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Specialize your BSHA degree with elective options

Gain knowledge and skill in specific areas that interest you while earning your Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA). You can choose from 3 Elective Tracks: Health Administration, Lifespan Management, and Health Information Systems. To meet the BSHA program requirement, you must select one of the elective tracks.

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BSHA elective track options

Health Administration Track

Blending general education courses with a health care curriculum, you’ll be prepared to enter today's challenging health industry with foundational health administration knowledge. You’ll study management, finance, legal and ethical parameters, risk and quality management, human resources and information systems.

This course covers the broad range of topics affected by health law and regulation ranging from patient rights to corporate responsibilities. Public and private health care regulatory agencies are examined as well as their impact on the operation of health care as a business. Legal issues ranging from professional malpractice to corporate wrongdoing are also discussed.

This course will introduce students to the legal and regulatory challenges of facility planning and development. Students will analyze facility designs, discuss future health care consumer utilization trends, as well as examine the regulatory compliance requirements.

This course will introduce the student to the intricate processes that public policymakers use to influence the health status of a society. The role of economic theory, interest groups, and the various levels of government involved in policymaking will be examined. A historic review of trends will be evaluated, and the challenges of future health care delivery will be examined.

This course introduces students to issues related to risk management in health care. Concepts will include the tasks of the risk manager, regulatory requirements, and risk factors unique to the health care industry.

This course provides students with an overview of leadership theories to assist in the development of effective leadership skills. Students will discuss workplace change and the leader’s role in the change process, as well as examine and analyze effective performance indicators for staff and organizational goals.

Lifespan Management Track

Prepare for professional opportunities in the long-term care industry. You’ll gain fundamental knowledge and skills to help manage programs, employ effective strategies to market services and to maintain regulatory compliance, financial viability and quality management.

This course introduces students to the lifespan management industry. Focus will include defining populations of lifespan management as well as industry specific terminology. Students will explore various environments and services for populations requiring care over the lifespan. Students will also be introduced to financial and quality management, as well as regulatory requirements for the industry.

This course provides students with overall management principles within the lifespan industry. Focus will be on fundamental management concepts such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling within lifespan management industry. Students will be exposed to marketing and promotion of programs and services for populations requiring care for the lifespan.

This course covers regulatory guidelines which impact the lifespan management industry. Students will explore specific regulations and compliance strategies which focus on the protection of long-term care populations. Students will also explore how various laws and regulatory agencies impact lifespan environments and services.

Health Information Systems Track

Do you want to work with information technology within the health care industry? You’ll focus on database concepts, information networking and telecommunications, system design and the project management of health information systems. Course content educationally prepares students to sit for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) exam after they complete their program coursework. Note: All courses in the track must be completed to be prepared for the third-party certification.

This course provides the foundation for understanding the broad concepts of successful planning, organization, and implementation within the realm of health care information technology. This course uses real-world examples to support and expand a student’s skills in project management. Topics covered include project scoping, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, tracking and controlling.

This course introduces the fundamental, logical, and design considerations addressed during system and application software development. It provides a solid background in information systems analysis and design techniques through a combination of theory and application. Systems Development Life Cycle will be the fundamental to the course.

This course provides an overview of telecommunication systems in a business environment. Topics covered include voice communications, standards, transmission, networks, and internetworking.

This course covers database concepts. Topics include data analysis, the principal data models with emphasis on the relational model, entity-relationship diagrams, database design, normalization, and database administration.

This course identifies and defines the types of risks that information systems professionals need to consider during the development and implementation of health care information systems. This course will survey remedies and prevention techniques available to address risk and security management. Health care organizational policies and current regulatory considerations will also be examined relative to development, implementation and use of computer based information systems.

Have questions about our elective courses? Call us at 844.YES.UOPX.