The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded the availability and affordability of public and private health insurance. More than four million Americans have enrolled in coverage but policy changes have caused confusion. Survey results from e-Health Inc. indicated that 56 percent of respondents held false beliefs about the ACA.
Valparaiso University, a private, independent Lutheran institution, offers a Healthcare Management and Policy degree online designed to educate students on government healthcare policy. U.S. News and World Report ranked Valparaiso as a Best Midwestern Regional College.
“Healthcare is an extraordinary sector to be in,” said David Rowland, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. “Leading professionals require a business sense, understanding of the healthcare industry, and knowledge of topics such as policy, ethics and law.”
Courses offered in the program include:
Legal Issues and Compliance in Health Care: Provides an understanding of the American legal system and healthcare-specific laws. This includes health laws and regulation from patient and corporate perspectives, labor law, regulatory laws, liability, patients’ rights and contract law.
Organizational and Government Policy in Health Care: Addresses the need and demand of public healthcare, financing and economics of health policy, and quality of services such as long-term care, mental illness, public health preparedness and prevention.
Strategic Planning in Health Care and Ethics in Health Care are among the other course offerings in the Healthcare Administration program.
Working professionals can take advantage of anytime, anywhere access to streaming and downloadable lectures, professor-led live chat rooms and interactive discussion boards. The video-based e-learning platform is powered by University Alliance.
To earn a Master of Science in Health Management and Policy degree, students must complete the core courses listed (27 credits) and a three-course specialization track (9 credits). The Summer II session begins June 30; applications are due June 17. Call toll-free 855-582-8047 to learn more and apply.