Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions - These courses are for the 2014-15 curriculum. Subsequent years may be different. Curricular changes may occur at the discretion of the PHS Department from one academic year to the next, which could include additions, deletions or modifications to core basic science courses and/or certificate tracks or courses.

Required Core Courses

Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare
This course presents a general overview of health care in the United States with emphasis on the importance of collaboration among healthcare professionals. Students are given the opportunity to explore a variety of healthcare professions.

Clinical Molecular Cell Biology
In this course, the molecular and cellular processes common to all eukaryotic cells are studied and, where appropriate, comparisons to prokaryotic cells are made. The molecular and cellular processes of specific cell types and tissue types are also considered, and related to their morphological appearance.

Medical Physiology
The course offers the basic principles of organ system physiology. Through lectures, demonstrations, conferences and laboratory work, students receive a quantitative and integrated concept of subcellular, cellular and organ system function.

Topics in Physiology
This course is offered by the Department of Physiology & Biophysics in the Graduate School. The purpose is to provide state of the art knowledge about the physiological basis for understanding numerous pathophysiological situations in humans.

Medical Biochemistry
The fundamental chemical properties and biological reactions of the various compounds important to the normally functioning human organism are studied. As far as possible, mechanisms of life processes at the cellular and molecular level are explained in terms of these properties. Original literature is discussed in conference groups.

Medical Neuroscience
This course, designed for both medical and graduate students, provides a broad introduction to modern neuroscience, emphasizing cellular neuroscience, including the neurochemistry of transmitters and receptor function; systems neuroscience, encompassing sensory, motor, affect, memory, language, and other higher cognitive functions; neuroanatomy, taught using a combination of human brain atlases, realistic models, cadaver brains, and interactive computer programs; and clinical neuroscience, focusing on the neural basis of several major neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Health Professions Education

Learning Theories
Students will examine domains of learning and adult learning theories and how they apply to health professions students. Topics include best practices for motivation, adapting to various learning styles, teaching models/strategies, instructional paradigms, and interprofessional learning environment. The concept of lifelong learning is introduced and students will explore the role that higher education and corporate education/training play in instilling a desire for lifelong learning. In addition, students will develop statements of "teaching philosophy" and a philosophy on interprofessional education. 

Course Development
Students will apply curriculum design techniques to design a course in an area of their interest. Activities will include writing learning objectives, designing assessment tools, and developing content. Students will also discuss how to adapt courses to include interprofessional students.

Classroom Assessment
Students will examine various tools to assess student learning in the classroom setting. Topics include annotated portfolios, concept maps, memory matrix, process analysis, rubrics development, and the use of reflective statements. Students will also discuss how to adapt assessment tools to include interprofessional students.

Instructional Presentation Skills
Students will acquire classroom presentation skills as they explore effective teaching and learning strategies. Topics include effective speaking, use of technology in the classroom, creation of Powerpoint presentations, effective communication through posters, creating dynamic learning environments, and adapting presentations to interprofessional groups of students.

Healthcare Administration & Management Track

Healthcare Law
This course reviews the American legal system as the context within which to consider contemporary medico-legal issues. The course’s intent is to provide a legal framework where healthcare management issues can be explored in collaboration with legal counsel. The curriculum addresses such topics as: professional liability, corporate entity risk considerations, and relevant legislative activities reshaping the healthcare industry and tort reform initiatives. Representative case law and studies will augment the legal theories presented in the course.

Strategic Planning and Leadership in Healthcare
This course is intended to introduce the student to leadership skills and strategic planning in healthcare organizations. Creative, collaborative problem solving within the context of current strategic issues in healthcare will be explored.  The course content provides an overview of the strategic planning process including the elements required to successfully develop and implement short and long-term plans.   The course focuses on leadership skills and qualities necessary to succeed and thrive in the healthcare industry as well as assist the students in applying theories of leadership, motivation, communication and conflict management.  Students will learn the construction of a strategic plan and analyze the state of strategic planning in the healthcare industry. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to analyze their own leadership skills and create an action plan for leadership development by assessing their personal leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Accounting & Financial Management in Healthcare
The course is intended to prepare the student to effectively interact with financial management staff and participate in various aspects of financial control and planning. The curriculum provided an historical perspective of financial management in healthcare, identifying trends in the industry and the forces that influence the financing of healthcare organizations. Financial statements, the interpretation and analysis of financial reports, and topics such as cost-benefit analysis, budgeting, and capital management will also be addressed. Consideration will be given to the cost effectiveness and financial future of healthcare organizations.

Healthcare Delivery Systems
The historical evolution of health services provides a backdrop for the core focus of this course: the study of the healthcare system. The curriculum includes an analysis of the current changes in the healthcare environment and the problems affecting the delivery of healthcare in the United States. A study of the process of policy formation underscores the complexity and difficulty of government action. Economic and political approaches to health policy analysis will be discussed. The concepts of cost, access, and quality will be threaded throughout the course.

Marketing Healthcare
This course will examine critical aspects of marketing management including price, product, promotion, and distribution of healthcare services as well as internal and external forces that impact marketing. The student will be introduced to strategies that provide competitive opportunities to create value for the healthcare organization and improve customer satisfaction.

Management Ethics
The curriculum will provide an overview of bioethics including a broad range of potential concerns in which the healthcare manager may become involved. This encompasses a familiarization with bioethics nomenclature, understanding the ethical decision-making process, and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of administrators and clinical practitioners. Legal and risk management issues surrounding ethical dilemmas in healthcare organizations will be examined in addition to the roles of institutional ethics committees and consultants.

Global Health
The course is designed to introduce students to progress made in improving human health world-wide and understanding the challenges that remain. Students will focus on learning the principles and measures of health improvement, global health themes and diseases, the impact of disease on populations such as women and children, and how they can work as interprofessional team members to address these issues.

Practice Management
Practice Management offers the essential elements and support for a successful healthcare practice concentrating on facility management and organizational skills. Topics will include the organizational management landscape and management functions such as planning and decision-making, organizing, staffing, and budgeting. This course will also address practical concerns such as committees and teams and human resource management considerations such as training and development, retention and recruitment, and communication. This elective course establishes a foundation for growth and professional opportunity for the health management professional.

Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
This course in Organizational Behavior (OB), and Human Resources (HR), in designed to introduce students to organizational behavior theory, organizational communication and human resource management principles to effectively lead and manage an organization. The OB Students will apply management and leadership techniques garnered from successful healthcare organizations to understand and practice management functions, including: understanding employee behavior and motivation, assessing performance, employing groups and teams, operationalizing communication, evaluating conflict, and making appropriate business decisions. The HR functions of planning, recruiting, selecting, training, and appraising will be emphasized. Realistic case studies, collaborative discussions, practical research and peer reviews will be used to develop students’ skills in organizational behavior and human resource management. Other topics will include rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and future trends.

Cultural Diversity and the Management of Healthcare Services
This course introduces the student to the importance of providing culturally appropriate health care for the diverse ethnic populations encountered in the U.S. healthcare system. The significance of family traditions, cultural heritage, and health and healing traditions on the patient’s interaction with the healthcare delivery system and providers will be explored. Students will develop interventions that providers and managers of healthcare can use to diminish the conflict that patients may experience between their traditions related to cultural heritage and the American healthcare system.

Healthcare Informatics
This course will provide an overview of the management of data and information resources critical to effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Course concepts will include: insuring accurate and complete data; coding for reimbursement; ensuring quality of data; analyzing data for decision support, research, and public policy; and the protection of patient privacy and security. Interactions with healthcare entities such as patient care organizations, payers, research and policy agencies, etc. will also be discussed.

Nutrition Track

Modern Nutrition
This course provides an in-depth overview of human nutrition including the processes of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of food and nutrients; the structure, function, metabolism, requirements, deficiencies, and toxicities of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and ultra-trace minerals; and the fundamental principles of energy metabolism and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.

Nutrition in the Lifecycle
This course is an in-depth overview of the nutritional requirements and concerns specific to the different stages of the lifecycle.  Both supporting science and application to clinical situations will be included.

Complementary Medicine and Dietary Supplements
This course is an overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that includes alternative medical systems, holistic, integrative, mind-body interventions and biologically based therapies including a variety of herbs and dietary supplements such as botanicals, vitamins and minerals. The regulatory policies relating to safety of the therapies will be discussed. An evidence-based process will be used to analyze associated benefits and regulatory concerns.

Nutrition in Human Physical Performance
This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the physiological & metabolic responses of the body to a wide range of physical activity. Macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs associated with physical activity and the nutritional needs of special athletic populations will be addressed. Topics such as the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health and wellness, the use of supplements in athletes, and exercise prescription for health conditions will also be discussed.

Course titles and descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.