Managing Human Capital in Healthcare – BUSI 646

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Focused on strategically managing human capital in the healthcare environment, students will focus on evaluating human resource management concepts from the perspective of the manager’s role in creating and maintaining a productive health workforce. Students will explore human resource management theory and practice of managing the employment relationship through conducting in-depth analyses of current issues (i.e., recruitment, compensation, motivation, performance, and talent management) related to the strategic management of human capital within the healthcare setting.


BUSI 506


The healthcare industry is constantly evolving. Most healthcare organizations are among the largest employers in their community and demand for workers is projected to outpace supply on a national scale. The fundamental field of human resources is impacted by shifting demographics, new technologies, and the growing complexity of accreditation demands and state/federal regulations. The ultimate goal of healthcare human resource management is to leverage human capital resources in an effort to provide efficient and effective value to patients and stakeholders centered on cost, access, and quality of care.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Integrate a biblical worldview when exploring issues related to the management
      of human capital in healthcare.
    2. Synthesize human resource management concepts in the context of the healthcare organization (hypothetical or real world) in creating and maintaining a productive workforce.
    3. Evaluate key challenges associated with hiring, managing, and retaining
      healthcare human capital.
    4. Assess key human capital related issues in the provision of healthcare based upon
      knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must also include a biblical integration and at least 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the text.

Research Project

The student will complete a Research Project comprised of the following 2 parts.


  1. Outline & References

Each group will complete a full sentence outline in preparation for the Research Project - Final Document. The outline must include a thesis statement, the research question(s)/issues being addressed, the space allotted to each section of the paper, and a preliminary reference list of at least 20 sources that are less than 5 years old. One member of the group will submit the final version of the Research Project - Outline. Each student is required to read all instructor feedback and implement it on future assignments.


  1. Final Document

Each group of students will be responsible for constructing and reviewing the final document. Each group will work collaboratively on a 10-12 page paper that is in current APA format paper. The topic of the paper will be selected individually by the group and approved by the instructor. Each student must contribute weekly to the group's discussion in the Group Discussion Board Forum about this paper. One member of the group will submit the final version of this assignment.

  1. Peer Evaluations (2)

After each part (2) of the Research Project, the student will evaluate the contributions of each of his or her group members using the provided Peer Evaluation Form. The student will also be evaluated by his or her group members. The resulting scores will be used to provide a final Peer Evaluation score for each part (2) of the Research Project. All Peer Evaluation scores will be awarded provisionally.

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 6–15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes.