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Courses - HCA Graduate Level

502. The Health Care System (3)

Overview, developmental summary of the American health care system and its driving forces. Major elements of the healthcare system; today's major health policy issues in a historical, economic and political context.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503. Health Care Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 300
Application of economic principles to health care; the flow of funds through the health care system including physicians, hospitals, managed care, nursing home and pharmaceutical firms. Third party payment, asymmetric information, and behavior health care systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505. Organization and Systems of Health Care (3)

Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only.
Analysis of operational activities and managerial functions essential to the health care delivery system, with emphasis on management and leadership influence on developing effective systems of care within various institutional arrangements.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture)

510. Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)

Prerequisite(s): Health Care Administration majors only.
Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502
Management of human resources in the health care system including human resource planning and staffing, training and development, performance appraisal, job design and analysis, and compensation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

515. Advanced Financial Management in Health Care (3)

Prerequisite: ACCT 201 or ACCT 500; HCA 502; Health Care Administration majors only.
Financial environment, payment systems, discounted cash flow analysis, risk, financial statements, capital investments, and capital budgeting. Emphasis on decision making using accounting and finance theories, principles, concepts and techniques.
Letter grade only (A-F).

517. Advanced Healthcare Information Systems Management (3)

Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Broad overview of healthcare information systems; close examination of business needs for the information technology (IT) to deliver cost-effective quality health services.
Letter grade only (A-F).

524. Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration (3)

Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Federal and state regulation of health care facilities, employees, patients and programs. Ethical and legal perspectives on malpractice, liability, contracts, informed consent, end-of-life decisions, reproductive health, medical records, confidentially and required disclosures.
Letter grade only (A-F).

526 Research Methods in Health Care Management (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 250 or equivalent statistics course, Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502 and advancement to candidacy
Research design and methods in health care management and health services, including use of literature review, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing and sampling, experimental and quasi-experimental approaches, and research ethics.
Letter grade only (A-F)

528. Managing Population Health (3)

Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502
Fundamental epidemiologic concepts and applications in health care management practice. Approaches to measure the health status of populations, identify modifiable causal factors for preventing and controlling adverse health outcomes, and improve population health.
Letter grade only (A-F)

530. Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502.
Strategic planning based on analysis of analyses of secondary quantitative and qualitative data to study changes in technological, social, political, regulatory, and competitive aspects of the health care market.
Letter grade only (A-F).

535. Quantitative Methods for Health Administration (3)

Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Application of quantitative and operations research techniques to problems in health care settings. Exposure to decision theory and control systems. Problem solving experiences in resource allocation, procedures, scheduling, forecasting, measurement and cybernetic control.
Letter grade only (A-F).

536. Hospital Management (3)

Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Analysis of hospitals by broad function and specific departments through cases, simulations and visits to develop familiarity with internal operations of acute care hospitals and skills in solving hospital operational problems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

537. Managed Care (3)

Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Orientation to the organization and administration of health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and related enterprises. Legal and regulatory issues, marketing, utilization management, premium rating systems, information systems, case/disease management.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours)

539./439. Management Challenges in Long Term Care (3)

Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only; undergraduate students HCA 300; graduate students HCA 502.
Functions and essential skills to manage LTC organizations and facilities: institutional arrangements; patient/family/community relations; workforce management; marketing; reimbursement.
Letter grade only (A-F).

550. Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services (3)

Prerequisites:Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
Administrative and professional issues to assure quality in health care. Historical beginnings: metrics and indicators; state-of-the-art practices; voluntary and governmental monitoring.
Letter grade only (A-F).

552./452. Medical Group Practice Management (3) F

Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only; undergraduate students HCA 300 and HCA 341; graduate students HCA 502.
Fundamental operational responsibilities of medical group adminstration today, with emphasis on finance operations and management skills.
Letter grade only (A-F).

580./480. Internship in Health Care Administration (3)

Prerequistes: A grade of "C" of better in HCA 502, HCA 505, HCA 510, HCA 515, HCA 524, HCA 530, HCA 535, and HCA 550.
Minimum 120 hours of structured work experience in a health care organization, under direct supervision of a preceptor-employee. Graduate students study and report on institution's organizational structure, philosophy, problems and personnel.
May be repeated to a maximum of six units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (Workshop/Activity 6 hours)

590. Selected Topics in Health Care Administration (1-3)

Topics of current interest in the various fields of health administration and health services management selected for special presentation.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

599. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Directed study of a special topic to be taken under supervised independent study.
May be repeated for a maximum 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

680. Healthcare Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Development (3)

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy and completion of minimum 27 graduate units.
Foundations of starting a new business in healthcare with a complete business plan, including pro-forma budget, market analysis, options for financing, marketing and advertising plan. Case studies to bring contextual focus on specific departments, organizations, and issues in healthcare.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Project (3)

Prerequisites: HCA Majors only, Advancement to candidacy and completion of a minimum 27 graduate units in the major.
Foundations of starting a new business in healthcare with a complete business plan, including pro-forma budget, market analysis, options for financing, marketing and advertising plan. Case studies to bring contextual focus on specific departments, organizations, and issues in healthcare.
Letter grade only (A-F).


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