Healthcare Management Courses

The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework for the healthcare management bachelor of science degree.

  • 45 credits - Arts & Sciences (Educated Citizen Core) - on-campus and online
  • 39 credits - Business Core - online
  • 18 credits - Concentration - online, but scheduled throughout the curriculum plan to ensure completion
  • 18 credits - Transfer or Elective - minors - Spanish or Sign Language. COM 102 Public Speaking (required support course).

This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

Arts & Sciences | Educated Citizen Core

COM 101

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 320

HEALTHCARE COLLABORATION & LEADERSHIP

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This course applies leadership and management theories to the changing environment of healthcare. Students synthesize their knowledge of such topics as emotional intelligence, assertiveness, conflict management, gender dynamics, feedback delivery and systems theory in advanced writing and speaking projects. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course. A complete portfolio (Levels I-III) is due by the end of the course.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM 210/213

ETHICS COURSE

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Students must choose to take either:

HUM 210   INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations.  Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis.

HUM 213   PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS
This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM 250-259

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

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HUM 250-259

Students critically analyze the impact of history on contemporary society.  Historical methods of inquiry inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development. Most undergraduate students must take one course from this group.

HUM 255        HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

This survey history course facilitates exploration of the history of Western Civilization from ancient times through the age of European exploration utilizing archaeology, works of fiction, news media, and secondary sources. The course provides opportunities for students to (1) employ creative means of exploring history, (2) become familiar with basic research skills and (3) hone creative and scholarly writing skills.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 256        THE HISTORY OF WESTERN MEDICINE

This survey course examines the history of the dominant form of medicine in the world: that which developed in Western Europe and America between 500 B.C.E. and the twentieth century. Among the various sciences, medicine stands apart. In its modern form, it is both science and art. The study of the history of medicine is more than a mere background to contemporary science: it serves as a platform for understanding how past cultures saw themselves and their place in the world. The history of medicine reflects changing cultural understandings of the world and the place of humanity within it. Medicine, or medical history, can also have a profound effect upon what we believe about nature and ourselves, influencing our art, literature, and philosophy. The majority of this course will deal with medical trends, treatments, and perspectives. These can strike us as both amusing and disturbing, but their greatest value lies in their power to prompt us to reexamine our own beliefs and assumptions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 257        U.S. HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT, AND PROMISE: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BY CHALLENGING THE PRESENT & DEMANDING A NEW FUTURE

Students in this survey course will explore the history of the United States from the first inhabitants of North America to 1870.  From these historical roots the course will explore 20th century conflicts including the current war in Afghanistan. Even though it will follow a political chronology it will focus on history as a dynamic process shaped by human expectations, difficult choices, and often surprising consequences. It will concentrate on the following themes: Global Relations, Constitutional Heritage, Citizenship and Democracy, Cultural and Geographic Diversity, and Social, Technological, and Economic Development. It will encourage students to think historically, to be reflective individuals, and to be active citizens seeking the truth as agents of change.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 258        WORLD HISTORY TO 1800

Students examine the formation of selected world civilizations up to the 18th century and relate challenges of those civilizations to the challenges humans face in the 21st century global community.  We examine how civilizations are formed and analyze forces that caused them to decline and transform.  We look at both the large picture of civilizations in an overview, and we examine lives of individuals who made significant impacts on their society and its future.  Historical methods of inquiry, including study of maps, artifacts, primary texts, and critical evaluations of secondary source interpretation, inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development.  Most of all, this course provides students with opportunities to make personal connections with experiences of individuals in the past.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 259        HISTORY OF SCIENCE: THE CREATION OF A BIOMEDICAL WORLD

This is a course on the history of science, with an emphasis on the development of modern views toward biology, medicine, and how they have affected our views of human nature. In this course students will practice basic and advanced historical skills, and a large amount of in-class time will be spent on discussing and practicing the techniques that historians use to investigate and understand our world. Most of our time, we will explore the following questions: How and why have humans attempted to learn about the natural world, attempted to do science and medicine? How and why have those attempts changed over time? How have discoveries in science and medicine changed our social, cultural, and religious values? How have our social, cultural, and religious values changed our study of science and medicine?

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major
  • Credits: 3.0 or 1 course required for most undergraduate students

HUM 2--

WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVES

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Students may choose two (2) World of Ideas elective courses. The courses must be categorized within one of the three sections below. At least one of the two electives must be in the Arts or Human Connection.

  • The World of Ideas: Human Connection
  • The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • The World of Ideas: The Arts

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 6.0

MAT 120

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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This course is designed for students who need to review basic college algebra skills. It covers topics including positive and negative real numbers, solving linear equations and their applications, integer exponents, operations with polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, graphing, and equations of lines.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCIENCE

SCIENCE COURSES

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Students must take two science courses, at least one of which must include a lab.

  • Credits: 6.0

PSY 101/215

PSYCHOLOGY COURSE

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PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory.

  • Credits: 3.0

PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

  • Credits: 3.0 
  • Prerequisite: As determined by program
  • Credits: 3.0

MAT 260

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

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This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 465

CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN

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This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community.  Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

  • Credits: 3.0

Business Core

ECO 210

HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS

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This course will provide an introduction to basic economic concepts important for the study of healthcare economics. Topics covered in this course include: How healthcare differs from other goods and services, historical trends in healthcare expenditures, economic analysis of the Affordable Care Act, determinants of supply and demand for healthcare, health insurance and health insurance markets, basic economic evaluation methods. Alternative healthcare systems and reforms are also explored.

  • Credits: 3.0

ACC 220

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

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Financial accounting examines accounting concepts, the accounting model, measurement processes, financial statements, financial analysis, the accounting cycle, monetary and fixed assets, inventory, current and long-term liabilities and equity structures of partnerships, proprietorships and corporations.

  • Credits: 3.0

ACC 225

PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

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Course presents accounting information used for internal business management.  Focus is on planning, controlling and evaluating company performance.  Content includes budgeting, job costing, product pricing, breakeven analysis, standard costing, and decision models.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 280

BUSINESS LAW

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This course will introduce students to laws and ethical standards that leaders must abide by in the course of conducting business. Business law includes state and federal laws, as well as administrative regulations. Laws and ethics contribute to shaping an organization's decision-making process. Upon the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 310

HUMAN RESOURCES

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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 leader 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

BSH 320

MARKETING IN HEALTHCARE

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This course involves analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within healthcare and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, brand products and services, enhance a communication strategy to the consumer, and develop pricing approaches. Methods and models of marketing fundamentals will be introduced.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 340

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

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A study of the history of health records, professional ethics, the functions of a health information department, retention of records, medical forms, health information practices, and responsibilities to healthcare administration, medical staff, and other medical professionals.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 350

FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

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This course focuses on the area of modern healthcare management through the analysis of important areas of emphasis for a healthcare manager.  Students will focus on planning processes, job design, supporting and implementing decisions, division of work and overall organization while building and maintaining quality services within an organization.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 360

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & THEORY

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Students will analyze individual, group and organizations influence on behavior within the workplace. When leading within an organization it is critical to understand how an organization can influence performance, motivations, and turnover. Students will examine behaviors on different levels within an organization's structure along with influences of an individual's behavior within organizations, and how leaders within organizations accomplish change. Exploration of organizational behaviors will be studied by applying organizational theory to a variety settings and challenges.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 400

ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

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This course explores the foundation of ethics in relation to managing and decision making in the healthcare system, and investigates the healthcare manager as decision-maker, leader and moral agent. Topics covered include: Applying a foundation in the theories of moral philosophy to make and support ethical decisions as a healthcare manager and apply ethical decision-making processes to contemporary and critical healthcare issues. Corporate social responsibility is also discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 403

LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE

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This course provides a foundational investigation of personal and organizational leadership with an emphasis on developing leadership talent. The following topics in leadership are included: overview of key leadership theories; differences between management and leadership; followership, implementing change, and emerging trends. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which can facilitate effective leadership within organizations.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 404

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL AND HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT

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This course provides an overview of healthcare finance and reimbursement practices and methods. Students will learn payment systems, basic coding, revenue cycle management, and what fraud and abuse is along with the negative impact on an organization. Understanding the ways in which insurance companies pay claims will provide a basis to manage contracts and reimbursement levels. Different types of insurance will be studied that includes managed care, HMOs, Medicaid and Medicare. The shift from a process-oriented focus to a revenue cycle management focus, has driven the need to effectively manage revenue streams effectively in order to survive in today's healthcare world.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 410

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE

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This course focuses on healthcare operations management from the perspective of a healthcare professional. It provides a quantitative approach to analyzing business and logistics concepts and how they impact the healthcare equation. The course explores the foundations of operations management in healthcare, healthcare as a business, fundamentals of financial performance in healthcare, and the supply chain in support of healthcare and pharmaceutical operations management.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 490

CAPSTONE I: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

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This course explores theories and concepts related to strategic management (e.g., planning, formulation, and implementation). This course combines the information from multiple business areas (e.g. accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing). Topics include sustainable competitive advantage, resource-based activity, balanced scorecard, and other strategic planning tools and processes.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 491

CAPSTONE II: APPLIED STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE

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This course enables learners to take learning from Capstone I and apply it to a web-based simulation in which they work in teams as top level managers. This experiential process allows students to review the theoretical constructs of strategic management and learn how to apply those constructs in a controlled competitive environment. Learners will reflect upon these decisions and catalog these artifacts in a portfolio.

  • Credits: 3.0

Support Courses

COM 102

SPEECH COMMUNICATION

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This course invites students to explore the underlying principles of effective speech communication, with special applications to workplace environments. Students study and discuss the broad-based oral and nonverbal dimensions of effective speech interactions and effective public speaking and then apply the principles in public speeches.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 370

RESEARCH METHODS

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This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

BSH 300

SURVEY OF U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

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This course will explore the basic foundation in which healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Topics include the delivery, financing, and regulation within healthcare systems. Healthcare professionals need to have an understanding of the interaction of U.S. healthcare policies and public health science to be able to act as change agents in their professions.

  • Credits: 3.0

Elective Courses

BSH 401

HEALTHCARE QUALITY

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This course provides an introduction to knowledge and skills needed to lead quality improvement initiatives. Focusing on the evolution of quality from management to assurance and final to improvement students will explore the history of quality improvement. Students will examine principles, concepts and methods related to the application of quality initiatives and strategies to quality improvement in a healthcare setting. Thematic topics for specific initiatives may include Lean Methodology concepts, Six Sigma, and Plan-Do-Check Act (PDCA) Cycle related to performance improvement in healthcare.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 405

HEALTHCARE POLICY

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This course analyzes key contemporary issues in healthcare policy. This course includes design and structure of the U.S. healthcare system, policy initiatives and the roles of government, the private sector, consumers, and advocacy groups in setting policy agenda.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 414

PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

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Students will evaluate basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Topics that are covered include organizational culture, structure, group behavior, motivation, power, politics, organizational change, and workplace conflict within a healthcare setting.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 416

COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS

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Students will explore effective skills that are essential to being a successful coach. It is imperative for leaders in today's business environments to be effective team leaders who are able to coach individuals to initiate, embrace, and sustain change. Leaders must understand that an employee's expertise is not the only area to consider when coaching. When a leader coaches individuals, they must consider an individual's values, personal characteristics, and attitude, which makeup a person's personality, which could challenge the process. Students will identify criteria for developing high-performing teams through coaching, talent development, and team leadership.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 425

CRITICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE

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This course is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop a clear understanding of how society, politics, and world issues influence healthcare in the United States. Topics included in this course are bioethical issues, and contemporary issues such as bioterrorism, human genome project, rising prescription drug costs, and urbanization, social stress, and mental illness.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 426

THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

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Negotiation in today's world is an intentional skill one should strive to master. This course will introduce skills associated with successful negotiation and conflict resolution. Students will apply concepts, theories, and related research to situations with a focus on developing a deeper understanding of roles, and approaches to negotiation. This course is designed for an individual to apply negotiation skills in a variety of environments that can be emotionally and conceptually complex.

  • Credits: 3.0