Students in Health Administration may pursue courses of study leading either to the Master of Science in Health Administration with concentration options or a Post-Master's Certificate. The M.S. program is structured primarily for health care professionals with considerable experience in the health delivery system who are interested in the management and administrative aspects of health organizations and the health system. The M.S. curricula presupposes no previous academic training in business. The M.S. in Health Administration curricula are designed to provide the technical and behavioral competencies as defined by the Health Leadership Competency Model, Version 2 developed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL, 2005). The coursework focuses on the following content areas as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME, 2006) to assist students to apply knowledge and skills to the management of the environment, processes of patient care, and/or population health.
- Population health and status assessment.
- Health policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
- Organization development/organization behavior theory and application.
- Structural analysis of healthcare organizations, performance evaluation, and redesign.
- Operations assessment and improvement.
- Management of human resources and health professionals.
- Information systems management and assessment.
- Legal principles development, application, and assessment.
- Governance: structure, roles, responsibilities, and alignment to leadership.
- Leadership: visioning, change management, and team development.
- Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Statistical analysis and application.
- Economic analysis and application to business decision making.
- Market analysis, research, and assessment.
- Financial analysis and management.
- Business and clinical ethical decision-making.
- Strategy formulation and implementation.
- Quality assessment for patient care improvement.
- Professional skills development.
Each concentration has variations in emphasis based on the mission of the curriculum. Moreover, the methods for assessing assimilation of knowledge, skill, and behaviors is operationalized in different ways. Program assessment takes a variety of forms—case study preparation, tests, oral presentations, syntheses, field learning performance, etc.
The M.S. program courses are also offered at Albert Einstein Health Network. Courses held at this location are open only to Albert Einstein employees. (See Graduate Programs at Other Locations under General Information for contact persons.)