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Philosophy, Mission, Goals and Competencies
The Health Care Administration major will be value-centered, driven by a philosophy of service to others. The major will strive to be an instrumental part of the educational process of people who want to positively contribute to the stewardship of resources in the health care field.
The mission of the Health Care Administration (HCA) major at Methodist University will be to prepare students for careers as health administrators; to promote high ethical standards and moral decision-making; and to promote health care management excellence in the region. The supporting principles include value-added education, namely, that this educational program adds measurable worth to one’s professional life, excellence of performance, and quality outcomes. This Bachelor of Science major has an overall goal of combining a strong liberal arts foundation with a professional course of study to promote the development of effective, humane, and caring administrators in the health care field. Courses, experiences, and assignments are designed to result in a student who has gained an understanding in the effective ways to manage the physical, financial, and human resources of an organization responsibly and compassionately.
The HCA major acknowledges the need for its students to be able to positively contribute to society and specifically to the health care field. The objectives of the program therefore equate to the intellectual engagement of the students in the following areas of competency and skills as they relate to general management in the field of Health Care Administration:
Mission: The mission of the Health Care Administration (HCA) major at Methodist University is to prepare students for careers as health administrators and to promote health care management excellence in the region.
Student Outcome Goal: Students that complete the Health Care Administration major will be prepared for professional entry-level employment in health care administration-related fields.
Criteria for Determining Competency (Learning Objectives):
The above listed goals and criteria are clearly understood to be the foundations of the HCA major curriculum. Written competency is measured through appropriate discussion examinations, research papers, and project reports where critical analysis is stressed. Oral competency is measured through verbal reports, formal presentations, case studies analysis, and a required comprehensive oral final examination (HCA 4500). Computer competency is measured by the completion of CSC 1000. Familiarity with the Microsoft Office software package is expected, as it will be utilized throughout the HCA curriculum.
The HCA major considers these knowledge and skill areas to be fundamental
to understanding how effective administrators might promote the ultimate
goal of improving the health of individuals, defined by the World Health
Organization as a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being,
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The major views health
care as a continuum of care including such components as wellness prevention,
acute and long-term care, and integrated delivery systems, home care,