Healthcare Administration, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson:Mitchell Glavin Office: Duffy Academic Center 254 Phone: 508-565-1012mglavin@stonehill.edu

The Healthcare Administration major requires the completion of 15 courses.

Complete Fourteen Required Courses

Code Course Credits

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 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.

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

ECO 176

Microeconomic Principles

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Economic analysis of product and resource markets. The consumption behavior of households, the price and output decisions of firms under various forms of market structure, the distribution of income.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

ECO 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 First-Year Seminar equivalent.

3

HCA 205

Computers in Healthcare Administration

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.

Course may be applied to the Management of Information Systems program.

3

HCA 220

Healthcare Policy and Politics

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 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 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 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 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 410

Healthcare Administration Senior Seminar (WID)

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.

Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

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

Complete One of the Following Elective Courses

Code Course Credits

HCA 208

The Continuum of Long Term Healthcare Service

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 Semester

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