Healthcare Administration Capstone – BUSI 691

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

Course Description

This capstone course for all healthcare administration majors seeks to integrate the concepts, techniques, and knowledge of all areas of healthcare administration. Its focus is strategic management, which is studied in theory and then rigorously applied. This course is designed for final semester seniors.

Prerequisites

BUSI 523 and BUSI 528 and BUSI 646 and BUSI 630 and BUSI 640

Rationale

A major component of the healthcare administration program is the capstone course that requires students to apply what they have learned throughout the curriculum. The overall objective of the capstone course is to enable students to build upon their theoretical preparation. Students, working collaboratively as they would in an organization, will enhance their leadership skills and systematic problem/issue analysis skills, etc. through direct participation in case analysis and other focused experiences.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview within the context of the healthcare manager’s role in strategic planning.
  2. Synthesize the knowledge gained from life experience and previous graduate Healthcare Administration curriculum.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of marketing, accounting, financial analysis, human resource management, strategic management, and operations management, and how these individual activities work together to optimize the healthcare organization’s performance through the creation of a strategic plan.
  4. Synthesize and articulate an optimal and ethical strategic plan founded upon Christian principles.
  5. Generate effective team management skills to produce team goals, strategies, and performance measures.

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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will be assigned to a group for this course. Each group is required to provide 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, each group is required to reply to 2 other groups’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Each group will discuss the prompt within the Discussion Forum, but only one group member will post the threads and replies from his/her group. Each thread and reply must include a biblical integration and at least 2 peer reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the text.

Group Assurance of Learning Exercises (3)

The student will read each respective case from the Walston text. Each student will be assigned to a group and will collectively respond to the case questions. The group will demonstrate their ability to diagnose strategic issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and recommend actionable plans. Each group’s analysis must be 3–5 pages and supported by at least 3 peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format.

Peer Evaluations (3)

After each Group Assurance of Learning Exercise (3), each student will evaluate the contributions of his/her group members using the provided Peer Evaluation Form. Each student will also be evaluated by his/her fellow group members.

Individual Assurance of Learning Exercise

The student will read “The Struggle of a Safety Net Hospital” case in the Walston Strategic Healthcare Management: Planning and Execution text. The student will individually respond to the case questions in a 3–5 page paper. The student’s analysis must be supported by at least 3 peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format.

Field Activity (2 parts)

Each student will complete a field activity project related to a healthcare organization. The field activity may be part of current employment, a formal or informal internship, apprenticeship or consultant. The student may use his/her current healthcare organization or an organization within the healthcare industry for which he/she is not currently employed. The specific name of the organization will not be revealed in the assignment to maintain anonymity. Current APA formatting must be used.

Part 1: The student will provide the type of healthcare administration organization selected, the summary of the field activity, role, and the timeline of the project/activity. The student will receive feedback and permission to proceed from the faculty member.

Part 2: The student will provide a 15-20 page summary of the completed Healthcare Administration field activity that includes the following: overview of the activity, research support of the strategic impact on a healthcare organization with a minimum of 15 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources (less than 5 years old), as well as recommendations for the organization as a result of the activity findings.