Curriculum Overview

The online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership curriculum focuses on four content areas: Leadership & Change, Health System Management, Health Systems Research, and Interprofessional Practice. Within each, you will examine issues facing healthcare professionals every day: organizational complexity, leadership, innovation, healthcare policy and economics, effective business practices, and management of social and human capital.

Curriculum Design

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program is designed with the working professional in mind.

The program’s hybrid online/on-campus model includes six online classes, three face-to-face on-campus sessions, and two administrative practicum courses at your workplace. All courses are required.

You will begin your program of study with a full-day on-campus, followed by three foundation courses and a second on-campus session held at UC San Francisco. The second on-campus session completes your first quarter.

Following the foundation courses, you will complete 6 online courses and 2 quarters of administrative practicum in your workplace. During your final quarter, you will complete your comprehensive examination and attend the culminating on-campus course (207B) at UC San Francisco. Each course is described below:

Foundation Courses >

MHA200A
Advanced Scholarship in Health Services Research

This foundation course introduces research design, methods and skills essential to translate evidence into interprofessional practice, leadership and policy. Students will critique the scientific and practical merit of research studies including elements of design, sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, metrics, and interpretation of findings. The course provides a foundation for using evidence to develop, implement and evaluate the capstone project during the student’s two-quarter practicum at the worksite.

MHA200B
Health Finance and Economics

This foundation course presents an overview of the healthcare financial landscape, players, mechanics, and characteristics of reform. The course introduces core concepts of financial management including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow streams and the managerial accounting building blocks of budgeting and planning. Students will participate in interactive and targeted assignments and case studies to translate financial concepts into tangible tools to assess, manage, and improve healthcare operations.

MHA207A
Essential Leadership: Foundations for Effective Practice

The first of two on-campus courses introduces core concepts and principles of leadership, teamwork, change management, creativity and innovation. Using results from standardized assessment inventories, students participate in tailored activities to strengthen their self-knowledge and skill acquisition for leadership development and professional advancement. Students engage in interprofessional group work and structured sessions to initiate their evidence-based project. Preparation for the 2-day intensive includes online pre-work and activities throughout the quarter.

On-line Courses >

MHA201
Leadership: Forces of Change

This course introduces students to leadership theory and practice by focusing on what it means to be a good leader in relationship to healthcare and societal trends. Topics include: recognizing traits, developing skills, creating a vision, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, addressing values and ethics, and leading and motivating through change. Students will critically reflect upon and improve their own leadership performance through interactive exercises and self-reflective activities.

MHA202
Leadership: Environmental Systems

This course educates healthcare leaders about the built environment’s impacts on access, affordability, quality, and safety of healthcare delivery. This on-line class covers the full continuum of skills needed to impact environmental change from seeing, to determining, to influencing, to innovating. The curriculum progresses from basic spatial concepts to complex ideas, with the end-goal being the ability to answer the questions: How can I make this a better place? What change needs to happen?

MHA203
Leadership: Healthcare Policy

This web-based course examines key tenets of healthcare policy including regulation and licensure, education and deployment of the health workforce, public health systems, the legislative process and health legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, and basics about state and federal health programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Students will explore the environment outside an organization’s vertical structure and examine supports and barriers to initiating structural change.

MHA204
Healthcare Economics, Policy, and Decision-Making

This course builds on MHA200B to provide a deeper understanding of healthcare economics, policy, and decision-making. Explores production of health, incentives faced by healthcare organizations, health insurance pricing, health insurance and industry structure in the US, and healthcare costs. Links are made between course content and role of leaders to increase the value of services, as well as how the organization and financing of systems impact management, strategy, and innovation.

MHA205
Healthcare Quality, Safety and Interprofessional Dynamics

This course prepares students to intentionally and effectively work together to build safer and better, person-centered healthcare systems. Topics include frameworks, core principles and values of team-based care, and managing organizational influences such as workforce, risk, reliability and patient engagement to assure safe care. Students will develop and evaluate strategies for managing priorities at the junction of population health, economic and political interests, and forces for social change.

MHA206
Healthcare Systems Management

In an in-depth look at management practices and issues across healthcare organizations, students will evaluate the impact of the mission, values, vision, goals and objectives on key organizational components including use of resources, culture change, and decision-making. Special emphasis is placed on management theories and translation to governance, operational, human capital, financial, and information systems.

On-Campus Sessions >

Education for leadership in health care systems requires investment in face-to-face, interactive learning in small groups. Session activities will focus on knowledge and skill acquisition, creativity, strategic agility, and interprofessional collaboration to collectively create a sustainable future for health services. You will attend 3 on-campus sessions as detailed below.

Orientation

Prior to the start of your first quarter, you will attend a full-day on-campus orientation at UCSF where you will meet faculty and classmates and participate in activities to prepare you for beginning your scholarly journey.

MHA207A
Essential Leadership: Foundations for Effective Practice

The first of two on-campus courses introduces core concepts and principles of leadership, teamwork, change management, creativity and innovation. Using results from standardized assessment inventories, students participate in tailored activities to strengthen their self-knowledge and skill acquisition for leadership development and professional advancement. Students engage in interprofessional group work and structured sessions to initiate their evidence-based project. Preparation for the 2-day intensive includes online pre-work and activities throughout the quarter.

MHA207B
Leadership in Action: Inquiry to Innovation

In this culminating on-campus course, students will demonstrate core program competencies through the integration and application of leadership, social, economic and theoretical underpinnings of interprofessional and healthcare administration. Having advanced to candidacy for conferral of the Master of Science degree, students will present their evidence-based capstone project in four formats: scholarly papers, a podium and a poster presentation, and an advocacy discussion.

Worksite Practicum >

MHA 401
ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICUM

The course is the first in a series of two devoted to the successful completion of the student's evidence-based, process improvement project. Each student will thoroughly critique, develop and implement his/her capstone proposal that will be evaluated in the following quarter. The practicum will include individual and group sessions with faculty coaches, a mentored practice of leadership skills, and application of learned material from the foundation courses.

 

MHA 402
ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICUM

The goals of this second practicum are twofold: 1. continue building a professional identity as a healthcare leader in the work setting under supervision of a mentor and in sessions with faculty coaches; 2. implement and evaluate an interprofessional evidence-based project. Course includes an online component, mentored practice of leadership skills, and application of learned materials from foundation courses. Faculty coaches support students in leadership and project development goals.

 

Program Philosophy:

The Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program’s philosophy draws from five domains of leadership and management.

  1. Purpose (setting an organizational vision and strategic direction)
  2. Process (making decisions; managing projects)
  3. People (promoting collaboration, diversity, and teamwork; managing others)
  4. Personal (self-knowledge)
  5. Professionalism (ethical responsibility; personal integrity)

The program’s pedagogic methods leverage students’ professional expertise and experience and build upon extant knowledge and experiences in a collaborative, cooperative learning environment. Theory is infused throughout program coursework and applied in mentored practicums as well as the capstone project. Competency development is determined at the interface between acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and attitudes.