Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHCA) provides students the knowledge and experience to pursue a wide range of healthcare-related careers. The versatile program complements various fields of study from nursing to science to business. As an interdisciplinary course of study, the program draws upon the expertise of full-time faculty members from the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies and Charles F. Dolan School of Business. The MHCA program allows students flexibility with a hybrid format of course work and both full-time or part-time enrollment options.

Healthcare Administration Courses
HCAD 6100Introduction to the United States Healthcare System2
HCAD 6200Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance3
HCAD 6951Healthcare Administration Practicum3
HCAD 6999Healthcare Administration Capstone4
Nursing Courses
NURS 6521Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement3
NURS 7602Healthcare Economics and Marketing3
NURS 7605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NURS 7608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NURS 7614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
Business Courses
ACCT 5400Introduction to Accounting3
FNCE 5400Principles of Finance3
MGMT 6503Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3
MGMT 6504Managing People for Competitive Advantage3
MGMT 6525Performance Management3
Total Credits42

Full Time

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
ACCT 5400 Introduction to Accounting 3
FNCE 5400 Principles of Finance 3
HCAD 6100 Introduction to the United States Healthcare System 2
 Credits8
Fall
MGMT 6503 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
MGMT 6504 Managing People for Competitive Advantage 3
MGMT 6525 Performance Management 3
NURS 6521 Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement 3
 Credits12
Spring
HCAD 6200 Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance 3
HCAD 6951 Healthcare Administration Practicum 3
NURS 7605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NURS 7608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Summer
HCAD 6999 Healthcare Administration Capstone 4
NURS 7602 Healthcare Economics and Marketing 3
NURS 7614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits42

Part Time

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
HCAD 6100 Introduction to the United States Healthcare System 2
 Credits2
Fall
MGMT 6504 Managing People for Competitive Advantage 3
NURS 6521 Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement 3
 Credits6
Spring
HCAD 6200 Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance 3
NURS 7608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Summer
ACCT 5400 Introduction to Accounting 3
FNCE 5400 Principles of Finance 3
 Credits6
Fall
MGMT 6503 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
MGMT 6525 Performance Management 3
 Credits6
Spring
HCAD 6951 Healthcare Administration Practicum 3
NURS 7605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Summer
NURS 7602 Healthcare Economics and Marketing 3
NURS 7614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
 Credits6
Fall
HCAD 6999 Healthcare Administration Capstone 4
 Credits4
 Total Credits42

HCAD 6100 Introduction to the United States Healthcare System2 Credits

This course provides an overview of the evolving structure of the US healthcare delivery system. Since the US healthcare system has been periodically changed in diverse aspects over the decades, its dynamic mechanism should be understood. Particularly the healthcare system encompasses organizations, management, finance, policy, and technology. This course introduces students to the complexity of healthcare, challenges of leadership, the key stakeholders, and the current state of healthcare in the US. As the introductory course for the MHA program, this hybrid course will allow student to acclimate to the program through multiple learning modalities and activities. Collaboration and team building, critical success factors in healthcare, will be a focus of the on-site portion of the course. The cohort will be introduced to many key aspects of healthcare administration as well as acclimating to the rich learning environment of Fairfield University.

HCAD 6200 Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance3 Credits

This course is focused on the complex topic of healthcare reimbursement as the primary income sources for healthcare organizations. Additionally, the course will explore the dynamic concepts of payer sources with the emphasis on reimbursement through government, commercial and private payers. Healthcare administrators and leaders in must possess a firm grasp of sources of revenue and the rapidly changing environment. Decision-making related to organizational goals will be explored in the context of revenue. The course supports students to understand how to apply financial decision-making, strategic, and operational decisions.

HCAD 6951 Healthcare Administration Practicum3 Credits

Prerequisite: HCAD 6100.

In this practicum, students will be placed in a healthcare practice environment for a 150-hour experiential learning opportunity. Paired with community partners, students will observe and participate in learning how the theoretical concepts of healthcare leadership are implemented in practice. Students will focus on the competencies of the program such as organizational behavior, management, human resources, project management, financial strategies, information technology, and performance management as appropriate to the clinical site. Students may be placed with one practice partner or divide time in multiple areas to achieve the objectives of the practicum. Students with current or recent experience in healthcare leadership may apply to have this course waived in consultation with the Program Director and approval of the Associate Dean.

HCAD 6999 Healthcare Administration Capstone4 Credits

Prerequisite: HCAD 6100.

The Healthcare Administration Capstone is an integrative learning experience drawing on all the disciplines and subject matter presented in the MHA program. It requires the student to work independently as a member of a team to complete a comprehensive and relevant business plan for the healthcare-related organization. The capstone will consist of 200 hours of clinical time in a healthcare organization as well as clinical conference sessions with a faculty advisor.