2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Health Administration
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HADM 210 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
3 cr. Offered ONLY Online. (F, Sp)  Provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. healthcare system, including history, organization, reimbursement, health professions, community health and disease, system reform, current issues, and healthcare systems in other countries compared with the U.S.

HADM 307 Health Informatics
3 cr. Prerequisite: HADM 210 or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Explores the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of health information to strengthen the organization’s operational performance and market position.  The course will explore how information technology can be used to restructure work processes and systems, as well as facilitate change within the healthcare organization.

HADM 310 Healthcare Economics
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, ECNS 201, or consent of instructor. (Sp)  Examines the health care industry from an economic perspective.  To better understand the factors and influences on the decision-making process within the health care industry.  To apply economic concepts to the unique characteristics of the health care industry in business and consumer decision making.

HADM 325 Priciples of Marketing for Healthcare Organizations
3 cr. Prerequisite: HADM 210. Offered ONLY Online. (Sp)  Introduces theories, ethics, and strategies specifically for the health industry including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, insurance, and medical devices and products.  The course incorporates experiential learning affecting marking decisions and provides analytic and control techniques for effective product/service planning, promotion, pricing, and physical distribution.

HADM 335 Health Law and Ethics
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Provides students with information regarding the central legal issues in U.S. healthcare delivery and how these relate to the operational practices of healthcare administrators including labor relations, malpractice, patient rights, information management and confidentiality of patient records, patient safety, contracts, legal reporting requirements, and risk management practices.  The course will also allow students an opportunity to understand the key components of legal issues relevant to medical and business ethics and the link between the law and health policy development.

HADM 355 Rural/Frontier Health Care Delivery
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210 or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online.  Familiarizes students with issues facing health care providers and administrators in rural/frontier settings.  Topics to be discussed include governance, financing, management, quality of health care services, and the recruitment and retention of health care professionals to the rural community.

HADM 360 Long-Term Care Management
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210 or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides the student with information regarding the fundamental management principles and special concerns and problems of long-term care management including the aging of America, the financing of long-term care services, and the public policies impacting on long-term care delivery systems.

HADM 365 Managing the Continuum of Long-Term Care Services
3 cr. Prerequisite: HADM 210. Offered ONLY Online. (Su)  Provides students with a basic overview of the management of long-term care organizations and services including emerging, new models of care with an emphasis on the changing long-term care environment.

HADM 405 Evidence in Research and Evaluation
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, STAT 216, and upper division standing or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (Sp)  Provides an overview of evaluation research methods in health organizations, including a conceptual framework for organizational evaluation, basic evaluation research methods, and use of evidence to assess and improve health organization performance.

HADM 409 Aging in America and Long-Term Care
3 cr.  Explores changes in life expectancy, health status, the pace of growth of the over 65 year old population in America, and the overall graying of America, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of how long-term care systems and policies can be managed to meet these new “aging” needs.

HADM 422 Operations, Outcomes, and Quality
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, STAT 216, and upper division standing or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Provides an overview of concepts and techniques for designing, planning, and improving the quality of health operations, including operations analysis, coordinating and planning health operations, and quality improvement methods to improve work processes.

HADM 425 Financial Management and Budgeting in Healthcare

3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, BFIN 322, and upper division standing or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (Sp)  Creates an understanding of the use of financial management concepts and techniques in health management decision-making.

HADM 440 Managerial Epidemiology and the Public’s Health
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, STAT 216, and upper division standing or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (F) Provides a systematic approach to the evidence-based practice of epidemiological preventive care to promote population health.  Students will learn about the traditional epidemiologic model of disease as well as various conceptual models and frameworks that are used to expand the traditional model to include community-based networks, health care systems, and collaborative partnerships.  The application of these models to health services management represents the evolution of epidemiology for use in health services management.

HADM 445 Managing Healthcare Organizations
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, BMGT 335, and upper division standing or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online. (Sp)  Examines the daily operations of health care organizations.  The course addresses management, staff support, and the implementation of business strategies.  The course focuses on the effective management of health care professionals and identifies unique human resource elements in health care organizations.  The course will provide students with strategies for becoming effective leaders in health care.

HADM 450 Health Policy and Politics
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210 or consent of instructor. (Sp)  Provides students with an overview of the political context of healthcare organization and delivery.  Specific attention will focus on health care regulations, payment sources, and policy formulation and implementation.

HADM 452 Case Management
3 cr. HADM 210 or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online.  Explains how to use case management to coordinate care in order to improve care delivery and patient outcomes while managing costs.  Topics include the role of the case manager; assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation techniques; and negotiating reimbursement and service delivery across care settings.

HADM 462 Supervision in Healthcare
3 cr. HADM 210, BMGT 335 or consent of instructor. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides an integrated overview of management and organization principles and practices for supervisors.  Introduces students to a general management framework and fundamental tools from management and organization science that supervisors use to meet strategic and technical organization goals.  Course topics focus on the supervisor’s job, managing individuals and groups in organizations, managing operations, and managing the environment.

HADM 492 Independent Study
[formerly HADM 491 Independent Study]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides opportunities for juniors and seniors to explore material not offered through regular courses.

HADM 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly HADM 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides students an opportunity to intensively investigate topics in Health Administration.

HADM 498 Cooperative Education/Internship
[formerly HADM 490 Internship]
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides students with a supervised experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant health administrator.  In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through the Health Administration office.

HADM 498 Cooperative Education/Internship
[formerly HADM 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]
3 cr. Repeatable once. Prerequisites: HADM 210, HADM 307, HADM 335, HADM 340, HADM 425, HADM 445, and consent of instructor.  Integration of didactic coursework, knowledge and skills acquired enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning throughout the curriculum.  This is accomplished through an in-depth analysis of a specific problem/issue or an in-depth audit of management practices in a specific functional area (in consultation with the cooperative education preceptor).  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

HADM 499 Capstone
3 cr. Prerequisites: HADM 210, HADM 307, HADM 335, HADM 340, HADM 425, HADM 445, and consent of instructor. Corequisite: HADM 498. (F, Sp, Su)  Integrates didactic coursework, knowledge, and skills acquired, and the cooperative education (internship) experience to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning throughout the curriculum.  This is accomplished through an in-depth analysis of a specific problem/issue (in consultation with the cooperative education preceptor) or an in-depth audit of management practices in a specific functional area.

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