emphasis on quality improvement and organizational change. During the eight-week class, topics focus on the principle that health care administration is a distinct branch of management. It requires its practitioners to understand a myriad of health care practice administration topics, from team building and performance to product and service chain value delivery.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health administration topics like the example below.

What are the fundamental differences between management and leadership?

What You’ll Learn in Health Administration

Throughout HAD 552 Health Administration, you’ll discover how health care administration represents a complex and wide-ranging field. It is applied in many different types of organizations, environments, and settings. You’ll discover the skill sets, competencies, and knowledge required to perform health care administration tasks across all settings. As an ever-evolving industry, it demands a level of sophistication and command of its managers, executives, and leaders.

You’ll learn distinct ways to manage complex interpersonal relationships with numerous stakeholders, including physicians, nurses, and other clinical professionals, along with government, state and local officials, managed care organizations, governing boards, community leaders, donors, vendor organizations, and patient/family populations.

This course studies all areas of administration with the intent of offering both the theory and application of practice, so you’ll gain a broad knowledge of the field. Additional insights and skills needed to function as health administrators would require additional study. Other courses in the online Master of Science in Health Administration program will offer that opportunity.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • Scope and Nature of Health Administration
  • Management Practices and Leadership
  • Team Building and Performance
  • Project Management
  • Systems Thinking and Applications
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Change Management
  • Product and Service Chain Value Delivery
  • Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning
  • Managing Stakeholder Relationships
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • Financial Principles
  • Information Systems
  • Regulatory Requirements

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Administration coursework provides practical leadership skills to help you become a more effective health care practice administrator. Upon completion of the course, you will:

  • Possess a thorough overview of the field and practices within health care administration.
  • Understand the theory and application foundational to many of the practices in the health care field.
  • Develop sets of competencies and skills that can be readily transferred to professional health administration positions.
  • Apply critical thinking commonly used by health administrators to address tactical and strategic decisions.
  • Know basic principles of the many topics and domains of health administration.

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