Course Index

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HCA 450 APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE

Healthcare organizations provide services to the community to ensure the health and well-being of the public, but they are also businesses and employers, and as such must walk the tightrope between financial success and living their mission and values.  This course emphasizes the legal and ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals, particularly in the role of clinical manager.  Topics covered include ethical decision making, conflict of interest situations, professional standards, codes of ethics, confidentiality and HIPAA. Ethical management of medical errors and strategies for resolution of clinical issues are also addressed.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 430 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

This course focuses on the particular ways in which writers apply the writing process to genres used regularly by healthcare professionals and utilize research to enhance patient outcomes.  Writing assignments will develop students' skills in writing formal correspondence, completing proposals, including effective visual components in formal documents, and completing "Research Evaluation and Utilization Reports", which include recommendations for evidence-based practice in particular settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 420 CLINICAL OPERATIONS

With healthcare spending on the rise and the demand for services continuing to increase, improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery are urgently needed.  This course explores opportunities for improvement in design and management of healthcare operations.  Specific focus is on creating an environment of smooth patient flow by focusing on cycle times, measuring productivity, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and general improvement in health management processes through risk analysis and mitigation. 

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 340 FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS

Although healthcare organizations serve as community resources, they are also complex businesses and their success depends on managers who understand and can apply key financial principles.  This course provides a foundation of accounting principles, concepts and techniques that are necessary for management of healthcare facilities.  Students examine the tools and models available to healthcare managers that assist in financial decision support as well as resource allocation.

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 330 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT & STRATEGIC PLANNING

This course explores basic theories and concepts related to management and strategic planning. Topics include healthcare management, conflict management and resolution, effective communication in the workplace, and strategic planning tools and processes. 

  • Credits: 3.0

HCA 310 FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN HEALTHCARE

This course explores the function of human resources within the healthcare organization. The focus of the course is on the development of skills that the department manager needs for effective management of personnel. Subjects include strategies to attract, hire, and retain high quality employees, compensation and benefit packages, productivity, and employee development, evaluation and training, as well as existing laws and policies surrounding employee relations.

  • Credits: 3.0

HOM 590 Capstone I

Execution of an applied project integrating concepts of healthcare operations management.

  • Credits: 2.0

HOM 582 Research for Information Synthesis

Strategies underpinning using research as an effect approach for the exploration of professional issues.  Emphasis will be on developing a critical eye to evaluate and synthesize information for professional application.

  • Credits: 1.0

HOM 581 Healthcare Information Systems

Exploration of the software and hardware issues involved in people and healthcare organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data.

  • Credits: 1.0

HOM 580 Medical Informatics: Privacy and Security of Health Information

Balancing the need for access to information for business and patient care needs with the need to protect the security and confidentiality of that same information.

  • Credits: 1.0