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HSMG Course Descriptions

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  • HSMG 300 Health Indicators (3)

    A basic introduction to classical approaches typically used to describe population health. Emphasizes appropriate summaries and methods of health utilization data display in tables and in graphs. Use of rates, ratios and proportions are addressed. Introduces basic data management, exploratory data analysis and report generation. Students gain hands-on experience in using computer applications such as spreadsheets, statistical packages and database management while becoming acquainted with useful health data sources.

  • HSMG 301 Introduction to Health Economics (3)

    A survey course of the major topics in health economics. Students should develop an appreciation of the contribution economics make to the study of health and health policy. Topics to be covered include the demand for health and health care, workforce issues and the organization and financing of the U.S. health-care system. prerequisite: entry-level course in microeconomics

  • HSMG 302 Statistics for Health Management and Finance (3)

    An introduction to the purposes and practices of statistical and financial analysis in the health management sector. Students evaluate data analysis as presented in health management and finance literature. Students also learn to distinguish between information based upon speculation, intuition and wishful thinking and that based upon systematic analysis of data.

  • HSMG 370 Overview of Health-Care Delivery System (3)

    Provides a systematic overview of the U.S. health services system to familiarize the student with various mechanisms through which health services are delivered. Systems approach assists students in studying details of the various topics while maintaining a broad perspective of health-care delivery.

  • HSMG 371 Principles of Health-Care Management I (3)

    Provides an understanding of the conceptual foundations and practices of management within health services organizations. Presents an overview of the structure, operation and management of health services organizations. Perspectives from organizational theory and general management provide a conceptual basis for understanding and analyzing the practice of management in health service organizations. Uses the case study approach to develop management skills through the analysis of health-care industry examples.

  • HSMG 372 Principles of Health-Care Management II (3)

    Provides an understanding of the conceptual foundations and practices of management within health services organizations. Perspectives from organizational theory and general management provide a conceptual basis for understanding and analyzing the practice of management in health-care organizations. Uses the case study approach to develop management skills through the analysis of health-care industry examples. Examines principles of management in health service organizations, specifically focusing on health professional accreditation, licensure, personnel issues, labor relations and selected issues in material handling particular to health services organizations. prerequisite: HSMG 371

  • HSMG 373 Health Policy and Politics (3)

    An in-depth study of a number of current policy issues in the American health-care system. Particular attention is paid to the roles and powers of nonmedical participants, including consumers, planners, administrators and policymakers.

  • HSMG 374 Epidemiology (3)

    Epidemiology is the study of how health and disease are distributed in populations and of factors that influence or determine this distribution. It is the basic science of public health. This course introduces epidemiology and epidemiologic approaches to the problems of health and disease. The basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented with applications to public health and clinical practice.

  • HSMG 378 Introduction to Global Health (3)

    Provides an introduction to important global health issues, including health determinants and key areas of disease burden, and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems. Students examine case studies of successful global health interventions to understand features of successful programs. Working in small groups, students use their knowledge to design a solution to a real-world health challenge facing a developing country.

  • HSMG 379 Health Information Systems (3)

    Provides future health-care managers with an overview of health information systems. Students gain an understanding of selecting and using information systems and of reviewing applications of information technology in health care. The course explores current trends in information technology and describes how information systems can support high-quality patient care.
  • HSMG 470 Individual Research (3)

    Individual research on an academically sound project of interest in the health systems management field. Research is to be conducted in consultation with a monitoring faculty member. prerequisite: permission of the program director

  • HSMG 471 Special Topics in Health Systems Management (3)

    Specific topics, issues and trends in health management. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

  • HSMG 475 Managed Care I (3)

    Introduces the basic theoretical concepts concerning care, practical management issues and areas of controversy as they pertain to managed care. Topics include benefits design in managed care, structure and management of health-care delivery systems, financing of managed care, medical-surgical utilization, disease management and future managed care trends.

  • HSMG 476 Managed Care II (3)

    Addresses theoretical concepts; health plan operational management; data and information management; public-sector managed care; regulatory, ethical and legal issues; and finance, budgeting, rating and underwriting plans. prerequisite: HSMG 475 or permission of the instructor

  • HSMG 477 Health-Care Law and Risk Management (3)

    A study of the major legal issues encountered in the health-care field by administrators and practitioners. Topics include issues of health-care need, cost and quality control, Medicare and Medicaid, access to health care, the business roles of health institutions, health-care contracts and claims, right to treatment and federal health plans vs. private health coverage.

  • HSMG 490 Survey Research and Data Analysis for Health Services Administration (3)

    This hands-on course provides an overview of typical data analysis methods used in the health services setting, with an emphasis on surveys, including statistical analysis used for health management decision-making. Reviews typical graphical displays of data used in quality assurance programs. Introduces basic PC applications necessary for health managers such as spreadsheets and databases. prerequisite: APST 308 or equivalent

  • HSMG 491 Health Planning and Program Evaluation (3)

    Enriches students’ understanding of the complexity of the planning and evaluation processes used by health-care organizations. Covers theoretical and historical foundations of health planning, the relationship between health planning and regulation and the application of planning methods. Also presents various planning and evaluation models and techniques necessary to equip students with practical evaluation and planning skills.

  • HSMG 492 Internship (3)

    The internship serves as a bridge between theory and practice. Students apply their knowledge and acquire insights into the management of health service organizations. This 90- to 120-hour-based practicum offers opportunities for observation, participation and applying administrative skills in the institutional setting. Course is eligible for continuing studies grade.

  • HSMG 493 Honors Seminar (3)

    An advanced interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on important books and issues and encourages independent thinking, clear presentation and an understanding of the concerns and methods of various disciplines. The course may be team taught; topic and instructor(s) may change from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA and permission of the Denit Honors program director

  • HSMG 494 Honors Project (3-6)

    Directed individual instruction in an advanced project of the student’s choice; the project must be academically related to this discipline. Each student works closely with a faculty director who guides his/her progress. The project must be of honors quality and must be finally approved by both the faculty director and a second faculty member. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director and the faculty director

  • HSMG 498 Strategic Management in Health Care (3)

    Examines strategic management in health-care organizations. Includes discussions of the nature of strategic management; the environment of health organizations; and methods of formulating, implementing and controlling the strategic management of health-care delivery. prerequisite: HSMG 300, HSMG 301, HSMG 370 and HSMG 371 or permission of the program director