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MSHCM Course Descriptions

HCM-500: 21st Century Health Care Systems (3 credits)
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This course presents the foundation principles and dynamics of health care management, the healthcare system, and basic concepts and skills in administration. The institutional, social, and political forces in the field of healthcare are analyzed and topics include fundamentals of management in modern healthcare. This course is an overview of the healthcare stakeholders in a variety of settings as well as key health and medical terms. They will examine the historical development of the U.S. healthcare system and current trends in modern healthcare delivery.
HCM-501: Organization of the Healthcare Value Chain (3 credits)
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Students identify and describe components of the system, including patients, healthcare professionals, public and private third-party payers, regulators, reimbursement methods, and information technology. The roles of patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies will be established. The interaction between the government and these different groups are covered using the most contemporary healthcare legislation as the backdrop.
HCL-704: Legal Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
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Health Care Law examines the various legal, regulatory and ethical issues that most frequently arise in health care and that affect both health care organizations and health care providers. This course will address what role the law plays in: (i) promoting the quality of health care; (ii) organizing the delivery of health care; (iii) assuring adequate control of the cost of health care; promoting access to necessary health care, and (v) protecting the human rights of those who are provided care within the health care system.

Advisory: Offered during September, January and May terms only.
HCM-503: Quality Management and Performance (3 credits)
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This course will focus on the methods used by managers to assess the quality of hospital or provider health care and evaluate the tying of payment to health care outcomes. Topics will include the history of health care outcomes analysis; the framework for outcome studies; how the consumer and the payers define and demand quality. By the end of the course, students will have developed a thorough appreciation of the current methods used by policy makers, researchers, payers, and health care providers to evaluate outcomes, as well as those used by consumers to choose who and where they get medical care. Specific issues facing the healthcare manger and the need to synthesize complex and often disparate outcomes will be addressed as well.

Meet the Dean

“Organizational leadership is a strong focus of our curriculum and is a relevant and desired competency in today’s fast-changing, global marketplace.”

» Michael Williams, Ph.D.