Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership (Master's)
The Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Students will acquire the essential tools necessary to become leaders who help shape, interpret, and implement policies and regulations that impact a value−driven healthcare system. Designed and delivered for busy adults seeking professional development and advancement within the healthcare industry, the healthcare degree will provide an improved understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and trends as they relate to healthcare related public policy and healthcare law.
Degree−seeking students will discuss the implications of policies across geographic areas. The role of professional standards and accreditation is discussed in relationship to quality assurance and reimbursement strategies for healthcare. The master's degree concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership from University College examines the complex and changing relationship between policy, providers, and patients within various cultural settings, domestically and internationally, in healthcare. Master's degree students will receive a career−relevant education that shapes them into healthcare leaders with a pulse on the dynamism in healthcare and continuing emergence of reform leading to changes in healthcare policy. Customize your Healthcare Leadership master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.
This degree prepares students to:
- Compare variations in healthcare delivery domestically and internationally
- Understand the legislative process involved in the creation of healthcare public policy
- Explain how change leads to resistance and what measures must be adopted to incorporate change
- Discuss how professional standards and accreditation relate to quality assurance in various areas of healthcare
- Analyze the processes involved in the implementation of healthcare public policy and healthcare reform
Healthcare Leadership Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Manage and lead in a variety of healthcare settings
- Develop the ability to create solutions to address the current trends and challenges facing the healthcare industry.
- Identify and evaluate major healthcare reform efforts and proposals
- Compare and contrast technological solutions to current issues in healthcare systems
- Articulate responses to national and global healthcare challenges
- Identify ethical and legal considerations pertinent to the delivery of healthcare
MPS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations 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.
Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional 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.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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Careers in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership
Health Policy Specialist/Advisor, Policy Analyst, Policy/Legislative Associate, Medical Director, Health Coordinator, Health Manager, Health Policy Advocate/Lobbyist, Government or Non-Profit Healthcare Agency Staff.
Advocacy, strategizing, planning, presenting, problem-solving, managing, lobbying, research, analysis, interpretation, implementation.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the US—a rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a report from Monster.com. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, requiring interpretation and implementation at the regional and local level.
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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