Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management Degree Program

(Austin Campus)

The THSU College of Business Sciences MBA in Healthcare Management program is an intensive 20 month residential full-time program with classes offered primarily during the evenings and weekends.  This program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate management studies to assist them in the business world with a particular focus on issues related to healthcare management. The emphasis of the program is to deliver contemporary best practices in healthcare management through the exploration of a variety of business-related disciplines. In order to finish the program on time, each 15-week trimester students will take 3 classes per week, earning three credit hours per course.  Exceptions to the curriculum schedule must be approved in advance by the MBA Program Director.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management program are as follows:

  • To provide the intensive training in healthcare business administration required for success in today’s global community as an international business leader, entrepreneur, manager, negotiator, vendor, or trader;
  • To equip graduates with the ability to plan, direct and coordinate strategic and operational activities as managers of healthcare companies and public or private-sector healthcare organizations;
  • To prepare graduates to communicate skillfully, effectively, and professionally with healthcare industry, business leaders, employees, colleagues, and the public;
  • To produce the confidence in graduates to find employment in the area of healthcare management, including the capability to establish and manage a successful clinic; and,
  • To provide the means whereby graduates may lead more financially productive lives and have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.

Admission Requirements

The THSU College of Business Sciences Admissions Committee seeks candidates who show a strong potential for success in today’s global business environment. Candidates who demonstrate analytical capabilities, leadership qualities, management potential, interpersonal and communication skills, and personal commitment and motivation are invited to apply.

To assess these characteristics, the committee will look to the following elements to help identify a candidate’s potential to succeed in the program:

  • Official transcript(s) indicating an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
  • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher, or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher (required for international applicants if English is not the native language).
  • Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to the candidate’s interests and professional performance;
  • A self-evaluation essay limited to one page, single-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, in legible English and in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Note:  Personal interviews may be conducted at the request of the Admissions Committee after a complete application package is received.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcript must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 22 semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted as transfer credit and applied toward the graduate degree.  Transfer credits must be requested in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Transfer credit will be accepted and applied toward the graduate degree provided that:

  1. The credit was earned in graduate courses completed in residence at an accredited institution.
  2. The courses are at the appropriate level and applicable to the student’s degree program at THSU.

Transfer work will be accepted only if it bears a letter grade of “B” or higher, or a numerical equivalent.  A grade of “Credit,” “Pass,” “Satisfactory,” etc., is unacceptable.  Transfer work will not be accepted for graduate degree credit from another institution if such courses are designated as non- degree, background, preparatory, etc.  No credit will be awarded until an official transcript showing the course work to be transferred is on file.  The student may also be requested to provide a catalog from his or her prior school that gives course descriptions for any transfer work requested.

THSU transcripts will separate transfer course work from THSU course work.  Transfer work listed chronologically will be listed first and will show the number of hours transferred; no transfer GPA will be printed.  THSU course work listed chronologically will follow any transfer course work.  The transcript will show THSU hours attempted, THSU hours passed, THSU grade points and THSU GPA. Courses taken at other schools will not be included in the GPA at THSU.  THSU GPA will be the only GPA calculated. Courses taken to fulfill background requirements will be accepted only if such courses are of the same level as those specified on the official degree audit.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Concentration Courses

There is no elective concentration associated with this degree program.

Curriculum –

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management Program

Trimester Course Name Semester Credits Clock Hours
First Trimester
MBA 5201 Business Communication 2 30
MBA 5302 Finance and Financial Reporting 3 45
MBA 5303 Human Resources Management 3 45
Second Trimester
MBA 5304 Information Technology 3 45
MBA 5305 International Business Trends 3 45
MBA 5306 Law, Ethics and Economics in Business 3 45
Third Trimester
MBA 5307 Leadership Fundamentals 3 45
MBA 5308 Management Accounting 3 45
MBA 5309 Managing People, Projects and Technology 3 45
Fourth Trimester
MBA 5310 Marketing and Decision Making 3 45
MBA 5311 Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality 3 45
MBA 5312 Strategy and Environmental Scanning 3 45
Fifth Trimester
MBA 5313 Healthcare Finance 3 45
MBA 5314 Process Improvement in Healthcare 3 45
MBA 5315 Special Topics in Healthcare 3 45
MBA 5316 Practical Training Seminar 1 15
TOTAL 45 675

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, number of credit hours, and section number.

 

Graduation Requirements

Forty-five (45) credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to receive the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree.

Course Descriptions

 

The following business courses have been approved by the THSU College of Business Sciences faculty for the MBA in Healthcare Management program. It should be noted that not all courses described in this catalog are necessarily offered in any given academic trimester. Students should check the published course schedules to see the courses offered for a specific term.

 

MBA 5201       Business Communication                                                   2 credits (30 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to the major forms of business communication including: interpersonal communication, communication to groups, presenting sales pitches, writing policies, requests for proposals, business emails, and personal branding (including building resumes and bios). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5302       Finance and Financial Reporting                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to business finance methods, models and practices.  This includes the different types of financial reports and financial reporting best practices. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5303       Human Resources Management                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to human resource management models and practices.  This includes all of the different human resources core areas including: recruitment, selection, training, performance management, employment law, HRIS systems, and compensation/benefits. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.  Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5304       Information Technology                                                      3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to the importance of information technologies in business.  This will include the various systems (and processes) and equipment used to automate work, track information about business practices, and assist in decision making. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5305       International Business Trends                                            3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to international business trends.  This will include the various drivers to globalization as well as the impacts of other countries’ economic, political, cultural, and legal environments on an organization’s operational and strategic alternatives and its managerial decisions. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5306       Law, Ethics and Economics in Business                           3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to trends and topics in legal, ethical and economic issues in business.  This will include the types of information and data that can be gathered by business leaders so that they can make sustainable & ethical decisions for business entities. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5307       Leadership Fundamentals                                                   3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to leadership and managerial decision making.  This will include the history of leadership research, the different types of leadership and leadership decision making models. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5308       Management Accounting                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managerial accounting. This will include the understanding of financial statements and common accounting terms; as well as the ability to follow accounting standards and track, record and audit financial numbers. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5309       Managing People, Projects and Technology                    3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managing people, projects and technology. This will include the basics of project management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5310       Marketing and Decision Making                                         3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to marketing products and services. This will include exploring topics such as: integrated communications, marketing mix, consumer behavior, pricing, and market segmentation, targeting and positioning. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5311       Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality       3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to production and operations management. This will include content on supply chain management, quality/process improvement models, and quantitative methods for management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5312       Strategy and Environmental Scanning                              3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to strategy concepts and models. This will include learning more about environmental scanning and preparing to develop strategies (decision making). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5313       Healthcare Finance                                                               3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to common healthcare financing models. This will include learning more about the costs, assets, liabilities and financial decision making in healthcare. This course will also include an introduction to healthcare financing methods and practices as well as the different types of reimbursements in healthcare, payment models, and the role of third party payers. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5314       Process Improvement in Healthcare                                  3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to best practices in process improvement in healthcare facilities. This will include learning more about quality models and theories and the ROI for healthcare stakeholders. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5315       Special Topics in Healthcare                                               3 credits (45 hours)

This course will include an introduction to a contemporary trend impacting healthcare. This will include learning more about the special topic area and preparing to develop strategies for healthcare facilities around the special topic area. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5316       Practical Training Seminar                                                    1 credit (15 hours)

This course prepares students to apply MBA course concepts, skills, and capabilities to actual job experiences. The student is required to obtain a position in their area of concentration and apply what they have learned to the actual job experience.

Prerequisite:  None.

Tuition and Fees

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

in Healthcare Management

Tuition

Item Amount
Tuition Per Credit Hour $480.00
Tuition Per Trimester $4,320.00
Total Tuition $21,600.00

One-Time Fees

Item Amount
US Student Application Fee $75.00
International Student Application Fee $150.00
International Student Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable toward first trimester tuition) $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $75.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee Per Trimester $110.00
Textbooks, reference materials, and duplication costs (per course estimate) $100.00
Payment Plan Fee (Per Trimester) $25.00

The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class. The rest of the payments are due the first of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee4 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)5 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan6 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course7 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course8 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester. Does not apply to new students. After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President. Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late. Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester. Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts9 $15.00
Library Fees10 Variable
Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
10 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

Graduate Program Oversight Committee

It shall be the policy of the Texas Health and Science University that a shared governance committee comprised of administrative staff, faculty representatives, currently enrolled student representatives, and alumni employed in the field, shall meet at least twice each calendar year for the purpose of reviewing and recommending improvements to the University and graduate program of study.

The membership of the committee shall include a minimum of two (2) administrative staff representatives (the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students); two (2) representatives of the Faculty (one a full-time Core member and the other a part-time Adjunct member); at least two (2) currently enrolled students (the elected President of the Student Government Association and a representative of the new student Cohort) and two (2) alumni.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall serve as the facilitator of the committee, record its minutes, and submit its reports to the President.

The Spring Meeting convened in March or April shall have its agenda the review of the data and recommendations from the General Student Satisfaction Survey, the Annual Alumni Survey, and the Graduate Exit Survey.  The Annual Meeting convened in August shall have as its agenda the review of recommendations submitted by the Faculty, the Student Association, and the Administrative staff; the recommendations developed in the Annual Planning Retreat, and the update of the Campus Effectiveness Plan

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