HMGT 101: Health Care Terminology. This course provides students with a basic knowledge of the terminology used in the health care professions. Topics will include word analysis, construction, pronunciation, spelling, definition, and use of terms. This course is offered in a self-paced, online format and may be waived if student has significant health care industry experience. Student may elect to have this course graded CR/NC.
HMGT 306: Principles in Health Care Management. This course examines a wide variety of healthcare management concepts and theories designed to influence and improve the performance of healthcare organizations. The external and internal environments of organizations are identified, as well as key management functions, roles, and responsibilities. Essential aspects of healthcare management are addressed. This course is designed for the student who has little or no relevant health care industry work experience. This course may be waived if student has significant health care industry work experience.
HMGT 320: Health Care Policy and Delivery Systems. This course provides a systems-level analysis of the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery. Legislative, regulatory, and financial processes relevant to the organization and provision of healthcare services are examined with attention to their impact on quality and safety in the practice environment and disparities in the healthcare system.
HMGT 330: Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care. This course examines the contemporary application of legal and ethical issues involved in the management and delivery of healthcare services and health-related research. A historical overview of events and milestones that have shaped the contemporary regulatory landscape is provided. Specific topics include informed consent, medical negligence, liability of hospital and staff, medical records and disclosure of patient information, ethical billing and coding practices, end of life decisions, and medical staff credentialing.
HMGT 340: Financial and Economic Aspects of Health Care. This course provides the foundations for economic evaluation and financial management in delivery of healthcare services, including principles of supply and demand. The purpose and methods of financial reporting, such as financial statements and balance sheets, are explained. Financial risk and insurance principles and mechanisms for healthcare reimbursement, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other payor programs, are presented. The course also explores the financial, political, and economic aspects of universal healthcare.
HMGT 375: Health Care Informatics. The focus of this course is on the application and use of information technology to support clinical and managerial decision-making in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on information technology that supports the delivery of services, including the collection, storage, retrieval, and communication of data; information systems safeguards; ethical and legal issues; and information management that promotes patient safety and quality of care. Information literacy and basic hardware and software concepts are addressed. Fundamental software applications, including spreadsheets and healthcare databases, are considered.
HMGT 425: Evidence Based Health Care Management. This course provides an introduction to the utilization of best evidence in managing healthcare issues. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of systematically integrating evidence to improve decision making and performance. Students will learn to clarify the issue surrounding decision, focus inquiry, develop strategies to gather supporting evidence in reliable literature, and solve management challenges based on the best evidence available.
HMGT 445: Quality Improvement in Health Care. This course examines quality and safety issues within healthcare organizations. Student will be introduced to quality improvement science and risk management strategies that reduce the likelihood of injuries and financial loss in addition to quality management activities to assure that standards are met and to optimize the quality of healthcare. Topics include quality of service delivery, quality planning, physician-patient relationships, safety of health care, quality of health services research, health care evaluation and benchmarking, technology assessment, and clinical research related to quality of care.
HMGT 495: Health Care Management Capstone. The capstone provides an opportunity for students to synthesize the knowledge and skills gained from the program of study through a written paper or project. Students will complete a significant project drawing upon learning outcomes from their other healthcare management courses. This course must be taken in the student’s final semester.