Courses

Course Code Credits

American Sign Language I

Introduces American Sign Language and deaf culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, non-manual aspects of ASL, introductory finger-spelling, and some cultural features of the deaf community. Limited to 25.

HCA101 3

American Sign Language II

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. Pre-requisite: HCA 101. Limited to 25.

HCA102 3

Intro to Gerontology

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 ageism, 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. Limited to 25.

HCA103 3

Healthcare Foundations

Examines the parts of the healthcare system in the U.S. 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? Limited to 25.

HCA105 3

Disability?

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. Limited to 25.

HCA170 3

AIDS & Emerging Infections

An examination of the biomedical, social, cultural, political, and historical issues surrounding AIDS and emerging infections. Limited to 25.

HCA191 3

Creative Process

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. Limited to 25.

HCA200 3

Computer Concepts For Healthcare

Principles of analysis, design, evaluation, selection, acquisition and utilization of information systems in healthcare. Review of current trends in information technology and how information systems support high-quality patient care. Business software applications are an essential ingredient of the course and are used in student projects. Limited to 25.

HCA205 3

Continuum Long-term Healthcare

What is and who makes up the continuum? Who are its clients? 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. Pre-requisite: HCA 105. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HCA208 3

Public & Community Health

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. Limited to 25.

HCA209 3

Epidemiology

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. May not earn credit for both HCA 109 and HCA 219. Limited to 25.

HCA219 3

Healthcare Policy and Politics

Historical development of the nation's system of healthcare including visions for the future. 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. Limited to 25.

HCA220 3

Mind, Body, Spirit & Health

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. Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HCA250 3

Health Communication

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. Limited to 25.

HCA301 3

Quality Improvement and Methods in Healthcare

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. Pre-requisite: HCA 105. Limited to 25.

HCA303 3

Economics of Healthcare

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. Cross-listed with the Economic Department as ECO 321. Pre-requisite: ECO 176. Limited to 25.

HCA321 3

Healthcare Law

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. Limited to 25.

HCA323 3

Healthcare Finance

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? Limited to 25.

HCA325 3

Healthcare Supply Chain Management

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. Limited to 25.

HCA326 3

Healthcare Product and Service Delivery

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. Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HCA330 3

Comparative Health Systems

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. Limited to 25.

HCA334 3

Healthcare Employment Law

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. Recommended: HCA 323. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HCA335 3

Supervision/Leadership

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. Recommended: HCA 323 and HCA 335. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HCA336 3

Healthcare Administration Senior Seminar

Stresses problem identification, selection of alternative solutions, solution implementation and evaluation; case method is used; management memos and senior research paper required. Capstone course. Open to senior Healthcare majors and minors. Limited to 25.

HCA410 3

Internship in Healthcare Administration

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. Open to Healthcare majors and minors. Must be approved by the Department Chair and the Faculty member supervising the Internship. Limited to 25.

HCA475 9

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research. Permission of instructor.

HCA490 3

Field Study in Healthcare

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

HCA495 3