Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership (Master's)
This concentration is designed for those who are passionate about developing long-term solutions to the healthcare challenges we face today. Learn skills required to shape, interpret, implement and evaluate policies and regulations that affect healthcare systems and the safety of patients. You will develop a robust understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and quality improvement as they relate to continuously evolving healthcare policy. You will learn how to:
- Compare varying healthcare systems domestically and internationally
- Navigate the legislative process
- Create effective and lasting healthcare public policy
- Manage change and innovation
- Ensure quality assurance through professional standards and accreditation
- Analyze policies, reform, and processes
Completion of this concentration will provide students with the body of knowledge required to successfully prepare for the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) accreditation examination. Consult your advisor about electives or a certificate, from other Healthcare Leadership concentrations or one of the other University College programs, to enhance your career in shaping, implementing, and analyzing healthcare policies.
MS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HC 4000 - Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments
- HC 4010 - HC Communication and Leadership
- HC 4220 - Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
- HC 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HC 4901 - Capstone Project
- HC 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HC 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- HC 4200 - Comparative Healthcare Systems
- HC 4210 - Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
- HC 4225 - Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
- HC 4230 - Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Healthcare Leadership programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Healthcare Leadership programs include:
- HC 4005 - Healthcare Macroeconomics
- HC 4100 - Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
- HC 4110 - Healthcare: Innovative Strategies and Change Management
- HC 4130 - Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
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Careers in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership
Healthcare Coordinator, Healthcare Manager, Health Policy Advisor, Health Policy Advocate, Health Policy Specialist, Legislative Liaison, Lobbyist, Medical Director, Policy Analyst
Advocating for patients and programs; compiling, validating, and analyzing medical data to understand current healthcare trends; designing healthcare-related reports for agency management; developing healthcare initiatives; interpreting healthcare laws and policies; making healthcare policy recommendations; participating in healthcare strategic planning at multiple levels; resolving healthcare service and delivery issues; reviewing healthcare budgets, policies, and programs
As healthcare regulations continue to evolve at the national level, the need for professionals who can provide healthcare data, policy, and program analysis to regional and local organizations continues to increase as well. Aging populations and demand for better preventative care dictate that individual companies must continually update their healthcare offerings too, making people with healthcare policy expertise even more valuable. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is calling for a 21% increase in the number of political science jobs, the umbrella under which positions like healthcare analysts are classified, between 2012 and 2022. However, this entry point for this field is also expected to remain very competitive, so a master’s degree is highly desirable.
Careers In Healthcare Leadership
Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a Monster.com report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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