Health Services Administration

HSA 510 Basic Research Methodology (1)

This course focuses on basic statistics, fundamentals of research design, research-report development, program evaluation, and needs assessment. Ethical and legal aspects of research are explored. Primary emphasis is on interpretation of research data and appropriate application to the professional practice of health services administration.

HSA 515 Principles of Health Services Administration (4)

This course provides an overview of health delivery systems, organizational theory, and the conceptual basis of traditional and executive leadership roles in healthcare facilities. Emphasis will be on the application of theory and best practice standards to the demands of the health business environment, and the development of leadership skills and competencies through a wide array of specialty topics including: strategic planning, organizational structure, performance and change, organizational communication, motivation and problem solving.

HSA 520 Essentials of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (4)

This course addresses the behavior models of health and disease, the social barriers to care and the effectiveness of the health system in promoting optimal health behavior in patients and health care personnel, as well as in the organizations in which they work.

HSA 530 Health Law, Ethics and Social Issues (4)

This course focuses on the social and behavioral interactive aspects of the professionals, providers and consumers within the health care system and provides an examination and overview of managerial and clinical ethics. Also addressed are risk management issues and legal issues of anti-trust, taxation, medical malpractice, licensure, and administrative law as it pertains to health service and delivery.

HSA 540 Applied Biostatistics and Research for Health Services (4)

This course provides a survey of fundamental statistical concepts and advantageous techniques related to the practice of health services administration. Methods of data collection, management, presentation, and descriptive and inferential statistical analysis are included, as well as basic research methodology theory as applied to health services administration.

HSA 605 Research/Thesis (1-4)

This course provides the opportunity to perform research under the guidance of a faculty adviser toward a paper, presentation, or special project in a health services administration area of interest to the student. Students exempted from HSA 630 will be required to present their work-product in the form of a presentation during the special topics course in the final semester.

HSA 610 Healthcare Leadership and Human Resources (4)

This course provides an overview of leadership perspectives and strategies as they apply to healthcare settings. Leadership is specifically related to the processes of managing and developing human resources, complying with professional and governmental regulations, and monitoring the policies and culture of the healthcare organization to maximize productivity, health, and job satisfaction.

HSA 630 Internship/Field Experience (4)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply theory and skills in a supervised, clinical health services administration environment. The student may request a site of his or her own choosing for the field experience with permission of the program director and completion of an affiliation agreement. Otherwise, the student will be assigned to an established health administration site already affiliated with the program.

HSA 635 Performance, Quality Assurance, and Utilization Review (4)

This course provides an analysis of theory, methods, and evaluation for management quality programs in all health care organizations. Course teaches students methods to assure continuous performance improvement in the quality of services provided. In depth comparison of the determination for health care need, cost, and payment in selected reimbursement systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, worker''s compensation and managed care systems.

HSA 640 Managed Care, Financing, and Delivery of Health Services (4)

This course provides a comprehensive overview or the organization of the health care system and the proposals for system reform. It addresses health care policy and financing in the public and private sectors, managed care, gaps in the system, and the integration of financing and delivery mechanisms. It will examine professional practice including medical decision-making and the practice pattern of healthcare providers.

HSA 645 Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Management (4)

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of budget development and financial management within healthcare organizations. The course will focus on how healthcare administrators and managers utilize financial data to better manage their organizations through an enhanced fiscal decision-making process.

HSA 650 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Services (4)

This course provides methods to evaluate organizational performance and productivity, analyze internal and external performance, and perform needs assessment. It will present various models and methods for strategic planning and positioning of health care services and surveys health services management information systems. It will also emphasize the importance of a marketing audit and incorporating that audit into the total strategic planning process of the healthcare organization.

HSA 655 Health Information Systems and Management (4)

This course examines the use of various health information systems in supporting various health care systemic and organizational functions. It emphasizes the health services administrator's use of information systems to integrate clinical, financial and human resources data to support managerial decision-making. It focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of various health care information systems.

HSA 660 Special Topics in Health Services Administration (4)

Course focuses on analysis and discussion of interesting and contemporary topics with reviews of published literature in health services administration. Invited speakers and faculty will present issues for discussion and review, and fellow students will present the results of their research papers or projects.

HSA 665 Long-Term Care Facility Management (4)

This course provides an examination of management policies and practices in the administration of long-term care facilities designed for the rapidly growing senior population. Emphasis will be placed on the application of theory and best practice standards to the demands of the business environment. Additional emphasis will be placed on the development of leadership skills and competencies through the selection of specialty topics as they relate to this unique healthcare industry segment. These include licensure, staffing, planning, organizing, marketing and directing complex, multicultural health care organizations which serve a geriatric population with specialized needs.

HSA 670 LTC Internship/Field Experience (4)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply acquired academic theory and skills in a supervised, clinical health services administration environment in a suitable longterm care facility or nursing home. The student may request a site of his or her own choosing for this field experience, with permission of the program director and completion of an affiliation agreement. Otherwise the student will be assigned to an established site already affiliated with the program.