Competency-Based Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to meet proficiency in the following competencies. These competencies are assessed at the beginning and conclusion of the program. 


  • Application of Information Technology to Healthcare Settings: Understand, apply, and manage the use of administrative and clinical information technology and decision-support tools.
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking: Understand a situation, issue, or problem by breaking it into smaller pieces.
  • Data Analysis and Applications: Analyze and apply data, as well as evidence from research studies, using quantitative or qualitative methods to solve conceptual problems.
  • Economic Analysis and Applications: Understand and apply economic concepts and theory to various healthcare scenarios and settings.
  • Financial Skills: Understand and explain financial and accounting information, prepare, manage and evaluate financial needs, and make sound investment decisions for the organization.
  • Organizational Development: Implement organizational development and organizational behavior theories.
  • Oral and Written Communication Skills: The ability to write and speak in a clear, concise, and cogent manner in formal and informal situations.
  • Population Health and Status Assessment: Interpret health outcomes, disparities, and risks as well as conduct a community needs assessment.
  • Problem Solving: Understand different aspects of a problem, offer realistic alternative solutions, and gain consensus on proposed course of action.
  • Process Management: Analyze and design or improve an organizational process using tools and techniques for efficiency and quality outcomes.
  • Project Planning and Implementation: Plan and execute a project that is specific, timely, realistic, and measurable (involving the optimal use of resources).


  • Application & Promotion of Ethical & Moral Standards: Demonstrate moral and ethical standards in one's behavior and attitude towards team members, patients, and the community consistent with Catholic values.
  • Application of Professional Standards: Demonstrate professional standards consistent with the organization’s culture and code of conduct.
  • Promotion of Quality Outcomes: Promote and deliver quality outcomes in business and clinical decision-making (assess the adequacy and appropriateness of health outcomes and services in a community).


  • Evaluation of Current and Historical Policy: Evaluate current and historical public policies related to the healthcare field.
  • Policy Analysis and Application: Interpret and respond to organizational policies - both public and private. 
  • Responsiveness to Legal, Regulatory and Policy Directives: Understand the application of laws and regulations in business and clinical decision-making.
  • Systems Thinking: Analyze a situation or a problem systematically, comparing different aspects, identifying relationships, and developing insights to an evolving health care industry, which results in long-term viability and success.
  • Effective Team Participation: Build an effective team and be a responsible team member. 
  • Innovative Thinking and Action: Apply complex concepts and develop creative solutions or adapt previous solutions using innovative approaches.
  • Interpersonal Awareness and Emotional Intelligence: Work effectively in a team, demonstrating self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership: Manage team members, delegate responsibilities, and establish and achieve set goals.
  • Performance Measurement: Understand, interpret, and establish metrics to measure organizational performance.
  • Strategic Orientation: Develop a business and a strategic plan for a department or organization.
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Health Care Management (M.S.)

Health Care Management (M.S.)