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The following are courses in the Health Administration, BS program.

Required Courses

HA 301: US Healthcare Systems

3 Credits
This course provides a history of the U.S. healthcare system and an in-depth discussion of the evolution of the modern health care system. You will also examine contemporary functions and roles of health organizations and the healthcare workforce. Specific focus will be placed upon healthcare financing, as well as current policies impacting healthcare delivery, quality, and cost in the United States.

HA 302: Health Information Systems and Health Informatics

3 Credits
Today’s healthcare leaders must understand the capacity of health information systems and health informatics, coupled with the intent for both domains to improve healthcare relationships and increase the success of an organization regardless of the constraints and mandates. This course offers an introduction to the many applications of information technology and information systems in U.S. healthcare delivery systems. You will explore today’s health information systems (HISs) as well as potential future systems intended to improve health delivery, health policy development, biomedical and behavioral research, and population health. You will also be introduced to supporting topics such as data analytics, public health, and biomedical informatics.

HA 303: Managed Care and Insurance

3 Credits
In this course, you will be provided with an introduction to the workings of health insurance and managed care within the U.S. healthcare system. This course offers a historical background of managed care and an overview of current organizational structures, concepts, and practices of the health insurance and managed care industry. It also includes a thorough update on the Affordable Care Act, including political shifts that have effected changes in provider reimbursement models and medical management approaches, impacting the consumer, the provider, managed care plans, and other insurers.

HA 304: Communication for Healthcare Managers

3 Credits
Course description coming soon.

HA 305: Leadership and Supervision

3 Credits
This course offers practical applications of classic and current management theories and concepts in healthcare, along with useful techniques to build your management skills. This course explores environmental changes and healthcare reform activities, HIPAA, the use of social media in the workplace, performance appraisals, talent acquisition, and overtime rules. In addition, this course reinforces the importance of leadership and the competencies necessary to be a supportive leader, including the professional and personal characteristics, knowledge, values, and traits that inform a leader’s actions.

HA 306: Healthcare Marketing

3 Credits
Course description coming soon.

HA 307: Human Resource Management

3 Credits
Human resources are the foundation of healthcare organizations, yet the healthcare industry faces severe staffing shortages, in part as a result of the aging population and workforce. In addition, it faces disparities in the geographic distribution of workers and a scarcity of primary care providers. To attract and retain valuable talent, managers must develop, nurture, and coach their staff for success. This course provides fundamental concepts in human resource management that will help health care managers be successful supervisors and leaders by offering best practices and evidence-based strategies for successfully working with employees. In addition, this course addresses diversity in health care, physician compensation, incentives, measuring productivity, legal and regulatory issues in human resources, and quality improvement.

HA 401: Health Policy

3 Credits
This course will present the step-by-step process of health policy formulation and implementation. You will gain an understanding of the unique characteristics of policy development in the United States and the values that have helped shape these policies. This course will provide an overview of major health policies that have been implemented in healthcare history, including public health policies, cost-containment policies, and regulatory policies to improve healthcare quality. Emphasis will be placed on the application of health research in the policy formulation process at the state and federal levels.

HA 402: Economics of Healthcare

3 Credits
This course highlights the distinction between healthcare markets and other markets. The healthcare industry and its stakeholders (patients, providers, employers, and public and private payers) require a unique economic examination due to political and environmental uncertainties, mixed financing, and many other factors. To better understand ways in which healthcare organizations and financial markets function, students will be guided through the expanding field of research in health economics, combining economic theory with scientific study outcomes. Students will utilize microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives, beginning with a microeconomic perspective at individual and organizational levels and then shifting to a macroeconomic examination of health and healthcare as an element of the greater economy.

HA 403: Financial Management

3 Credits
Financial management is a central responsibility of the healthcare manager. This course will provide you with the history of healthcare financial management, as well as an in-depth analysis of financial management as a subspecialty, revenue cycle planning in healthcare institutions, and the variety of reimbursement mechanisms. In addition, you will learn how to interpret and analyze financial statements for the purpose of maximizing efficiencies, reducing waste, and managing revenue for a healthcare organization.

HA 404: Quality Management

3 Credits
This course examines change implementation to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of the healthcare system. The course content addresses the roles of operations management, organizational behavior, and healthcare service delivery in maximizing quality. The challenges of implementing and institutionalizing quality improvement efforts will be addressed and illustrated with examples from a variety of healthcare organizations, including ambulatory care settings, public health departments, and hospitals. You will be introduced to the theory and processes that drive continuous quality improvement (CQI).

HA 405: Law and Ethics

3 Credits
In healthcare, legal and ethical issues are often intertwined. But unlike many other legal/ethical pairings in our society, the decisions and actions involved in healthcare are literally matters of life and death.

This course will take you on an exploratory journey of law and ethics in healthcare. You will first receive an introduction to ethics and law in the context of healthcare and then examine healthcare ethical dilemmas and ethics committees, which can provide guidance when faced with challenges. Studying the development of laws will provide legal and governmental framework for the issues addressed throughout this course. You will then move on to the ethical and legal issues that apply to healthcare providers. The patient/caretaker relationship is ever important in healthcare, so an understanding of both employee and patient rights and responsibilities is essential. The course concludes with an examination of compliance and governmental and organizational healthcare legal and ethical issues.

HA 406: Strategy and Planning

3 Credits
This course provides a critical analysis of many concepts surrounding health planning, an examination of essential change in the healthcare industry, and strategic planning approaches used to manage various resources within a healthcare facility. In addition, this course investigates important marketing concepts used by healthcare leaders to plan and execute a meaningful marketing campaign. You will consider the rapidly evolving U.S. healthcare markets and their impacts on the functioning of healthcare organizations. You will also examine changing patient demographics, technological developments, and government regulation of patient care. You will be guided through the process of developing and administering a strategic plan, as well as specific strategic options such as mergers, acquisitions, reorganization, joint ventures, and some of the prevailing instruments used to analyze strategic conditions (e.g., Six Sigma, balanced scorecard, SWOT analysis).

HA 420: Research Methods

3 Credits
This course will provide you with an understanding of the role that research plays in the provision of healthcare services and the development of health policy. In addition, you will learn the basic skills necessary for conducting ethical health services research. You will have the opportunity to practice applying research skills toward the development of a research study that will examine a current issue in the healthcare field. You will also learn how to conduct common statistical calculations used in health services research and how to incorporate research into scientific presentations and article formats.

HA 450: Capstone

3 Credits
Throughout your program, you have encountered and discussed numerous complex problems that are unique to healthcare administration. These problems are often so complex because they do not have a simple or straightforward solution. Instead, addressing these problems effectively requires you to evaluate the problem from multiple perspectives, consider the various stakeholders in the problem, and weigh the pros and cons of various mitigation strategies.

In this course, you will select one complex problem in healthcare administration to evaluate. You will examine this problem from a variety of perspectives and analyze strategies that have been proposed or attempted in the past to mitigate this problem. Using what you’ve learned in the courses in your program of study, your insights from studying previous strategies for mitigating these problems, and your own personal experiences, you will identify the strategies that you think are most successful for mitigating this problem. You will justify your analysis with a variety of interdisciplinary source materials from your own research, as well as relevant Readings from previous courses.

At the end of the course, you will submit a Capstone Paper and record a Capstone Presentation in which you explain your problem, analyze previous attempted solutions, and propose a strategy for mitigating the problem. Throughout the course, you will add resources and reflections to an ePortfolio, which will reflect the intellectual work you have done to support your proposal.

This course will help you hone your critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. You will learn how to tackle complex problems and consider issues from multiple perspectives. You will also develop a deep familiarity with a variety of research tools and methodologies. Finally, you will learn how to present your ideas in a clear and engaging manner that compels your audience to act.

Elective Courses

DA 308: Introduction to Epidemiology

3 Credits
Epidemiology is the foundational science of public health. Epidemiological research helps us understand how diseases occur in certain groups of people and why, in order to identify the determinants of health at the population level. In this course, you will be introduced to the basics of epidemiology. Topics covered will include measures of disease occurrence; measures of association; study designs; the roles of bias, random error, confounding, and effect modification in epidemiological studies; and screening for disease. At the conclusion of the class, you will be able to read and interpret epidemiological studies and explain how an epidemiological study could be designed to answer a particular health question.

HA 310: Introduction to Health Careers

3 Credits
This course offers an overview of the healthcare workforce, exploring ongoing environmental, technological, political, economic, and demographic trends and issues that impact contemporary and future human resources needed for the optimal functioning of the health care system. In addition, this course provides in-depth exploration of the major health professions, examining crucial aspects of each field, including roles and responsibilities, education and credentialing requirements, work settings, and salary forecasts. The content will also include a brief review of U.S. health delivery systems, public and private financing, reimbursement models, insurance, and new technologies influencing trends in health careers. Finally, this course will provide guidance in job search strategies, preparing a professional résumé, and interviewing strategies.

HA 317: Long-Term Care

3 Credits
This course offers an overview of the healthcare workforce, exploring ongoing environmental, technological, political, economic, and demographic trends and issues that impact contemporary and future human resources needed for the optimal functioning of the health care system. In addition, this course provides in-depth exploration of the major health professions, examining crucial aspects of each field, including roles and responsibilities, education and credentialing requirements, work settings, and salary forecasts. The content will also include a brief review of U.S. health delivery systems, public and private financing, reimbursement models, insurance, and new technologies influencing trends in health careers. Finally, this course will provide guidance in job search strategies, preparing a professional résumé, and interviewing strategies.

HA 318: Public Health

3 Credits
This course introduces you to the principles of public health practice, with emphasis on its history, philosophy, ecological nature, and scope. Although health promotion theories will be addressed, discussion will center on practical applications of public health, epidemiology, disease prevention, health promotion, and environmental and social/behavioral determinants of health. Additional attention will be given to federal, state, and local public health responsibilities; the core functions and essential services of public health; and professional roles in the public health sector.

HA 319: Global Health

3 Credits
A comprehensive overview of current global public health issues will be discussed in this course. Students will investigate and discuss the impact of environmental emergencies and infectious and chronic diseases, as well as ways in which the World Health Organization (WHO) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) respond to health crises. This course provides an overview of various health systems and the delivery of health services in countries with a diverse range of sociopolitical and economic conditions. Health care systems around the world will be explored in terms of the region's health care needs, public policies, values, and economy with an eye toward health disparities and determinants of health.

Course description subject to change.

HE 302: Health Behavior

3 Credits
This course will survey the major theories of health behavior and behavior change. Students will learn to apply theories at the individual and community levels. Students are introduced to the role of health behavior in health education and promotion programs.

This course meets the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) accreditation criterion number seven by introducing and covering "behavioral factor impacts on human health and health disparities."

Course description subject to change.

HE 305: Community Health

3 Credits
This course introduces students to the concepts of population and community health. The processes of community health will be covered throughout the duration of this course, with special attention to racial and ethnic minority populations. Specific interventions will be discussed, including the role of community organizing and community building in promoting health. This course will relate concepts to community health threats, including gun violence and drug overdoses.

This course covers the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) accreditation criterion number five for "identifying and addressing population health challenges."

HE 315: Medical Terminology

3 Credits
Course description coming soon.

HE 316: Human Disease

3 Credits
This course will cover the major structural and functional mechanisms of human disease, including genetics, inflammation, cells and tissues as the basis for healthy functioning, cancer, and infectious agents. Students will explore the major organ systems of the human body in order to better understand the biological basis of disease.

This course covers the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) accreditation criterion number two, "concepts of health and disease."

HE 318: Infectious Disease Response

3 Credits
Course description coming soon.

HE 403: Health Disparities and Cultural Diversity

3 Credits
This course will address the multiple factors contributing to health disparities. This course will examine individual internal factors, such as biological and behavioral elements, and external factors, such as socioeconomic background and environmental differences. This course introduces these concepts and serves as a basis for subsequent coverage in health behavior, environmental health, health policy, and law. An emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations.

This course covers the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) B3 domain by introducing "the variety of cultural contexts in which public health professionals work."