Gerontology

M.H.A.

As the nearly 75 million Americans in the baby boom cohort continue to age, the demand for excellent health care particularly for adults and the elderly will continue to soar. This means countless career opportunities, and all the more reason to pursue our Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) with a concentration in Gerontology. Examine the issues, challenges, and social aspects facing this fast-growing population of aging adults, and develop an understanding of the skills needed to improve the quality of long-term care—so you’ll be ready to excel across workplaces and industries.

Offered 100% online with no residency required, this career-advancing program from Concordia University, Nebraska can be earned in as little as two years and is taught by healthcare leaders through a Christian ethics framework. Its intensive and practical curriculum is designed for experienced industry professionals as well as aspiring graduate students who demonstrate a passion for helping the aging population.

Gerontology Learning Outcomes

Apply best practice business principles, including theory and techniques, to the healthcare environment.

Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively within the context of professional healthcare environments.

Employ key elements of leadership in the decision-making process and identify, direct, and resolve considerations as a servant leader.

Incorporate moral principles in a healthcare organization and infuse Christian values into all ethical dilemmas and their resolutions.

Convey various healthcare issues, trends, and perspectives to stakeholders and develop solutions that benefit everyone involved.

Get On Your Way

The next start date for Gerontology is Monday, Oct 23.

GerontologyCourses

  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Healthcare Administration is a 36 credit-hour degree program. Concordia will accept up to 9 credit hours of qualifying transfer credit for this online program.

Core Courses

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    HADM 500 Health Services Organization
    3
    Introduction to the health services delivery system. Analysis of the organizing, financing, and distribution of health services. Alternate delivery systems such as hospitals, acute care facilities, long-term facilities, prepaid practices, fee-for-services group practices and others are examined. Forces shaping present and future health care are evaluated.
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    HADM 505 Management of Healthcare Organizations
    3
    Review considerations related to the management of healthcare organizations with a focus on the key components of management, governance, organization structures and other factors involved in healthcare management. Special emphasis on new structures and organizations are designed to facilitate the transformation of the traditional healthcare organization. Students will develop an appreciation for the role of management in a variety of health care settings, e.g. hospitals, physician clinics, home health, etc.
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    HADM 510 Healthcare Financial Management I
    3
    Introduction to fundamental financial management concepts and the financial skills necessary for managers at a variety of levels in healthcare organizations. Provides an overview of the financial functions in healthcare organizations integrating finance and accounting principles. Topics include: budgets, cash flows, break-even analysis, financial statements, investments, bond ratings, analysis & control, management of capital and decision analysis.
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    HADM 515 Health Information Technology
    3
    Introduction to health care information systems, with an overview of the information systems used in the health care industry emphasizing clinical information systems and the administrative applications of information systems in healthcare organizations. In addition to reviewing the various attributes of the different clinical and administrative information systems used in healthcare, competencies will be developed in aligning information systems with the overall management needs and strategic plans of healthcare organizations.
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    HADM 520 Health Outcomes & Quality Improvement
    3
    A basic overview of quality management and performance improvement with a focus on quality assessment, risk management, utilization management, outcomes assessment, and benchmarking to evaluate and improve health care services and patient safety. Exposure to a variety of quality tools including Six Sigma and Lean, which are designed to measure performance and to foster continuous improvement.
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    HADM 525 Healthcare Policy
    3
    Overview of health policymaking and politics. A study of participants in policy formulation, micro & macro models of health policymaking, role of the different levels of government, issues and problems in health care planning, interrelationship of agencies involved, Medicare, Medicaid, and national health insurance. Key factors impacting health policy are reviewed including political, social, economic and institutional environments.
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    HADM 530 Health Law & Ethics
    3
    Study of the laws and medical-legal ethics as it applies to health care administration and the delivery of health care in general. Reviews variety of legal and ethical subjects, including professional and institutional liability, provider-patient relationships, transactional and structural issues of the health care delivery system, end of life care, physician assisted suicide, and individual rights while reinforcing Christian ethical values.
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    HADM 535 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations
    3
    Integration of the functional areas of health care organizations via the strategic planning process are explored. Emphasis is placed upon the identification of major strategic processes for healthcare organizations as well as policy and marketing issues related to current and anticipated future healthcare environments.

Capstone Course

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    HADM 599 Practicum in Healthcare Administration
    3
    Foundational to the development of healthcare leaders is a learning process that seeks to accomplish three key objectives: 1) Supplement didactic classroom materials with “real-world” experiences (joining of theory & practice), 2) allow students the opportunity to reflect and articulate on their experiences (reflective observation) and to, 3) allow students the ability to demonstrate their knowledge and skills (Cortelyou-Ward, K., Sumner, J. and Rotarisu, T. (2012) Expanding the definition of an internship: Embracing non-conventional graduate students. The Journal of Health Administration Education. 29 (4) 329-335).

Gerontology Concentration

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    GERO 500 Issues in Gerontology & Aging
    3
    This course provides students with an overview of the field of gerontology, current issues in aging, government policy on aging, the economics of aging, as well as an introduction to careers in aging. This course includes the basics of reading and using gerontological research.
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    GERO 502 Social Gerontology
    3
    The process of aging covers multiple academic and psychosocial disciplines. This course integrates social policy and professional practice into a broad knowledge base of science and research. Principles of gerontology research are reviewed.
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    GERO 520 Long-term Care Administration
    3
    Examines the transformation of the long-term care industry throughout history and trends that will continue to shape the industry. Investigates the challenges and opportunities that the long-term care industry presents to professionals and consumers and evaluates the implications of regulations for this field.
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