Master's Concentrations

Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers graduate students the ability to pursue concentrations to further focus their MBA or M.S. in Strategic Leadership.

MBA Concentrations

MBA Students may elect to pursue a concentration in the following areas:

Health Care Administration Concentration

Courses (12 credits)

Core Courses (9 credits):

Leadership and Management in Health Care (3 credits) 
This course examines the major leadership and management approaches in public and private health care agencies. The course will focus on management principles in the American health care delivery system, including the roles of patients, third part insurance payers, and health care professionals. The course presents contemporary thinking about leadership and management skills, competencies, and how management “gets it done” in health care organizations. This course will also explore both the structure and functions of health care organizations. How governance, administration, and professional components interface to provide proper health care to society will be examined. The course will similarly explore health care leadership approaches to evaluate a student’s leadership skill set. In addition, students will apply management skills and techniques to case studies and real-life situations involving health care administration. Students will showcase critical thinking skills with support from outside references, in addition to the assigned reading, in order to better understand health care leadership and management.

Health Care Policy: Ethics, Compliance, and Legal Issues (3 credits) 
This course addresses the government’s responsibility to respect the interests, promote and protect the health and welfare, and uphold the rights of the public. Students will explore health care policy, applications of health care law and ethics, and management ideas, theories, and case studies.

Health Care Finance and Decision Making Health Care Finance and Decision Making (3 credits) 
This course will provide the practical skills necessary for health care managers to understand and effectively use financial information in a health care setting. The course will cover health insurance and health care related internal and external financial reports and data to ensure a working understanding of the most critical information needed by a health care finance professional. Learners will develop the skills to prepare budgets, calculate reimbursement and use metrics to understand and quantify heath care staffing / personnel expenses. In addition, learners will utilize established profitability measures to evaluate the efficacy of specific investments and their value to the organization.

Choice of One Elective Courses (3 credits):

Human Resource Administration in Health Care Organizations (3 credits) 
This course examines human resource management functions, processes and systems within organizations including recruitment, selection, training of personnel and the legal and regulatory environment affecting human resource management operations in health care organizations. Managing and developing human resources within and between systems/organizations is also studied. Organizational performance and creativity are examined as critical factors in adapting to the quickly-changing business of health care.

Information Systems in Health Care Administration (3 credits) 
This course will offer a broad overview of major information system methodologies and approaches in the delivery and administration of modern health care systems. The development and use of decision support systems and Internet-based applications in the context of Electronic Health Record (EHR) needs, Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, health care data standards, and associated clinical information systems will be examined. Students will also study how core competencies of health care informatics can be developed and applied to real-world situations.

Strategic Leadership Concentration

Courses (12 credits)

MBA 510: Leadership in Business and Life - Bridging the Gap (3 credits)
What does it take to be an effective leader today? This course identifies the various types of leaders, how effectiveness is determined based on their style, whom they are leading, and the nature of the situations they encounter. Current research and everyday examples of leaders are incorporated to help learners gain a comprehensive understanding of why some leaders succeed and others struggle or fail.

MOD 560: Leading Individuals and Teams (3 credits)
Successful leadership of individuals and teams requires strategic leaders to employ aspects of situational and transformational leadership principles. This course will examine how individual personalities, team dynamics, corporate structures and organizational needs provide direction for a strategic leader. Learners will explore how tasks and goals impact team design and function, leading to building effective teams, including team leadership. Learners will also take a look at best practices in face-to-face and virtual teams.

MOD 562: Innovation & Change (3 credits)
Successful strategic leaders must lead and facilitate innovation, creativity, change, and collaboration within and amongst diverse organizations---including local, regional and international partners in the public, private, and service sectors. These partners will have varied and often conflicting goals, incentives, power bases, resources, and cultures.  Participating in a course-long student-led cross-sector strategic planning case study, students will strengthen their capacity to create and implement strategies and methodologies for leading and facilitating innovation, creativity, change, and cross-sector collaboration to effectively address complex community problems.  

MSL 570: Design Thinking for Leaders (3 credits)
In this course, students will explore the fundamentals of design thinking and how it can be applied to improve their performance. Students will be immersed in a problem space, and use the design thinking process to develop a solution.  Students will establish a framework for collaborative problem solving and learn the steps involved in creating an innovative organizational environment.  Through case studies of design thinking in action, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of this approach.  The relationship of design thinking and adaptive leadership will be integrated as students demonstrate that design thinking can be applied to multiple fields.

M.S. in Strategic Leadership Concentration:

MSL Students may elect to pursue a concentration in the following area:

Health Care Administration Concentration

Courses (12 credits)

Core Courses (9 credits):

Leadership and Management in Health Care (3 credits) 
This course examines the major leadership and management approaches in public and private health care agencies. The course will focus on management principles in the American health care delivery system, including the roles of patients, third part insurance payers, and health care professionals. The course presents contemporary thinking about leadership and management skills, competencies, and how management “gets it done” in health care organizations. This course will also explore both the structure and functions of health care organizations. How governance, administration, and professional components interface to provide proper health care to society will be examined. The course will similarly explore health care leadership approaches to evaluate a student’s leadership skill set. In addition, students will apply management skills and techniques to case studies and real-life situations involving health care administration. Students will showcase critical thinking skills with support from outside references, in addition to the assigned reading, in order to better understand health care leadership and management.

Health Care Policy: Ethics, Compliance, and Legal Issues (3 credits) 
This course addresses the government’s responsibility to respect the interests, promote and protect the health and welfare, and uphold the rights of the public. Students will explore health care policy, applications of health care law and ethics, and management ideas, theories, and case studies.

Health Care Finance and Decision Making Health Care Finance and Decision Making (3 credits) 
This course will provide the practical skills necessary for health care managers to understand and effectively use financial information in a health care setting. The course will cover health insurance and health care related internal and external financial reports and data to ensure a working understanding of the most critical information needed by a health care finance professional. Learners will develop the skills to prepare budgets, calculate reimbursement and use metrics to understand and quantify heath care staffing / personnel expenses. In addition, learners will utilize established profitability measures to evaluate the efficacy of specific investments and their value to the organization.

Choice of One Elective Courses (3 credits):

Human Resource Administration in Health Care Organizations (3 credits) 
This course examines human resource management functions, processes and systems within organizations including recruitment, selection, training of personnel and the legal and regulatory environment affecting human resource management operations in health care organizations. Managing and developing human resources within and between systems/organizations is also studied. Organizational performance and creativity are examined as critical factors in adapting to the quickly-changing business of health care.

Information Systems in Health Care Administration (3 credits) 
This course will offer a broad overview of major information system methodologies and approaches in the delivery and administration of modern health care systems. The development and use of decision support systems and Internet-based applications in the context of Electronic Health Record (EHR) needs, Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, health care data standards, and associated clinical information systems will be examined. Students will also study how core competencies of health care informatics can be developed and applied to real-world situations.