Course Descriptions

Health Services Administration Graduate Certificates

Course Descriptions

Prefix: HSA

  • This course provides an overview of health delivery systems, organizational theory, and the conceptual basis of traditional managerial and executive leadership roles in health care facilities. Emphasis will be placed on the application of theory and best practice standards to the demands of the business environment. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of leadership competencies and skills through the selection of a broad range of specialty topics including: The health system, strategic planning, organizational structure, organizational performance, organizational change, motivation, leadership, managerial problem solving, organizational communication and motivation.

  • A study of the sociology of health and health status, health behavior models, health assessment and health promotion. Focuses on planning health promotion and wellness programs, and the process of health counseling. Addresses the effectiveness of the health system in promoting optimal health behavior in patients and health care personnel as well as the organizations in which they work.

  • 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 are included in this course, as well as basic epidemiological theory applied to Health Services Administration.

  • Analysis of theory, methods, and evaluation for managing quality programs in all health care organizations. Provides methods to assure continuous improvement in the quality of services provided. In depth comparison of determination for health care need, cost, and payment in selected reimbursement systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers' Compensation, and managed care systems. (HSA 540 may be taken in place of MBA 630.)

  • This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of financial management within healthcare organizations. The focus of the course will be how health care managers utilize financial data to better manage their organizations through an enhanced decision-making process

  • Provides an overview of leadership perspectives and strategies as they apply to health care settings. Relates leadership to the processes of managing and developing human resources, complying with professional and governmental regulations, and monitoring policies and culture of the health care organization to maximize productivity, health and job satisfaction.

  • Medical group practices are developed to assume and manage the economic risk inherent in health care. This course provides an overview of the complex processes involved in developing a viable organization, and emphasizes the application of theory and best practices to the demands of this business environment. An in-depth focus will be placed on the strategic components required to build a successful structure, the requisite ongoing operational assessments and the methodologies used to effect change.

  • Examines the use of health information systems in supporting various health care system functions. Emphasizes the health services administrator's use of information systems to integrate clinical, financial, and human resources data and to support managerial decision making. Focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of various health care information systems.

  • This program provides methods to evaluate organizational performance and productivity, analyze internal and external resources, and perform needs assessment; presents various models and methods for planning and positioning of health care services; surveys health services management information systems. It also emphasizes the importance of a marketing audit and incorporating that audit into the total strategic planning process. This course represents the program capstone that integrates all previous courses. (Prerequisite: 33 semester hours of coursework.

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