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Health Care and Public Administration Courses

Sections of HPA 18, POL 80, SWK 18, SWK 61, HAD 10 and HAD 11 are often offered in Writing Intensive format to fulfill requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program; students must check with academic advisors and consult the schedule of classes for current course offerings.

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 Health Care/Public Administration

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 Sector

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 16 Health Politics

An examination of the political processes, agencies, and policies affecting the organization and delivery of health services in the United States.
On Occasion, 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.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 19 Statistics for the Administrator

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 HPA 18.
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 22 Personnel Administration in Health Care/Public Sector

An introduction to the personnel function in the health care and public sector. Special emphasis will be placed upon recruitment, placement, performance, assessment, labor relations and employee services.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 29 Managed Health Care

This course examines the forces at work in the American health care system which have resulted in the formation of managed care. It explores the alliances and conflicts among managed care organizations, service providers and consumers. The prevalent models of managed care are described and compared, as well as the applicability of the managed care concept to the various types of medical service.
On Occasion, 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.
Prerequisite: HAD 10.
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

Related Courses PHL 19 Medical Ethics

This course will explore philosophical issues raised by modern medical technology and practice, such as: experiments on humans and animals; genetic engineering; transplants; the responsibility of the hospital to the community; decisions about who gets limited medical resources; the issues surrounding AIDS; mental illness and behavior control; patient rights, including the right to the truth.
Fall, 3 credits

POL 2 Introduction to Political Science II

This course introduces the study of the Constitutional structure, including the major functions and operations of the national government.
Spring, 3 credits

POL 80 Administrative Behavior

This course examines the concepts and theories of administrative and organizational behavior. A survey of the literature on administrative patterns will be provided, with special attention to public organization, decision-making, leadership and small-group behavior in the social system bureaucracy.
On Occasion, 3 credits

POL 82 Introduction to Public Administration

This course studies the structures and operations of the American administrative system with a review of some problems inherent in bureaucracy.
Fall, 3 credits

POL 83 Policy-Making in American Government

This course studies the emphasis on policy-making at different levels of national, state, and local government. It includes an analysis of relationships of political inputs to policy outputs; evolution of the results of the policy process; relationship to the democratic process and the limitations.
Fall, 3 credits

POL 84 The Executive Process

This course examines the requirements of institutional leadership; internal and external communications; the selections, use and evaluation of staff; advice; patterns of delegation and control; and political relations.
On Occasion, 3 credits