Course Information

Healthcare and Management Courses (24 SH)


NURS 515 The Health Care Delivery System – online (3)
Gives the health care manager a broad overview of health care delivery within the United States, along with a brief perspective on the history of involvement in health care delivery by the Mennonite Church. The involvement of local, state, and federal agencies in the delivery of care, as well as its financing, will also be examined, along with an overview of the development of health policy. Technology’s impact on the health care environment both currently and in the future will be outlined along with an exploration of healthcare informatics. In addition, comparison to other nations’ health care systems will be made as well as projections for the future of the U.S. system.

NURS 516 Application of Legal & Ethical Principles to Health Care – online (3) 
Examines the legal and ethical issues health care managers will need to negotiate as they manage the delivery of health care both organizationally and clinically. The use of an organizational ethics committee will be outlined. Care delivery issues that emerge with changing technology will be discussed, which include procreational issues such as abortion, in vitro fertilization and the use of stem-cell technologies, end-of-life issues, advance directives and elder care. The influence of faith-based values on ethical decision making will be outlined with students expected to identify and reflect how their own personal values shape their ethical positions. The context of medical errors and resultant malpractice claims will also be examined. Multiple case studies that reflect these issues will be used to engage the students in decision-making regarding an appropriate managerial response.

MBA 540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I (3)
Managers and executives carry fiduciary responsibility for their organizations; it is therefore imperative that they know how to read financial statements, analyze financial health, assess financial risks, and communicate this knowledge effectively to others. The course emphasizes the role of the manager relating to finance and accounting through the analysis of quantitative information largely at the conceptual level. Topics include financial governance, understanding and reading financial statements, financial statement analysis, cost behavior, breakeven analysis, budgeting, balanced scorecard, working capital management, and the use of short-term cash planning. The overall aim is to improve organizational decision-making based on financial, social, and ecological metrics.

NURS 626 Managing in a Complex Health Care Environment (3) 
Focuses on the dynamics of leading the health care organization in times of rapid change and how that change can be used to leverage effective organizational performance. Continuous improvement and the use of data-driven decision-making and national benchmarking, along with the fostering of a high level of employee involvement will be emphasized, as well as the effective use of organizational accountability for performance. The effective partnering with governing boards will be identified. The use of the planning process as a tool for positioning the organization for effective performance along with a review of that performance using annual performance tools will be analyzed. The use of marketing to enhance the organization’s visibility in the community in which it serves will be outlined. The development of a workforce that is culturally competent and focused on the delivery of care that exceeds the expectations of a culturally diverse client base will be explored. The manager’s role in shaping the organization and self-management and its importance for effective leadership will be woven in as themes throughout the course.

MBA 510 Leadership & Management for the Common Good (3) 
(Tentative course description) Students will study contemporary and forecasted societal stresses—from community level to global—and learn of the critical role of organizations in both contributing toward, and helping to mitigate, these stresses broadly classified as ecological, social, and economic. Students will then learn a broad range of organizational leadership and management theories, styles, and practices to identify approaches to leading people, systems, and organizations in ways that bring restoration, that offer hope, and that work toward promoting the common good.


MOL 510 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3) 
The course is an overview of various leadership theories, examining models of leadership, philosophies of leadership and different leadership styles. The advantages and disadvantages of various approaches will be studied.

MBA 530 Organizational Behavior (3) 
All organizations are organic, interconnected systems that take on a life of their own regardless of the individuals that occupy various roles in the system. Leaders need to understand their organizational systems and the behavior of those systems if they hope to effectively lead or change them. This course will explore organizational behavior and organizational development from a systems perspective, including concepts of change and conflict. It will rely heavily on case studies and student participation.

Healthcare Electives (6 SH)

Select from the following:

MBA 520 Comparative Perspectives on Business and Society (3) 
Examines the range of perspectives for understanding the relationships between business and society. Anabaptist and other alternative frameworks, as well as classical and mainstream ethical frameworks, are presented and assessed from which critical issues in business are evaluated.

MBA 550 Technology, Information, and Data Analysis (3) 
Explores the design, operation and control of production and operations systems in manufacturing and service organizations, and explores how information resources support managerial decision making. Emphasis is given to the computer as a tool to process business data and provide timely information. Topics include data and information, capacity planning and design, process design and control, manpower and material planning, scheduling, inventory management and quality planning.

MBA 555 Human Resource Management (3)
Provides an overview of the legal aspects of business. Includes topics such as agency relationships, business organizations, contracts, sales and leases and debtor-creditor relations. Special emphasis on human resource issues and applicable law. (Year 1 Summer Course)

MBA 610 Strategic Marketing Management (3)
Provides an introduction to the principles and practices of marketing. Topics include marketing structure, channels of distribution, consumer behavior, pricing, advertising, industrial marketing, telemarketing and marketing research. Aspects of international marketing and service marketing are included. Consumer behavior topics include psychological, sociological and anthropological variables that influence consumer motivation and actions.

MBA 665 Project Management and Grant Writing (3)
Organizations are increasingly utilizing projects to perform activities and operations, creating a growing requirement for specific management skills and tools in areas of project management. Applying theory and practice, this course explores management needs through each phase of the project life-cycle, from initiating, planning, performing, and closing projects. Projects are often funded differently than ongoing operations, and this course provides special consideration of that reality, and what it means organizations and project managers.

MBA 670 Project Management and Intrapreneurship (3)
This course will cover the basics of standard project management practice with a focus on developing internal projects and programs. From the conceptualization of the idea, pitch, proposal through the launch of a project, team building, implementation, QA, and delivery, this course will cover the whole lifecycle of Intrapeneurshop practices. This course will focus on traditional project management but will also offer an introduction to Agile methodology project management. 
Core goals and objectives: At the end of this course students should have an excellent grasp of the process of developing a new project or division within a company, the risks associated with doing so, and the challenges associated with financing these endeavors. Students will also be familiar with the standard PMI project breakdown structure, be able to understand and implement a project plan, be familiar with non-PMI project management processes and their associated benefits and pitfalls. Students should also be able to craft a project plan including everything from the initial charter to steps for proper closing of a project at the end of this course. Core requirements: During the course students will submit a complete proposal pitching their idea, explaining the organizational fit and function, providing a cost estimate, proposing funding options, and listing a detailed risk analysis of the proposal. Presentation: During the intrapeneurship portion of the course students will pitch their ideas to the class / instructor as well as take questions on their proposals. Clarity, brevity, and quality of the pitch will be evaluated. Analysis / Critique: Following the presentation students will submit a short analysis and critique of their pitch based on what questions were posed, what techniques their peers presented, and their overall presentation style. Literature review: During the course of the class students will review a recent popular or literary work on Project Management of their choosing. This review will consist of a short summary of the book, a detailed analysis of the salient points, processes, and/or recommendations of the book. Not to exceed 5 pages. Project Plan: At the conclusion of the class students will submit a fully formed project plan covering every aspect of their approved project from project charter to project closing documents. Generally speaking these documents are no shorter than 20 pages, and can be considerably longer than that. Presentation: During the last full class period each student will be expected to present their project plan to the class. Presentations will likely be time-limited and as such will focus on knowledge of the material and delivery of the “elevator pitch” more than on the depth of plan presented.

NURS 503/PAX503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3)
This course focuses on essential skills and knowledge for a reflective leader/practitioner facilitating conflict transformation in interpersonal and small group settings. Students will be introduced to basic processes including negotiation, mediation, group facilitation, advocacy, team building, trauma healing, and restorative practices. Students will practice the skills of self-awareness, listening, issue identification, appreciative inquiry, nonviolent communication, problem-solving, methods for structuring conversation in group settings, and awareness of the impact of self on others. Students will participate in online discussions, reading, case studies, and interactive activities and role plays.

Core Courses in Biomedicine (24 SH)

Natural and Social Science (2 courses)

Select one each from the following two areas or two from the natural sciences:

Natural sciences:

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4) 
An investigative study of the topics of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis and organogenesis. Molecular influences and cell interactions involved in differentiation and development are emphasized. Laboratory investigations use both descriptive and experimental approaches to study amphibian, bird, and mammal development. A research project and paper are required.

BMC 612 Human Gross and Microscopic Anatomy (4) 
Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4)
Investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphases quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMC 552 Cell Biology (3)
A study of cellular architecture, communication, transport, motility, division, growth and death. Particular emphasis is place on the study of cancer at the cellular level, and on a quantitative understanding of cellular movements. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and one extended lab per week.

BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3) 
A comprehensive study of the field of microbiology, emphasizing the principles of medical microbiology and human symbioses. Included in the discussion will be additional focus on disease, treatment, emerging infectious diseases, biotechnology and global public health. Topics will be discussed using lectures, short lab periods, case studies and problem-based learning. Recitation section will pay particular emphasis on medically important bacteria and viruses and their associated diseases.

Social Sciences:

BMS 572 Cognitive Psychology (3) 
The field of cognitive psychology involves studying and thinking about thinking. Questions are asked about how we acquire, store, retrieve, and use knowledge. Students will actively study and apply various theories about human thinking. Topics such as models of memory, imaging, language comprehension, problem solving, creativity and cognitive development will be covered.

BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3) 
An interdisciplinary approach to understanding abnormal (maladaptive) behavior emphasizing the crucial roles of learning and life stressors in the development and maintenance of abnormal behaviors. The clinical characteristics, causal factors and treatments of maladaptive behavior patterns are examined, including the areas of assessment, therapy and prevention. Positive emotions and strengths that promote mental health will be integrated throughout the course.

Transdiscipline Core (10 SH)

BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2)
This team-taught course involves a first orientation to the biomedicine program. Major discussion topics include library research techniques, technical writing practicums, creating an effective resume, survey of biomedicine-related careers, discovering biomedicine in the humanities, secular and religious approaches to bioethics, theologic themes in biomedicine, holistic healing, and complementary medicine.

BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II (2)
This course will challenge you to grow your capacity for leadership in the medical field. Beginning with a journey inward, you will reflect on your own personal leadership history, aptitudes and style. You will create an inventory of your current leadership skills and identify gaps and target areas for future growth. Through reading and application we will reflect on what makes leadership in the medical field uniquely challenging and/or rewarding. Next we will embark on a journey outward that engages strategies for effectively linking your leadership abilities with your surrounding social environment. Here you will practice skills related to deep listening, empathic influence, compassionate communication and you will explore the power of healing relationships. The course will conclude with an opportunity for you to practice professionalism as a future leader in the health field.

BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care/Biomedicine (3) 
This summer course is experiential based and requires involvement and study in another cultural-setting for a three-week period. Students, under guidance from the instructor, explore values, methods, and outcomes of health care or the practice of biomedicine in a unique cultural setting. Differentiation of resources, social, psychological, and spiritual ideas contrasting the student’s personal culture with the explored culture are examined. Involvements with alternative medicine and healing practices are considered as are examination of traditional health care delivery methods in the studied culture. Students maintain reflective logs during the experience and ultimately create a reflective paper that summarizes and enlarges upon their experience. Cross-cultural settings may vary but frequently include areas such as a large inner city, native American, Appalachia, or a foreign country setting. A 3.0 GPA is required at the end of fall semester to be eligible to take BMX 603 the following summer.

HCM 670 Healthcare Internship (3)
The Healthcare Internship provides a hands-on opportunity for students to study and experience healthcare management in a real-world setting. The Internship requires a minimum of 120 contact hours, supervision by a designated onsite mentor and ongoing faculty oversight. The Internship’s primary goals are: (1) to expose students to a variety of healthcare management practices and platforms, and (2) to provide students with the opportunity to problem-solve around a meaningful onsite project that they can contribute to. Under the guidance of faculty and their onsite mentor, students will identify and tackle a specific outcomes-based project around which they then produce a project brief and a set of operational recommendations. Through this combined approach of field research twinned with active problem solving, the internship experientially equips students with skills necessary for management in a complex healthcare environment.

HCM 680 Healthcare Internship Presentation (1)
This Healthcare Internship Presentation builds on the foundation of BMC 670 and adds skill enhancement in the areas of constituency mapping and public presentation. It includes the following two additions to the work required for BMC 670 (1) a constituency mapping exercise, and (2) an oral presentation of the student’s project brief and recommendations to peers and agency leaders. The additional semester hour provides opportunity for gathering more information from the constituencies potentially impacted by the student’s recommendations, and the public presentation encourages greater dissemination of the project’s findings. This Internship extends the reach of students’ findings in ways that build into potential job-seeking relationships that further their development of a marketable niche.

BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1 SH) 
This course features experiential community learning in areas related to future vocation. Assigned shadowing or interactive experiences require 30-40 hours/semester credit hour outside of class as well as completing assigned related readings, maintaining a journal of experiences, providing feedback to other students. Typical experiences may involve interactions within hospitals, health care professionals, biomedical organizations, clinics, rescue squads, health departments, or life science education settings. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of at least two graduate level courses and/or instructor permission. A maximum of 4 SH of practicum credit can be applied toward a degree.

Cross Discipline (8 SH)

BMC 613 Biomedical Research Design & Statistics (2)
This course covers basic principles of research methodology and experimental design. Topics include research design, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and the analysis of data. A computer statistical package (SPSS) is used to analyze data. Students critically evaluate published reports of biomedical studies with specific attention to their experimental design and the application of statistics.

BMX 613 Behavioral and Social Science Principles (3)
An overview of the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewed and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities. Basic principles from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to the causes, consequences and control measures for public health problems.

BMX 611 Biomedicine, Faith, and Ethics in Context (3) 
This team-taught course explores relationships between science and Christian faith by investigating scientific foundational ideas and their interaction with theology. Topics such as global and human origins, chance and complexity, human nature, mind, health and healing, environmental and medical ethics are examined and viewed through the lenses of Scripture, theology, and natural science. Students will be led to form and articulate a multidimensional world view that incorporates the realities of science and a holistic Christian faith.

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