Healthcare Administration Courses

Code Course Credits

HCA 101

American Sign Language I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces American Sign Language and deaf culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, non-manual aspects of ASL, introductory fingerspelling, and some cultural features of the deaf community.

3

HCA 102

American Sign Language II

Offered: Spring Semester

Continues basic language and culture study. Offers an opportunity to build receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary. Topics include the use of signing space and further use of non-manual components, including facial expression and body postures.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 101.

3

HCA 103

Introduction to Gerontology

Offered: Fall Semester

The process of aging. How does and will it affect me personally? What is our national response to the problems associated with aging? How does ageism, or aged-based prejudice affect society? What social, governmental, financial, and healthcare systems operate to help the aged and in what ways do they fail? What can I do to change that? Students identify and combat agism, in themselves and in other social institutions. Distinctions between normal aging and disorders which occur in the older people. Bio-psycho- social theories of aging. Evaluation of aging services.

3

HCA 105

Healthcare Foundations

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines the parts of the healthcare system in the U.S. in light of the Affordable Care Act and stresses the patient and family as the primary focus of the system. Who are the players in health services? What are the structures of the system and the behaviors of the system participants, and how does our present system prevent meaningful reform?

3

HCA 170

Disability?

Offered: Fall Semester

What do the words disability, handicapped and challenged really mean? In what ways am I disabled and how can I use that knowledge? What has science contributed to our challenged populations? What are the personal and societal values toward challenged populations? How have history and religion contributed to those values? Am I, are we, doing enough? Students review personal and societal fears about disability, learn to confront and change negative attitudes and values, understand medical causes, effects and treatment of a wide range of clinical disorders, and develop a belief and value system which includes positive attitudes toward the emotionally and physically challenged.

3

HCA 191

AIDS and Emerging Infections

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An examination of the biomedical, social, cultural, political, and historical issues surrounding AIDS and emerging infections.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

HCA 200

Creative Process

Offered: Fall Semester

Developed to respond to an environment of shrinking resources and expanding regulation, this course explores the creative process. Examine theory and practice methods to increase creative potential in yourself and those around you. Turn problems into challenges with active practice of theoretical concepts; consider issues of ethics, supervision, innovation, productivity, resource management and service development in the light of what is known about creativity. This course is designed for any student.

3

HCA 205

Computer Concepts for Healthcare

Offered: Spring Semester

Role of computers in healthcare: electronic health records, health IT, regulations imposed by Affordable Care Act, are some of the topics that will be examined.

3

HCA 208

The Continuum of Long Term Healthcare Service

Offered: Spring Semester

The course examines medical care from hospitals to hospices, from nursing homes to informal care giving. Case management, financing, and ethical issues are studied and evaluated. Focus is placed on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of clients and families. Case studies are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 105.

3

HCA 209

Public and Community Health

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course reviews the principles, legal authority, historical development, and future of public health. The specific mission of public health with respect to the following topics is discussed: infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, AIDS, substance abuse, and tobacco control. Disparities in health status, the relationship of poverty to poor health, the prioritization of the most prominent community health problems, and the mobilization of local resources to address them are considered.

3

HCA 219

Epidemiology

Offered: Spring Semester

The role of epidemiology as a tool for analyzing health problems in managerial settings. Introduction to study designs, bias, confounding, and significance; association and causation.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

HCA 220

Healthcare Policy and Politics

Offered: Fall Semester

Historical development of the nation's system of healthcare. Review of healthcare policy development and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels; major healthcare and related social issues and concerns are addressed in both readings and class discussions.

3

HCA 250

Mind, Body, Spirit, and Health

Offered: Fall Semester

This course reviews alternative approaches to health promotion and health interventions. It contrasts Western medicine with strategies that utilize the mind and spirit in building defenses against illness and in coping with the problems of chronic pain. The increasing roles of these alternative approaches in current healthcare delivery systems are discussed.

3

HCA 300

Quality Assessment Methods

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

The purpose of this course is twofold: to provide the tools necessary to conduct patient-based assessments that meet the internal and external measurement needs of community medical practices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities; to provide a working knowledge of the essential qualitative and quantitative Continuous Quality Improvement measurement techniques necessary for process improvement in healthcare facilities.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 105.

3

HCA 301

Health Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduction to the theory and practice of communication within the healthcare context. Topics include interpersonal communication (e.g., provider-patient, physician-nurse, family-patient, family-provider), communication within health service organizations, and external communication between health service organizations and third-party payers and regulators (e.g., conflict management, negotiation, public relations). Designed for those majoring or minoring in Communication or Healthcare Administration; recommended for anyone interested in working in a facility providing healthcare services.

3

HCA 303

Quality Improvement and Methods in Healthcare

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Examines the critical principles underlying quality improvement principles and practices in the context of healthcare: motivating clinicians and patients to change their behavior; methodologies for motivation; models or paradigms that govern professional thinking.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 105.

3

HCA 321

Economics of Healthcare

Offered: Spring Semester

Economic analysis of healthcare delivery markets, physician and nurse shortages, insurance industry distortions, models of hospital behavior, demand and supply considerations, impact of market failure.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176 or the First-Year Seminar equivalent.

3

HCA 323

Healthcare Law

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines legal issues in provision of healthcare services. What are the three sources of law? What should you do if your healthcare facility is sued for malpractice? What is informed consent? Do you have to tell a patient everything? What should be documented in a medical record and when can such a record be released? When can a patient refuse treatment? When can a healthcare facility refuse to treat a patient? What are a patient’s rights? Negotiation and legal writing skills are developed. Recommended for anyone interested in working in a facility providing healthcare social services, either as a manager or a provider.

3

HCA 325

Healthcare Finance

Offered: Spring Semester

Focuses on: How do I make sense of financial statements? How can I use accounting information to manage effectively? How can I determine the relative “health” of healthcare organizations? How can I budget more effectively? What special issues are raised in the complex area of third-party insurance reimbursement and how will that affect an organization’s behavior?

3

HCA 326

Healthcare Supply Chain Management

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

The role of supply chain management in the healthcare industries: what are supply chains and how do they work? The course studies not only traditional logistics or operation management but also marketing, new product development, finance, and customer service. Material presented in lectures and through case studies.

3

HCA 330

Healthcare Product and Service Delivery

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is intended to teach the skills needed to keep organizations competitive in the constantly changing healthcare environment. The course discusses developments in the healthcare field that require managers to have heightened skills in strategic planning and competitive analysis. The course also examines the models that exist for delivering quality service to consumers and how to build a base of loyal customers.

3

HCA 334

Comparative Health Systems

Offered: Spring Semester

An examination of the organization, finance, and performance of healthcare systems in selected developed and developing countries to identify possible lessons that can be applied to other healthcare systems. Also, a consideration of the impact of globalization on health services delivery: greater consumer responsibility, demographic shifts, regulatory approval schemes, intellectual property processes, public reporting of provider quality, and performance-adjusted reimbursement.

3

HCA 335

Healthcare Employment Law

Offered: Spring Semester

Examines legal issues regarding interviewing, hiring, and disciplining employees. What questions can you legally not ask during an interview? What shouldn’t you say in a reference? When can you legally fire an employee? Are personnel policies on a contract between the employer and the employee? Training and motivational skills developed.

3

HCA 336

Supervision/Leadership

Offered: Fall Semester

How do I establish a proper work setting, getting the most from myself and those who work for me? How do I hire, discipline and fire employees? How do I set proper objectives for the work environment? How do I counsel the "problem employee"? Heavy use of casework and role play with significant focus on understanding and using leadership styles, and developing conflict resolution and negotiating skills.

3

HCA 337

Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Strategy formulation and evaluation for healthcare organizations. Employing an extensive study of strategic concepts along with case studies, this course will focus on evaluating the external and internal environments of organizations. Tools and techniques for analyzing strategies will also be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 336.

3

HCA 410

Healthcare Administration Senior Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Stresses problem identification, selection of alternative solutions, solution implementation and evaluation; case method is used; management memos and senior research paper required. Capstone course.

3

HCA 411

Special Topics in Healthcare

Offered: Offered Periodically

Through readings and discussion, this course reviews the relationship of poverty to wellbeing; the value of community organization in mobilizing needed changes in the healthcare system; the importance of a stronger role for women in healthcare deliberations; the cowardice of government inaction in the face of devastating health problems; the limits of modern technology in addressing some of our most recalcitrant social problems.

3

HCA 475

Internship in Healthcare Administration

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters/Summer

Usually fulfilled by a 400-hour, for-credit experience in the summer between third and fourth years. Tailored to the student, placement requires a high level of employment-like preparation (resumes, interview, etc.). Student evaluation is performed by the on-site preceptor and faculty advisor. Locations may be selected from medical organizations affiliated with the program or identified by the student with respect to geographic needs or other criteria. Paid stipend usually available.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

HCA 490

Directed Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research. Permission of faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

3

HCA 495

Healthcare Field Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A limited number of 10 hours per week field studies are available each semester. For the highly motivated student.

3