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Graduate Committee
Dr. Tammy Webster (Chair), Tanya Custer (Program Director), Dr. Karen Honeycutt, Dr. Victoria Kennel, Kimberly Michael, and Janice Tompkins

The online Master of Healthcare Delivery Science is designed to provide practicing healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge pertaining to core administrative and leadership competencies related to five essential areas of healthcare practice. The five areas of core knowledge and competencies cited as key to improving health care quality and patient safety include providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, employing evidence-based practice, applying quality improvement, and utilizing informatics. the Master of Healthcare Delivery Science program includes courses in management, bioinformatics, clinical education, finance, patient safety and quality improvement to support the focus on the five competencies of the curriculum.

Curriculum

The online curriculum is composed of five core courses (15 credit hours), four to six elective courses (12 credit hours) with a two-part capstone project (3 credit hours). Throughout the curriculum, the student will complete applied projects where the student will transfer foundational constructs learned to real-world practice. These applied projects will culminate in a final, non-thesis capstone. A learner earning a Master of Healthcare Delivery Science degree will complete a total of 30 semester credit hours.

Coursework

Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)
HDS 831MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE3
HDS 852DESIGN OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES3
HDS 860INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS 3
HSRA 872HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND ECONOMICS3
HPTT 823LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION3
Total Credit Hours15
Capstone I & II (3 Credit Hours)
HDS 871INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PORTFOLIO 1
HDS 872DIGITAL PORTFOLIO CAPSTONE2
Total Credit Hours3
Electives (12 Credit Hours total)
HDS 815COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE3
HDS 823PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY2
HDS 826HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING3
HDS 830SCANNING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT3
HDS 850FOUNDATIONS OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT3
HDS 851SYSTEM AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES IN QUALITY AND SAFETY3
HDS 853IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES3
HDS 861HEALTH DATA ANALYTICS 3
HDS 862HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
HDS 863HEALTHCARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY3
HDS 873SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTHCARE1-4

Total Credit hours:   30 credit Hours