312.867.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 1 Credit(s)
MW 12:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Teresa Schwartz
    Ann-Michele Gundlach
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss current and emerging health care issues; develop effective listening, questioning and critical thinking skills, and actively engage in small group discussions with health care leaders
    • Assume responsibility for developing a professional network
    • Work effectively in a team and produce a professional and persuasive presentation for a case competition
    • Develop a career strategy, write an effective resume and business letter, and perform effectively in job interviews.
    • Identify key issues related to the importance of developing effective relationships between clinicians and hospital administrators
  • Course Description

    Introduces students to current health care finance and management issues through a series of discussion sessions with program directors and guest lecturers. Prepares students for the program’s fourth term case competition and the second year field placement requirement.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The overall objectives of the course are to:  explore career options in health administration in a variety of health care settings; provide students with an opportunity to visit a variety of health care delivery settings and become familiar with the related management and leadership challenges in these settings; familiarize students with national private and public health issues as well as health sector leadership roles; provide students with a forum for discussion about health sector careers and the future of health care delivery with classmates, directors, and health care professionals;  and prepare students for their participation in the program’s 4th term case competition.

    Seminar sessions typically meet at least twice a week.  The sessions which are usually scheduled on Mondays are referred to as the “Director’s Lunches”.  These are informal discussions with program directors about current and emerging issues in the health sector.  Sessions are highly participative and may include readings as well as films.  During the Wednesday seminars, leaders from the field of healthcare management meet with the class.  With emphasis on the second year field placement, students have the opportunity to examine careers in detail and learn what qualities and attributes make leaders successful, what it’s like for the practitioners to manage their organizations, and what skills, attitudes, and experiences these leaders value in prospective employees.  Specific emphasis is placed upon the value of service and the need for lifelong learning, commitment to personal excellence, persistence, patience, and flexibility. Many of the sessions with healthcare leaders will be conducted onsite and combined with tours highlighting a specific service line, department, or function. 

    The Topics in Hospital Operations course, which is a third term registration, will also be introduced via the MHA Seminar.  The scheduling, content and format of the Hospital Operations course is designed to enable students to engage in relevant discussions with seminar speakers and to help students prepare for their second year field placements.  By introducing students to the structure and operations of a hospital early in the MHA program,  students  will be able to maximize their  site visits experiences. The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will serve as the learning lab for hospital operations.  


  • Intended Audience
    MHA students only
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on class participation and written assignments.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Course is graded pass/fail.

    Attendance is mandatory.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

    Because of the number of guest speakers and site visits, students must consult the seminar calendar for meeting times outside of the M/W NOON schedule.  

  • Course Fee
  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the MHA Seminar.  This class will not require a great deal of formal outside preparation, but it will be an integral part of your professional development.. The seminar is a year-long course.  The description and the objectives apply to the year-long seminar; not to a particular term.

  • Course topics

    The schedule of speakers and events will be available from the program's portal page.

  • Course Objectives


    Develop a career strategy; compose an effective resume and business letter

    Explain current and emerging health care issues; demonstrate effective listening, questioning and critical thinking skills, and actively engage in small group discussions with health care leaders

    Identify current challenges facing health care executives.

    Develop a professional network

    Develop a personal leadership  statement that identifies your vision, purpose, and values

    Perform effectively in job interviews

    Identify key issues related to the importance of developing effective relationships between clinicians and hospital administrators

    Create recommendations, a plan of action and a presentation as a team which address a real-life, complex health care organization challenge

  • Disability Support Services
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