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Undergraduate Health Care Administration Courses

HAD 10 American Health Systems

This course is a survey of the American health care system that examines the elements related to the organization, delivery, financing and planning of health services.
Every Semester, 3 credits

HAD 11 Management of Health Care Organizations

A study of the development of health planning as it is affected by political, social and economic factors. Special attention is devoted to the theories, applications, issues, and controversies in health planning as well as the work environment of the health planner.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration

This course considers the importance of law and regulations in the administrative process. Areas to be emphasized in this course include a general introduction to the law, legal environment of public and health organizations and the impact of the law upon administrative decision making. Freedom of information and right to privacy issues are examined. An attempt is made to acquaint the student with critical legal issues that are faced by managers.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 14 Financial Management in the Health Care/Public Sectors

A survey of the principles and practices of financial management theory and its applications to health care and public administration. The course will focus on budgeting and cost control, cost reimbursement, taxation and revenue, cost incentive programs and financial analysis specific to the health care and public sectors.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 15 Health Resource Allocation in Health Care/Public Sectors

The course focuses on the application of special problems involving health and public resources, allocation, markets, personnel shortages, as well as issues relating to the equity and stabilization of the public/health sector.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 18 Research Methods

An overview of the scientific method as it applies to research in fields of health care and public administration. Special attention will be devoted to examining issues related to cost effectiveness and alternatives.
Writing Across Curriculum
Prerequisite of Junior status or greater is required if in Social Work plan of study
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 19 Statistics for the Administrators

Statistical procedures, research design, sampling techniques, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, regression, tests of significance and reliability are all discussed as they apply to the specific needs of the health and public administrator.
Prerequisite of HPA 18 or SWK 18 is required
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 20 Computer-Based Management Systems

This course is a comprehensive review of computer concepts and usage in health and public sectors. It covers the types of computers which are appropriate and the storage devices needed. Students learn to create programs, and to evaluate packaged software for its applicability to their department's needs. The course involves extensive 'hands-on' computer use.
Every Semester, 3 credits

HPA 30 Critical Issues in Health/Public Administration

Multidisciplinary seminar focusing on sociological, political and economic issues of health care and public administration. Selected issues will be determined by recent developments in the organization and delivery of health care and public services.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HPA 32 Internships in Health and Public Administration

Placement within a public or health agency to provide students with administrative experience in the operations of such facilities.
Every Spring, 6 credits

Graduate Health Care Administration Courses

HAD 602 Human Resource Administration in the Health Sector

This course explores the theories and practices of human resource administration in health service organizations such as merit systems, unionism, bureaucratic trends, personnel recruitment, testing, and performance evaluations. Other topics include equal employment opportunity, employee rights and occupational safety.
Prerequisite: MPA 502
Fall, 3 credits

HAD 603 Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in Health Administration

This course familiarizes the student with the principles of budgeting and finance in the health sector. Topics include budgetary systems, methods, processes and cycles, preparation, justification and financial information systems. The course includes a survey of the federal prospective payment system and other current developments in reimbursement methods.
Prerequisite: MPA 503
Fall, 3 credits

HAD 604 Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment in the Health Sector

This course considers the authority and procedures utilized by health care agencies in the administration of their services. The course includes an analysis of problems of accountability and the reconciliation of the administrative process with medical, political, social, statutory and regulatory mandates.
Prerequisites: MPA 502, 503, 507
Fall, 3 credits

HAD 701 Hospital Organization

This course reviews the organization and management of hospitals within a regional context of primary care. Included are the elements of hospital structure and organization, and a focus on problem solving and development of administrative skills.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 702 Epidemiology and Public Health

This course defines and reviews the concept and practice of public health administration in the United States. It clarifies the regulatory and monitoring function derived from public health policy with special emphasis on the application of epidemiological theories and methods to the study of disease in various human populations.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 707-708 Thesis Research Consultation and Thesis

In the first semester, advanced study of the scientific method in the Health Administration discipline together with the preparation of a master's thesis proposal, and an outline of the thesis. The second semester is devoted to the actual writing of the thesis.
Prerequisites: MPA 501,502, 503,504, 505, 506, 507
A student must have completed at least 36 credits to register for 707 and at least 42 credits to register for 708. 707 & 708 may NOT be taken together.
Every Semester, 3 credits

HAD 709 Legal Aspects in Health

This course applies legal principles to the health delivery system. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to: hospital code; consents; patients, rights; admission and discharge of patients; malpractice; liability of hospitals, physicians, and nurses; medical records; immunity of hospitals; medical staff rights and privileges; medical ethics issues relating to abortion, sterilization and artificial insemination.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 710 Gerontology: Processes of Aging

This course is a survey of gerontology including theories of aging, health and physiological aspects of aging, psychological and psychiatric problems, family and sex roles of the aged, the middle years, retirement, and institutional placement in long-term care facilities.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 711 Long-Term Care Administration

This course considers the unique organizational and administrative aspects of the various types of long-term facilities as distinct from acute-care hospitals. The course includes the special Federal and local code requirements pertinent to facility construction, administration, medical-nursing care, and other numerous therapeutic modalities required by the geriatric and convalescent patient.
On Occasion, 3 credits

Note: When HAD 709, HAD 710, HAD 711, HAD 602, HAD 603 are taken as part of the total Health Care Administration curriculum, program graduates should meet the educational requirements for eligibility to take the State Board Examination for a Nursing Home Administrator's license.

HAD 712 The Management of Senior Community Programs

The emphasis in this course is on the basic skills necessary to supervise and conduct programs for the majority of older adults who are community residents. Among these are workshops and seminars on issues of retirement, nutrition, general health, outreach, information and referral assistance, and related services. Governmental programs and relevant laws and regulations are integrated with each topic.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 713 Rehabilitation and Restorative Programs

This course is a study of the functions of the various services and programs, both free standing or in health facilities, that concern themselves with restoration from chronic disease, orthopedic disabilities, post-cardiovascular and other disabling conditions. The course includes familiarization with the workman's compensation system.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 714 Planning and Marketing in Health Care

This course examines the issues pertinent to the role of the planning and marketing functions in a health organization. Principles of planning, the relationship between health planning and the development of a marketing plan, and action planning are explored as a means to provide coordination in meeting health needs and providing health services.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 715 Mental Health Administration

This course is designed to acquaint the health administrator with the organizational, legal and political issues affecting the delivery of mental health services.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 723 Economics of Health

This course reviews health delivery as an economic activity. Determinants of demand for health services are analyzed and the supply of resources is examined along with the various approaches to bring the two into equilibrium. Particular attention is given to public involvement in health services in the form of licensure, regulation, financing, and planning.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 724 Managed Care Administration

This course analyzes various forms of managed care systems in terms of legislation, organization, administration, financing, marketing and legal aspects. An analysis of the essential ingredients in the success of prepaid systems is included.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 725 Financial Management of Health Care Institutions

This course is a description and analysis of financial issues on the institutional level. Topics include third party payment systems, managed care financing and the contracting with providers and systems of cost control.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 726 Interdisciplinary Assessment

This course provides a collaborative framework for comprehensively assessing the needs of elderly clients and client populations, and for the development of better linkages among disciplines serving the elderly. This course also promotes a clarification of the roles of different practitioners and the purposes of different health, financial, legal and social service organizations serving the elderly in the community.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 727 Entrepreneurship in Gerontology

This course analyzes entrepreneurial concepts in gerontology, integrating project planning and marketing of aging services. Students study methods used to achieve goals and objectives in a highly competitive, resource restrained elder care environment. The course explores the characteristics of both free and regulated public and private geriatrics markets and life extension implications.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 728 Financial, Estate and Retirement Planning

This course is an examination of estate, disability and financial planning tools used by the elder law attorney with analyses of laws, regulations and programs upon which planning is based. Topics include advanced directives, power of attorney, long-term care and Medicaid, and planning for asset distribution on death.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 729 Bereavement: Psychological, Cultural and Institutional Perspectives

This course is designed to explore the stages and issues related to dying and grieving. Cultural diversities in the grieving process are identified. Myths and ideas that inhibit, isolate and interfere with the bereavement experience are examined. Political, medical, legal and ethical issues are analyzed. Student's values, attitudes, and fears are explored in order to form their interventions. Social, cultural and personal issues that govern a person's reaction to death and dying are highlighted.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HAD 780 Current Issues in Health Administration

A special topics course exploring selected themes, current developments and emerging issues in health administration. Recent sections have focused on advanced computer application, quality assurance, death and dying, and program evaluation.
On Occasion, Variable credits