2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Course Descriptions

Health Administration
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HADM 582 Women, Media and Health (crosslisted with COMT 482, COMT 582, HHP 482, HHP 582, and HADM 482)
3 cr. Corequisites: COMT 580, COMT 581.  Analyzes gaps in basic health care needs for women, both domestically and abroad, emphasizing the role of mass media both in promoting and hindering basic reproductive health.  A special emphasis will be placed on women’s reproductive rights and the ways in which political movements have limited and advanced needs in this area.

HADM 605 Evidence Based Management
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides a systematic introduction to the foundations of evidence based practice in health care, health services research, health services literature appraisal, and technical writing in order to understand and evaluate empirical literature and to apply research evidence in health organizations.

HADM 607 Health Information Management
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides students with an understanding of how information systems and health informatics can be used to improve the quality of clinical and patient services, support management and clinical decision-making, and facilitate processes of managed care and integrated delivery systems.  Topics include the analysis, development, acquisition, use, and management of computer-based information and control systems, electronic medical records, organization and management of information in integrated delivery systems, and future trends.

HADM 610 Health Care Systems and Policy
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)Provides an introduction to the U.S. healthcare system and an overview of policy formulation in the U.S. healthcare system, including policy-making, legislative process, policy effects on state and local practice, and governance.

HADM 615 Managerial Accounting and Budgeting
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Reviews basic accounting principles/terminology and provides an overview of financial management and managerial accounting, including basic financial statements and asset accounts, budgeting for managerial control, planning, cost accounting, managerial accounting, rate setting, budgeting preparation, managing the account cycle, basics of capital budgeting, project risk analysis, break-even analysis, contribution margin, overhead allocation, operating costing, and financing health programs.

HADM 620 Health Operations Methods
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Provides an overview of systems processes and analytical techniques in healthcare settings.  Topics include process and productivity measures and analyses, forecasting, tools and techniques for data analysis, service design, bottleneck and layout analysis, capacity management, task sequencing, patient and smooth workflow, and quality control management.

HADM 622 Health Quality Techniques
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Provides an overview of the origins, concepts, strategies, quality improvement methods, and techniques for managing and improving health care clinical and managerial service quality.  Topics include current state of quality management systems, strategies for assessing and improving quality of care, tools and techniques for organizational continuous quality improvement and customer-driven health care.

HADM 625 Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an overview of health care financing arrangements in the United States, focusing on the current financial environment, including both public and private components of the third-party-payer system, payment mechanisms, fiscal incentives, and cost behavior.  Examines financial management concepts and techniques in health management decisions.  Topics include financial statement and operating analysis, cost determination and allocation, prices of services, financial forecasting, working capital management, time value analysis, capital investment decisions, cost of capital, capital structure, variance analysis, financial risk and return, sources of funding and capital rationing, rate setting, and methods of improving profitability.

HADM 632 Healthcare Economics
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Applies health economics principles and concepts to examine issues and problems in delivery of health care services, including supply and demand of medical care and health insurance, production of health services, expenditure of growth, markets for hospital and physician services, medical liability costs, and alternative delivery systems in health care markets.

HADM 635 Health Law and Ethics
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Analyzes the law, legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services.  Includes social and ethical issues in health services.

HADM 640 Managerial Epidemiology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Examines principles and methods of epidemiology used to make healthcare management decisions, including disease frequency, measures of effect, causal inferences, and descriptive epidemiology.  Topics include definitions of health, measurement of health, population health information, planning healthcare for populations, and quality and outcomes of care.

HADM 645 Healthcare Management
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an introduction to managing health organization, focusing on strategies and methods for creating a productive work
environment.  Overview of managerial roles and techniques with an emphasis on the current challenges of health services management.

HADM 651 Rural Health Administration
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides an overview of rural health issues with a focus on rural health policy and the unique health challenges of rural communities and rural health care financing and delivery arrangements.

HADM 660 Long Term Care Administration
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online.  Describes chronic conditions and aging on delivery services, nursing homes and alternatives, mental health facilities and agencies, rehabilitation facilities and services.  Overview of the administration of long-term care facilities.  Origins of state and national long-term care and aging policies.  Nursing home care, organization monitoring, costs, and financing, including Medicare, Medicaid, and public/private long-term policies.

HADM 675 Healthcare Human Resources
2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Examines the strategic role of human resources in health organizations, principles and concepts of human resources planning and management in health organizations, including strategic use of staffing, development, appraisal, compensations, and labor relations; health professions human resources issues.

HADM 685 Research and Evaluation Methods
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to CAHP graduate program. (first half semester)  Provides an overview of key concepts and methods of applied organizational research and program evaluation in health administration, including designs and techniques for gathering and using data about processes, quality, and effectiveness to study health organization problems in order to guide effective practice.  Students will develop the ability to frame and analyze questions and issues related to health services management.

HADM 687 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an introduction to marketing and competitively positioning health organizations.  Examines the principles, concepts, and methods of strategic marketing planning in health services organizations, including consumer segmentation, target marketing, marketing research, and marketing mix.  Examines strategy formulation and implementation in healthcare organizations, aligning external relationships and internal structures, decision-making, and change.  Topics include internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and evaluating strategic alternatives; the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic and operational plans in relation to the healthcare environment.

HADM 690 Internship
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor.  Provides students with a supervised experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant administrator.  Placements are arranged through the Health Administration office.

HADM 691 Independent Study
V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program and consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by regular graduate courses in the Health Administration Program.

HADM 692 Seminar
V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program.  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of Health Administration.

HADM 693 Workshop
V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of Health Administration.

HADM 696 Cooperative Education/Internship in Health Administration
3 cr. (repeatable once) Prerequisite: Approval of MHA advisor.  Integrate MHA coursework to demonstrate application and synthesis of knowledge and skills in a health management setting.  Internship is supervised by a health professional in collaboration with faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration.

HADM 697 Capstone
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor; HADM 685, STAT 541. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides a culminating independent research project that allows students to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge acquired through previous coursework.  Students link theory with practice and demonstrate ability to apply professional competencies.

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