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This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including
collection of data. Emphasis is placedon the professional as producer and consumer
This course brings together students with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
as consumers, providers within health care organizations and policy makers to critically
examine the organizational and management concepts that influence planning and decision
making. The emphasis is on studying the various forms of health organizations as well
as administrative behaviors used in adaptation and policy development.
The course will present the design of programs for the maximizing of employees and
institutional contributions in the health care service area. The course will address
the grouping of professionals,paraprofessionals and skilled and non-skilled workers
into an efficient and effective work group. The course will review labor relations
and union organizations in the health care area and review legal aspects of personnel
This course is designed to introduce the learner to a broad range of concepts and
skills involved in planning, budgeting and controlling in health care organizations.
The emphasis in this course is on managerial as opposed to financial accounting and
on issues carried out at the department or organizational level rather than the system
level. This course is required for the long-term care certificate.
This course builds on previous HSA core courses to prepare the learner to help position
and financially manage a health care organization. Application of concepts of financial
management within health care organizations, including financial planning principles,
reimbursement procedures, government regulations, analysis of financial statements
and principles of financial planning. The strategic planning process and principles
of marketing are covered. Emphasis is placed on issues related to integrated health
systems and managing the health of populations.
This course introduces the learner to descriptive and exploratory health care economics
including the operation of health care markets, supply and demand issues in health
care, market competition, market power, and reform in the health care market. The
public policymaking process in the United States will be explored on a national and
state level, along with health policy reform, current significant policy issues, development
of the U.S. health care system, and comparison with health care systems in other industrialized
countries. Participants in the course track and analyze public policy issues and explore
major health policy references and sites.
This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care
managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health
care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry.
Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting
are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to
health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding
death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health
care staff responsibilities.
This course examines a variety of advanced quantitative methods useful for analyzing
and evaluating decision making in health care systems. It is designed to improve the
learners ability to use analytical techniques now seen as necessary for formulating
strategic or operative plans for a health care organization.
The course has an emphasis on the application and interpretation of statistical tests
commonly employed in epidemiologic and health services research. This course will
emphasize statistical concepts and the application of statistical methods to test
hypothesis in data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions,point
and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing for means,proportions, elementary
non-parametric techniques, tests for categorical data,ANOVA,correlations and introduction
to regression methods. Students will be introduced to SPSS in weekly laboratory sessions
to learn how to import and manipulate data sets and perform data analysis using statistical
methods covered in the course.
This course is designed specifically for managers in health care organizations who
want to develop knowledge and skills in planning, measurement and communicating the
performance of their organization. This course is targeted to those students who desire
a master’s degree in health services administration and have achieved the level of
knowledge and skill associated with understanding the structure and function of health
care systems as well as basics in measurement as applied to planning, budgeting and
controlling within organizations. Students will learn how to respond to the convergence
of forces driving the study of the performance of health care systems today. The emphasis
is on how to assess the performance of processes and outcomes of health care delivery
systems and what to assess.Students will learn how to design, implement and evaluate
the performance of their organization as well as how to contribute to and use uniform
Epidemiology is the student of the distribution and determinants of disease in human
populations. Managerial epidemiology is the application of the principles and tools
of epidemiology to the practice of management. This course will introduce students
to the basic principles of epidemiology and demonstrate how these principles may be
applied to the various functions of health services administrators/managers, such
as planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling. Through these principles
students will learn how measurement of health-related outcomes and delivery of health
services is a critical component of each of these functions.
Policymaking has a profound effect on all aspects of health care delivery from the
invention and marketing of new health modalities to insuring individuals against catastrophic
loss. Indeed,all the major stakeholders in the health care system have an interest
in sound health care decisions at all levels. This course will explore the relationship
of technology, business and government in the creation and implementation of sound
policies that address unmet medical needs and promote the public good. Through the
liberal use of case studies, the student will be exposed to international policies
and policy making and the impact that process has on individual health.
Providing health care to a diverse population requires the integration of a complex
system of suppliers and consumers. Any system aimed at controlling health care costs
needs to simultaneously the control quality of the care provided and the efficiency
of providing that care. This course will introduce students to a more systems-oriented
approach to understanding healthcare delivery that includes qualitative and quantitative
engineering of integrated networks of healthcare providers, supply chain management,
and consumer preferences to optimize health outcomes and reduce costs.
This course examines problems and strategies of communications in the many environments
that surround and affect health services institutions. It is designed to assess communications
processes; determine problems, successes and failures in communications; and improve
one’s ability to communicate in both individual and organizational settings. It emphasizes
the use of cases, incident processes and survey methodologies to analyze and improve
This course examines a set of legal problems and policy issues that are common to
the human services of medicine and education. Among the topics are the rights of the
client and the provider, the right of the patient to refuse life-saving care, informed
consent, the rights of the mentally ill, regulating access to treatment, malpractice,
the right to health care and education, inequalities in the provision of health and
education services and the social imperatives for ameliorating our system of human
This course examines the trends, current conditions and future prospects for financing
health services in the U.S. Demographic, economic and political contexts are examined
as well as the roles of federal, state and private support of our institutions. Constraints
and incentives facing managers of human services institutions in the profit-seeking,
private non-profit and public sectors of society are contrasted. Emphasis is placed
on different strategies employed to review goals, secure revenue and control the mission
and the personnel required to accomplish the aims of the institution.
This course provides an in depth review of the use of information technology in health
care. The course will consider how information systems have developed to support the
business and clinical requirements of the health care delivery system. Most important,
the course will assess reasons for recent expansion in health information technology
and consider the potential impact of this with an emphasis on both the cost and quality
of health care services.
Topics covered are epidemiological studies of health problems that have been influential
in the formation of health care policy, the ideological and political uses to which
such data are put, and discussions of emerging health problems. Health Policy and
Politics are examined in contemporary terms and in context with the health of the
This course provides an in-depth coverage of the quantitative and qualitative issues
associated with population-based epidemiological research. Topics include issues in
study design, measurement, methods of data collection, risk assessment, confounding
variables and analytic techniques. Applications of these methods to determine client
care are stressed in terms of institutional goals. Consideration will be given to
the incidence and economics of major health impairments.
This course will introduce students to the design of scientific inquiry as exhibited
through scientific publication and grant writing. In the first half of the course
students will learn to critically evaluate the medical literature with respect to
study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. The program is
designed to prepare the participant for independence in accessing health care delivery
and population health literature and evaluate the quality of published and peer reviewed
This course reviews the diverse financial systems within the United States healthcare
system, with specific focus on reimbursement methods and payment systems and how
they affect providers and payers. It reviews major insurance programs, federal healthcare
insurance and related legislation, legal/regulatory issues associated with health
insurance, diagnosis and procedure coding systems, and the impact of coding on reimbursement,
compliance, and fraud and abuse.
This course will provide tutorial guidance and advanced preparation in either quantitative
or qualitative research analysis, dependent upon the research methodology appropriate
to the emerging dissertation questions proposed by the doctoral student. The course
will extend prior graduate training in research methodology and will concentrate on
those processes most related to the proposed study. Instruction will be provided by
a faculty member and a qualified field mentor who is acquainted with the research
This course is intended for doctoral students who have completed the Advanced Research
Methods course. Under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a qualified
field mentor, the student will develop a dissertation proposal. This should take one
semester after which the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following
the approved content and protocols of the proposal. Following the defense of the completed
dissertation and the approval of the committee, the doctoral student will present
an oral report on the findings and conclusions of the study to a faculty student symposium.
Course transfers in as a DHA core elective.