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HPAM 6010 Comparative Health Systems (2) This course will cover a set of common indicators for monitoring progress towards stronger and more resilient health systems. Health systems of seven different countries will be presented to illustrate the diversity of global systems. The course will build on the World Health Organization’s six pillars to health system strengthening, with emphasis on linkages among different blocks of the system and the effects of the reforms on system-wide outcomes. Students will also learn about the performance measures of health systems using the six building-blocks of a modern healthcare system. Faculty: J. Wisniewski. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6050 Health System Concepts (3) This course introduces students to the historical development, current structure, operation, and future direction of the U.S. health care system. The primary topics include public health activity and health care delivery systems, the factors that determine allocation of health care resources, and the relationship of health care costs to benefits. Students learn to assess organized efforts to influence health delivery and policy formulation, the impact of these efforts on leaders of health care organizations, and the role of societal values and individual behaviors on health system performance, reform efforts, and the health status of our population. Class time is devoted to open discussion of these complex and value-laden issues. Faculty: A. Mora, C. Campbell. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6100 Hospital Organization (2) Hospital Organization examines the structure, processes, and problems involved in daily operations of contemporary hospitals. Emphasis is places on understanding the roles of the management team, the medical staff and the board, connecting organizational mission and performance, and the fundamental notions of high quality patient care. Faculty: J. Haeuser. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6120 Foundations of Management (2) The purpose of Foundations of Management is to give students a set of tools and insight into effective management concepts.  This course will provide students with best practices pulled from several industries which have been successfully applied in healthcare.  With the environment of health care being so diverse with a multi-generation workforce, students will need to become successful at motivating and coaching at all levels in the organization.  The expectation of this course is the students will be required to research key topics, perform key concepts in class, and be provided with immediate feedback.  The outcome is each person will have a set of tools to rely on when faced with various situations in the workforce, and will feel comfortable using the tools. Faculty: D. Davis. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6140 Leadership for Clinical Improvement (3) The course offers students the knowledge, skills, and personal mastery tools that are a prerequisite to assuming leadership positions in the delivery of health services that improve the health status of the individuals and populations. Building on the perspective of clinical education and practice, the student begins his or her leadership journey, integrating and implementing the key structures and processes leading to clinical process improvement and the improvement of health outcomes. By grounding fundamental principles of organizational learning in experimental activities, this course enhances the student's mastery of the core competencies: setting direction, enrolling participation, quality measurement and improvement, personal and team learning, effective health care design, clinical change and organizational design. Faculty: R. Boss. Offered: Spring and Summer. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6170 Quality Management in Health Care (3) This course introduces students to the concept of continuous process improvement and to the discipline of healthcare quality management. This practical course also introduces the tools to examine, evaluate, and implement the key structures and processes of quality management programs in health care organizations.  An integrative approach to improvement and organizational learning is taken, combining topics and methods from diverse improvement approaches in the development of an organization-wide commitment to continuous improvement.  Through case analysis and experiential learning, the course emphasizes practical applications that prepare the participants to use the theory and techniques of quality management in situations with complex clinical and managerial implications.  Course topics include measurement systems, quality improvement tools, and the design of programs for change management. Faculty: A. Mora. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6190 Ethical Concerns of Health Care Managers (2) This course introduces students to ethical problems in the context of health care management. Special emphasis will be placed on managerial dimensions of the discipline as well as bioethical applications. The course is organized by three principal components. The first addresses professional codes of ethics and how they relate to personal and professional integrity. The second addresses corporate ethics including duties to patients and stakeholders, social responsibility, and disclosure. The final section addresses issues traditionally associated with bioethics and medical treatment decision-making. Each of these components are grounded in analysis of ethical principles related to healthcare. Faculty: M. Demosthenidy. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6210 Health Law and Regulation (3) This course is a graduate-level course that introduces students to a wide range of topics in the area of health law and regulation including a number of relevant statutes. Students learn to recognize potential legal problems in various health care settings, identify the issues and rights that are implicated, and propose solutions or plans of action. They also learn to differentiate between legal problems and problems which can more appropriately be solved in other ways. There is an emphasis on formulating analyses clearly, both orally and in writing. Faculty: M. Demosthenidy. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM 6270 Monitoring for Program Management in Global Health (2) This course provides students with an introduction to program monitoring, a widely-valued skill set for managing and tracking results in public health programs in both the domestic and international context. Focus will be placed on programs across a wide spectrum of public health activities, including those related to behavior change, health services utilization, health education and communication, population-based services, primary and secondary prevention, and capacity building. Students will learn to develop a conceptual framework, write goals and measurable objectives, develop appropriate indicators and work with health information systems. This course is designed for students that (1) intend to work primarily in program design and implementation, or (2) wish to master these introductory concepts as a building block to further evaluation coursework. Faculty: J. Bertrand. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6320 Managerial Communications (2) The purpose of Managerial Communications is to develop the written and oral communication skills that students will need as leaders in healthcare-related organizations. To function effectively in complex professional environments, leaders must understand and use different communication behaviors and strategies to accomplish organizational objectives. This course will provide both the underlying concepts and the skill-building exercises to allow the student to build, improve, and perfect their oral and written communications. Faculty: T.J. Stranova. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6360 Human Resource Management (3) This course combines Organizational Behavior and HR Management theory and practices for managers of health care organizations. By integrating the content areas of both subjects, this course allows students to learn organizational theory and then to apply it to human resource issues. Broad topical areas include psychological and cultural processes affecting recruitment and selection, factors influencing training and development, the scientific method as applied to health care organizations, theories and practices influencing employee performance, effective management theory and practice, engaging and involving employees in organizational processes, employee well-being, and managing change. Faculty: M. Diana. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6380 Organizational Behavior (3) This offering provides theoretical and practical content for managers of health care organizations. The course allows students to learn organizational theory and then to apply it to organizational settings. Broad topical areas include psychological and cultural processes affecting recruitment and selection, factors influencing training and development, the scientific method as applied to health care organizations, theories and practices influencing employee performance, effective management theory and practice, engaging and involving employees in organizational processes, employee well-being, and managing change. Faculty: M. Diana. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6450 Health Economics (3) This course introduces basic economic concepts and analytical tools used to address questions concerning the efficient and effective production of health and health services in the context of a market economy. The course emphasizes the application of economic tools of analysis to the management of health-related organizations and to health policy development. Students will study current research on the health care industry and the ways in which economic analysis is employed in the development of public policy on issues related to population health and healthcare. Faculty: C. Stoecker. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6490 Policy Options on Medical Products and Technologies (2) The aim of the course is to give participants insight into and understanding of current developments affecting pharmaceutical policy making today. The course also aims to give participants a better understanding of the theories and methods available for analyzing the effects of policy interventions. Faculty: L. Shi. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None. 

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6500 Introduction to Health Care Accounting (2) Introduction to Health Care Accounting is an applied financial accounting course. Principles of financial accounting are developed and used to examine the difficult strategic and operational decisions existing for health care providers. The general objective of this course is to provide the health care decision maker with the financial accounting theory, concepts, and tools necessary to make better financial management decisions as well as enable the student to make sound judgments regarding financial analyses performed by others. Faculty: H. Long. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6540 Managerial Accounting (2) This class is designed to expose students to managerial accounting within healthcare organizations. The course will cover fixed and variable costs, cost allocation, price setting strategies, budgeting, and revenue cycle management. Faculty: R. Newman. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6550 Dynamics of Payment Systems-Policy and Function (3) This course introduces students to the ways providers of health care services have been, are, and will be paid for the services by private-sector payers and public-sector programs. Knowledge of economic concepts and of financial/managerial accounting will be used to analyze public policy issues as well as implementation and reporting issues. Topics include (1) the macro-economic environment within which current payment systems have evolved and continue to evolve; (2) payment mechanisms for institutionally based care, both acute and sub-acute, and for ambulatory care over a range of settings; (3) regulatory processes determining payment for services in entitlement programs; (4) the policy objectives furthered or impeded by public-sector and private-sector payment mechanisms; and (5) analysis of provider responses to payment systems incentives. Faculty: H. Long. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): ACCN 6010 or HPAM 6540 and FINE 6110 or HPAM 6450 equivalent.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6710 Quantitative Decisions Models (3) This course encompasses a body of knowledge, a set of quantitative skills, and an orientation towards managerial situations which provide managers greater insight and analytic opportunities for improving the managerial process.  Focuses on the systematic planning, direction, and control of the organizational processes that turn resources such as labor, equipment, and materials into services and the quantitative analysis that supports these decisions.  In this environment, the processes involve allocation, scheduling, and procedural decisions that result in the effective and efficient utilization of resources for the delivery of health care services. Faculty: J. Steinberg. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 6030.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6760 Health Systems Strengthening: International Family Planning (2) The concept of health systems strengthening is fundamental to the delivery of health services in the developing world. The WHO framework outlines six building blocks for health systems; governance, health financing, service delivery, human resources, commodities management, and health information systems. Through this course, students will master these concepts as they apply to the "re-emerging area" of international family planning. Whereas the concepts of health systems strengthening generalize to other health topics, the focus on family planning will allow students to gain in-depth knowledge and experience in using key tools relevant to this field. This course will be especially useful to students interested in managing social development programs in the international context, especially in the area of reproductive health. Faculty: J. Bertrand. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6780 Information Systems (3) This course is designed to introduce the health administration student to 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. Faculty: M. Diana. Offered: Fall and Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6890 Health Market Analysis (3) Health Market Analysis introduces students to the concepts of market analysis, marketing, strategic planning, and research presentation management; all of which are vital to successful health care organizations. This course integrates knowledge of marketing, statistics and planning. The course also incorporates understanding of the health care environment in the United States and its effect on the development, presentation and use of a strategic plan. This integration is accomplished through the use of cases and the performance of a strategic assessment and plan for a health care delivery organization. Faculty: M. Hamilton. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6910 Leadership and Professionalism (2) Administrative Internship (I) combines didactic and field sessions to introduce students to the operational management of public and private components of the health care delivery system. Students will be exposed to the planning, delivery, and financing of health services in organizations including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, multi-institutional systems, not-for-profit entities and others. Furthermore, students may have contact with individual patients and patient information during this experience and appropriate professional confidentiality is required. Faculty: T.J. Stranova. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6960 Accounting and Financial Management (3) HPAM 6960 explores selected principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting and applied micro-economics (managerial finance) in nonprofit health care delivery organizations.The course focuses on learning and applying key tools and concepts to problems faced by clinicians and administrators. Topics include, but are not limited to: financial statement structure and analysis, cost concepts used in budgeting, approaches to resource allocation including incremental/marginal analysis, assessing economic viability using cost of capital concepts and adjusting for project risk. Faculty: Hugh W. Long. Offered: Special Offering. Prerequisite(s): HPAM 6940.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 6980 Health Systems of China: An Applied Perspective (3) This course introduces students to various aspects (epidemiology, social, economic, cultural) of China's healthcare system. The course will be delivered in China so that the materials learned in the classroom can be observed in the real world through field visits and field observations. Health reform strategies of China in recent years will be critically examined through directed readings, seminar lectures, and a number of sites including primary care centers, tertiary hospitals, public health entities, and research organizations. Financing of health care and system for paying the providers will also be evaluated and analyzed. Faculty: L. Shi. Offered: Summer. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7170 Strategic Management and Planning for Health Care Organizations (3) Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations will introduce you to strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic management, which are vital to successful health care organizations. This course integrates students' knowledge of management, marketing, organizational behavior, human resources, finance, accounting, health policy, and economics. The course also incorporates your grasp of the health care environment in the United States and its effects on the development of a strategic plan. Integration is accomplished through the use of cases and the performance of a strategic assessment and plan for a health care related organization. Faculty: S. Ebrahim. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7330 Negotiation Analysis (2) Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations will introduce you to strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic management, which are vital to successful health care organizations. This course integrates students' knowledge of management. Faculty: T. Keogh. Offered: Spring. Prerequisite(s): HPAM 6320.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7580 Financial Management (3) This is a course on financial management  focused on making good decisions at the institutional level about investments/divestments (primarily real assets) and about the financing choices (raising and servicing capital). Faculty: H. Long. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): HPAM 6500 or ACCN 6010; HPAM 6502 or ACCN 6020; HPAM 6450 or FINE 6110.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7660 Health Policy Analysis (3) The primary aim of this elective course is to present an overview of health policy in American government, its scope, dynamics, and conceptual and practical dilemmas. It is designed to acquaint students with major issues involved in formulating, implementing, and assessing patterns of decisions established by government. Because the study of policy is essentially interdisciplinary, readings for the course have been drawn from several fields, including sociology, political science, and economics. Specific areas of consideration will be addressed during the seminar through analysis and discussion of the functions of state and local government and various stakeholder groups that attempt to influence governmental action. Faculty: M. Demosthenidy. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): HPAM 6050 or HPAM 6030 or HPAM 6010.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7740 Economic Evaluation and Modeling (3) This course introduces economics concepts and modeling tools applied to economic evaluation in health care. Topics include: cost analysis, effectiveness measures, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. The course will use case studies to illustrate the use of economic evaluation. Students will develop skills in software to build decision tree models, and Markov models for economic evaluation. There are no prerequisites but the students should be familiar with basic geometry, algebra and statistics. Faculty: L. Shi. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7900 Applied Interdisciplinary Health Systems Research (3) This course provides a foundation for scholarly thinking and decision-making. Students will analyze and describe their perspectives on the field of research, analyze the anatomy of peer-reviewed papers in the, field and draft peer review quality literature reviews. This course uniquely prepares doctoral students to conceptualize, initiate, and complete research projects in the field of health management and policy. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral students only or prior approval from instructor.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7920 Adiministrative Residency II (1) The Administrative Residency II is the fall MHA field experience designed to further expose the future health care manager to the operations environment.  The course is a continuation of the administrative practicum in a health care organization.  Following the summer residency course, this course consists of 14 weeks of part-time work during the fall semester. Students are expected to fulfill a minimum of 20 hours per week at the residency site. The student will complete longer-term projects begun during the summer, or begin to assume new responsibilities. Additionally, there will be several on campus/ in-class assignments and a final paper/project due at the end of the semester. Faculty: T.J. Stranova. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): HPAM 6910, HPAM 6920, HPAM 7910.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 7990 Independent Study (1-3) Masters students and advisor select a topic for independent study and develop learning objectives and the expected final product. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Every Semester. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 8050 Doctoral Seminar (0) This seminar will complement formal academic coursework with discussion on topics related to professionalization, research process, collaboration, cutting edge global health topics, teaching pedagogy, and other domains which merit discussion within the department. Doctoral students will work with faculty sponsors each semester to organize regular panels, lectures, brown-bag seminars, reading club, and similar activities as needed to facilitate learning around themes of writing grant proposals, co-authorship, and publication of results. Students will be expected to make formal presentations. Doctoral students are expected to attend events regularly each semester. Students will be assessed and given feedback via self-report, peer evaluation, and faculty observation. The class meets weekly over eight weeks, or biweekly over both fall and spring semesters. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Fall and Spring. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 8350 Policy Analysis Natural Experience (3) This course is intended for doctoral students interested in policy analysis.  It will focus on when to apply the various econometric methods to panel data.  Discussion will focus on how each technique is applied in practice.  Techniques will include differences-in-differences, synthetic controls, regression discontinuity, and quantile regression. Faculty: C. Stoecker. Offered: Fall. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral status and HPAM 8250 or ECON 7170 equivalents or permission from the instructor.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 8990 Doctoral Independent Study (1-3) Doctoral students and advisor select a topic for independent study and develop learning objectives and the expected final product. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Every Semester. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 9970 Dissertation (0) Doctoral candidates who have defended their prospectus and are engaged in research. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Every Semester. Prerequisite(s): None.

HPAM​​​​​​​ 9990 Dissertation Research (2) Doctoral Students who have completed course work but not defended their prospectus. Faculty: Faculty. Offered: Every Semester. Prerequisite(s): None.