Course Descriptions

HA 8160 – Introduction to the Health Care System

3 hours
This course introduces and describes the healthcare delivery system and the resources that comprise it. The theoretical basis for the system, as well as the overall planning, organization, management, evaluation, quality, and major health policy issues are discussed.

HA 8190 – Health Policy and Ethics

3 hours
This course concentrates on health policy issues in the planning, delivery and organization of health services. Examination of policy issues focuses on the relative roles of the public and private sectors and the control procedures used to implement these policies. Ethical issues and problems and their resolutions are presented within a decision-making framework.

HA 8250 – Health Economics and Financing

3 hours
This course explores central problems in the economics and financing of health care services in the U. S. and other economies. The demand, production, cost, and allocation of health care services are examined through the use of a variety of conceptual and empirical models. The effects of financing methods on the availability, quality, and planning of health care are also explored.

HA 8440 – Executive Leadership in Health Care

3 hours
This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the administration and organization of healthcare systems, including analysis of management problems, planning, evaluation, operations, and policy analysis within the healthcare environment.

HA 8450 – Legal Environment of Health Care

3 hours
This course provides students with a study of the legal aspects of the health care business. The course covers the role of government in regulating health care and health applications of the law, of torts/malpractice, contracts, and administrative law. It equips students to recognize legal issues in the health care environment and to manage legal risks in decision making.

HA 8550 – Healthcare Planning and Financial Management

3 hours
This course is designed to integrate and apply knowledge, concepts, and methods in financial management to the ongoing operation and planning for healthcare organizations. The course builds upon an operational knowledge of financial management theory, concepts, and methods. Students have the opportunity to apply these ideas to “real-world” healthcare business cases and use spreadsheet analyses to make financial and operational decisions. Topics covered include financial and operational analysis of healthcare entities, cost accounting, financial forecasting, time value analysis, financial risk concepts, debt and equity financing, capital acquisition and structure decisions, capital budgeting and project risk assessment.

HA 8620 – Operations Management and Quality in Health Care

3 hours
This course is an introduction to the application of operations management techniques to health care organizations. Topics include: systems theory, waiting lines and queuing theory, quality assurance, project management, facility location and design, health information systems, work design and productivity, forecasting, and simulation.

HA 8670 – Health Information Systems

3 hours
This course focuses on the critical role of e-health and information systems in the planning, operation, and management of health care organizations. Topics addressed include the analysis, design, selection, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information systems in a variety of settings such as health systems, hospitals, and medical practices.

HA 8680 – Care Management and Delivery Systems

3 hours
This course focuses on care management in various components of the health care delivery system, particularly the ambulatory care sector. Models of population access and movement through the health care system are emphasized, and the distinctive characteristics of quality assessment, utilization review, and administrative management for each component are discussed. Topics include organization, financial management, operations management, information systems, and quality assessment appropriate for each major health care component.

HA 8700 – Health Services Research and Evaluation Methods

3 hours
This course is designed to provide students with the technical skills in health services research, including program evaluation and survey research methods, analytical epidemiology, and collection and analysis of health services data.

HA 8750 – Predictive Analytics in Health Care

3 hours
This course introduces the techniques of predictive modeling and analytics in a data?rich health care business environment. It covers the process of formulating business objectives, data selection, preparation, and partition to successfully design, build, evaluate and implement predictive models for a variety of health care applications. Predictive modeling tools such as classification and decision trees, neural networks, regressions, association analysis, cluster analysis, and others will be discussed in detail and applied to practical health care problems.

HA 8990 – Strategic Management in Health Care

3 hours
This is a capstone course designed to give the student an opportunity to develop conceptual skills needed by top-level health care managers. Emphasis is given to the integration of subject matter from health administration courses and business administration courses. Subject matter stressed includes (1) development of organizational strategy in health care institutions, (2) the strategic planning process, (3) formulation of objectives and policies, and (4) the management of change in the health care industry.