The Final Project should demonstrate an understanding of the reading
assignments, class discussions, your own research and the application of
new knowledge. It should utilize previous skills developed in
foundational health care courses and apply them within the context and
viewpoint of a health care administrator and their role in managing
health and human services.
For the Final Project, the student will select one of
the following topics and conduct scholarly and professional research
while integrating the course’s learning outcomes to address a selected
- Research specific leadership and management traits and theories
necessary for managing a multidisciplinary and multicultural health care
organization to promote organizational effectiveness.
- Present how strategic planning, performance improvement, and
information systems are interrelated and fundamental to the delivery of
quality health care.
- Examine the financial characteristics of health care delivery along with managing costs, revenues, and human resources.
- Analyze ethical and legal concepts, including specific federal
regulations, required of health care organizations to ensure the
delivery of high quality health care that protects patient safety.
Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality
that are recognized by the academic community. What constitutes quality
- The use of primary (original), credible sources written by experts in the field of study.
- Ensuring secondary sources are supported by research in primary sources.
- Making sure all research is relevant and that material used is pertinent to the area of study.
- In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles (journal
articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study)
- Keep in mind that educational websites may be appropriate, in some cases, but should be evaluated carefully.
What sources are not acceptable for academic research and referencing?
- Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs
- Websites and other sources that do not provide quality researched
materials (e.g., they do not use credible sources to support the
information in the document).
All research must reflect professional academic protocol and must be
documented according to APA standards as outlined in the Ashford Writing
Creating the Final Project
Present your research in the form of a comprehensive 10- to 15-slide
PowerPoint presentation (excluding title and reference slides) with
detailed speaker notes including each of the elements listed below:
Describe the issue. Include why it was selected, the perspective of
your approach to the issue, and the scope of the paper or presentation.
In essence, describe in this area what is being covered. Be specific and
to the point. This is an important part of the project as it engages
the reader and sets the scope of the research.
II. Statement of the Issue to be Investigated
Describe why the topic is a relevant problem or issue. It is
important to provide literature sources in support of the importance of
the need/issue/topic. For example, if you are interested in researching
the issue of nutrition in early childhood brain development among
American children – cite literature identifying the scope of the problem
(for example: the number of malnourished children, the implications of
malnourishment on learning and brain development; and long term
implications). Overall, this section should detail what makes this topic
or issue so important that you are spending time and energy researching
it. What is the impact of the problem if nothing is done to correct the
III. Research Sources
This section documents the relevant research reflecting the topic of
the Final Project. In this section, paraphrased narratives of the actual
research studies are reported and should represent the current research
related to the topic area. In general, your research should:
- Identify your chosen topic and what has happened in the specific
research of the topic (describe the study, sample, findings, important
points from the discussion in the research article, and any variables
that may influence the findings of the research).
- Discuss any key elements of the topic that may be instructional,
legal, ethical, social, et (what is projected if nothing is done? what
has been tried?). Support this section with relevant resource citations.
- Provide an analysis of the research articles used, including:
explaining what was done in the study, what the target population was,
information about who did the research (the author), what was found with
the study, and any implications of the findings to your topic or issue.
In this section, provide a general, but thorough summary reviewing:
why the topic was selected; the problem or issue briefly stated; the
approach that was used; findings; and solutions. In this section, the
reader or audience should have a good idea of what the researcher did
and what was found.
The references should be listed on a new page or slide and must be
formatted according to APA requirements as outlined in the Ashford
Writing Center. You must use a minimum of six to eight scholarly
VI. Creating a Good PowerPoint Presentation
Create your Final Project as if you were going to present it to the
Board of Directors (BOD) of your organization. Therefore, it is very
important not to overload your slides as you do not want your audience
to feel as if it has to read the entire project. Your PowerPoint slides
should be created with summarized bullet points on each slide, and the
bulk of what you will be discussing about each bullet should be provided
in APA format Notes Section under each slide. Please ensure to follow
APA, avoid first person, proof read your work prior to submitting it.