Healthcare Administration Capstone – BUSI 691

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/03/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Each student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 800 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, each student is required to reply to 2 other students’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words. Each student will discuss the prompt and will post the thread and replies within the Discussion. 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.

Assurance of Learning Assignments (3)

The student will read each respective case from the Walston Strategic Healthcare Management: Planning and Execution text. Each student will respond to the case questions. Supplemental reading from the Wayland and McDonald Strategic Analysis for Healthcare: Concepts and Practical Applications text will provide the student with additional information for each case. The student will demonstrate their ability to diagnose strategic issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and recommend actionable plans. Each student's analysis must be a minimum of 5 pages and supported by at least 5 peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format.

Assurance of Learning Assignment: Case Study of Safety Net Hospital

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 at least a 5 page paper. Supplemental reading from the Wayland and McDonald Strategic Analysis for Healthcare: Concepts and Practical Applications text will provide the student with additional information for each case. The student’s analysis must be supported by at least 5 peer-reviewed sources, the course text, plus the Bible cited in current APA format.

Field Activity Assignment (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.

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and has also attained ACBSP international accreditation for many of its business programs (for a listing of specific programs, please visit our School of Business page).

Accreditation requires classroom learning to be measured and analyzed. That means Liberty must measure and report learning progress of its students. One way to do this is to measure a student two times throughout your degree program: at the beginning and the end. In the assessment for BUSI 691 you are at the final assessment.

For this assessment, your score will be compared externally with the scores of students from other accredited schools, other regional schools, and internally within the various cognates. Thus, we need you to take this assessment very seriously and for you to do your best in each assessment, as we believe you can score as high as, or better than, the students from other comparison schools. We want to be able to proclaim with great joy that Liberty University students consistently score at the highest levels when their knowledge, skills, and abilities are tested at regional, national, and international levels of comparison.