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Master Certificate in Healthcare Practice Management

15 Credit Hours | 1 Year | 100% Online | Prerequisites not required

A convenient and flexible option for healthcare professionals. Each course is delivered online, in a 9-week format, to be completed in 1 year.

New students may begin in any of the five terms throughout the year. The academic credit earned through satisfactory completion of the 15-hour certificate may be applied to the 36-credit hour Leadership MBA in Healthcare Administration. Completion of the MBA would require 7 additional courses (21 credit hours)

The Meinders School of Business and the Oklahoma State Medical Association partnered to bring healthcare administration-focused coursework to healthcare professionals interested in expanding their business and leadership capabilities in healthcare practice management.

Each course in the master-level certificate program is designed to prepare today's healthcare professional to become a resilient, strategic, innovative, communicative, high-level leader prepared to navigate the challenges of today's healthcare system.

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership and Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

MKTG 6143 – Health Care Marketing & Patient Satisfaction

This course employs leading-edge knowledge from services marketing to integrate key aspects of strategic marketing planning and implementation with the achievement of practice-based objectives for assuring patient satisfaction. Health services marketing topics include organizing for marketing; psychographic, demographic, and epidemiological analysis of the market; analysis of the product, price, place, and promotion; competitor analysis; market opportunity and demand for forecasting; market strategy; along with understanding the nature and antecedents for client satisfaction and the assessment and assurance of client satisfaction objectives.

FIN 6333 - Healthcare Financial Strategies & Decision Making

This course establishes a mastery understanding and ability to apply basic financial management principles within the emerging patient-centered care environment and across a variety of health care operational settings. A wide range of health care financial management topics are covered, including health care accounting systems, financial analysis, revenue planning, resource management and allocation, third-party reimbursement, regulation, legislation, and contemporary health care finance problems.

MGMT 6723 - Medical Law & Regulation

Examines medical ethics, laws and regulations pertaining to the obligations and liabilities of health and health care institutions, health agencies, third-party payors, and health care providers. Significant emphasis deals with enhancing students’ understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health care practice and management.

MGMT 6703 - Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations

Emphasizing best practices related to setting up and managing the organization, this course focuses on managerial and operational concepts including strategic planning; quality improvement, organizational strategy and design; individual, interpersonal, and team/group management; along with employment and human resource management topics including selection, staffing, retention, discipline, motivation, productivity, and team building.

Prerequisites are not required.

Applicants must demonstrate a basic understanding of analytical techniques and have strong communication skills. Low-cost MBA prep courses are available to enhance the understanding of key subject areas.

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis considering the following factors:

  1. Academic Background (Transcript)
  2. Professional Experience (Resume)
  3. Recommendations (At least two; via online form) *Waived for current OSMA & OOA members
  4. Personal Statement (Minimum 500 words, no maximum) *Waived for current OSMA & OOA members

For questions about the application process:

Cindy Treadway
Meinders Graduate Advisor
[email protected]
(405) 208-5154

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*General Fees Waived for members of OSMA and OOA, as well as students receiving tuition assistance from Meinders Corporate Partners.

With the majority of the coursework and instruction conducted asynchronously, where appropriate to the course, students will engage in scheduled live class or group work sessions conducted via webcam occasionally throughout the program.

The personal attention we are able to give our students and alumni is critical to who we are as a University. Whether online or in-person, these connections are a critical part of our programs.

Technical Requirements

  • Students should have reliable access to a high-speed, broadband Internet connection.
  • A minimum download speed of 5.00 mbps and minimum upload speed of 2.00 mbps is recommended.
  • Students must have a webcam and microphone.
  • Students are encouraged to use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone.

Members of the Oklahoma State Medical Association receive additional benefits through our corporate partnership.

  • Waiver of the General Fees of $465 per course (combined savings for the certificate of $2,325);
  • Opportunity to Earn CME Credit. For more information, contact Melissa Johnson at the Oklahoma State Medical Asssociation;

Simplified Application Process

  • OSMA members are not required to submit Statement of Interest or Letters of Recommendation.
  • The only requirements for OSMA members to apply: electronic application, resume/CV and transcripts.

Members of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association receive additional benefits through our corporate partnership.

  • Waiver of the General Fees of $465 per course (combined savings for the certificate of $2,325);
  • Opportunity to Earn CME Credit. For more information, contact Maegan Dunn, Director of Membership, Marketing and Communications for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

Simplified Application Process

  • OOA members are not required to submit Statement of Interest or Letters of Recommendation.
  • The only requirements for OOA members to apply: electronic application, resume/CV and transcripts.
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