Health Sector Specialization

The health sector has experienced rapid change in recent years, making it one of the fastest growing areas for employment nationwide. As policy regulations and information technology transform the sector, executives who can adapt to this revolving industry are in high demand. Our health sector specialization will prepare you to lead by immersing you into the field and exposing you to the distinctive challenges faced by the industry.

11 credit hours required for specialization

First Year: Spring Semester
BUAD 6951 - Health Systems Org Finance & Performance (required)

2 Credits

 

This course teaches the financing and delivery of health services in the U.S. The core is how the demand for health services is different from other goods and services, the patterns and determinants of health and illness, the production and cost functions of hospitals, physician offices, and managed care companies, and payment systems. Other topics include access, quality, insurance coverage, workforce, capital financing for providers, and the role of competition including the way prices are set in public and private markets. 

Second Year: Fall Semester
BUAD 598A - Business Analytics and Supply Chain CAM (required)

6 Credits

 

The Business Analytics and Supply Chain Career Acceleration Module combines two major themes: Machine Learning techniques and topics in Supply Chain Management. These themes are complimentary since many of the analytical techniques in Machine Learning that are discussed are readily applicable to the Supply Chain discussion topics. The Machine Learning topics include Cross Validation, Subset Selection, Smoothing Splines, Principal Component Analysis, and Support Vector Machines. The topics in Supply Chain Management include single and multi-echelon Inventory policies in stochastic settings, the Sales and Operations Planning process, Risk Pooling and Postponement, and other elements of supply chain design and operation. Students also visit local port and distribution facilities to obtain real-world exposure to the operational aspects of logistics.

Second Year: Spring Semester
BUAD 6731 - Healthcare Informatics (required)

3 Credits

 

Health Informatics involves the management and use of resources - technology, capital, governance and people - and methods such as process management and innovation to promote efficient and effective delivery of healthcare. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of how to use information, and information systems to support clinical, administrative and patient services in conducting the business of healthcare. Through hands-on experience, students will learn from analysis of operational or strategic problems in a healthcare setting and explore challenges and opportunities in various segments of the healthcare industry such as consulting and policy making, supply chain, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

Suggested Electives
BUAD 6751 - Health Sector Management

1.5 Credits

 

This course introduces the structure of a healthcare organization and the issues such organizations face. Specific topics include ownership, organizational design, responsibilities of functional areas within an organization, metrics used to measure performance, and the description of key processes including financial flows.

BUAD 6761 - Health Analytics

1.5 Credits

 

This course focuses on the sources and uses of data in the analysis of healthcare data with the goal of improving healthcare processes and outcomes. Specifically, the course covers various analytical methodologies and the visualization of healthcare data. This course prepares students for the Certified Healthcare Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam.

BUAD 6271 - Database Management

3 Credits

 

This course considers the application, logical structure and physical implementation of databases to aid in developing business intelligence. Primary topics include data modeling, relational databases, structured query language, data analytics and visualization, amongst other contemporary data management topics. Multiple database management systems and analytical platforms may be introduced.

BUAD 6641 - Lean Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

BUAD 6651 - Six Sigma Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

BUAD 6621 - Project Management

3 Credits

 

This course focuses on the management of complex projects and the rules and techniques, which have been developed in the past 25 years to assist managers with such projects. All three phases of project management - Planning, Scheduling, and Control are explored in detail. In addition to studying various scheduling techniques for projects, this course explores issues dealing with project selection methods, project risk assessment, project team dynamics, new product development projects, runaway projects, and monitoring and control of projects.

BUAD 6851 - Design Thinking

3 Credits

 

Design Thinking is a systematic, iterative, human-centered approach to solving tough, real-world problems that are often ill-defined and stubbornly immune to traditional problem solving approaches. Design Thinking is a methodology for generating innovative solutions that are at the intersection of people's needs, technological feasibility, and business viability. This course provides a hands-on introduction to Design Thinking methodologies and mindsets and encourages students to immediately put them into practice.