HPSM 6225 Health Outcomes Research
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is to help students understand outcomes research and to provide background on the basic tools used in outcomes studies. It will also enable students to cirtically review and use outcomes data for clinical decision-making as well as health care program plannong and evaluation.
HPSM 6248 Organizational Behavior
[3 Credits] This course examines behaviors at the individual, group/team, and systems level within the environmental context of an organization. Behavioral science, organizational, leadership, and management theories will be utilized to examine the complex dynamic behaviors existing in an organization.
HPSM 6258 Healthcare Law and Ethics
[3 Credits] This is a comprehensive course, which addresses the principles and practice of health law and the relationship of health law and regulations to medical ethics. Subject matter encompasses federal and state laws and regulations that relate to the health professions and to provider organizations including professional liability, informed consent, rationing of health care, referral relationships, genetic testing, end of life issues and others. Emphasis will be placed on application of these principles, laws, and regulations to evolving systems of providing and financing health care in the United States.
HPSM 6268 Health Services Administration and Management
[3 Credits] This course is designed to provide Public Health and Health Professional students with an introduction to the skills needed to manage and lead health care and public health programs, organizations and systems with an emphasis on planning and execution. The key activities (planning, deciding, communicating, controlling), competencies (conceptual, technical, interpersonal, political and entrepreneurial), roles (interpersonal, informational, decisional) and obligations (to individuals, the public, third parties, employers and profession) and the disciplines of resource management (human, organizational, financial) and quality and cost management will provide a theoretical and practical framework for the analysis of cases from the public and private sectors. The course is focused on what Public Health and Health professionals need to know in all areas of practice today and includes overviews of the topics, case presentations, and study questions.
HPSM 6269 Healthcare Economics and Economic Evaluation of Healthcare Services
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is to give students an overview of the major economic considerations in the health care industry and to demonstrate how economic ideas are crucial to an understanding of the functioning of the health care system from both policy (external) and health care management (internal) points of view. There will be a strong emphasis both on economic theory and on empirical studies of the various topics and on economic evaluation of health care programs including cost effectiveness, benefit and utility analysis. Prerequisite: HPSM 6268.
HPSM 6270 Financial Management and Accounting in Healthcare Organizations
[3 Credits] This course introduces the most-used tools and techniques of health care financial management, including health care accounting and financial statements; managing cash, billings and collections; making major capital investments; determining cost and using cost information in decision-making; budgeting and performance measurement; and pricing.
HPSM 6271 Principles of Healthcare Quality
[3 Credits] This course examines major concepts of quality healthcare and basic techniques used in planning, controlling, and improving quality. The course will begin by exploring the concept of quality as it applies to healthcare processes, systems and outcomes. The relationship of quality and cost will be then discussed. Current theories of human error and their application to healthcare will be presented. Methods for evaluating populations will also be reviewed.
HPSM 6272 Methods in Healthcare Quality
[3 Credits] This course is an in-depth presentation of methods and techniques for evaluating, monitoring, and improving the quality of healthcare. General approaches to the measurement of healthcare quality will be presented first. Report cards and provider profiles will then be discussed. After discussion of visual display of information, topics in statistical process control will be discussed in detail. Specific issues in healthcare measurement will then follow. A session will be devoted to patient satisfaction surveys. Additional sessions will concentrate on functional status measurement. Prerequisite: BIOS 6100.
HPSM 6273 Information Systems in Healthcare
[3 Credits] This course examines the rapidly evolving discipline of health informatics in the complex and diverse world of healthcare. The course will review the history, current applications, and the potential future of information, information management and information technology, including data acquisition, storage and processing; information systems (clinical and administrative); standards; security; decision support; and an understanding of medical/health informatics methods and principles.
HPSM 6274 Marketing in Healthcare
[3 Credits] This course provides an introduction to nature of healthcare markets, healthcare consumers and consumer behavior, marketing strategies and techniques, market research, sources of market data and the future of healthcare marketing.
HPSM 6275 Human Resources Management in Healthcare
[2 Credits] This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of human resources management in a wide array of health care organizations at the corporate, departmental, team and individual level and to gain an appreciation for the distinct roles that managers and human resource professionals play in resolving conflicts and dealing with other human resources issues.
HPSM 6276 Organizational Leadership
[3 Credits] This course studies collaborative leadership and the personalities and traits of effective leaders. Effective leaders work across boundaries in today’s world. Leaders in public health recognize that collaboration among organizations and people from diverse backgrounds is necessary to achieve successful health outcomes on the individual, community and national levels. The course explores how leaders achieve this and analyzes the
differences between leadership and authority, the personality traits of successful leaders and the
characteristics of the organizations they lead. The course uses the case study method where real situations
are presented in which the leader must make decisions. The case studies, the supporting literature and
personal experiences provide the material for learning.
HPSM 6277 Health Advocacy and Community Based Activism
[2 Credits] The purpose of this course is to consider public health issues that have social, political, and economic determinants and to examine how health professionals can promote change through advocacy and activism. The course consists of 3 parts, which are intertwined. The first part covers social epidemiology, a history of the U.S. health system and the role of government in health care, and the principles of organizing for social change. The second part builds on this foundation taking up the most important issues of the day. Perspectives are provided by visiting faculty members who have played leadership roles in solving problems on the front lines. The third part is like the second but is based on readings with discussions led by students.
HPSM 6288 Health Policy and Law
[3 Credits] This course explores the formation, implementation, and evaluation of health policy, and the impact of the political process on the delivery of health services and provides a foundation for a more detailed analysis of health policy in the United States.
HPSM 6289 The Role of Government in Health and Health Care
[3 Credits] This course examines the role of government in improving access to healthcare, controlling the costs, and improving the quality and safety of healthcare. The impact of recent developments in the private and public sectors including changes in the provider and payer systems and the experience of other countries with different systems for organizing and financing will be examined. Special topics will include prescription drugs, mental health services, long-term care and HIV.
HPSM 6290 Public Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights
[2 Credits] This course examines the legal powers and duties of the state that exist to assure the conditions for people to be healthy and the limits on that power to constrain the autonomy, privacy, liberty, proprietary, or other legally protected interests of individuals for protection or promotion of community health. Consideration is given to the role of the state from legal and ethical perspectives, to the application of ethical principles to populations as well as individuals and to the inherent rights that exist for all humans to a healthy life.
HPSM 6292 Health Policy Analysis
[3 Credits] This course focuses on key issues, concepts, arenas and actors in decision making for health policy. Decision models will be used to describe, explain, and predict behavior and health outcomes. The policy analysis methods include: forecasting, case method, technology, political feasibility, and economic viability assessments. This course will teach students about government intervention to correct market failures and regulation of the health sector. Regulatory mechanisms governing healthcare industries are explored.
HPSM 6400 Independent Study
[1-3 Credits] This course provides the student an opportunity to study a topic in depth while under the guidance of a faculty member. The focus of the course will be a specific aspect of a public health discipline, which is not the primary focus of existing public health courses. The course will involve directed readings and may require completion of a paper or study project that provides evidence of comprehension and professional proficiency in the area studied. Independent Study may only be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours toward the MPH Degree.
HPSM 6600 MPH Capstone in Health Policy and Systems Management
[3 Credits] All professional degree programs identified in the instructional matrix shall assure that each student demonstrates skills and integration of knowledge through a culminating experience. A culminating experience is one that requires a student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice. Prerequisite: BIOS 6100 Biostatistical Methods I (BIOS lab) OR BIOS 6200 Principles of Applied Statistics; EPID 6210 Principles of Epidemiology or EPID 6209 Principles of Epidemiology – Online; ENHS 6238 Principles of Environmental Health; BCHS 6212 Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health; and HPSM 6268 Health Services Administration and Management.