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Statement of MHA Competencies

Introduction

The overall mission of the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP) is to conduct innovative health services and systems research, educate the next generation of health-sector leaders, practitioners, and researchers, and translate knowledge to practitioners, policy-makers, and society to improve health systems and population health.  In supporting it, the MHA Program’s mission is to provide students with critical competencies required to succeed in leadership positions in health systems, hospitals and other complex health-related organizations and build a solid foundation for their future career development. The MHA Program focuses on preparing students early in their career for positions that require management and strategic abilities, and places special emphasis on needs and opportunities in healthcare organizations within Kentucky and beyond.

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) defines the term “competency” as knowledge, skills, and other attributes that are essential in performing a particular task or role.  Based on our MHA Program’s mission; faculty assessment of the healthcare environment; a review of other MHA competency models; and input from stakeholders including MHA alumni and the MHA Board of Advisors, this document presents:

  • The current statement of competencies for our MHA curriculum, and
  • The courses which have primary (P) and secondary (S) responsibility to address each of the competencies.*

MHA COMPETENCIES

Core competencies the faculty expects students to develop by successfully completing the MHA curriculum and five domains to which these competencies relate are as follows:

DOMAIN A: COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS-
Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in a manner that builds enduring, trust-based relationships. 

  1. Collaborate effectively in diverse multi-disciplinary groups, both large and small.
    • CPH 684 (S)
    • CPH 687 (P)
    • CPH 688 (S)
    • CPH 755 (S)  
  2. Speak and write in a clear, logical, and grammatical manner in formal and informal situations.
    • This competency is cross-cutting and is addressed by virtually all courses in the MHA curriculum.  Courses designated as primary include CPH 600, CPH 781, CPH 784, and CPH 785. 

DOMAIN B: CRITICAL THINKING, ANALYSIS, AND PROBLEM SOLVING-
Ability to identify key issues, determine the qualitative and quantitative information required to understand them, conduct systematic analysis, and reach decisions that are both creative and pragmatic.

  1. Apply appropriate quantitative methods in assessing organizational issues and services and interpreting the results.
    • CPH 682 (P)
    • CPH 683 (P)
    • CPH 788 (S)
    • CPH 652 (S)
  2. Identify, evaluate, and prioritize market opportunities and alternatives.
    • CPH 780 (P)
    • CPH 788 (S)
    • CPH 784 (S)
  3.  Apply accounting and financial management principles in analyzing financial data, statements, and issues.
    • CPH 655 (P)
    • CPH 652 (P)
    • CPH 788 (S)
  4. Synthesize pertinent information and utilize it in constructing capital and operating budgets, and in managing the revenue cycle. 
    • CPH 684 (S)
    • CPH 655 (P)
    • CPH 788 (S)
  5. Understand basic concepts of health law and compliance requirements, how they influence organizational decision making, and how to discern issues that require the advice of legal counsel.
    • CPH 681 (P)
    • CPH 684 (S) 
    • CPH 782 (S)
  6. Apply economic principles in analyzing healthcare markets, organizational issues, and payment systems.
    •  CPH 658 (P)
    • CPH 652 (S)
    • CPH 788 (S)
    • CPH 780 (S)
  7. Select current methods for monitoring, assessing, and improving organizational performance, including patient safety, clinical quality, and consumer experience.
    • CPH 683 (P)
    • CPH 782 (P)
    • CPH 614 (S)
    • CPH 755 (S)
  8. Demonstrate substantive knowledge of the uses, benefits and challenges associated with a range of current administrative and clinical information systems. 
    • CPH 614 (S)
    • CPH 782 (P)
    • CPH 788 (S)
  9. Apply critical thinking skills and employ systematic, analytical approaches in decision making.     
    • CPH 683 (S)  
    • CPH 784 (P)
    • CPH 688 (S)
  10. Propose directions and approaches beyond the status quo and formulate solutions that are both creative and pragmatic.
    • CPH 784 (P)
    • CPH 688 (S)
    • CPH 687 (S)
    • CPH 780 (P)

DOMAIN C: MANAGEMENT, GOVERNANCE, AND LEADERSHIP-
Ability to inspire support for an organizational vision and goals and develop the effective structures, processes, and cultures required to accomplish them.

  1. Explain the concepts of mission, vision, and values, and the responsibilities for establishing and implementing them in healthcare organizations.
    • CPH 781 (P)
    • CPH 687 (P)
  2. Distinguish the respective roles of governance, management, and clinical staff in healthcare organizations, including multi-level health systems.
    • CPH 781 (P)
    • CPH 688 (S)
    • CPH 684 (S)
  3.  Build healthcare programs that are durable, efficient, and effective.
    • CPH 683 (P)
    • CPH 652 (S)
  4.  Apply key concepts, principles, and practices of human resources management in healthcare organizations.
    • CPH 681 (S)
    • CPH 684 (P)
  5. Create solid strategic and business plans, including methods for evaluating progress in relation to them.
    • CPH 780 (P)
    • CPH 655 (S)
    • CPH 652 (S)
    • CPH 788 (S)
  6. Apply management knowledge and skills effectively in guiding individual and group behavior and influencing organizational culture and performance.
    • CPH 684 (S)
    • CPH 687 (P)
    • CPH 755 (S)
  7. Synthesize pertinent concepts and principles of leadership and apply them in addressing organizational issues.
    • CPH 687 (P)
    • CPH 784 (S)
    • CPH 688 (S)
    • CPH 755 (S)
  8. Apply key concepts and principles of change management in instituting and revising policies, practices, and programs in healthcare organizations.
    • CPH 780 (P)
    • CPH 782 (S)
    • CPH 687 (S)
    • CPH 755 (S)

DOMAIN D: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICS, AND PROFESSIONALISM-
Ability to understand the development of public and organizational policies, their impact on healthcare organizations and communities they serve, and the ethical and professional standards – including continuous evaluation and improvement – that are essential to success in healthcare leadership roles.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, including the organizational settings in which health services are provided and the impact of health policy on providers, payers, and populations.
    • CPH 785 (P)
    • CPH 600 (P)
    • CPH 658 (S)
  2. Apply the basic concepts and principles of healthcare ethics in analyzing organizational issues, policy formulation, and decision-making processes.
    • CPH 781 (P)
    • CPH 784 (S)
  3. Demonstrate commitment to objective self-assessment and development that will foster resilience and on-going professional growth. 
    • This competency is cross-cutting and is addressed by virtually all courses in the MHA curriculum.  Courses designated as primary for this competency include CPH 687, CPH 688 and CPH 784. 

DOMAIN E: INDIVIDUAL AND POPULATION HEALTH-
Ability to understand the multiple factors that affect the health status of individuals, families, and communities, analyze their relative importance in specific situations, and contribute to developing strategies that will effectively employ available resources in bringing about improvements.

  1. Analyze the key determinants of population health and health disparities and their relative impact on individuals, communities, and society.
    • CPH 600 (S)
    • CPH 614 (P)
    • CPH 663 (P)
    • CPH 785 (S)
  2. Analyze the incidence and prevalence of injury and disease using epidemiological and statistical methods.
    • CPH 682 (S) 
    • CPH 614 (P)
    • CPH 663 (P)
  3. Assess and prioritize population health needs.
    • CPH 780 (S) 
    • CPH 682 (S)
    • CPH 614 (P)
    • CPH 663 (P)

*A course having a primary responsibility for a particular competency will:

  • Have one or more educational objectives linked directly to the competency; and
  • Devote one unit of the syllabus and one or more full class periods to it.

 A course having secondary responsibility for a particular competency will:

  • Have at least one educational objective related to that competency; and
  • Have specific educational content (e.g., required reading materials, a case study, etc.) related to it.