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Organizational Excellence in Healthcare Concentration

Bay Path University's Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) - Organizational Excellence in Healthcare Concentration is designed for those seeking education and training to promote quality and high standards in practice to effectively lead in the constantly changing field of healthcare. The program is 100% online and made up of  16 courses (12 core courses and 4 elective courses) for a total of 48 credits.

Completion of this concentration helps healthcare professionals to position themselves as knowledgeable of trends and best practices in quality and performance improvement in healthcare, operations management in healthcare organizations, healthcare economics and finance, and healthcare project and change management.

CORE COURSES (12 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HSC701, HSC702, HSC703, HSC705, HSC707, HSC710, HSC713, HSC715, HSC717, HSC790, HSC793, HSC797 
TRACK ELECTIVES (4 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HCM610, HCM611, HCM612, HCM613

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM610 Six Sigma Lean Methodology in Healthcare 3

As a member of a Six Sigma project team, students will learn how to lead and executive process-level improvement projects. They will develop process flow charts, collect and analyze data, develop hypotheses, and use basic statistical tools to determine optimum ways to reduce cost, improve processes and increase customer/client satisfaction. Where applicable, students will design simple experiments to validate theories. This hands-on class will focus on projects to eliminate waste and defects by applying lean and Six Sigma methodology. In-class case studies will focus on Healthcare issues.

HCM611 Continuous Improvement Strategies/Tools and Techniques 3

To remain competitive, organizations must continuously seek new ways to be efficient and effective in their work processes. The tools and techniques taught in this course can be applied to any type of organization including: for-profit organization, nonprofit organization or government agency. In this course, students will learn the following continuous improvement tools: Cause and Effect Diagrams, Flow Charts, Checklists, Pareto Charts, SWOT Analysis, Brainstorming Techniques, the 5 Ys, Root Cause Analysis, and Corrective Action Techniques.

HCM612 Change Management/Project Management Integration 3

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the importance of integrating change management and project management activities. Typically, the study of project management focuses on the tasks and activities needed to accomplish a project: who, what, when and how. It provides project structure and addresses the actions, deliverables and outcomes. However, change management focuses on the people impacted by the change and ways to reduce resistance to change and to elicit behaviors to support change. Although change management is critical to the success of any change intuitive, it is often forgotten and not integrated into project management theory. This course stresses the importance of addressing the “people” aspect of a change project.

HCM613 Economics and Finance in Healthcare 3

This course will provide an overview of the key factors affecting the economic and financial management of healthcare organizations in today’s environment and provide the knowledge necessary for health service managers to apply financial management theory and principles to help make decisions to promote the financial well-being of the organization.

HSC701 Leadership Theory in Healthcare 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC702 The US Healthcare System: Past, Present, and Future 3

Investigate the dynamic nature of the US healthcare system through the examination of healthcare laws and policies over time. Analyze key changes and watershed moments from an ethical perspective with a focus on application to the current environment and impact on the future of healthcare in the US.

HSC703 Applied Statistics for Health Sciences 3

This course covers the selection, application, and interpretation of basic statistical tests and procedures applicable to healthcare research topics. Topics include data, variables, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlations, t test, Fischer’s F test, and the one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).

HSC705 Transformational Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC707 Policy Leadership for Healthcare Transformation 3

This course explores the potential for healthcare transformation within the diverse context of the U.S. health system, the public policy environment, and the communities served. Leadership and policy strategies are highlighted that align resources to meet goals while following ethical principles.

HSC710 The US Healthcare System: Past, Present, and Future 3

Develop leadership competencies and apply current research to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in healthcare organizations. Investigate the link between diversity and excellence in healthcare.

HSC713 Quantitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate quantitative research questions, collect quantitative data, select appropriate statistical analyses, and analyze quantitative data.

HSC715 Qualitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions, collect qualitative data, and analyze qualitative data.

HSC717 Health Behavior Theory, Research, and Practice 3

Examine health behavior, including the intersection of health and community, culture, and communication from a theoretical perspective. The importance of theory, research, and practice and the interrelationships among them to improve the health of populations are examined.

HSC790 Research Project 1 3

This course will review proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as research project format standards, time management demands, committee formation, IRB training, and project management. Students must submit their IRB proposal for institutional approval.

HSC793 Research Project 2 3

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of research data collection, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.

HSC797 Research Project 3 3

A continuation of DHS 793, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the research project committee and methodology review, and preparation for the project defense.