15-week evening classes run from January 15 - May 11, 2018
COURSE / INSTRUCTOR FORMAT TERM DATES
HCA 500 - Intro to Health Services Systems (Staff) Face-to-Face 18/SP Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 501 - Health Policy (Healey) Face-to-Face 18/SP Mon. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 501 - Health Policy (Healey) Online 18/A4 Mar. 10 – May 5
HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (Marchese) Face-to-Face 18/SP Mon. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (Marchese) Online 18/A3 Jan. 13 – March 3
HCA 504 - Healthcare Economics (Healey) Face-to-Face 18/SP Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 507 - Healthcare Financial Management (McGowan) Face-to-Face 18/SP

Tues. 6:15-9:00 p.m.

HCA 507 - Healthcare Financial Management (McGowan) Online 18/A4 Mar. 10 – May 5
HCA 521 - Community Health Admin. in Global Context (Evans) Face-to-Face 18/SP Wed. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 521 - Community Health Admin. in Global Context (Evans) Online 18/A3 Jan. 13 – Mar. 3
HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (Prusak) Face-to-Face 18/SP Mon. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills (Healey) Online 18/A3 Jan. 13 – Mar. 3
HCA 597 - Strategic Management in Healthcare (McGowan) Face-to-Face 18/SP Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 598 - Capstone Project (McGowan) Face-to-Face 18/SP Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 599 - Internship (Lettieri) - 18/SP TBA


Course Descriptions

HCA 500 – Introduction to Health Services Systems. This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. health care “system.”  It examines the major institutions, professions, and political forces that influence the provision of health care services in the United States.  Students explore the development of each major component of the medical care system from an historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time.  They also consider the major problems presently confronting each aspect of health care and discuss alternative means of resolving these issues for the future. A secondary, but important objective of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the concepts and language requisite for many of the subsequent courses in the HCA program, including health policy, healthcare financial management, and healthcare economics. (3 credits)

HCA 501 – Health Policy. This course introduces the student to current major issues in health policy. This course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislation at both the state and federal level. Key forces such as power development, special interest groups, economics and cost benefit analysis are discussed. Major policy issues that are reviewed include managed care, public health, Medicare and Medicaid, technology assessment, and population-based medicine. (3 credits)

HCA 502 – Human Resources Management. This course surveys the activities and decision-making functions of the human resources manager, including personnel planning, recruitment, interviewing, training and development, compensation practices, benefits administration, maintaining personnel records, employee communication, labor relations and succession planning, with an emphasis on the legal dimensions of these various activities. Attention is also drawn to the professional and legal responsibilities of the individual manager or team leader in matters such as employee rights, privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, employee evaluations, workers' compensation and recruitment of personnel. This comprehensive review occurs from the unique perspective of the health services organization. (3 credits)

HCA 504 – Healthcare Economics. This course is designed as an in-depth study of the major topics in health care economics. We will study the production, cost, and financing of health care services, delivery mechanisms and their effects, health labor markets and professional training, and use of economic evaluation tools (cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses) in making decisions about allocation of scarce resources. The overall goal of HCA 504 is to teach the students to understand how the framework of economics can be applied to health care markets. (3 credits)

HCA 507 – Healthcare Financial Management. This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the financial management function in the context of health care organizations. In addition to basic finance and accounting concepts, topics covered include the concepts of health insurance and third party reimbursement, cost concepts and decision analysis, budgeting requirements, long-term financing, capital budgeting and risk, and financial and operating analyses. The course will integrate corporate finance and accounting theories, institutional knowledge of health care finance, and applications to specific real-world problems. The primary goal of this course is to increase analytical and decision-making skills using finance theories, principles, concepts, and techniques most important to managers in the health care industry. (3 credits)

HCA 521 – Community Health Administration in Global Context. Designed to give students the theory and practice experience in the local, regional, national, and global community to work on health issues and concerns. Critically explores global public health issues as they pertain to different populations throughout the world and discusses health needs of special populations. Class discussions and written reports will examine the meaning of service and leadership in the health field. (3 credits)

HCA 531 – Understanding Organizational Ethics. This course is designed to expose graduate students to the kinds of moral problems they will encounter as professionals in their functional areas. The focus of the course is policy formulation and implementation, with emphasis placed on the ethical dimensions and ramifications of that process. A series of current corporate case problems is reviewed and discussed in order to raise some of the major ethical issues involved in managing the organization's relationships with its many publics. (3 credits)

HCA 595 – Leadership and Executive Skills For Health Care Managers. This course focuses on a value-added and process-centered method of goal attainment. Topics include leadership theories, culture, human resources management, contingency and transformational theories, communication skills, mentorship, and team building and change theories. (3 credits)

HCA 597 – Strategic Management in Healthcare. This course will examine strategic planning processes and issues with an emphasis on environmental scanning, competitive analysis, strategic decision making, plan making and implementation in health care settings. Additional topics include ethical concerns in plan development and implementation with especial emphasis on social justice and managing the dual tracks of strategic and operational planning. (3 credits)

HCA 598 – Capstone Project. Designed to assist students in the transition from theory to practice. Emphasis on sharpening analytical and intuitive leadership practices through the use of interactive case studies, team building exercises and field projects. (1 credit)

HCA 599 – Health Care Administration Internship. An internship provides students with administrative experience in a health service agency. Internships with a health-care facility may be substituted for one elective course.  The internship is coordinated through the Career Planning and Placement Office.  Permission of the director of the Health Care Administrative Program is required.  (3 credits)

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