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Health Care Administration

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

101 Introduction to Health Care Administration 
(3 s.h.) This course introduces the nature, organization and functions of the continuum of health services found in the U.S. health care system. Includes general management principles and practices as found in health care organizations. Analyzes the nature and role of health policy. Reviews the roles of providers, managers, and consumers. Current issues explored.

125 Introduction to Public Health 
(3 s.h.) An introduction to the mission, functions, ethics, and scope of public health at local, state, national, and global levels; includes individual rights vs. population health; health promotion and disease prevention; and the interdisciplinary nature of the public health and its workforce. Emphasis on achievements in public health and contemporary applications such as chronic diseases, infant and maternal health, tobacco and obesity control, mental health, and homeland/global security. Alternate years.

222 Social Science Statistics 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see INT 222 in the Interdisciplinary Studies listing.

225 Public Health Issues 
(3 s.h.) Analysis of contemporary public health issues with a focus on outbreaks (infectious and non-infectious) and outbreak investigation using a case study approach; infectious diseases including diagnostic clinical procedures, emerging infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, and the use of vaccines. Critical analysis of evidence and sources of information includes use of peer-reviewed journals and discussion/analysis of current events using Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports and CDC resources. Alternate years.

230 Medical and Health Care Ethics 
(3 s.h.) This course provides an introduction to basic and intermediate principles and theories of ethics, especially as they are relevant to medicine and health care. These principles and theories are applied to current issues in medicine and health care, including: caregiver obligations and patients’ rights; informed consent; medical experimentation; genetic engineering; death and dying; access to health care; allocation of health resources; social justice and health care policy. Cross listed as PHIL 230.

235 Women’s Health Care Issues
(3 s.h.) This course focuses on reading, discussion, and writing about selected current issues in women’s health such as gender and
racial/ethnic differences, evaluation of internet health sources, use of narrative in health and illness, communicating women’s health knowledge to the general public, global vs. U.S. women’s health, women and clinical trials, sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual suppression, cardiovascular disease, and other selected diseases/disorders related to women. Alternate years.

240 Long-Term Care Administration 
(3 s.h.) The historical development of long-term care and the role of health policy. Analysis of the parts played by long term care facilities, nursing homes, home health organizations, continuing care retirement communities, and organizations that deal with chronic health care concerns. Issues include medical, organizational, legal, financial, human resources, and communication. Holistic approach covers physical, mental, and social well-being. Tours/analyses of long-term care facilities included. Alternate years.

245 Health Care Policy, Politics, and Law
(3 s.h.) Analysis of the factors that shape health care policy in the U.S., including public policy and various types of health care policies, government structures and institutions responsible for making health policy, important actors in the health reform debate, and their strategies to influence policy. The stages of the policy process are exemplified in case studies of several significant health care policies, and health care law is reviewed. Cross listed as POLS 245.

250 Global Health Care
(3 s.h.) Much can be learned about the U.S. health care system by comparing it to the operation of other countries’ systems. Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Australia are among the countries that are explored. Includes review of health issues facing the international community (e.g., AIDS, public health, etc.). Alternate years.

255 History of International Health and Development 
(3 s.h.) This course examines the history of western efforts to improve health in the “developing world,” from nineteenth century origins in colonial health and tropic medicine, to twentieth century concerns of international health — including disease eradication, primary health care, population, and child survival — to current efforts in global health such as HIV/AIDS and immunization. A parallel history of organizations (Rockefeller Foundation, UN, WHO, World Bank) highlights political, economic, and cultural assumptions that shape ideas and practices associated with international health and development.

261 Epidemiology
(3 s.h.) The fundamentals of distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Epidemiology is applied to formulation/assessment of health care and public health management decisions since it is the basic science of public health and it utilizes principles of the scientific method. Epidemiology includes applications to: morbidity and mortality, and disease prevention and wellness, as well as, disease transmission, diagnostic and screening tests, population studies and study design, and determination of causation. Includes evaluation of peer-reviewed journal articles for study design and proper conclusions and recognition of study limitations and potential biases. Cross listed as BIOL 261. Alternate years.

277 Colloquium 
(3 s.h.) Special topics dealing with current issues facing health care administration.

287 Internship 
(3 s.h.) Off-campus experiential learning on an exploratory basis in health care facilities and health related organizations. Community service/benefit component required. Placement through the Health Care Administration Program. Forms must be submitted at registration. *Prerequisites: HCA 101 and sophomore HCA major status. Must be taken P/NC.

300 Health Care Research Methods
(3 s.h.) This course introduces the fundamentals of research in health care, including institutional review boards; qualitative and quantitative methodologies; working with primary and secondary data; health services research; and evaluation studies. Through participation in a semester long class-based research project students gain hands-on experience of the entire research process. In addition, students will identify and develop a topic for the senior project in HCA 401 Senior Seminar, undergo a program approval process for the topic, prepare and submit IRB forms as appropriate, and complete drafts of several components of the senior project — the purpose, research question, research methodology, significance to the field of health care administration, and literature review.

310 Health Care Strategic Management 
(3 s.h.) Course focuses on a variety of methods utilized in the organization of health care facilities and the delivery of services. The nature of planning is analyzed with particular attention paid to health policy, strategic thinking and management, including internal and external environmental assessments. Organizational behavior in analyzed in depth including leadership aspects. Course focuses on managing change, as seen in health reform efforts, the influence of payment systems, and technological and scientific innovations. Case studies used extensively. Alternate years.

320 Economics and Finance of Health Care Systems
(3 s.h.) Investigation of the factors and forces at work in setting health care costs and impacts of those costs. Analysis of demand and supply concerns, reimbursement systems, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, legal issues, accessibility, budgeting processes and planning, and human resources concerns. Health care financial management tools and techniques are presented and used. Cross listed as ECON 320. *Prerequisites: ECON 101 and BUAD 208, or permission of instructor. Alternate years.

330 Managed Care 
(3 s.h.) Analysis of the nature and operations of health insurance in the United States, including purposes of the various plans (HMO, IPA, IPO, MSO, PSN, etc.) and how they work. Offers provider, manager and consumer perspectives. Analysis of the integration of health care delivery systems and financial aspects, including funding principles and practices, systems of reimbursement, and the role of health information technology. Examines public policy initiatives. *Prerequisite: HCA 320. Alternate years.

387 Internship 
(credit varies) Off-campus pre-professional experiential learning in health care facilities and related organizations. Projects are under the supervision of a qualified professional on-site as well as a health care administration faculty member. Community service/benefit component required. Placement through the Health Care Administration Program. Forms must be submitted at registration. *Prerequisites: junior or senior HCA major status. Must be taken P/NC.

401 Senior Seminar 
(3 s.h.) The capstone course for the HCA major. Synthesizes material from the entire curriculum. Focus on health care administrators as professionals. Classroom material is integrated with experiential learning through a major research project. This is the last course taken in the program by HCA majors. *Prerequisites: SOC 320 and senior HCA major status.