Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, Beaver College of Health Sciences
Graduate Courses in Health Care Management (HCM)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Nutrition (NUT)
Margaret Barth, Department Chair
HCM 5210. Foundations of the U.S. Health Care System (3).F. This course provides an overview of the evolution, determinant forces, and organizational foundations of the health care system in the United States as compared to other industrialized nations. The course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge regarding key system policy, resources, processes and outcomes in the context of the Triple Aim of providing access, ensuring quality and affordable cost. The perspectives of health and health status of Americans are examined in the context of cultural, economic, social and political forces. Health care reform, and problems and issues with the current system are analyzed to provide a critical view of the future of health care delivery, in the context of the role of the manager. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5220. Statistics for Health Administration (3).F. Health care management requires a working knowledge of statistics in process control, quality improvement, interpretation of research, application of research, and the use of data analytics. Material in this course provides a statistical foundation for the other health care administration courses. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5240. Health and Disease (3).SS. This course explores the theories, principles and methods of managerial epidemiology. Content explores the definitions, theories and models of health, illness, and disease. Foundations of disease transmission, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment and tools used in epidemiology are discussed. Additional exploration of the foundations of population-based health management, health promotion and prevention are included. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5270. Organizational Development and Behavior in Health Care (3).S. This course discusses and evaluates the theories, principles and concepts of organization development and design particularly related to behavior of health care organizations. The course focuses on the relationships and interdependencies of individuals, groups and teams, within the organization. Analysis of health care organizational structure and design in relation to performance are also covered in this course. The aim of the course is to enhance the skills, attributes and behaviors of managerial professionals working in the health services industry. Prerequisite: HCM 5210 or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5570. Financial Management for Health Organizations I (3).F. This course is the introductory health care finance course for MHA students. The course focuses on the most important accounting and financial management principles and concepts relevant to health organizations. It should be noted that the course is the first course in a two-course health care finance sequence. As such, it is designed primarily to provide knowledge of fundamental principles. The application of this knowledge will be the focus of the second financial management course (HCM 5575). Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5575. Financial Management for Health Organizations II (3).S. This course focuses on the application of finance (accounting and financial management) theory, principles, and concepts to health care organizations. Particular attention will be given to the financial implications of strategic decisions. Prerequisite: HCM 5570 or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5590. Performance Improvement Concepts and Applications in Health Care (3).F. This course explores the concepts of performance improvement in US health care organizations. Students learn and demonstrate the leadership and management approaches and skills necessary to promote a culture of performance improvement in a health services organization. Techniques, tools, and processes currently used by organizations to monitor and improve the quality of clinical, operational, and administrative functions are addressed. Prerequisite: HCM 5210 or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5610. Health Economics (3).F. This course is designed to provide the fundamental principles of economic concepts and evaluation methods as applied to the health care setting. Topics include: the role of prices, equity and efficiency, the production of health, the demand for health care, health insurance theory, the demand for health insurance, the market for physicians' services, production and cost of health care in hospitals and nursing homes, labor issues, and cost effectiveness analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5680. Management and Human Resources in Health Organizations (3).F. This course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills applicable to the current issues in health care management with an emphasis on human resources management. Students will be exposed to key management principles and the laws, issues and concepts related to HR management. The course will use a combination of informative lectures and case study analyses to provide students with the tools and insight needed to explore a variety of health care management and human resource management issues. Co- requisite or Prerequisite: HCM 5210 or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5700. Health Care Informatics (3).S. Information technology (IT) has become an essential component of any health care organization. Managers must understand the basics of organizational computing to effectively manage an organization. Computing in health care has recently received a lot of attention. Legislation regarding health care IT is constantly adapted. This course addresses health care legislation, IT governance, and an introduction to principles of systems life-cycles and project management. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5710. Health Care Data Management (3).S. Health care managers are faced with increasing amounts of data. The data collected in electronic health records and in administrative systems is often left untapped. Health care data management is meant to give students a background in how to handle data. The course will address data quality, reporting (intelligence), data warehousing, and the process of leveraging data (analytics). The project in this course includes substantial use of SAS Enterprise-Guide. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5720. Data Analytics in Health Care (3).S. This course is a survey of statistical and modeling methods which apply to data analytics. This course uses SAS to introduce methods of exploring data and testing hypotheses. Beyond learning the statistical tools, students will become familiar with SAS Enterprise Miner. The course will also introduce other statistical software which managers may be given. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5725. Health Information Project Management (3).S. Project management has become a key health care management skill. Project management is particularly vital in working with information technology. Students who pass this course should become familiar with standards set by the Project Management Institute. To enable students to better manage IT, the course covers the project management process, program management, and portfolio management. The course also covers IT and project governance principles. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5730. Leadership in Health Care (3).S. This course emphasizes the development of leadership competencies through the analysis and application of the theories, principles and concepts of leadership particularly applied to health service organizations. Leadership competencies will be explored and assessed through application of and reflection on topics such as communication, relationship building, emotional intelligence, team work and transformational leadership. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5735. Health Care Operations Management (3).S. This course informs and applies the theories, principles and concepts of operations management in health care organizations. The course focuses on improving clinical and administrative processes, ensuring efficient use of resources, maintaining quality outcomes, while accounting for the complex health care environment. Concepts of health care quality, financial and systems management are also covered in this course. The aim of the course is to develop skills, attributes and behaviors of managerial professionals working in the health care industry. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5740. Marketing in Health Care (3).S. This course examines the strategic marketing processes of health services organizations. Topics include theories of buyer behavior and customer requirements, elements of the marketing mix, services as products, distribution channels unique to health services, pricing, and marketing communications. Marketing management topics such as research, planning and evaluating the marketing effort, branding, and personal sales are explored as well. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5800. Executive Skills Development (1).SS. This course is designed to serve as a bridge between MHA graduate coursework and the world of practice, with a focus on developing career planning and professional skills. Topics include career planning, communication skills, interactions between managers and clinicians, and interviewing skills. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5910. Health Law and Policy (3).F. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the legal, ethical, and political environment of health care. This course will involve thinking critically about the evolution of U.S. Health Policy and the forces that influence health policy. The course will cover a variety of ethical and legal issues facing health care managers including: general contract law, antitrust compliance and litigation, the government regulation of health care, false claims, fraud and abuse, informed consent, hospital and provider individual and corporate negligence, the legal basis for hospital governance, and the principals and basis for health care malpractice insurance. Prerequisite: HCM 5210 or permission of the instructor.
HCM 5950. Strategic Management in Health Care (3).SS. This course is an integrative course utilizing various methods for strategic planning and management of health care organizations. Techniques for determining strategies for unique services, integration of strategy, structure, and administrative systems will be discussed and applied. The course also will incorporate generic and health care specific policy, legal, and financial concepts as they relate to the strategic management process. Business planning for new service lines or ventures will be a focus of the course. Prerequisite: HCM 5210 or permission of the instructor.