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HHCM 507 – Healthcare Informatics (3 QH)

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.

MS core course offered during spring and summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 508 – Marketing Healthcare (4 QH)

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.

MS core course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 509 – Statistics for Health Administrators (4 QH)

This course will provide basic principles of general statistical analysis, presentation and application of data, as well as health information statistics specific to healthcare and the analysis, presentation, reporting and application of this data. This course is intended to provide the student with a review of basic statistics and an introduction to data which is collected and measured in healthcare facilities.

MS core course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 510 – Global Health (3 QH)

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.

MS elective course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 511 – Healthcare Management in Non–Hospital Settings (3 QH)

While the hospital is the centerpiece of the health care system, so much health care is delivered outside this setting. Students will be introduced to many healthcare services outside the traditional setting of the hospital and gain knowledge of the operations of such healthcare settings. The course will be divided into four parts: Traditional Care, Diagnosing, Acute-Care Treatment, and Chronic Care and within each area students will explore the basic operations of various health care settings such as outpatient clinics and surgical centers, pharmacies, outpatient laboratories, chiropractic centers, adult day care and hospice care.

MS elective course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

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. Representative case law and studies will augment the legal theories presented in the course.

MS core course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 516 – Risk and Quality Management in Healthcare (3 QH)

This course will explore the risk and quality management processes in depth. The student will be introduced to risk management strategies that reduce the likelihood of harm to people and financial loss in addition to quality management activities to assure that standards are met and to optimize the quality of healthcare. As these functions are interwoven throughout the organization (e.g., information management, medical staff issues, insurance, claims administration, etc.), the concept of risk and quality management as “everyone’s responsibility” will be emphasized.

MS core course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 517 – Management Ethics (3 QH)

The course 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.

MS core course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 518 – Insurance Dimensions (3 QH)

This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the principles of insurance related to healthcare organizations. The curriculum focuses on insurance in the healthcare setting, risk financing considerations, and insurance policy analysis. The impact of recent national and world events, changing economic, and policies as they relate to the healthcare insurance industry will also be explored.

MS elective course offered during summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 519 – Practice Management (3 QH)

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.

MS elective course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

MS core course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

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.

MS core course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 530 – Introduction to Public Health (4 QH)

This course provides an overview of the history, scope, and processes of public health since its beginning in the United States. Readings and course projects introduce the connection between public health and population health outcomes. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions students will use course readings and analyze case studies designed to improve their knowledge of the impact of the role of public health.

MS elective course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HPOP 540 – Essentials of Population Health (3 QH)

This course is designed as an overview of the essentials of population health practices to address the prioritized healthcare needs of populations with a goal of making recommendations to improve access to care, improve quality of care and reduce cost of care.

Population Health Strategies certificate course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HPOP 541 – Community Health Assessment (3 QH)

This course addresses community health topics in order to provide the skills required to delineate health status and design appropriate interventions and ongoing evaluation strategies for improved health of a defined community. The student will use evidence to identify health-related needs, collect appropriate data to support those defined needs, determine health disparities and identify resources to meet a set of priorities.

Population Health Strategies certificate course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 551 – Accounting and Financial Management in Healthcare (4 QH)

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 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.

MS core course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 552 – Independent Study (1 – 6 QH)

The independent study is an individualized learning experience designed to meet specific educational needs of the student.

MS elective course offered all quarters.

Prerequisite: Approval from department chair

HHCM 560 – Health Literacy (3 QH)

Health Literacy has become a public health priority. Many factors impact communication with patients and their families. This course explores how age, culture, language proficiency and socioeconomic conditions significantly impact patient-provider communication. Readings and course project introduce the connection between effective communication and health outcomes. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions students will use course readings and team discussions to prepare to conduct field research and analyze case studies designed to improve the ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers related to patient compliance with treatment plans and appropriate use of healthcare resources. Traditional, social and electronic media will be addressed.

MS elective course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 570 Health and Family Communication (3 QH)

The course, Health and Family Communication, addresses health-issues that families may experience, while situating them with a theoretical context. Using theories such as Family Systems Theory and Communication Privacy Management Theory, this course will take a Lifespan Approach to better understand family health issues. Some of the topics that will be covered in this course may include caregiving responsibilities, long-term disease, disability, addiction, psychological disruption, sexual health, and end of life issues as they affect the family system. Cultural and social norms, in addition to public and health policies, are also addressed as they provide insight into the larger scope of understanding family and health communication. Ultimately, the health of family members impacts the functioning of the family system.

MS elective course offered during summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 571 Introduction to Health Communication (3 QH)

Because of the increasing degree of health consciousness in our society, individuals not only interact more frequently with health care providers, but health care organizations play more active roles in their surrounding communities. In addition, health care cultures are changing. Health care organizations play active social and political roles when responding to national health issues or crises. Hence, it is important that we, as consumers of health care, understand the communication challenges that are inherent within health care organizations as well as within the wider national and global socio-political contexts, and how those can impact the effectiveness of our communication as participants in health care systems.

MS elective course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 572 Health (Care) on the Big Screen: Issues, Images, Messages, and Portrayal (3 QH)

This course explores and examines selected 20th and 21st century films that have played a substantial role in engaging society-at-large regarding a range of health issues, particularly in the context of media, health literacy, and health disparities. Grounded in framing theory from a social construction perspective, students critique and analyze the manner in which these films’ content aid audiences’’ understanding of and or feed misconceptions about health issues, and how healthcare professionals can use this medium in their communication toolkit.

MS elective course offered during summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 590 – Final Portfolio (3 QH)

The purpose of the final portfolio is for the Health Administration student who has successfully completed all required courses in the program to demonstrate achievement of the Program competencies. The intended outcome is to demonstrate the student's mastery of program and course goals and objectives and demonstrate proficiency of competencies learned. The student will make a formal PowerPoint presentation to faculty.

Capstone course offered all quarters.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Health Administration courses or concurrent enrollment in course with final courses. All reflection papers must be completed prior to registration for the course.

HHCM 630 – Public Health Epidemiology (4 QH)

This course explores the epidemiology of infectious and acute disease. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions students will use course readings and team discussions to prepare to examine the impact of infectious diseases involving various populations. This will also include taxonomy and the chain of infection required for successful transmission of disease.

MS elective course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Public Health Certificate

Courses, course descriptions, and quarter offered are subject to change without prior notice.

HPOP 508 – Health Program Planning and Evaluations (3 QH)

This course provides the theoretical foundations of public health program planning and evaluation for defined populations. Evaluation findings will be used to make recommendations for future programming or program revision.

HPOP 543 – Research Methodology 1 (3 QH)

This course exposes students to both quantitative and qualitative foundations of research methods. Students engage in projects where they apply theoretical principles in applied settings. Real-life limitations to traditional research when methods are utilized in applied settings are discussed. Students will be prepared to ask and answer basic research questions.

Program Completion Schedule

  • Full-time schedule – Completion in 4 quarters
  • Part-time schedule – Completion in two years enrolling in two classes each quarter
Part-Time Full-Time
Fall Quarter
Year 1 Year 1
HHCM 515 Healthcare Law (3 QH)
HHCM 525 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Healthcare (3 QH)
HHCM 515 Healthcare Law (3 QH)
HHCM 525 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Healthcare (3 QH)
HHCM 551 Accounting and Financial Management in Healthcare (4 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
Year 2
HHCM 551 Accounting and Financial Management in Healthcare (4 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
Winter Quarter
Year 1 Year 1
HHCM 509 Statistics for Healthcare Administrators and Managers (4 QH)
HHCM 522 Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
HHCM 508 Marketing Healthcare (4 QH)
HHCM 509 Statistics for Healthcare Administrators and Managers (4 QH)
HHCM 517 Management Ethics (3 QH)
HHCM 522 Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
Year 2
HHCM 508 Marketing Healthcare (4 QH)
HHCM 517 Management Ethics (3 QH)
Spring Quarter
Year 1 Year 1
HHCM 507 Healthcare Informatics (3 QH)
HHCM 524 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 QH)
HHCM 507 Healthcare Informatics (3 QH)
HHCM 516 Risk and Quality Management in Healthcare (3 QH)
HHCM 524 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
Year 2
HHCM 516 Risk and Quality Management in Healthcare (3 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
Summer Quarter
Year 1 Year 1
HHCM 521 Evidence Based Management (3 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
HHCM 521 Evidence Based Management (3 QH)
HHCM 590 Final Portfolio (3 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**
Year 2
HHCM 590 Final Portfolio (3 QH)
Elective (3 QH)**

**Two electives are required for degree completion.