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MBA 500 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS (3 s.h.)
This course emphasizes the use of an organization's accounting information for decision-making. With a focus on both financial and managerial accounting, the course reviews financial statement analysis and interpretation. The course shifts to managerial accounting, which is defined and contrasted with financial accounting. Managers use of managerial accounting to evaluate business performance and make strategic decisions in management is reviewed. Course topics include financial and managerial accounting concepts, interpreting financial statements, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting, and accounting for planning and control.

MBA 505 BUSINESS ETHICS (3 s.h.)
This course surveys applied topics relating to business ethics, and provides a conceptual framework for thinking about and discussing these topics. This framework has three parts or "themes": (1) Corporate Social Responsibility; (2) Relationship of Law and Ethics; and (3) Individual Ethical Decision-Making. Class time will be used to explore applied topics with reference to these three themes.

MBA 510 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (3 s.h.)
This course covers efficient resource allocation and the application of the analytical tools of economic theory to decision making by managers. The curriculum is designed to show students how to use various tools that comprise the economics of effective management for the profit-maximizing firm. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to calculate and apply price elasticity, employ a statistical regression analysis, perform cost analyses, and display competency in other areas of managerial economics.

MBA 520 ADVANCED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
This course provides a working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate financial decision-making. Students will study and analyze fundamental decisions that financial managers face in issues related to capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, long-term financing and mergers, and working capital management. Course activities include lecture, problem sets, and case studies.

MBA 535 BUSINESS LAW (3 s.h.)
This course explores the organization and theory of the American legal system and its relationship to business, including contracts, agency, tort and criminal law, employment law, and the ethical dilemma facing businesses in today's environment.

MBA 541 ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)
This course is required for the concentration or certificate in Health Care Administration in the MBA program, and is the introductory course in that sequence. The course is the study of health care organizations, as well as their management and leadership in contemporary health care. Structures of various types of health care organizations are discussed in depth, as well as theories of leadership and motivation. The course will be a foundation for the remaining courses in Health Care Administration and will allow for participation in graduate-level research activities as a component of the course.

MBA 550 MARKETING MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
Successful organizations match the objectives and resources of the firm with the needs and opportunities of the target markets. The focus of the course is how marketing contributes to the delivery of value to individual and business consumers at a profit in management. Emphasis is placed on the managerial activities of strategic planning, market and competitive analyses, customer behavior evaluation, value assessment, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, and marketing mix decisions.

MBA 555 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT/GLOBAL BUSINESS (3 s.h.)
Conducting business outside the United States involves a unique set of challenges. Diverse cultures, laws, languages, and currencies add to the complexity of putting together and managing international business ventures. This course will help you prepare for these type of activities by exploring a number of questions which focus on various aspects of international business. The primary vehicle for accomplishing this will be class discussions built around presentations by both the instructor and students as well as cases dealing with a range of issues, countries, and industries.

MBA 560 HEALTH POLICY ISSUES (3 s.h.)
The student examines significant health care policy issues. Special emphasis is given to public policies with broad implications, such as Medicare, regulation, and financial assistance for the uninsured. The process of policy decision making is explored. Methods and approaches for the research of policy issues are reviewed.

MBA 565 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)
This course starts with an introduction to basic financial management concepts and delves into health care-specific topics, including accounting and financial statement interpretation; risk, return, time value of money; capital decision making; operational and capital budgeting; risk analysis; tactical alternative analysis; and planning and forecasting.

MBA 570 APPLIED BUSINESS STATISTICS (3 s.h.)
The student will examine the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis in business decision-making. The course will focus on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations. Descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, sampling and statistical inference, regression analysis, chi-square analysis, and analysis of variance will be investigated. The use of a statistical software program will be used for homework assignments and computer projects.

MBA 599 CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (6 s.h.)
This course will be individually tailored to each student, considering the student's career goals and academic interests. In all cases, a student advisor will work with him or her to fashion a Capstone that requires scholarly efforts commensurate with the degree of MBA. Students will be required to take the Master of Business Administration Major Field Test developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as part of the capstone course.

 

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