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Health Administration, Graduate Certificate Courses

The following are courses in the Health Administration Graduate Certificate program.

Required Courses

HA 701: Introduction to Health Delivery and Administration

3 Credits
This course discusses the broad structures and functions of the U.S. health system with careful examination of services, cost, and quality of healthcare. Students will gain a thorough appreciation for the evolution of our healthcare system through time, as a function of U.S. values, scientific discovery, and world events. The curriculum will provide an overview of a wide array of features of the U.S. healthcare system such as long-term care, public health, healthcare financing, the healthcare workforce, technology, and managed care. Further, students will gain deeper understanding of major historical healthcare policies impacting our current delivery system, the current status of provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and the future of healthcare reform.

HA 702: Understanding Health Information Systems

3 Credits
Understanding Health Information Systems is the second course in your certificate program. This course begins by introducing you to the terminology, hardware, and software used in health information technology (HIT). Next, you are introduced to electronic health records (EHRs) to develop an understanding of their advantages and challenges. You also learn about how data are organized in an EHR. Then, you learn about the systems development life cycle (SDLC) and how it is used in decision-making. The course then shifts to data analytics, as you explore the various sources of data used in HIT and how data are used in different types of healthcare facilities. Furthermore, you learn about the importance of interoperability and the challenges of making systems work together. The course ends by examining how the underlying concepts in the Foundation of Knowledge model and the data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) paradigm help transform data and information into knowledge and wisdom.

HA 703: Healthcare Law, Regulation & Ethics

3 Credits
The inextricable link between the healthcare delivery system and law requires healthcare administrators to be experts in a breadth of legal and regulatory issues. This course will introduce students to the legal and ethical issues affecting the administration and delivery of healthcare services. Students will be familiarized with the U.S. legal system, major legal issues pertaining to the management of healthcare institutions, regulations surrounding quality of care, the impacts of the Affordable Care Act, and ethical issues in health administration. Specific attention will be given to common legal and ethical issues encountered in the healthcare environment, including antitrust laws, patient privacy, end-of-life care, and malpractice. Students will become familiar with the responsibility of healthcare organizations to comply with government regulations and the important role of ethics committees for decision-making in healthcare delivery.

HA 704: Healthcare Quality Improvement

3 Credits
Stakeholders at all levels rely upon healthcare administrators to deliver safe and high-quality services in the healthcare organization. Further, the move toward value-based care has driven providers to conduct more rigorous evaluation of patient safety and performance. In this course, students will explore the principles of quality management and quality improvement. Utilizing case studies and other learning methodologies, this course will discuss quality improvement models, project teams, collaboration, and systems within the healthcare organization that provide a foundation for delivering safe, high-quality healthcare. The curriculum will provide an overview of the principles of and practical tools for quality improvement, including the strategies of Lean Six Sigma and the Toyota model of quality management. Students will also learn essential management practices for adopting and implementing performance goals for lasting process improvements, strategies for assessing population health, procedures for safe discharge planning, laws and regulations related to healthcare quality, and an understanding of value-based purchasing.