MHI, Healthcare Innovation

Master of Healthcare Innovation

It is widely recognized that innovation is essential to significant change in our healthcare system. There is a need to foster compelling new ideas to deliver better health and improved care at lower costs, particularly to those with the greatest health care needs. The Master of Healthcare Innovation develops the competencies and skills to challenge status quo positions, lead organizational change, assess technological innovations, and safeguard the quality of care. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to introduce and apply new ideas, processes, and products as healthcare delivery moves towards prevention and patient-centered care.

Students can customize their program to align learning outcomes with their individual career goals by selecting elective courses from related disciplines such as organizational leadership, health communication and business administration. An emphasis in Health Administration is also available for MHI students who want a more direct focus on industry policy, law, ethics, economics and services.

Program Modality

  • Cohorts: Students will be admitted twice a year: Fall 1 and Spring 1. Each entering group will be a cohort that takes classes together throughout the program.
  • Immersion: Two times during two years of coursework all MHI students will meet at Brandman's Irvine, CA campus for extensive relationship-building with faculty and students program-wide, capstone project seminars, and in-depth engagement in learning.
  • Healthcare Innovation Project: To integrate theory application, each student will design, implement, and assess an independent innovation project that makes a significant contribution to the field of healthcare innovation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Systems change and innovation: Appraise the process of change.
  • Evidence-Based medicine: Evaluate integration of research, clinician values, and patient needs in the decision-making process.
  • Culture and communication: Exhibit communication skills and awareness of cultural challenges in leading an organization and its clients through the process of innovation.
  • Data-driven decision making: Apply metrics for population management and outcomes evaluation.
  • Technology: Assess innovative technologies and communication applications that have the power to Increase affordability, improve clinical outcomes, and enhance quality of care.
  • Diffusion: Employ the environmental and operational strategies of adoption, regulatory processes, and operational strategies for implementation and management of healthcare innovation.

You must satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options in addition to completing an online application including references and self-evaluation.

Option One
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.

Option Two
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).

Option Three
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four
Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.

Required Courses (27 credits)

MHI 600 Concepts and Principles of Healthcare Innovation 3
*HAUU 602 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
MHI 610 The Business Case for Healthcare Innovation 3
MHI 620 Population Health: Metrics and Payment Models 3
MHI 640 Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation 3
*HAUU 651 Quality Management in Healthcare 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare Through Outcomes Management 3
MHI 660 Health Policy and Regulation 3
MHI 670 Healthcare Innovation Capstone 3
Total Core credits 27

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Students may choose either a health administration emphasis (see below) or nine credits from 500/600/700-level courses approved by the MHI program director. Approved courses may include various disciplines such as health administration, organizational leadership, health communication, and/or business administration.

Health Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

HAUU 601 Healthcare Organization, Policy, and Delivery 3
HAUU 641 Law, Ethics, and Health Services 3
HAUU 645 Healthcare Economics 3
Total elective credits 9
Total Credits   36

 

Healthcare Innovation Portfolio

Successful completion of a comprehensive portfolio showing evidence of mastery of all course objectives for each of the MHI core classes is required. Portfolio development begins upon enrollment in the first core class and continues as additional core courses are taken throughout the program of study.

MHI student advisement begins with an explanation of portfolio development strategies and best practices. During the program of study, student advisement focuses on the relationship of all course learning objectives to each other and to the overall MHI Program Learning Outcomes. In the capstone course, advisement centers on the application of knowledge and skills documented in the portfolio as students create an innovations project for a health care organization.

Upon graduation, the completed portfolio becomes a powerful reference guide to assist students in their work as health care professionals.