Interprofessional Studies (DSc/PhD)
Course Descriptions

HIPS 600 INTRODUCTION TO DOCTORAL STUDY (3 QH)
This course introduces the new graduate student to the importance of critical thinking and the strategies for independent inquiry necessary for doctoral level study. Career patterns and pathways are investigated with emphasis on goal setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program

HIPS 560 CRITICAL INQUIRY 1 – RESEARCH (3 QH)
Students are introduced to the elements of thought and the logic of critical thinking. Measurement theory and principles are studied. The role of the research in professional practice is examined. Principles and application of scientific inquiry are emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program

HIPS 561 CRITICAL INQUIRY 2 – STATISTICS (3 QH)
This course covers descriptive and inferential statistical procedures with examples of use in the biomedical and clinical sciences. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1

HIPS 562 MEASUREMENT PRINCIPLES (3 QH)
This course is designed to assist students to understand the principles of measurement theory. An opportunity is provided to explore the reliability and validity of measurement instruments of the student’s choice. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1 and 2.

HIPS 660 ETHICS IN RESEARCH (3 QH)
This course provides an overview of bioethics and discusses a broad range of potential situations in which a researcher may become involved. Familiarization with the ethical decision making process and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of research is included. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1 and 2.

HIPS 680 Proposal Development (3 qh)
Students are guided through the steps necessary for the development of their dissertation proposals.  Each student identifies a research problem, develops a research design and suggests methodology for data collection and analysis.  Overall, the course lays the groundwork for the completion of the research work and dissertation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous research courses.

Research Component:

HIPS 710 CLINICAL RESEARCH (MIN 9 QH)
An individualized clinical research project which involves the identification of an interprofessional clinical problem, review of the literature, data collection and analysis followed by the preparation of a publishable paper.   Oral defense is required.  Prerequisites:   Successful completion of all previous coursework  

HIPS 810 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (MIN 12 QH)
An individualized theoretical research project addressing the integration of two professions performed in a laboratory setting. The student will identify an interprofessional problem, review literature, collect and analyze data and prepare a publishable paper. Oral defense is required. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all previous coursework. 

Interprofessional Component

HIPS 501 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPROFESSIONAL STUDIES (3 QH)

This course sets the stage for interprofessional study by covering the education, training licensure, roles and functions and history of a variety of health professions. It emphasizes the overlapping nature of the disciplines and stresses collaborative communication and action. Prerequisites:  Admission to the program

HIPS 550 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (3 QH)
An introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of healthcare in multiple disciplines.  What is considered evidence by different professions is covered.  The course begins with the development of interprofessional questions and moves to successful search strategies, ending with the application of the evidence to improving quality of care. Prerequisites Admission to the program.   

HPTH 619 PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION (3 QH)
A course designed to aid with the planning, implementing and evaluation of interprofessional academic courses.  Methods and models for design and evaluation are included. Prerequisites:   Admission to the program

HIPS 601 INTERPROFESSIONAL SEMINAR (VAR)
This course is a discussion centered learning experience in which special topics in the area of Interprofessional Studies are considered.  Literature is identified and discussed with a recognized expert in the area.  The topic will vary by quarter and be a required sequence in the later years of the program.  Prerequisites:   Successful completion of all coursework. 


HHCM 526 LEADERSHIP IN THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT (3 QH)
Provides the healthcare practitioner with theory and skills in the area of leadership management, communication, motivation, interviewing and legal guidelines. Prerequisites:   Admission to the program

Interprofessional Component

HIPS 701 PRACTICUM IN INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (6 QH)

An individualized learning experience in which a student participates in a class with an interprofessional student body. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes. Prerequisite:   Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework

HIPS 702 INTERPROFESSIONAL SERVICE LEARNING PRACTICUM (6 QH)
An individualized learning experience in which a student participates in an interprofessional service learning activity. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework

HIPS 703 INTERPROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE PRACTICUM (6 QH)
An interprofessional learning experience in which a student plans and observes an interprofessional interaction.  The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes. Prerequisite:   Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework

Electives

HHCM 551 ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE (3 QH)
This 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 provides a 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. Prerequisites Admission to the program

HHCM 525 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE (3 QH)
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. Prerequisites Admission to the program

HHCM 515 HEALTHCARE LAW (3 QH)
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 administration and 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.  Prerequisites Admission to the program

HNUT 532 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (3 QH)
Designed to provide the healthcare professional with educational skills and techniques for the classroom, the individual patient, and for continuing education programs. The skills and techniques addressed are: developing teaching outlines to include behavioral objectives and interactive teaching, needs assessment and educational outcomes, communication and motivational techniques and theories for teaching the adult learner. Prerequisites Admission to the program

HNUT 504 INFORMATION AND HEALTH LITERACY (3 QH)
This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to become an information literate individual. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and practice the following: identifying the topic of interest or developing a research question; acquiring knowledge through the efficient use of current technologies, such as online and electronic resources; establishing evaluation criteria for information resources; evaluating and integrating the acquired information to answer the original query/research question, while complying with copyright laws/guidelines; and effectively communicating this information, through an appropriate medium, to the target audience in an ethical and legal manner. In addition, students will explore the impact of health literacy on patient care and health outcomes and will acquire the skills needed to assist them in translating information about diseases and their treatments into a language that healthcare consumers can understand. Prerequisites Admission to the program

***Course descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.***

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