Employee Benefits

Become your company’s expert in designing and managing employee health benefits, retirement plans, and more

Who: People working in HR, employee benefits or medical administration; people who deal with benefits for an insurance company or HMO.

Why: Learn to identify and apply relevant information to design, manage and communicate group benefits. Get up-to-date on the current trends and changes in health care reform and markets. Prepare for the CEBS exams required for the Group Benefits Associate (GBA).

With this program you will

Get Where you Want to Be

Aspire to be a senior administrator or HR director? This certificate program is a great way to lay the groundwork for evolving your career.

Get there faster

Time is money. So our courses are offered in accelerated seven-week sessions.

Build skills you’ll use today

With a curriculum that’s always current and a faculty of industry experts, you’ll develop valued skills you’ll use in your career right now.

Learn how you want & when you can

Balance your education with the rest of your life. Choose how you want to learn each week—in class or online in real time.

Courses

  • MBA-731 Group Health Plan Design

    With the radical changes in the health care marketplace, navigating this area of the benefits package can be challenging to the business professional.  This course leads the learner in an examination of today’s group health care options and the decision-making processes that are involved in making wise choices for the organization and the individuals who depend on this benefit. The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1.    Identify and define the managed care spectrum and managed care plans
    2.    Create a plan for maintaining and improving employee health
    3.    Appraise dental plans
    4.    Identify and assess specialized benefits—behavioral health, prescription drugs, vision, and hearing care plans
    5.    Explore consumer-driven health plans, including health reimbursement accounts and health savings accounts
    6.    Explore and interpret fiduciary liability and ethical responsibility


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  • MBA-741 Group Benefits Management

    Because the benefits package is such an integral part of any compensation plan, the successful business manager must have a firm grasp of all aspects of this complex process.  This course is designed to showcase the possibilities in the area of group benefits and lead the student through the process of package development.  The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Articulate dependent care and family leave benefits, education assistance, vacation and other time-off benefits, flexible benefit plans, and flexible spending accounts)
    2. Design a compensation package to include each of the above benefits
    3. Assess various functions associated with welfare plans such as administration, communication and taxation


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  • MBA-751 Retirement Plan Design

    Because retirement issues are of prime concern for most employers and employees alike, a thorough understanding of retirement benefits is vital to successful business management.  This course examines prevalent retirement plan offerings in various labor market settings. An in-depth examination of 401(k) plans is provided, with additional coverage of the unique features of 403(b) and 457 plans found in the nonprofit and public sectors. Requirements mandated by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 also are included in the course. The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    ·      Identify and explore individual retirement needs
    ·      Define and develop an employer-sponsored program
    ·      Categorize specific plan design considerations
    ·      Compare and contrast defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB)
    ·      Examine various types of retirement plans, the primary provisions of Social Security, the fundamental characteristics of tax-qualified plans, and the workings of distinct types of DC plans, and assess prevalent retirement plan offerings in various labor market settings
    ·      Evaluate 401(k) plans
    ·      Compare 401(k) plans 403(b) and 457 plans found in the nonprofit and public sectors
    ·      Articulate the requirements mandated by the Pension Protection Act of 2006


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