Master of Science in Health Science

Healthcare Leadership & Administration

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Healthcare Leadership and Administration Track Overview

The Master of Science in Health Science, Healthcare Leadership and Administration (HLA) track, prepares individuals to lead teams in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Students develop an understanding for current leadership and administration practices needed to enter a dynamic healthcare environment. The program is founded upon healthcare leadership, ethical, and business principles. Strategies to deal with contemporary issues facing healthcare organizations are incorporated through authentic educational experiences. Organizational skills highlighted by behavior management and group dynamics to promote a patient-centered culture are explored. Additionally, proven methods for improving the delivery of healthcare that lowers costs and improves outcomes are addressed.

After completing the Healthcare Leadership and Administration track of the Master of Science in Health Science, students will be able to:

  • Integrate leadership theory into administrative practices.
  • Demonstrate clear and concise communication within the context of professional health systems.
  • Develop foundational strategies for legal and ethical issues often faced by administrators of healthcare organizations.
  • Participate in quality improvement strategies within healthcare organizations to resolve inefficiencies.
  • Analyze the impact of regulatory mandates on healthcare management.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar on Sports Performance and Rehabilitative Science

Dr. Kim Isaac, PhD, AT, LAT, Program Director and Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Functional Nutrition Track

Dr. Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, IFMCP, Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Health Promotion and Wellness Track

Dr. Mary Shotwell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Concentration Track Director

Institutional Accreditation

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to general research principles and research ethics. The student will be introduced to the following topics in the research process: problem statement, question formulation, principles of measurement, basic design and methodological features, issues of reliability and validity, and fundamentals of conducting a literature review. Quantitative article critiques will be conducted in class and outside of class. The class format will include lecture, small group discussion, and practice.

HS 506 Data and Decision-Making (3 credits)

This course will focus on the use and application of statistics commonly found in the field of exercise science. Topical areas include but are not limited to determining appropriate statistical tests to perform, interpreting results and determining appropriate follow-up tests as needed. Emphasis is on design of experiments and appropriate statistical test usage, and interpretation of results.

HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make independent judgments about the validity, results, and application of clinical research and to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers. This course will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies.

HS 602 Applications of Education Practice (3 credits)

This course will explore best practices of the application of educational instruction and delivery for individuals working in a variety of employment settings with diverse populations including clients, patients, students and community learners. This course will include topics associated with generational learning, learning styles, learning design for groups and individuals along with various styles of delivery.

Healthcare Leadership (15 Credit Hours)

HLA 620 Healthcare Leadership (3 credits)

Concepts of leadership related to current healthcare organizations are examined. Specific concepts including communications, public relations, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution are explored. Strategic aspects such as vision, viewpoint and admission included. Managing uncertainty is discussed in relation to healthcare organizations. Contemporary leadership challenges, communication strategies and crisis communication are explored. Leadership functions and decision-making are analyzed.

HLA 710 Management & Entrepreneurship in Healthcare (3 credits)

Introduces current and aspiring healthcare leaders to key dimensions of effective management and entrepreneurship. Explores professional, legal, and ethical aspects of development as healthcare professionals seeking to develop management and entrepreneurship opportunities. Synthesize of entrepreneurial and management competencies to plan and implement a simulated interdisciplinary business venture are explored.

HLA 670 Organizational Behavior & Management in Healthcare (3 credits)

This course supports knowledge of the theories of organizations, the use of leadership, management processes, and organizational structures and outcomes. Specific topics include governance, strategic management and marketing, human resources management, recruiting, training, process improvement, management theory, and employee wellbeing. This course is designed for future managers and leaders of healthcare organizations and those who expects to have extensive involvement with each from the perspective buyers, insurers, or policymakers. The course provides students with knowledge about how the best healthcare provider organizations deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare, how the response to their environment, and how they reach and implement decisions about future activities.

HLA 700 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues (3 credits)

This course offers an exploration of the legal and ethical issues and dilemmas in the delivery of healthcare. The principles and practical application of laws and regulations affecting operational decisions of healthcare providers, health plans, and third-party payers are discussed. Social, moral, and ethical issues encountered in the balance of patient interests, needs and rights are also addressed.

HLA 740 Healthcare Delivery (3 credits)

This course will train healthcare leaders to implement or teach principles of delivering better healthcare at lower costs through improving clinical and non-clinical processes. This course will introduce methods and tools for conducting quality improvement projects. Also discussed will be methods of health services research, teams and teamwork, outcome measurement, and medical informatics. A key learning experience of this course will be developing and implementing a quality improvement project.

Elective (3 Credit Hours) or Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

Elective course (3 credits)


HS 686A Health Science Thesis (3 credits)
HS 686B Health Science Thesis (3 credits)

Program Faculty

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid: This program is eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid. Available to those who qualify.

Tuition: $590 per credit hour

Optional Thesis: $1770

Thesis Committee Fee: $1050

University Resource Fee: $36 per semester

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