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Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration


The Master’s in Business Administration program provides you with high-quality professional advanced study in business. Courses incorporate personal values and professional ethics. For maximum flexibility for working adults, Business Administration degree program courses are offered in the evening in a classroom setting and online.

About our Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration

Ottawa University Adult and Online MBA students can now select the Population Health/Health Care Management area of study.  PHM is a rapidly emerging specialty area within health care management that is focused on improving the health status of defined populations.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Health Care Reform, has mandated new models of care and financing that require entities to engage in the active management of populations that are “assigned” to them.  These entities include traditional organizations, such as hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities.  They also include newer organizational models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). 

Numerous career opportunities exist for professionals trained in Business who are knowledgeable in the design, implementation and measurement of Population Health Management programs and Health Care Systems.  Clinical background is not required for this concentration, but physicians, nurses and other clinical professionals would gain a marketable skill set by completing this degree. 

Leverage your background in the Health Care field in Ottawa University’s MBA program. Contact us today to learn more about our Population Health/Health Care Management concentration.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.


Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration Courses

Legal, Ethical and Political Aspects of Health Care Management |  
Examines the legal, ethical, and political forces and their impact on health care organizations. Explores principles and practical applications of laws affecting the operational decisions of health care providers, health plans, and third-party payors and managers, as well as health care products and services.

Regulatory Systems and Qualitative Assessment in Health Care Environments |  
Course provides insight into a variety of regulatory bodies commonly found in the US health system and explores their function, standards, and impact on quality assessment procedures. Other topics include the meaning of quality as it relates to health and health care, the various roles and responsibilities of regulatory boards, and the application of quality improvement within the medical care sector.

Population Health Management |  
Provides an in-depth overview of PHM as a discipline, its components, and business applications. Covers the PHM paradigm, principles of behavior changes, health system navigation and continuity of care.  Course addresses the business case for PHM, IT decision support, policy implication and ethical dimensions, using models of care management and research as its basis.

Program Development for Improved Outcomes |  
Provides practical applications of strategies to improve the health status and outcomes of defined populations.


Master of Business Administration Courses

Module 1 - Behavioral Courses

Organizational Behavior and Theory |  
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics |  
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

One course from selected concentration.

Module 2 - Core Courses

Strategic Marketing |  
Covers the identification and selection of marketing opportunities, target markets and design, and implementation and evaluation of marketing programs.

Managerial Economics |  
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Managerial Finance | 
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Management Information Systems |  
Examines the use of computer information systems in business organizations with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision-making. Explores current trends and emerging technologies.

Management Accounting |  
Explore use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include: cost analysis and allocation, budgeting and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

One course from selected concentration.

Module 3 - Capstone Courses

Graduate Seminar: Business Policies and Strategy |  
Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses.

Two courses from selected concentration.

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