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Course Descriptions

Master of Health Administration

Dr. Tom McIlwain, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, Master of Health Administration

HCMG 5100 - Health Systems Administration (3 credits) This course will provide administrative concepts and theories within United States health care systems. The history and evolution of the systems will be discussed and the current state of health care delivery will be analyzed. The political, legal, and financial issues that impact health care will be considered. The course will discuss and assess the different types of health care providers and their roles in the systems.

HCMG 5200 - Healthcare Ethics (3 credits) This course will present to students the broad range of ethical domains and issues that arise in health care delivery. Issues pertaining to institutions, practitioners, and patients will be studied within the following domains: decision ethics, professional ethics, clinical ethics, business ethics, organizational ethics and social ethics. Students will be required to critically evaluate regulations, laws, and practices that influence health care delivery.

HCMG 5300 - Healthcare Human Resources (3 credits) The emphasis in this course will be on the understanding of the vital nature of human resources in health care delivery. This course will focus not only on recruitment, selection, and training issues, but also on how human resource management needs to be integrated into the strategic planning of the organization. Legal, ethical, and labor issues will be discussed, as well as the use of motivation and power.

HCMG 5400 - Organizational Behavior in Healthcare (3 credits) The current trends in health care organizations and organizational development will be discussed and analyzed in this course. This discussion will consider the dramatic changes that have occurred in health care delivery over the last century. Particular attention will be given to health care marketing, the relationships between providers and organizations, health care outcomes, and quality.

HCMG 5501 - International Healthcare Issues (3 credits) This course will compare health care systems in different countries and focus on differences and similarities. Attention will be given to systems that appear to work and how the tenets of these systems may be incorporated into the U.S. health care system.

HCMG 5650 - Public Health Organizations and Practice (3 credits) This course will discuss the important interaction between public health and health care delivery. It will also consider expanding the role of public health to make health care delivery more holistic. It will also deal with the history, purpose, and strengths of the public health care system

HCMG 5701 - Long Term Care Administration (3 credits) This course emphasizes the unique administration issues in long term care facilities. Students will explore the different milieus for both physically and cognitively impaired residents and the impact upon costs and reimbursement (e.g., RUGS). An emphasis will be placed on practicing for the NHA (NAB) licensure exam and preparation for Administrator in Training (AIT) program requirements.

HCMG 5750 - Healthcare Regulatory Compliance (3 credits) This course is intended to address the unique issues of regulatory compliance in the health care fields, including HIPAA, OIG, NHI, and FDA (GMP and GCP).

HCMG 6100 - Information Management in Healthcare (3 credits) This course will provide an understanding of the different information systems designed to improve health care delivery and their use in the management of health care organizations. Students will examine the current status of information systems within health care and also explore possible advanced uses of informational systems to monitor patient outcomes, financial stability and marketing information.

HCMG 6301 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits) The crucial issues of marketing in health care will be examined and discussed. The course will emphasize to whom and how health care should be marketed. Consumer behavior, market research, target marketing, and marketing to primary payers will be analyzed.

HCMG 6500 - Managerial Epidemiology (3 credits) The factors, determinants of health status and collection of pertinent data will be considered within a management framework. The student will examine how epidemiological data can be used to determine the impact of illness on populations, to develop programs or interventions to reduce prevalence of illness and to predict populations’ health outcomes.

HCMG 6650 - Research Statistics and Methods in Healthcare (3 credits) This course will explore the theory, application, interpretation and use of statistical information in health care management and health services research. Students will also master the application of statistical data in the management of health care organizations, (e.g., financial data, patient statistical data and utilization information). Descriptive, correlation and multiple regression methods will be presented and used in multiple projects.

HCMG 6700 - Healthcare Policy (3 credits) This course will consider current topics in health care policy. Additionally, it will deal with policy and management issues and their evolutions and implications to both domestic and international health care delivery systems.

HCMG 6801 - Healthcare Law (3 credits) This course emphasizes the past, current and potential future law issues in health care. An emphasis is placed on organizational and business law pertaining to healthcare delivery as well as social law and the framework of both civil and criminal courts.

HCMG6850 - Advanced Quality Systems for Healthcare Leaders (3 credits) Provides an in-depth coverage of systems theory and tools for health care organizations as presented by Deming, Goldratt, Senge and of other organizational quality systems thinkers. The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the system and cultural changes necessary to transform a bureaucratic organization into a learning organization. Major emphasis is given to learning the use of the logical thinking tools necessary to accomplish such a complex task in a health services organization environment.

HCMG 6900 - Strategic Planning and Finance in Health Care This course will provide a discussion of the philosophy, models, and methods of how to effect strategic planning in health care delivery institutions. Additionally, the course will consider how strategic planning impacts on marketing and management decisions.

HCMG 6950 - Independent Research in Health Administration Independent studies for pre-thesis work.

HCMG 6990 - Health Administration Internship (3 credits) This course provides a residency experience in health care administration for students who require this exposure. Students will be given a structured health management program in an existing healthcare delivery system. Students may enroll in two subsequent semesters or full time in one semester for six credits.