HLA Leadership Option

The HLA Leadership Option enables students to develop a comprehensive set of competencies that build on the technical skills gained through an associate degree program and relevant work experience.

The five learning domains of this option align with the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory.

This option requires that students have experience in healthcare or a health-specific associate degree.

If you do not possess experience in healthcare or a health-specific associate degree, you may be better suited for the HLA Health & Wellness Management option.

What students can expect to learn in the HLA program:

  • Enhance communication skills and the ability to positively influence others through understanding human behavior
  • Enable individuals at the various occupational levels to build rapport and relationships among colleagues, stakeholders and customers
  • Develop skills in the areas of workplace communications, negotiation, conflict resolution and facilitating effective teamwork
  • Seek awareness of the conduct, aims and qualities defining a given profession, familiarity with professional codes of ethics, and understanding of ethical schools of thought, patient professional interaction models and patient rights
  • Understand how the legal system in the U.S. operates and how the fundamental principles of law are applied to either the public health or health services sectors
  • Gain an appreciation for legal, ethical and policy issues pertaining to ones professional career

Understand and be able to analyze effectively the management and policy implications of the major issues related to the organization of the healthcare system (of the U.S. and other nations):

  • social values
  • assessment and regulation of healthcare system
  • analysis of need
  • access and use of services
  • current supply and distribution of health resources
  • current healthcare costs and expenditures and reasons for their rapid increase
  • private and public financing of health services
  • quality of care assessment
  • control of quality and costs of care through market-oriented strategies, professional self-regulation, managerial approaches and government regulations
  • health system reform issues
  • Gain a deeper and practical understanding of the organizational, political, social, economic, technological and ethical issues affecting healthcare organizations
  • Enhance core competencies to lead in times of significant change
  • Learn effective ways of communicating with others in management and leadership roles both inside and outside the healthcare system
  • Refine and sharpen a number of management-related skills, including performance of managerial and financial accounting practices
  • Identify and analyze appropriate management frameworks for solving specific organizational problems and strategically analyze the organizational environment

HLA Required Coursework (48 credits)

All required courses for HLA majors are offered online with your choice of a two-year plan of study (PDF) or three-year plan of study (PDF). Select the option that best fits your needs.

Review the WSU Undergraduate Catalog for the WSU required curriculum course descriptions.

Interdisciplinary Core (29 credits)

Business Administration & Management
HADM 317 Management of Human Resources in Healthcare (3 cr) (GEP Writing Intensive)
HADM 435 Managing for Quality in Healthcare (3 cr)
HADM 441 Healthcare Law and Ethics (2 cr)

Educational Leadership
LDRS 414 Health Care Introduction to Change Leadership (3 cr)
LDRS 449 Health Care Appreciative Coaching Theory & Practice (1 cr)
LDRS 443 Leadership & Team Development (3 cr)

Healthcare Leadership & Administration
HLA 300 Foundation of Healthcare & Online Learning (2 cr)
HLA 406 Information Management & Decision Making for Healthcare Leaders (3 cr)
HLA 451 Managing Projects in Healthcare (3 cr)
HLA 452 Financial Resource Management in Healthcare (3 cr)

HLA 301 Statistical Thinking for Healthcare (3 cr) (GEP Critical Analysis/Math Stats Intensive)

Leadership Option (19 credits)

HLA 325 Transcultural Issues in Health Care (3 cr)
HLA 414 Health Care Policy/Quality Healthcare Delivery (3 cr) (GEP Writing Intensive)
HLA 445 Evidence Based Leadership & Management in Healthcare (2 cr)

Communication Studies
HLA 366 Professional Communication Skills for Health Care Leaders (3 cr) (GEP Oral Intensive)

Healthcare Leadership & Administration
HLA 490 Healthcare Professional Development Capstone (2 cr)

Required Electives
Students must complete six semester hours of 300-400 level courses. These courses should complement the student's career goals. Students will receive a list of approved elective options on a semester-by-semester basis. All upper-division elective courses must be approved by the Program Director. (6 cr)