Healthcare Navigation

This area of study is designed to meet the demand in the health care industry for professionals with education and training in healthcare navigation to provide each consumer, provider, and system of health care the highest level of benefit and coordination in the areas of community resources, clinical care, and health insurance. This is a vital role for an individual with a desire for a non-clinical healthcare service career who, through coursework and experiential learning at Mount Mercy University, develops expertise in navigating all areas of the continuum of healthcare service and delivery. Additionally, a MMU nursing graduate with a minor in Health Navigation enters the work force with a greater capability for case management, care coordination and nursing leadership roles.   A broad background in the liberal arts and sciences provides the foundation for students who wish to develop a better understanding of a very complex system that encompasses a work force of millions. This major will provide the foundation for non-clinical work in advocacy, supervision, management, and policy development.

See the Graduate section of this Catalog for more information on Graduate programs offered at Mount Mercy.

Healthcare Navigation Major 

BC 202Accounting: Information for Decisions4
BN 204Principles Of Management3
HS 200Organization of Health Care Services3
HS 201Quality Patient/Resident Care3
HS 205Essentials and Practice in Healthcare Navigation3
HS 300Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Navigation and Administration3
HS 305Spiritual and Cultural Perspectives in Healthcare Management3
HS 309Analysis and Application of Health Insurance3
HS 320Healthcare Law, Regulations and Compliance3
HS 415Health Care Informatics3
HS 430Financial Issues in Healthcare Organizations3
NU 113Medical Terminology1
SW 245Basic Helping Skills3
Internship3
Internship in Health Services
Total Hours41

Recommended Electives (Not required for Major)

BN 304Human Resource Management3
EC 251Macroeconomics Principles3
PO 326Politics and Public Policy3
or PO 353 Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
PS 259Health Psychology: Health & Wellness Applied3
SO 240Medical Sociology3

Academic Requirements for the Healthcare Navigation Major

All healthcare navigation majors must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. This applies to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.

Healthcare Navigation Minor

HS 200Organization of Health Care Services3
HS 205Essentials and Practice in Healthcare Navigation3
HS 309Analysis and Application of Health Insurance3
HS 320Healthcare Law, Regulations and Compliance3
HS 415Health Care Informatics3
Total Hours15

Academic Requirements for the Healthcare Navigation Minor

All healthcare navigation minors must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. This applies to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.