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Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration

Ottawa University’s Master of Arts in Human Resources is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, only 252 programs in 201 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, to help the society define HR education standards taught in university business schools across the nation and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Human resources, when pertaining to health care, can be defined as the different kinds of clinical and non-clinical staff responsible for public and individual health intervention.  Proper management of human resources is critical in providing a high quality of health care. Effective human resources management strategies are greatly needed to achieve better outcomes from and access to health care around the world.

Ottawa University’s Master of Arts in Human Resources Management Concentration in Health Care Management offers a background in health care organizations and the unique set of skills necessary to administer human resource programs in organizations that must meet the needs of both clinical and non-clinical employees with varying levels of certification and licensure. Health care policy places specific requirements on organizations that provide health services, health system inputs, and payment, as well as requiring monitoring of licensure and certification requirements.  This program provides the breadth of information necessary to administer programs in these settings.

If you want to increase your human resources skills and positively impact the lives of others, this online Master’s in Human Resources Management Concentration in the Health Care Management program is for you.  This program seeks to promote professional excellence, academic attainment and the ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge in meaningful and relevant ways.
Our online Master’s degree program in Human Resources Concentration in Health Care Management is designed for busy working adults who have limited time for school and look to advance their careers. We also offer this program on-campus in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. 

Human Resources Careers

Upon completion of your Human Resources Management Concentration in Health Care Management degree, you can be ready to work in not-for-profit organizations and public and private health care companies and hospitals. In addition, you can pursue a career as a:

  • Talent acquisition Consultant Specialist
  • Compensation & Benefits Specialist
  • Employee Relations & HR Compliance
  • Corporate/Hospital Recruiter
  • Occupational Specialist

The program also prepares you to take the exam leading to designation as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Population Health/Health Care Management is offered at the following locations.

  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Online

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 payers 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 Arts in Human Resources Required Courses

Managing Human Resources Costs |  
Monitor and assess financial achievements of human resources goals, as well as other financial planning and control mechanisms within the work organization.

Human Resources Planning and Administration |  
Integration of human resources with strategic business functions and planning. Examines issues of structure, staffing, effectiveness, performance and assessment and diversity within organizations.

Wage, Salary, and Benefit Administration |  
Provides comprehensive overview of the elements of compensation, legal ramifications and compensation design and design of benefits programs and their impact on compensation and recruitment.

Recruitment Selection and Placement |  
Examine issues and methods for effective recruitment, employment selection and job placement. Compare various methods and procedures used as related to job requirements.

Training and Development |  
Cover fundamentals, purpose and role of the training and development function in human resources. Includes needs assessment, program development, methods and technologies, management development, evaluation of interventions.

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.

Employment Law |   Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Leave Act and other recent and forthcoming legislation. Discuss impact for employee relations and management training for compliance.

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.

Trends, Issues, and Perspectives in Human Resources |  
Extended overview of the role of human resources in organizations. Existing theory and practice as well as new and emerging topics in the field.

Research: Assessment and Evaluation |  
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Applied Case Studies in Human Resources |  
Seminar for graduating students in which participants develop a major case study of human resource issues, programs and policies in a current organization, most often their own. Draws from previous courses as issues are identified, analyzed and discussed.

Elective course (choose 1)

  • Organization and Consultation Skills
  • Career Development
  • Managing a Culturally Diverse Workplace
  • SHRM Certification Course
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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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