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If you'd like to pursue a Master's of Health Administration degree but have no prior health care experience and a degree in an unrelated field, University of Phoenix has an alternative—the Master's of Health Administration Bridge Program.
Our bridge program is just that—a way to bridge the gap between your experience and your graduate health administration studies. It provides the educational foundation you need to make the transition into the Master's of Health Administration degree program.
You'll participate in the same required introductory course that all MHA students take, then you will take three foundation courses—either online or at the local campus—at the undergraduate level.
HCS310 provides a broad overview of the various functions of the United States health care system. The course examines historical evolution of health care. It introduces the various forms of provider models and service delivery systems found in private and public health sectors, including ambulatory, acute, mental, and long-term care. The course also outlines the financing aspects of health care and their influence on health care delivery and quality.
HCS440 provides an overview of the economics of health care. The course examines various payers including private, state and federal entities. Discussions address issues such as the cost-effectiveness of prevention, the management of patients and their diseases, as well as the cost of treatment settings. Students review third-party reimbursement from various sources, ranging from for-profit insurance carriers to charitable donations. The course also describes the health care system's use of grant funding and research dollars.
HCS455 introduces the student to the intricate processes that public policymakers use to influence the health status of a society. The course looks at the roles of economic theory, interest groups and the various levels of government involved in policymaking. Students review historic trends and examine the challenges of future health care delivery.
Following the successful completion of the introductory course and the bridge courses, you'll move into the MHA program. For program details, please visit Master of Health Administration.
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