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Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory and research as they relate
to professional practice in the health care system. They will explore the development
and current patterns of the health care delivery and the forces which mold the health
care system and an individual’s health behavior. The course may include field trips
to selected community and institutional settings.
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 promotion
and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral
aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.
Healthcare managers must demonstrate professional behaviors and be able to navigate
the professional culture of healthcare. In particular healthcare managers must be
able to demonstrate: 1) culturally competent interpersonal interactions, 2) appropriate
dress and personal presentation in healthcare settings, and 3) the ability to plan
for and obtain ongoing professional development to meet the changing requirements
of healthcare settings.
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.
This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students
will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of health care
systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.
This course presents an overview of public health agencies, but focuses on methods
for creating and maintaining healthy communities. Students will learn how to function
in the role of facilitating partnerships between communities, business and government.
This course explores the social determinants of health, as well as the public health
vs. clinical approaches to managing the health of communities. This course introduces
students to the community health assessment process, emphasizes the need and utility
of a data driven approach to decision making in order to improve population health,
and explore the causes and consequences of health disparities.
This course will introduce students to research processes and methodologies. Students
will review and critically analyze research designs with a focus on those used in
healthcare organizations. The interpretation of the statistical findings will be
emphasized to ensure a literate workforce. The instructor will expose the student
to research proposal creation. Emphasis is on the professional as a consumer of research.
This course addresses the use of data analysis systems to evaluate the impact of health
services delivery and on the application of quantitative analysis to decision making
in the health services field.
This course focuses on health education at the individual and population levels. Students
will learn how to conduct a community diagnosis, mobilize communities for action in
promoting healthy behaviors at individual and community levels. Students will learn
how to align strategies with Healthy People 2010 and measure improvements.
This course introduces students to the concepts of healthcare communications. Topics
will include the role of personal and team values in improving communication that
enhances organizational behavior, cultural competence, performance, effectiveness
and morale. The skilled communicator will be able to interpret the beliefs that guide
the institution to instill culturally appropriate cooperative, collaborative and engaged
activities by team members at all levels of the organization, and be able to adapt
the same communication skills that work within an organization to be effective with
an external audience interested in the social responsibility of the organization to
the community it serves.
This course presents coordination and communication as closely related strategies
through which managers in HSMO and communities link together the various people and
units within their systems to other organizations and agencies. Central to communication
is an understanding of the interdependencies that exist in both internal structures
and external relationships. Students will explore challenges associated with coordination
and communication, and examine effective strategies for meeting these challenges.
This course provides students with an overview of managerial activities related to
human resources in healthcare organizations. Specific topics that will be covered
include laws governing human resource processes, job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing,
hiring, firing, orientation, benefits, appraisal, discipline, and developing clinical
and non-clinical personnel.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of managing
health care resources and to the methods used to analyze and evaluate the use of resources
in delivering health service. 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 and understanding
of well-established methods of resource management along with emerging and developing
methods such as value-based payment and accountable care organizations.
Under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty, students complete
approximately 80 hours of fieldwork in the area of community health and health education.
This course includes one hour of weekly seminar.
This course introduces student to the principles of management applied to healthcare
organizations. Topics include problem solving and decision making in the current
health service marketplace; the ability to develop the skills, terminology and personal
ethics/values to manage in a healthcare setting, as well as comprehending the leadership
structure that guides the institutions to successful delivery of care.
This course provides students with an overview of financial management functions at
the departmental level of healthcare organizations including budgeting and cost analysis
for department-level operations and capital expenditures.
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.
Special Topics: Study Abroad
Special Topics: Study Abroad
This course will cover the policy and legislation influences that have encouraged
the rapid paced adoption of health information technology (HIT). The course will describe
the function,benefits,and challenges of widely used HIT systems such as electronic
health records,telehealth,and mobile health. The role of HIT in cost,quality,and satisfaction
improvements,as well as provider value based payment will be defined.
This course provides students with an overview of diverse financial systems within
American healthcare,focusing on reimbursement methods and payment systems and how
they affect providers and payers. It also reviews major insurance programs,federal
health care legislation,legal/regulatory issues,diagnosis and procedures coding systems,and
the impact of coding on reimbursement,compliance,and fraud and abuse.
This course develops students'knowledge and understanding of the development and impact
of policy and law in the US on healthcare organizations.Specific emphasis will be
given to principles of law, policy and the U.S. legal system including laws and policies
related documentation,privacy,security,release of health information,liability,consent,and
This course introduces students to the principals of clinical quality and performance
improvements as applied in the health care setting. Specific topics inlcude the use
of evidenced-based, measurable standards,work steps for improvement,and value based
payment systems. Students will investigate models used to improve the process of health
care delivery,as well as examples of successful clinical,cost and satisfaction performance
This course examines the phases of project and management in health care organizations.
Students will learn how to use a systems approach to integrate local, state and federal
health care mandates and professional standards in setting reasonable goals, determine
a time line and budget. They will learn how to lead and facilitate team 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
This course introduces student to the operational functions of healthcare managers
across the healthcare and public health continuum. Topics include design and structure
of the healthcare continuum, planning for and managing patient flow, measuring productivity,
streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and improving
clinical and non-clinical processes. Operations topics will include incorporating
perspectives from clinical operations, business, operations, information management,
patient safety and community impact.
This course provides students with a managerial internship/field work experience at
a healthcare setting. Students will apply course work knowledge and skills to a health
services management problem through the completion of a major project at a targeted
organization that is negotiated between the student,preceptor,and HSA department.
This course serves as a culminating capstone experience in which students are expected
to apply knowledge and skills gained from their undergraduate experience as a whole
and from the HSM program specifically to solve a current healthcare management problem.
This course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to
think critically, to synthesize information from multiple areas of healthcare practice,
to integrate content across the multiple skills and practices areas expected of healthcare
managers, to work in a team, and to transition from student to practicing professional
This course provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their managerial internship
experience at a healthcare setting and to contextualize their experiences within the
larger healthcare field. Students will work in small groups to help one another problem
solve issues that occur during their internship experience by applying course work
knowledge and skills. Students will also discuss the potential impact of current
trends in healthcare practice on their current experience and on future experiences
beyond their college experience. Students will prepare their program portfolio and
will participate in mock experiences to prepare them of post-graduation work.