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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.

Goals:

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):

  1. To speak effectively and listen attentively. (HCA 3300, 4500, & 4800)
  2. To write professionally and effectively and with a clear purpose. (HCA 2000, 3300, 3050, 4100, 4500, 4700 and 4800)
  3. To think critically, and employ the critical thinking process to solve problems and issues facing health care managers. (HCA 3050, 3300, 3500, 2000, 4100, 4500 and 4700)
  4. To describe the impact of various payment systems to the health care environment, both nationally and globally. (HCA 4000, 4100 & 4500)
  5. To discuss the affect of various reimbursement mechanisms employed in health care and the costs associated with each. (HCA 4400, 4100, 4700 & 4500)
  6. To manage time, set priorities, and complete tasks in a timely manner. (HCA 4500 & 4800)
  7. To evaluate managed care contracts and determine acceptance or rejection, and negotiate to improve the terms for the health care organization. (HCA 3050, 3500, 4000 and 4100)
  8. To assess, evaluate, and monitor effectiveness and the need for quality improvements and risk management issues in health care organizations. (HCA 3050, 3300, 4500)
  9. To evaluate and analyze the cost of providing health care services and integrate the information for presentation in both written and oral formats. (HCA 4100 & 3500)
  10. To synthesize and present information related to health care organizations/management in both written and oral formats. (HCA 3050, 3300, 3500, 4100, 4500, & 4800)
  11. To facilitate group decisions and build consensus through effective participation in group assignments. (HCA 3300 & 3500)
  12. To conduct organizational strategic planning/management for health care organizations. (HCA 3050 & 3300)
  13. To effectively utilize CPT and other coding processes for health care services. (HCA 3500, 4000 & 4100)
  14. To describe and discuss various health insurance programs and their design. (HCA 4100)
  15. To apply management principles and techniques in health systems operations management. (HCA 3050, 3500, & 4100)
  16. To interpret and understand the compendium of medical terms and effectively uses them in health management. (HCA 2300)

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, hospice, etc.

 

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