Dr. Musa Ayar, Academic Director
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Address: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Statement of Purpose
The University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program prepares patient-care professionals, hospital administration, or current management professionals to help accomplish the triple aim of improving access to care, impacting the quality of care, and reducing the overall cost of care in a variety of settings.
Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for a healthcare setting
Demonstrate strategic leadership and decision-making skills necessary in healthcare
Evaluate operational performance across diverse healthcare organizations
Develop strategies to recruit, train, and retain an effective healthcare workforce
Evaluate financial strategies and techniques to meet healthcare organizational needs and goals
The program is fully online and designed to provide a foundation for entry and advancement for professionals who are seeking management positions in the healthcare industry. The program’s multidisciplinary curriculum balances theory with real-world applications relevant to the current field and draws primarily from the following academic disciplines: healthcare, public health, information technology, business and communications. The M.S. in Healthcare Administration represents a fully online degree geared toward working professionals seeking to obtain advanced-level competencies in the areas of healthcare leadership, management, marketing, communications, law and policy, and quality and performance improvement.
Admission Requirements For Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Admission to the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration requires:
- Prerequisite coursework in Elementary Statistics, Medical Terminology, and Oral Communication or Speech
Two letters of recommendation
A personal statement of not more than 1000 words
Admission exams, such as the GRE or the GMAT, are not required.
To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on a trial enrollment justiﬁed by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into the program to complete degree requirements; extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the other collaborative degree-granting institutions offering this program. Applicants should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may register as a Special Student. Students will receive academic credit for courses taken while on this status. Students can be considered for admission into a degree program if they maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area advisor’s approval, students may transfer up to 12 credits earned at UW-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate-level work will be included in computing a student’s GPA.
Healthcare Administration Degree Requirements
You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 37 graduate credits.. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a “C” has been earned will not be counted toward a degree in Healthcare Administration; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average.
The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is earned upon the successful completion of 37 credit hours. All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.
|HCA 7000||U.S. Healthcare Systems||3|
|HCA 7050||Population Health and Epidemiology||3|
|HCA 7100||Health Communication||3|
|HCA 7150||Healthcare Technology, Data Analytics, and Information Governance||3|
|HCA 7200||Healthcare Financial Management||3|
|HCA 7300||Human Capital Management in Healthcare||3|
|HCA 7400||Healthcare Operations and Project Management||3|
|HCA 7500||Healthcare Quality and Performance Management||3|
|HCA 7600||Health Law and Policy||3|
|HCA 7700||Organization Development and Strategic Leadership in Healthcare||3|
|HCA 7800||Communicating Current and Emerging Topics in Healthcare||3|
|HCA 7890||Capstone Preparation||1|
HCA 7000 U.S. Healthcare Systems 3 Credits
Introduces the many public and private elements of the U.S. healthcare system. Explores the historical, social and cultural, financial and economic, and political as well as regulatory factors, and how they interact to influence the delivery of care and services that affect individual and population health outcomes.
HCA 7050 Population Health and Epidemiology 3 Credits
Identifies and addresses epidemiology, biostatistics, including study design within a healthcare framework. Applies these elements to individuals and populations while addressing critical public health perspectives across a broad spectrum from individuals to larger systems to improve the health of a community.
HCA 7100 Health Communication 3 Credits
Analysis and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that impact health. Course explores topics such as the social construction of health, social support, literacy, survivorship, social and community issues, risk management, marketing and public relations, health messaging and promotional campaigns, theory application, and identity across contexts.
HCA 7150 Healthcare Technology, Data Analytics, and Information Governance 3 Credits
This course covers various topics including Electronic Health Records; Health IT Privacy and Security; Health Information Exchanges; IT for Revenue Cycle Management; Utilizing technology to analyze healthcare data including MS-DRG data, hospital readmission data, Medicare spending, and healthcare quality data; Technologies for diagnosis and treatment; Big Data applications in healthcare.
HCA 7200 Healthcare Financial Management 3 Credits
A study of the principles of healthcare finance. Topics include financial and management accounting, the financial reporting structure of healthcare organizations, healthcare financial statement analysis, costing and budgetary methods, sources of healthcare revenue and expenses, processes for healthcare billing, and capital investment decisions.
HCA 7300 Human Capital Management in Healthcare 3 Credits
Examines complexities in human resource management strategies in healthcare organizations. Provides knowledge and tools to develop high potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture/climate, communication, and talent development to ensure competitive advantage in creating sustainable high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7000 HCA 7200
HCA 7400 Healthcare Operations and Project Management 3 Credits
Examines operations management techniques unique to healthcare processes. Addresses solutions for operational issues in healthcare facilities and supply chain. Highlights essential components of healthcare project management. Emphasizes operational and management tools and techniques for healthcare project and process execution.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150 HCA 7200
HCA 7500 Healthcare Quality and Performance Management 3 Credits
Overview of quality models and risk management in healthcare. Explore theories, concepts, skills, tools and environmental factors. Focuses on measurement and analysis techniques, as well as real-world applications of quality approaches to implement and sustain performance improvements.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150
HCA 7600 Health Law and Policy 3 Credits
A study of the political, legal, regulatory, and ethical environments within which healthcare administrators operate. Explores the legal frameworks related to the healthcare system, with an ethical focus. Considers the impact of political structure on healthcare policy, with an emphasis on the role played by healthcare administrators in policy advocacy.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7000
HCA 7700 Organization Development and Strategic Leadership in Healthcare 3 Credits
A study of organization development and leadership theories, including self-discovery of leadership potential and change leadership strategies applied within healthcare organizations. As a blend of theory and application, course is designed for individuals to work toward identifying and facilitating broad-scale organizational change while employing strategic leadership practices in healthcare.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7300, HCA 7400 HCA 7500
HCA 7800 Communicating Current and Emerging Topics in Healthcare 3 Credits
Investigates current and emerging trends influencing healthcare such as healthcare policies and politics, ethics, emerging technologies, healthcare population/disease demographics and reimbursement models. Explores differences between rural, urban and global settings.
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150 HCA 7600
HCA 7890 Capstone Preparation 1 Credit
Prepares the student for applied capstone course, including assisting with site identification, coordination and approval of placement and of a substantive work project while working with site mentor/supervisor.
Prereqs/Coreqs: HCA 7000, HCA 7100, HCA 7200, HCA 7300, HCA 7400, HCA 7500 HCA 7700
HCA 7900 Capstone 3 Credits
As a culmination of participating in HCA Graduate Program, apply aspects of theory dynamics of interprofessionalism in healthcare setting(s). Capstone work (minimum 150 hours) will be completed in partnership with site mentor/supervisors. A substantive work project deliverable demonstrating summative application of previous coursework will be expected.
Prereqs/Coreqs: HCA 7000, HCA 7100, HCA 7200, HCA 7300, HCA 7400, HCA 7500 HCA 7700