Health Policy And Management Course Descriptions
This course provides comprehensive overviews of the American healthcare systems, their organization, administration and financing. In addition lectures, exercises and papers are structured to provide an understanding of the major stakeholders involved in health care; the issues driving the health care reform agenda; the use of community-based needs assessment in planning the delivery of healthcare services; and methods for measuring and monitoring the quality of care.
This course explores the concepts of scarcity, social choice, resource allocation, efficiency, investment, and market forces and their relationship to health services delivery and health policy. A variety of analytical principles and methods are examined and applied to issues including healthcare financing, cost containment, regulation, access, insurance, productivity, and program evaluation.
This course provides an overview of the legal system, legal issues, and the convergence of public health policy and the law, through analysis of contemporary topics.
This course will introduce students to the basic financial statements generated by health care organizations, and used for financial decision making, both for control of organizational assets and long-term financing. Principles and techniques of financial management will be studied and applied including: budgeting, cost analysis, management of patient accounts, financing and sources of operating revenue.
This course will provide students with current financial theory and tools needed in day to day practice by healthcare managers. This course encompasses virtually the entire spectrum of the industry, including hospitals, insurance companies, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, surgical centers, ambulatory practices and integrated healthcare systems.
A survey of management theories and principles with emphasis on the role of the middle manager within health service organizations is presented. Topics include: leadership style, supervision of professional staff, evaluation of program effectiveness, and fiscal accountability.
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic learning and analytical frameworks of Long-Term Care (LTC). Three perspectives or approaches are used to describe and discuss the complicated LTC landscape. First, LTC is examined as a “system” - that is, a cluster of interrelated components. Next, LTC is explored from the point of view of public policy - that is, from the perspective of various courses of action open to government to address the LTC dilemma. Finally, LTC is viewed as an expanding market for providers of health care, social services and housing.
This course is designed to provide health care managers/professionals with an overview of the managed health care industry, which impacts all aspects of the delivery of health care in the U.S. today. An introduction to all types of managed health plans (including consumer directed health care, HSA, HDHP, HMOs, PPOs, and POS) is included. This course also examines the roles of corporate America, government, consumers, and providers of care, and how they impact the managed health care system.
Today’s healthcare managers must understand information technology and the use of data for planning, evaluation and decision making. This course provides healthcare managers with an overview of information management, information technology, the strategic use of information resources and the benefits to the organization.
HPM 6039 Human Resource Management
In order for an organization to meet its strategic goals and be externally competitive, it is critical that management acquire a knowledge and understanding of the essentials of human resources management, concepts, laws and business practices. This course explores management strategies: to integrate a variety of management skills and promote a positive workforce culture for organizational effectiveness; to protect management and the organization against legal liability; to meet the challenges of a multi-generational, diverse and complex workforce; and to attract, retain, motivate, develop and reward a talented workforce for organizational success. Upon completion of this course students will be able to develop a practical plan of action to achieve these goals.
This course provides students with knowledge of the major theories of organization. Students study the principal elements of organizational structure and behavior and their effect on today’s managerial problems. In addition, the applications of these theories, through such concepts as “the learning organization” and “organizational leadership” are discussed.
HPM 6050 The Art and Science of Grantsmanship
The fundamentals of grant and contract administration, proposal development and program evaluation for the public health and social welfare professional are presented. Topics include funding sources, program development, proposal components, financial and budget issues, contracting for sponsored programs, post-award management, governmental regulations and compliance, and ethical aspects of research proposals.
HPM 6051 Developing the Strategic Plan
Overview of the basic principles of strategic planning for healthcare providers is presented in this course. Emphasis is placed on planning principles as well as the specific skills and methods employed in strategic planning. Students are required to engage in actual market research and analysis; case studies of various strategic plans are discussed and analyzed.
HPM 6056 Strategic Management of Communications in Healthcare Organizations
This course focuses on managing communication issues when healthcare organizational and stakeholder interests collide. The course explores the dynamic public environment of health care and the influences that must be considered by decision-makers. Knowing how actions may be judged in the public arena will help managers navigate their healthcare careers. Managers at all levels need to know how to interact with various “publics”, such as the media, the community, public interest groups, agencies, unions, etc. The course uses case studies and interactive problem-solving. Public relations tools and techniques, consumer behavior, and strategic public affairs planning are examined.
HPM 6057 Leadership, Power and Influence
This course is designed for students who are, or plan to become, health services managers, and wish to upgrade their leadership skills in highly competitive and rapidly changing work environments. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of leadership and power, which is necessary to influence people in order to accomplish one’s objectives. Topics for discussion are the challenge of managerial life, sources and use of power and politics, network building and exchange strategies, leadership styles, and other important topics that can give rise to more effective leadership.
HPM 6058 Health Services Organization and Management
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the organization and management of health care systems. Students analyze critical management concepts through discussion, case analysis and practical applications in a variety of health care settings. Special attention is paid to assessing and redesigning organizational structure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these systems.
HPM 6059 Managing Change and Decision-Making in the Healthcare Industry
The various approaches to change management employed in organizations are explored in this course. Students explore the core management competencies needed for effective change leadership. Students also integrate the concepts and techniques involved in implementing a planned change process. In addition, the theories and techniques of organization and individual decision-making are discussed.
HPM 6060 Alternative Health Delivery Settings: Exploring Behavioral and Correctional Health
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of behavioral health services utilizing a case study methodology. The awareness and acceptance of, as well as advances in, treatment for mental illness throughout history to present day will be explored. Case studies will examine behavioral health services in a variety of settings including: hospitals, prisons, colleges and universities, rural and urban communities, and western and developing countries. Legal, financial, regulatory, and other issues unique to behavioral health will be explored including the importance of integrating behavioral health services with medical and surgical services. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the historical, financial, legal, regulatory, and care delivery issues unique to behavioral health services. Societal issues affecting both the providers and recipients of behavioral health services will be examined, including stigma from both within and outside the healthcare delivery system.
HPM 6061 Managing Long-Term Health Care Facilities
This course provides an opportunity to examine the essential skills required for the successful management of a long-term care facility. The focus is on management functions (leadership, planning, organizing, and marketing), human resources, finance (principles of accounting and budgeting), environment (architecture and regulatory) issues, and resident/patient care. The course also examines the multiple aspects of the administrator’s role in the operations and politics of the organization.
This course focuses on the practical application of the principles of medical ethics to contemporary issues in healthcare planning, management, and delivery. In an era of increasing regulatory mandates and resource scarcity, an understanding of the function of ethical analysis is of critical importance in the identification, elucidation, and resolution of healthcare controversies. The course includes an overview of the philosophical foundations of the principles of medical ethics and presents a methodology for their employment in the attempted resolution of problems which exist at the confluence of medicine and morals. Issues of patient and professional autonomy, beneficence and non-malfeasance, confidentiality, informed consent, and distributive justice are explored. Application is made to such contemporary issues as euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and AIDS.
HPM 6064 Strategic Management
Strategic management is an externally oriented philosophy of managing an organization to orchestrate a fit between the organization’s external environment and its internal situation. Strategic management goes beyond the traditional focus of strategy formulation and incorporates leadership through successful strategic implementation. Case studies of healthcare organizations are utilized to illustrate various aspects of strategic management.
HPM 6065 Making Information Work for the Modern Manager
Health care managers and other professionals are burdened with a blizzard of data and information. This course focuses on how to use information effectively in decision-making and managing organizations. Practical approaches to design, data collection and analysis are presented. Students explore ways to make software work to improve presentations from simple Excel to sophisticated e-analytics. In addition, innovative uses of technology in healthcare and the life sciences are discussed.
HPM 6067 New Directions: Medical Management of Health Care
Excellence in clinical quality and consumer satisfaction are becoming more significant market drivers; therefore this course is of interest to students who will be managing the delivery of health care services. It describes a comprehensive and integrated program that allows an organization to effectively assess and manage both the quality of clinical performance of providers and the health status and satisfaction of insured populations. Prerequisite: New Directions: Managing Health Care
HPM 6068 Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of economic forces and their effect on health policy. Students gain a better understanding of how market economists think when addressing healthcare policy, specifically legislation and regulation. Health Economics is a prerequisite for this course and it is expected that students will extend and enrich their knowledge of health economic tools and principles.
HPM 6069 Health Policymaking in the United States
This course examines the political economy that shapes the development, implementation, and changes in health policy at the federal and state levels. The impact and role of key health policy players from the public and private sectors will be examined including legislators and executives in federal and state governments, employers, healthcare providers, insurers, industry, academia and consumer groups
HPM 6070 Delivering Healthcare Services to the Aged
This course is designed for students interested in the issues around service delivery for the elderly and those preparing for management positions in long-term care and nursing facilities. It focuses on the role and status of the elderly; the major health, social and economic problems affecting the aged; the range of policies and human services available to meet the planning issues related to the gerontological social services system.
HPM 6071 Leading Healthcare Organizations towards Performance Excellence
This course expands the student’s knowledge of quality data reporting, including differentiation between the various types of quality metrics, pay for performance contracting, and specialty center and center of excellence designation. In addition, students are exposed to the design and implementation of a quality monitoring program in a cost containment environment.
This course introduces students to some of the key concepts, strategies and analytic tools of operations management as they apply to the delivery of patient care. The course focuses on the philosophy of continuous improvement, working in teams and systems thinking. Students use management tools for process analysis and design, capacity planning, decision-making, and performance measurement. Also addressed is the central question of how to improve clinical and non-clinical performance of health services.
HPM 6073 Marketing in Health Care Organizations
Marketing plans are born from an organization’s vision and mission, and are integral to the development and implementation of a successful strategic plan. This course focuses on the components of internal and external marketing of different health care organizations and services. Students learn how to develop a marketing plan from conception through implementation, evaluation and monitoring.
HPM 6092 Seminar in Health Policy and Management
This course explores contemporary trends and recent developments in an area of study not examined in other elective courses. Topics may change each term. Students should consult the program director for subject matter to be covered.
HPM 7090 Field Experience in Health Policy and Management
Students explore the application of theory by working in an approved health services organization or equivalent. Field work is supervised by a faculty member who serves as liaison to the organization.
HPM 7091 Directed Research in Health Policy and Management
This course includes advanced study and research in an area of interest chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty member. Opportunities for work on special problems are provided.
HPM 7093 Tutorial in Health Policy and Management
This course offers a comprehensive individual study of a specific topic, guided by the professor.
HPM 7095 Thesis
Under special circumstances, and with prior approval of the department chair, HPM students may write a thesis as an alternative to the HPM capstone course.
It is expected that the thesis will include some independent research and integration of skills acquired by the student through coursework. The thesis includes formulation of research questions, methods to carry out the inquiry and presentation of results of the research. Some theses may require approval of the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of any thesis work. Students should work through their department chair/program advisor to determine if their thesis will require IRB review. Students must maintain regular contact with their thesis advisors during their thesis work. Prior approval from the Director of MPH studies is required and a thesis advisor will be assigned upon approval.
The capstone is a culminating experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills they have acquired through their Masters in Public Health (MPH) education. Students will work cooperatively in groups on real-time public health issues appropriately applying, theory, methods and tools learned in the MPH program.
In groups, students will define their project research question or area of research focus, perform a thorough literature review and discussion, apply the program-specific methodology to develop and/or evaluate the prescribed program, service, or legislation, and present their findings in both a written report and an oral presentation to internal and/or external stakeholders.
Note: Students are eligible for the capstone course upon successful completion of all courses and practicum. Prior approval from the department chair is required.
In the event that a student cannot complete all of the elective credits for graduation prior to enrolling in the Capstone course, s/he may concurrently enroll in ONE online elective for the spring term, with permission of the Health Policy and Management Advisor or Global/International Health Program Director.
The Health Policy and Management Comprehensive Examination is the culminating experience for distance education students. This is a proctored comprehensive examination that covers all core areas of knowledge offered by the School of Health Sciences and Practice as well as the core areas of knowledge offered by the Health Policy and Management Department (see core requirements). Distance Education students must earn a minimum score of 80% to complete this degree requirement. More details regarding content and preparation will be available upon registration for this examination. This exam is offered in spring and fall semesters only. (Note: There is no credit awarded for the comprehensive examination. The cost of the exam is equivalent of 1 credit. There may be an additional fee required for exam proctoring. This fee is paid directly to the proctor by the student.)
This course provides an introduction to primary health care in different areas of the world. Topics include systems of health care, review of international organizations, major public health problems, primary care providers, maternal and child health services, surveying for disease prevalence, vital data and information systems, sanitation and drinking water programs, and traditional and western therapies.
Epidemiologic principles are used to study the prevalence of infectious diseases. Topics include a review of epidemiologic principles, methods of epidemiologic investigations, surveillance, the role of the laboratory, and strategies of control and prevention of disease. An in-depth study is done of such infectious diseases as diarrheal diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, respiratory infections including TB, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, and parasitic diseases.
This course offers a comparative analysis of healthcare systems in terms of the financing, organization, and delivery of acute, long-term, and mental health care, and public health services. A comparative analysis of methods of reimbursing physicians, hospitals, and other providers is also offered. Comparisons are drawn between and among nations, including the United States, with respect to political and cultural contexts, public policy, and the regulatory components of these systems. Emphasis is placed on Canada and Western Europe, but Japan, Central and Western Europe, Israel, and third-world countries are also examined.
The social and health problems of women in developing countries are addressed. Topics include reproductive, infectious, and neoplastic diseases and other problems indigenous to developing areas of the world, stressing the social, political, and economic aspects of health status.
This course is designed to teach the student the basic principles of emergency management and how they apply to all hazards, including those due to disasters, terrorism, and public health emergencies. The student is shown how the discipline of emergency preparedness applies science and technology, planning, risk analysis, and management in dealing with large and complex events; events that have the potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality, extensive damage to property, as well as to the economic and physical infrastructure of communities. Lastly, the student is shown how the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery phases apply to these events.
Acts of terrorism present unique threats to communities. Students are shown the approaches to planning for and responding to acts of terrorism, including those that are chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive. The concept of hazard and risk vulnerability as it applies to terrorism is presented. Also discussed is how the threat of terrorism has affected emergency preparedness and the approach taken to terrorism preparedness at the local, state, national, and international level. Prerequisite: EMS 6016 Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness
This course explores the unique aspects of both natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. In addition, the challenges faced by public health emergency practitioners are presented. The student is taught how to apply comprehensive emergency management to these events. Information from recent national and international events is presented and discussed. Prerequisite: EMS 6016 Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness
This course explores the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of public health in times of natural disasters, terrorism, and public health emergencies. The student is taught how emergency preparedness principles can be applied to public health preparedness. The course covers the role of public health in disasters and terrorism. It discusses how emergency preparedness is applied to public health emergencies and complex humanitarian emergencies.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills learned in previous emergency preparedness course work. Students will gain insight in the practical application of emergency management principles and practice in a variety of settings. The course examines the application of emergency management in both the public and private sector as well as provides perspectives on emergency preparedness as a profession. Lectures are designed to be discussion-based and provide the student with global insight into the practice of multi-disciplinary emergency management. Prerequisites: All preceding EPREP courses. This course applies only to all distance education certificate only or distance education MPH students who are pursuing the certificate as part of their studies. On-campus MPH students will complete the Capstone course or a Thesis on an emergency preparedness topic.
Emergency Preparedness Graduate Certificate Comprehensive Examination – distance education students only
This is a proctored comprehensive exam that covers all required certificate course core areas of knowledge. Students must earn a minimum score of 80% to complete this degree requirement. A reading list as well as more details regarding content will be available upon registration for the examination.