The Mission of the American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine (AUSN) Certificate in Healthcare Administration (CHA) is to provide students with a comprehensive, practical, and interdisciplinary set of core competencies, which will introduce them to and prepare them for a career in healthcare administration and help them advance the public’s health of populations and Peoples.
The Vision of the AUSN CHA Program is to be recognized for excellence in healthcare administration and for protecting human respect and human dignity and the well-being of the public of all nations and all Peoples.
Because healthcare administration serves as an interdisciplinary bridge between healthcare access and health care, and advancing healthcare access and health outcomes for all Peoples, the values that guide the AUSN CHA Program include the following:
IV. Summary Description: AUSN CHA Program
A. Program Description
The AUSN School of Medicine CHA Program is a hybrid educational program (part online and part onsite) which is intended to provide students with basic competent knowledge and creative and critical-thinking ability so that they may be properly introduced to the filed of healthcare administration, in hopes that they may desire to further their study and commitment to healthcare administration and in improving the public’s health. The courses in the CHA Program may not be credited or applied to the AUSN Master of Healthcare Administration academic graduate degree.
B. Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the AUSN CHA program is to offer premier knowledge and critical–thinking skills to those individuals who are contemplating a career in healthcare administration, but are not yet able to study for advanced higher educational degrees such as the Master of Healthcare Administration. The Program shall provide them basic fundamental knowledge in healthcare administration which will enhance their current healthcare employment, while preparing them for further study.
E. Length in Time / Units – Clock Hours
Typically, the core subjects of the AUSN CPH program can be completed within three (3) to six (6) months; but must be completed within two (2) years.
F. Clinical Training / Externships
G. Licensing Requirements / Requirements to Practice
H. Equipment / Technology Requirements of Students
Students are required to own their own laptop or desktop computer which contains Microsoft Word / Power Point / Excel (or an equivalent software program).
I. Skills / Job to be Learned
The AUSN CHA degree is a non-clinical program which does not require manual skill sets to be learned nor vocational jobs to be performed.
V. AUSN CHA Required Core Competencies
The AUSN CHA program utilizes the American College of Health Executives (ACHE) Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) domains and competencies. The HLA is comprised of the nation’s premier professional organizations that together represent more than 140,000 members across the major healthcare management sectors. The HLA is comprised of the following organizations: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); American College of Physician Executives (ACPE); American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); Healthcare Information And Management Systems Society (HIMSS); and, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its certifying body, The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
CHA Program Educational Objectives: The CHA program introduces students to basic core healthcare administration knowledge and careers in health services management in a broad range of health care organizations.
The critical domains of the CHA competencies include: Communication and Relationship Management; Leadership; Professionalism; Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment; and Business Skills and Knowledge, and are as follows:
A. Domain #1: Communication and Relationship Management
Apply principles of communication and demonstrate specific applications
Facilitate group dynamics, process, meetings, and discussion
Utilize effective interpersonal skills
B. Domain #2: Leadership
Explain core features of leadership
Accurately assess individual strengths and weaknesses
C. Domain #3: Professionalism
Understand professional standards and codes of ethical behavior
Demonstrate professional norms and behaviors
D. Domain # 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
Assess the interrelationships among health care access, quality, accountability, and community
E. Domain # 5: Business Skills and Knowledge
Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving in healthcare management
Explain project management techniques
VII. CHA Program General Information
Admission to American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine (AUSN) CHA Program is a competitive process which gives students an opportunity to further advance their knowledge and potential career possibilities in healthcare administration.
Generally, students are admitted to the AUSN CHA program upon proof of enrollment in college or university studies, or who are working adults or professionals with a similar college background, who are interested in learning more about the field of healthcare administration. The AUSN Admissions Committee is responsible for the final decision as to the admission of any applicant to the CHA program. The Admission Committee is made up of the Dean of the Medical School, Members of the Faculty of Medicine, and various individuals from the community, and the AUSN Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
Criteria for admission to the AUSN CHA program shall include the following:
Consideration of Special Circumstances. The applicant may submit any additional information, documentation, comments, or explanations which he/she believes may be further explanatory and beneficial to the applicants successful candidacy for admission to the AUSN CHA Program.
B. Application Procedure
All applicants for admission to the AUSN CHA program must submit their Application for Admission to the Admissions Committee with the following information:
Completed Application Form
(a). Must contain active email address
(b). Must contain Photo of Applicant
(c). Must contain completed Personal Statement
Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
Letters of Recommendation
A $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
Applications may be submitted either online or via regular mail; online submission or submission as a pdf email attachment is preferred.
VIII. CHA Core Curriculum
The AUSN CHA Program curriculum is guided by the critical domains and core competencies of the HLA and include the following courses:
(Total 10 credit hours)
Applied Research Seminar in Healthcare Management 2
Principles of Healthcare Systems 2
Principles of Public Health 2
Principles of Healthcare Management 2
Principles of Community Health 2
IX. CHA Course Descriptions
Applied Research Seminar in Healthcare Management
The purpose of this course is to have the student engage with the community and to conduct research on a pertinent healthcare management / public health topic; students will work together as a Team. The Applied Seminar is intended to give students the opportunity to spend time practicing newly acquired skills and knowledge, as well as to explore new or different areas of interest in healthcare administration, healthcare management or public health as it relates to healthcare industry and community health services. Where possible, students will organize into teams, and each team will select a healthcare setting problem or a healthcare policy issue for its project to explore into the community.
Principles of Community Health
The objectives of this course include that the student gain a working understanding of the principles of community health and to understand its role in the general public health arena. The subject matter covered in this course includes: Community Health: Yesterday, Today; Organizations That Help Shape Community Health; Epidemiology: The Study of Disease, Injury, and Death in the Community; Epidemiology: Prevention and Control of Diseases and Health Conditions; Community Organizing/Building and Health Promotion Programming; The School Health Program: A Component of Community Health; Maternal, Infant, and Child Health; Adolescents, Young Adults, and Adults; Elders; Community Health and Minorities; Community Mental Health; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: A Community Concern; Health Care System; Community Health and the Environment; Injuries as a Community Health Problem; and Safety and Health in the Workplace.
Principles of Public Health
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the essential principles and foundations of public health so that the student can understand the field of public health and how it works through its federal, state and local public health system. It provides the student with the concepts and tools for measuring health and disease in populations, characterizing the relationship of the public health system with medical care and other elements of the overall health system. Because the purpose of this course is to provide the student with the essential principles and foundations of public health so that the student can understand the field of public health and how it works through its federal, state and local public health system; and this course provides the student with the concepts and tools necessary for measuring health and disease in populations, characterizing the relationship of the public health system with medical care and other elements of the overall health system, the necessary subjects and topics which shall be considered include: A Brief History of Public Health in the United States; Understanding and Measuring Health in the United States; Measuring Health, Illness, and Disease and Influences on Health; Analyzing Health Problems for Causative Factors; Economic Dimensions of Health Outcomes; Prevention and Health Services; Understanding American Government and Public Health and Public Health Law, and the roles of Federal Health Agencies; State Health Agencies; Local Public Health Organizations; and Intergovernmental Relationships; Understanding the Public Health Work and Public Health Workers; Size and Distribution of the Public Health Workforce; Composition of the Public Health Workforce; Public Health Worker Ethics, Skills, and Competencies; Characteristics of Public Health Occupations; Public Health Roles in Emergency Preparedness and Response; National Public Health Preparedness and Response Coordination; State and Local Preparedness Coordination; State and Local Bioterrorism Preparedness; Understanding Epidemiology and Disease Control; Occupational Classification; Public Health Practice Profile; Important and Essential Duties; Understanding Public Health Education and Information; Occupational Classification; Public Health Practice Profile and their Important and Essential Duties; Understanding Public Health Program Occupations; Public Health Program Specialists and Coordinators; Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinators; Public Health Policy Analysts; Public Health Information Specialists and Analysts; Community Outreach and Other Technical Occupations; Understanding the Public Health Workforce Growth and the Public Health Workforce Distribution and Composition, Public Health Workforce Skills and Competencies.
Principles of Healthcare Management
The objective of this course is to present to the student a general framework and understanding of the pertinent issues related to healthcare management both in a profit and non-profit setting. This course considers the following subject topic areas in detail: An Overview of Healthcare Management; Leadership; Management and Motivation; Organizational Behavior and Management Thinking; Strategic Planning; Healthcare Marketing; Quality Improvement Basics; Information Technology; Financing Health Care and Health Insurance; Managing Costs and Revenues; Managing Healthcare Professionals; The Strategic Management of Human Resources; Teamwork; Addressing Health Disparities: Cultural Proficiency; Ethics and Law; Fraud and Abuse; Healthcare Management Case Studies and Guidelines. Additionally, because the non-profit sector of health delivery organizations comprise amongst the largest sectors in US health care, Non-profit healthcare organizations will be studied in detail with an emphasis on historical implications, differences in operations and marketing, application of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, special fiduciary duties of Board of Directors; the ethical challenges of non-profit healthcare organizations; and shareholder v. Board relationships. This course will consider the general operations of both for-profit and non-profit healthcare organizations, while considering the many outside forces influencing health care institutions. Relevant case studies are used.
Principles of Healthcare Systems
This foundational course introduces students to the systems that define and shape the delivery of health services in the United States and the policy changes that have had major impact on U.S. healthcare. It provides a comprehensive overview of the structure, function, and financing of the healthcare system and highlights current, critical issues facing the United States. Specific topics covered include: The Current U.S. Health Care System; Health Policy & Health Reform; Health Care Financing; Comparative Health Systems; Population Health; Public Health; Health & Behavior; Access to Care; Organization of Medical Care; Integrative Models & Performance; High Quality Health Care; Health Care Costs & Value; Comparative Effectiveness; Governance, Management, & Accountability; Health Workforce; and Health Information Technology.
C. Instructional Methodology
The instructional methodology in the AUSN CHA program is that of a hybrid educational program (partly onsite residential and partly online distance program).
Attendance is mandatory for all periods of educational instruction. A minimum of eighty percent (80%) attendance is required, otherwise the student will be dropped from the course. Under emergency medical circumstances, where a student leaves class early due to an illness or emergency, the student must follow-up their absence or early departure by submitting an Excused Absence Form available from AUSN.
E. CHA Graduation Requirements
The AUSN School of Medicine requirements for graduation for the award of the CHA degree shall include the following:
VI. Goals and Objectives
The AUSN CHA Program Goals and Objectives, which are operationalized in case studies, assignments, and class-discussions presented in the CHA core curriculum, include Instructional, Research, Community Service, and Institutional Goals and Objectives, as follows:
A. Instructional Goal
The instructional goal of the AUSN CHA program is to offer excellent educational and academic training to enhance a students knowledge and desire to pursue a career in healthcare administration.
We will recruit qualified students who are committed to the advancement of society
We will recruit a culturally and ethically diverse student body
We will offer high-quality educational programs which have appropriate learning objectives.
B. Research Goal
The research goal of the AUSN CHA program is to engage in research and evidence-based applications that advance healthcare management and public health knowledge and community practice.
We will recruit Faculty interested in pursuing research activities and contributing to the advancement of healthcare management critical-thinking.
We will recruit students interested in applied research activities with community involvement.
We will encourage AUSN CHA faculty to participate in research activities that advance healthcare management or public health knowledge and practice.
We will encourage and support AUSN CHA faculty and student collaboration with healthcare management practitioners in clinical and research activities that advance healthcare management and public health knowledge and practice.
C. Community Service Goal
The community service goal of the AUSN CHA program is to improve healthcare management and delivery and preserve and public’s health through collaborative community service.
Community Service Objectives
We will collaborate with community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and public health organizations to create healthy communities.
We will maintain leadership and service to the profession and to AUSN.
We will encourage CHA faculty to participate in collaborative community service activities.
We will encourage and require CHA faculty and students to work together in collaborative community service activities.
D. Institutional Goal
AUSN shall create an environment that supports excellence in instruction, research and service.
We will encourage open and honest communication at all levels of the AUSN community.
We will develop the leadership and management skills of both the faculty and staff.
We will develop an infrastructure to support state-of-the-art teaching, research, and service.
We will foster an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative critical-thinking.