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Health Care Management Courses

HCM250 Leadership Communication (4 credits)
This course emphasizes the communication processes of leadership with particular focus on assessing and researching leadership skills, strategic organizational planning, decision making, problem solving, mentoring employees, collaborative team management skills, cultivating a supportive work environment, change management, facilitation and meeting management skills, presentation skills and interviewing skills.

HCM 220 Epidemiological Foundations (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with a historical background in epidemiological studies. The course is also designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basics of epidemiological investigations.

HCM 400 Health Care Finance (4 credits)
Explores the major concepts of finance within an organizational context, including basic accounting terms, budgeting, time value of money, types of healthcare payments and insurance systems, and global considerations, as students use standard financial tools to make business assessments and financial decisions important for managers in a healthcare organization.

HCM 330 Communication Strategies for Conflict Management (4 credits)
This course provides an overview of the nature and functions of communication in human conflict. Professionals develop communication skills, such as listening and collaboration, which are necessary for managing conflict productively in interpersonal, organizational and intercultural contexts. Professionals will gain an understanding of patterns, research and processes associated with conflict management styles, and civility. This course will also address how language, perception, gender communication, and generational differences and context influence the conflict process.

HCM 350 Health Care Diversity and Global Issues (4 credits)
Students use literature, interviews and class discussion to explore the values, beliefs, customs and perceptions represented in various kinds of diversity affecting social and economic life. Students explore the obligations and implications of equal opportunity in organizations while they develop organizational strategies to benefit from diversity in the United States and abroad.

HCM 435 Ethics and Decision Making in Health Care Environments (4 credits)
This is a foundational course in ethics for individuals who are pursuing vocations in health care. At the completion of this course students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles that are applied to the delivery of health care services, as well as some of the more current and pressing issues of health care delivery. Students will develop a personal model of decision making that is consistent with core personal values as well as the ethical standards of their professions. Students will be introduced to a range of ethical challenges faced by health care practitioners today. These include, but are not limited to, the value and dignity of human life; principles of non malfeasance and beneficence; beginning of life and end of life issues; confidentiality; informed consent; allocation of scarce resources; truth-telling; and the ethics of biomedical research. Students will use case studies, selected readings, discussion, and critical analysis of various models of ethical decision making to construct a personal statement of core beliefs that will guide decision making.

HCM 300 Strategic Leadership of Resources, People, and Teams (4 credits)
The strategy process represents an essential opportunity for health care leaders to establish, implement and guide the organization's direction in these turbulent waters of changing distribution systems. Students will look at the strategies of health care organizations in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.

RAD 440 Legal Environment for Health Care Managers (4 credits)
This course integrates the treatment of law and management. It helps managers and leaders spot legal issues before they become legal problems and emphasizes developing the legal astuteness to craft solutions that attain core organizational objectives without incurring undue legal risk. Traditional legal concepts are discussed as well as current topics in developing areas of the law. An emphasis on ethical concerns stimulates understanding of how managers must incorporate considerations of ethics and social responsibility into their managerial actions.

HCM 325 Compliance and Regulatory Requirements for Health Care Managers (4 credits)
The focus of this course is to examine the various compliance and regulatory issues and challenges that confront healthcare professionals. Key topics covered include: EEO, AAP, ADEA, ADA, OWPA, FMLA, COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, FLSA, NLRA, Sarbanes/Oxley, ethics and the law, corporate compliance, and Medicare fraud and abuse.

HCM 340 Health Care Information Systems (4 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to health care information systems and help them understand why the interlocking of these systems provides numerous challenges and opportunities for health care providers in the years to come. Students will learn how to collect, massage, manipulate data in order to make it useful. There is plenty of useless data and information available; the real professional can mine that data and information into golden nuggets of knowledge.

HCM 490 Senior Research Capstone (4 credits)
The students will engage in a literature survey of research in the instructor's area of expertise and develop a research proposal consisting of a research hypothesis, a rationale for the work and experimental design. Students learn professional presentation skills and combine research and theory to develop individualized synthesis projects which examine research problems and answer a particular research question that has specific application in their occupation.