Special Areas of Interest (Guided Electives): Healthcare Leadership


As one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, healthcare faces an increasing need for leaders that can ensure high-quality patient care. Select Healthcare Leadership as your special area of interest and prepare to guide healthcare organizations through the challenges common to large, multicultural organizations. From staffing strategies and patient recordkeeping to treatment technologies and sanitary protocols, you will learn to fill leadership roles in this respected, rewarding profession.

Select Healthcare Leadership and learn to:


  • Apply strategic planning skills to the unique healthcare environment
  • Deal effectively with legal and ethical issues
  • Respond sensitively to gender and cultural issues


Healthcare Leadership is suited for those specialists who hold a bachelor’s degree and are looking to sharpen their administrative skills, such as nursing administrators, health services managers, and ancillary service administrators.


Healthcare Leadership Courses

IO 575 Legal Issues in Healthcare Leadership (3 credits)
Healthcare administrators must be conversant with the legal framework of the healthcare industry, as well as the ethical issues confronted in various healthcare settings. This knowledge is essential to the operation of an ethical and professional organization. Learning outcomes of this course include:


  • Becoming patient-centered
  • Effectively administering licensure and medical malpractice/liability, insurance issues
  • Legal and ethical standards for care and informed consent
  • Protecting medical record confidentiality, patient rights and patient advocacy

IO 576 Strategic Planning in Healthcare Diversity (3 credits)
This course provides a developmental overview of the current healthcare system in the United States, as well as its organizational structure and operation of the various healthcare organizations. Reflecting on the issues faced by major healthcare delivery systems such as clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and healthcare cooperatives, as well as relevant managed care providers, this course takes a long-term look at the strategic planning necessary for the operation of healthcare services in a competitive market. Learning outcomes include:


  • Defining the market position and operational role of an organization within the larger health care system
  • Creating a multi-year strategic plan
  • Taking a proactive role in planning longer term solutions to current challenges

IO 577 Quality Management in Healthcare Organization (3 credits)
This course provides basic quality management philosophy and strategies to effect positive organizational change. Healthcare leaders are challenged to have the knowledge and skills to assess, evaluate, and design clinical processes; challenge existing methods; rapidly implement new ideas; direct organizational change; and plan for future innovations in a changing healthcare environment. Learning outcomes include:


  • Designing, organizing, and analyzing information related to quality improvement
  • Applying problem-solving skills to analyze problems and issues related to quality
  • Designing appropriate organizational structures and teams to implement quality solutions

Discover the Healthcare Leadership special area of interest: Call 866-907-4209 and speak directly to one of our admission counselors or request more information.