Health Analytics Curriculum
Bachelor's degree in Health Analytics (BS)
YEAR 1 - Fall Semester
|ENG 111||English Communication I||3|
|MAT 122 or MAT 125||Calculus I||4|
|History Core Course||3|
|CSC 120||Electronic Health Records||3|
|HSM 203||Medical Terminology||1|
|HSM 210||Delivering Health Services||3|
YEAR 1 - Spring Semester
|ENG 112||English Communication II||3|
|MAT 123||Applied Statistics||4|
|CSC 151||Intro to Computer Programming||3|
|BIO 117||Drugs and Disease||3|
|MGT 305||Principles of Management||3|
YEAR 2 - Fall Semester
|PHI 201/RS 201||Philosophy Core||3|
|SOC 101 or SOC 102||Sociology Core||3|
|MAT 124||Intermediate Statistics||4|
|HSM 110||Public Health||3|
|SPE 201||Public Speaking||3|
YEAR 2 - Spring Semester
|MAT 220||Applied Regression Analysis||3|
|MGT 318||Info & Comm Tech Management||3|
|HSM 410||Health Care Law||3|
YEAR 3 - Fall Semester
|RS 214||Challenges of Death||3|
|BIO 107/107L||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|HSM 406||IT in Health Care||3|
|HSM 408||Reimbursement Payment Systems||3|
|MAT 222||Statistical Computing||3|
YEAR 3 - Spring Semester
|BIO 108/108L||Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|MAT 224||Applied Regression Analysis||3|
|HSM 320||Health Services Internship||2|
|HSM 318||Resource Management||3|
YEAR 4 - Fall Semester
|MAT 228||Applied Statistical Inquiry||3|
|HSM 413||Performance Improvement||3|
|PHI 336||Problems in Professional Ethics||3|
YEAR 4 - Spring Semester
|HSM 420||Adv. Health Services Internship||2|
|Political Science/Economics Core||3|
|HSM 414||Project Management||3|
Total Program Credits: 124
ENG 111 Introduction to literature I: academic writing (3)
Introduces the art of short fiction and teaches academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success: critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of Writing for both readers and listeners. Offered both semesters.
MAT 122 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
The course explores concepts and graphs of basic function, including polynomial,rational, radical, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Prerequisite: MAT 101, a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT 101 material or permission of instructor; Not open to those who have taken MAT 125.
MAT 125 Calculus I (4)
Basic theory of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals are taught. Some emphasis is placed on the structure of the real number system.
Prerequisite: MAT 122, a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT 122 material or permission of instructor
CSC 120 Computers and electronic health records (3)
This is an introduction to the fundamental ideas of computers and their role in society. Students learn of the historical origins of computers, the development of computers since WWII, their uses and impact in society, emerging technologies, and the implementation of computers: operating systems, software applications, the Internet, and an introduction to some elementary programming: e.g., HTML, SQL (Databases and Electronic Health Records), advanced spreadsheet formulas. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician's office. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) focus on the total health of the patient by focusing a broader view of all aspects of a patient's care. This course has a great deal of emphasis on databases including practical hands-on experience using (EMR/EHR) software.
Prerequisite: MAT 101, a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT 101 material or permission of the instructor. NOT open to those with credit in CSC 110 (unless approved by the math and natural sciences department. Offered in fall and spring semesters.
HSM 203 Medical Terminology (1) Cross listed with RSC 203
This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word,prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations,pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.
HSM 210 Delivering Health Services (3)
This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of healthcare systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.
ENG 112 Introduction to literature II: research writing (3)
Introduces the art of poetry and drama and teaches academic research skills. Students strengthen skills essential to college success: critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, productive discussion and collaboration, scholarly research, and effective academic writing. Offered both semesters.
MAT 123 Introduction to Applied Statistics (4)
This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results.
Prerequisites: CSC 110 or CSC 151, and MAT 101 or a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT 101 material, or permission of instructor; Not open to those who have taken MAT 120.
CSC 151 Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
This is an introduction to computer programming using a modern language: program structure, procedures, functions, loops, if-then-else, arrays and records.
Prerequisite: MAT 101, a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT 101 material, or permission of instructor; Offered as needed.
BIO 117 Drugs and disease (3)
What exactly is a heart attack? Why does aspirin health prevent strokes? Why are anti-depressants associated with suicide? This basic course will answer these questions while providing an overview of common disease states and the drugs used to treat them. Disease states of the major organ systems will be covered as well as the most commonly prescribed drugs in America.
Prerequisite: None: however, basic knowledge in biology is recommended; not eligible for elective credit in the major.
MGT 305 Principles of Management (3)
This course focuses on the nature and theory of management. It emphasizes the functional application of the basic principles of management to realistic business situations. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action (3)
This course is an examination of human conduct and responsibility and the relationships between individuals and society. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisite: at least sophomore status
RS 201 Religion and Social Responsibility (3)
The nature and principles of religious ethics in the Judeo-Christian tradition are explored with an emphasis on historical and contemporary attitudes of religion toward social responsibility. Topics for discussion include: sexuality, identity, power, violence, war, racism and medical ethics. Satisfies the core requirement for ethics. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Offered both semesters.
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (3)
This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally, and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture, socialization, stratification, social structure, social institutions, and social interactions. This course meets the core requirements in sociology. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
SOC 102 Social Problems (3)
This course is designed as an introduction to major social problems, and sociological concepts and theories used to understand them. Attention is paid to problems such as inequalities related to social class, race/ethnicity, gender, employment and environmental issues. Focus is also put on social change. Sociologists contend the existence of social problems cannot be understood simply by looking at individual-level behavior. Rather, in order fully to understand societal problems and how to solve them, larger structural, cultural, and historical forces are examined. Solutions at the individual, social movement, and policy-making level are considered. This course meets the core requirement in sociology. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
MAT 124 Intermediate applied statistics (4)
This course continues and expands the material present in MAT 123. The course will cover hypothesis testing for variances, symmetric versus asymmetric distributions, non-parametric methods for one, two or multiple samples, measures of association, multifactor analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. The material focuses on the application of known methods. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.
Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 123 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor; Offered in the fall semester.
HSM 110 Public Health (3)
Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance, and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease acute and chronic diseases, social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy.
SPE 201 Public Speaking (3)
This is an introduction to speaking before groups and includes techniques of speech preparation and delivery, adapting to the purpose of the speaking situation, and practice in various types of oral presentation in a comfortable workshop atmosphere.
MAT 220 Applied Regression (3)
The course covers the ideas behind, application of, and evaluation of regression processes, which are used better, or permission of instructor; Offered fall semester.
PHI 204 Logic and Practical Reasoning (3)
This course is a study of formal reasoning methods through informal fallacies, class logic and introduction to propositional logic. Offered in the fall semester.
MGT 318 Information and Communication Technology Management (3)
The course explores the role, meaning, background and theory of MIS in the organization and focuses on planning, implementation, effect and challenges of management information and communication technologies.
Prerequisites: MGT 305, CSC 110 and/or CSC 151 or permission of instructor
PHI 312 Bioethics Seminar (3) See RS 312
This course analyzes ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences. Problems discussed include choices for life or death, allocation of resources, human experimentation, reproductive technologies and professional client relationships. Offered yearly.
HSM 410 Health Care Law (3)
This course introduces students to the major legal issues and principles in the healthcare field and in the administration of healthcare services and examines the phases of project planning and management. Students will learn how to set reasonable goals and determine a time line and budget. They will also learn how to lead and facilitate teams through the work plan.
RS 214 The Challenges of Death (3) See PHI 214
This course examines the ways in which death challenges human meaning and action. Topics such as the meaning of suffering and death, challenges of death to morality, psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered. This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.
Prerequisite: CPC 022; Offered both semesters and summer.
BIO 107L Laboratory (1)
This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of two hours of laboratory a week.
HSM 406 Information Technology in Health Care (3)
This course provides an overview of clinical information, administrative information and decision support information systems. Emphasis is placed on decision support, specifically information and analytical tools to support managerial decision making.
Prerequisite: MGT 318
HSM 408 Reimbursement Payment System (3)
This course analyzes third-party payment programs and reimbursement practices in the healthcare sector.
Prerequisite: HSM 310 and MAT 123
MAT 222 Statistical Computing (3)
Students will learn about various types of relational database programs and understand the fundamental aspects of SQL (Structured Query Language). This course covers database concepts, design concepts, database administration, and web-based databases. Students will receive an introduction to the SAS programming language with a focus on manipulation, summarizing, and basic statistical analysis of large data sets.
Prerequisite: Completion of one CSC course (CSC 151 preferred) and MAT 123 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor; Offered spring semester.
BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.
Prerequisite: CPC 022; Offered both semesters and summer.
BIO 108L Laboratory (1)
This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.
MAT 224 Applied Regression Analysis(3)
This course provides an introduction to common experimental designs in the health sciences, such as clinical trials, case-control studies, and cohort studies, and the statistical methods used in those studies, including odd ratios, relative risk, logistic regression, longitudinal analysis, and survival analysis. Emphasis is placed on practical data analysis in biology and medicine. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.
Prerequisite: MAT 220 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor; Offered spring semester.
SOC 400 Social Epidemiology (3)
Students will participate in the graduate course in social epidemiology and meet a reduced level of academic requirement commensurate with their undergraduate status and skills. This course presents an overview of social epidemiology or the area of study that seeks to understand factors and conditions that determine the occurrence and distribution of disease, health, defects, disability and death among groups of people.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed a minimum of 21 credit-hours of required and/or elective hours in sociology and attained junior or senior status.
HSM 320 Health Services Internship (2)
Under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty, students complete approximately 60 hours of fieldwork in the area of community health and health education. This course includes one hour of weekly seminar.
HSM 318 Resource Management (3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of managing healthcare resources and to the methods used to analyze and evaluate the use of resources in delivering health services. The objective will be to expose students to approaches to cost containment and to the need for partnership with clinical providers to achieve success in providing effective and efficient care. Students will develop an understanding of well-established methods of resource management such as disease and care management along with emerging and developing methods such as value-based payment and accountable care organizations.
Prerequisites: HSM 210 Delivering Health Services
MAT 228 Applied Statistical Inquiry (3)
The course will cover the process of statistical inquiry, including defining the problem, hypothesis development, selection of appropriate variables, test selection, interpretation of results, and reporting of conclusions. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. Group projects and oral presentations will simulate real life job experiences in the analytics industry. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.
Prerequisite: Completion of MA220, 222, and 224 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor; Offered fall semester.
HSM 413 Performance Improvement(3)
This course is designed to introduce the health analytics student to principles of clinical quality management and performance improvements in the healthcare setting. The course will focus on the definition and implementation of quality standards, as well as the methods used by healthcare delivery systems to better meet evidence-based and measurable standards. The course will also cover the relationship between healthcare quality, utilization and risk management.
Prerequisites: HSM 210
PHI 336 Problems in Professional Ethics (3) See NUR 336
This is an interdisciplinary course that examines how sociopolitical conditions have contributed to the self image and value crisis in the health professions. A variety of problem-solving techniques are studied in order to offer alternative social policies that would reconstruct the identity of the professions.
Prerequisite: PHI 201 or RS 201; Offered as needed.
HSM 420 Advanced Health Services Internship (2)
This course provides the opportunity for the application of theories and principles of classroom learning. Under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty, students will complete approximately 80 hours of fieldwork in an area of the healthcare system. This course includes approximately one hour of weekly seminar.
Prerequisite: HSM 320
HSM 414 Project Planning and Management (3)
This course examines the phases of project and management in healthcare organizations. Students will learn how to use a systems approach to integrate local, state and federal healthcare mandates and professional standards in setting reasonable goals, determine a time line and budget. They will learn how to lead and facilitate teams of support staff, professionals and allied health professionals through the work plan. They will learn to present the project verbally and in writing using a variety of presentation formats.
Analytics is the new frontier for health care organizations. Analytics offers the opportunity to identify areas of performance that can be improved, both in terms of the quality and cost of care. The mission of the health analytics program is to prepare students with the skills and knowledge and professional ethics necessary to work in a variety of health service organizations. The program teaches students to analyze large sets of health-related data from a variety of sources, and to effectively communicate those findings to diverse audiences.
- Demonstrate the ability to use several statistical software packages to conduct data analysis.
- Understand the structure, function and internal organization of healthcare organizations and systems.
- Communicate statistical findings in writing and orally to diverse audiences.
- Critically evaluate the literature on health.
- Implement basic managerial concepts.
- Understand basic biological terminology, concepts and mechanisms of diseases.