HEALTH CARE & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

B.S. in Health Administration

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration is designed to prepare students for a career in the organization and management of health services. Upon completion of the 120-credit degree program, graduates will be prepared to assume entry and mid-level positions in health care administration. Throughout the course of study, students will acquire a keen understanding of the political, social and economic components of the health services sector through courses that range from statistics to financial management. Special emphasis will be placed upon developing the students’ ability to identify, comprehend, describe and differentiate among the major components of the health services system.

Potential work sites for graduates include positions in large and complex health agencies, ambulatory services programs, regulatory agencies and insurance programs, management positions in nursing homes, group medical practices, and unit management within hospitals. Within the largest hospitals, positions would include assignments in central services, materials management, purchasing, security, admissions and the business office.


Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits

REQUIRED B.S. IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION COURSES
(ALL OF THE FOLLOWING)
 

HAD 10  American Health System  3
HAD 11 Management of Healthcare Organizations  3
HPA 13  Legal Aspects of Healthcare/Public Administration 3
HPA 14  Financial Management in Healthcare/Public Administration  3
HPA 15  Health Resource Allocation in Healthcare  3
HPA 18  Research Methods  3
HPA 19  Stats for the Administrator  3
HPA 20  Computer-Based Management Systems  3
HPA 22  Personnel Administration in Healthcare/Public Sectors  3
HPA 28  Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation  3
HPA 30  Critical Issues in Health and Public Administration  3
HPA 40  Administrative Leadership  3
HPA 32  Internships in Health and Public Administration  6

CO-RELATED REQUIREMENTS 

ECO 11  Introduction to Macroeconomics  3
ECO 10  Introduction to Microeconomics  3
PHI 13  Human Values  3
PHI 19  Medical Ethics  3
POL 2  Introduction to Political Science 2  3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
4
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 45
Elective Major Credits 15
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120

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. It provides a comparative analysis of other health systems to the United States and addresses issues such as health disparities and population health delivery of care versus outcomes.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HAD 11 Management of Health Care Organizations
This course is 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.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
This course considers the importance of laws, rules and regulations in the health administrative process. Areas emphasized include a general introduction to the law, the legal environment of public health and health organizations and the impact of the law on administrative decision making. Issues of confidentiality, privacy, informed consent, provider liability, both civil and criminal, are examined. Students are acquainted with critical legal issues that are faced by managers.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 14 Financial Management in the Health Care Sector
This course is a survey of the principles and practices of financial management theory and its applications to health care administration. The course focuses on budgeting and cost control and exposes students to financial spreadsheets and budget worksheets.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 15 Health Resource Allocation in Health Care Sector
This course focuses on the application of special problems involving health and resources, allocation, markets, personnel shortages, as well as issues relating to the equity and stabilization of the health sector. Strategic planning is an integral backdrop to all issues examined.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 16 Health Policy
This course is an examination of the political processes, agencies, and policies affecting the organization and delivery of health services in the United States. Policy development, implementation and execution are explored.
Credits: 3
Annually

HPA 18 Research Methods
This course is an overview of the scientific method as it applies to research in fields of health care and public health. Upon completion of this course, students will have a foundation for how to plan and design original research using various methods and designs. Students are exposed to relevant ethical issues, how to evaluate research, and the steps to take for writing a research article and getting published.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 19 Statistics for the Administrator
This course examines statistical procedures, research design, sampling techniques, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, regression, tests of significance, and reliability as they apply to the specific needs of the health manager.
Prerequisite of HPA 18 or SWK 18 is required.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 20 Computer-Based Management Systems
This course is a comprehensive review of computer concepts and usage in the health sector. 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 applicability to an organization’s needs. The course involves extensive “hands-on” computer use.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 22 Personnel Administration
This course is an introduction to the personnel function in the health care sector. Special emphasis is placed upon recruitment, placement, performance, assessment, labor relations, employment laws and regulations, and employee services.

Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 28 Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation
This course explores the ways strategic planning is involved in health management and prepares students to develop a strategic plan for the implementation and evaluation of an administrative policy and program.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 30 Critical Issues in Health Administration
This course has a multidisciplinary focus and explores current and relevant sociological, political, and economic issues faced by health care administrators. Health policies are extensively examined. Selected issues are determined by recent events in local and global health communities.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 32 Internships in Health Care Administration
This course involves student placement within a health industry setting and provides students with administrative experience in the operation and management of the particular setting.  Students are often placed in hospitals, health clinics, long term care facilities and faculty practices.
Credits: 6
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 40 Administrative Leadership
This course provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations. Students will obtain an understanding of how organizations are managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of employees work life. Topics include motivation, rewarding behavior, stress, individual and group behavior, conflict, power and politics, leadership, job design, organizational structure, decision making, communication and organizational change and development.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

HPA 34 Administrative Law
This course presents fundamental concepts of administrative law and procedure in governmental agencies with an emphasis on the health care or public manager role in the administrative process. It examines the positions that agencies occupy in our constitutional system of government by detailing the respective roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Topics include: the structure and operation of federal, state and local administrative agencies; rule-making and adjudication; agency investigations and agency sanctions. Agencies detailed include but are not limited to: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Inspector General and Department of Health.
Credits: 3
On occasion

HPA 35 Vulnerable Populations in the USA
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to groups defined by the U.S. government as Vulnerable Populations, otherwise known as populations with special health needs. The unique challenges accessing healthcare is reviewed along with other socio-cultural, economic and political issues impacting these individuals. Students learn to apply an analytical perspective as they review the individual, familial, health, environmental, social and governmental factors affecting the experience of these individuals with the U.S. health care delivery system.
Credits: 3
On Occasion

HPA 36 Child and Family Policy
This course introduces theories and applications of child and family policy. It explores the intersections of children and families and U.S. federal, state and local governments within the policy process, while considering the distributional effects of such policies. It examines how policy problems are defined within political and historical contexts and how evidence-based research can influence policy-making. Topics such as social welfare, childcare, family and medical leave, early childhood education and child health are analyzed.
Credits: 3
On occasion

HPA 37 The Roles and Functions of Public Agencies and Authorities in Times of Uncertainty
Public Agencies and authorities have a major impact on society and the delivery of services to them. Presently, there is much uncertainty facing public agencies and authorities. This course examines a variety of current substantive issues including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, environmental issues, public subsidized housing, emergency and disaster management.

Credits: 3
On occasion


IRD 7 Political Aspects of Economics

This course is an examination of the political aspects of economic institutions and processes with particular attention to the relationship of governments and markets on the domestic and international levels.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 15 Research Methods International Relations
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; and the ability to create a research or policy paper as well as research reports.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 31 Espionage and Intelligence
This course surveys the history and activities of American espionage and intelligence communities. Topics to be covered include tools of the trade, cryptography, spies in literature and Hollywood, celebrated real-life spies, covert military operations, foreign intelligence agencies, the evolution of the CIA, intelligence reform and congressional oversight, homeland security, and high-tech sleuthing in the 21st century.
Credits: 3
Every Fall



IRD 34 US as a World Power
A Cold War history of U.S. Foreign Policy, examining the aftermath of World War II and America¿s new role as a global superpower. Topics to be studied include new institutional apparatus in diplomacy, containment theory and policy, Cold War crises under Truman, Eisenhower¿s ¿waging peace,¿ the Vietnam War, 1970s détente, Reagan¿s diplomacy with the Soviet Union, and the Cold War¿s conclusion.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 35 History of the US Presidency
A history of the presidency, from its creation to the early twentieth century, which will cover great presidents, failures, and those in-between. Topics will include domestic and foreign policies, wars, achievements, blunders, and scandals. We will also examine presidents¿ personalities, speaking styles, and health crises.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 41 International Economics
This course examines the economic aspects of globalization. Attention is paid to international trade in goods and services, international flows of capital (through international lending and borrowing), and migration. Topics include trade theory, tariffs, and other protectionist policies, trade agreements between nations, the World Trade Organization, balance of payments, exchange rates, and the European Monetary Union.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 45 US National Security
This course evaluates the area of U.S. national security with emphasis on military and strategic problems during the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras; defense policy-making; conventional and nuclear dimensions of defense issues; and strategic interests of the United States around the world.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 46 American Foreign Policy I
This course covers the continuity and change in American foreign policy goals, strategies, and tactics from the 18th century to World War II. Particular attention is devoted to constitutional issues and the decision-making process.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 50 International Organizations
A study of the origins, role, structure and function of international institutions essential to an understanding of the global system and its attempts at organization. Possible areas of study include the United Nations, the European Union, and World Trade Organizations.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 51 International Relations
This course considers the development and characteristics of relations among states, national policy, sources of strength and weaknesses in the policies of states, actual and potential importance of areas of the world in determining the course of world events. Must be taken by all Political Science majors. This course fulfills the Power, Institutions, and Structures thematic cluster requirement in the core curriculum.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 53 International Law I
This course is a study of the concepts of sovereignty and the international community and the development of international organizations from ancient times to the creation of the United Nations.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 56 World Affairs since 1945
This course studies the impact of World War II upon the state system, the cold war and the development of bipolar international politics, the United Nations as an instrument for international order and security, the decline of the colonial system and the emergence of new states, development of the People's Republic of China and Western Europe as new power centers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 60 Engaged Citizenship: Applications of Democracy, Service, and the Pursuit of Happiness
This course focuses on the theory and practice of democracy, service, and the pursuit of happiness towards a fulfilling and flourishing life. Topics include democracy, citizenship, current events, critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, service-learning, and the science of happiness.
Credits: 3
Every Fall



IRD 61 Modern China: Political Doctrines and Society
The influence of political thought on societal change in modern China from the late Imperial Period to the present is examined.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 62 Research Seminar - International Relations
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research and current international challenges, conflicts and historial solutions. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; statistics and statistical analysis; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; and the ability to create a research or policy paper as well as research reports.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 64 World Leaders and Foreign Policy
This course will provide students with a broad overview of IRD research. Topics to be covered include: general principles of theory, and concepts; research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference; statistics and statistical analysis; international news sources and polling data; primary sources and repositories for diplomatic documents; a basic understanding of regression analysis; aThis course will provide students with an overview of world leaders and foreign policy. Topics to be covered will be a historical overview of leadership, G-7 and G-20 summits, the relations between U.S. presidents and foreign allies/adversaries, diplomatic treaties and quarrels, the memoirs of foreign leaders, the role of personal diplomacy, and definitions of power, leadership and international relations policy.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 65 Politics of the European Union
This course covers the history, institutions and selected policies of the European Union.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 66 Politics of South and Southeast Asia
This course cover political developments in South and Southeast Asia in the 20th century such as: colonialism and the nationalist revolts, new governments their problems and politics, conflicts of interest of the great powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 67 Politics of East Asia
This course is an examination of the political institutions and processes of China, Japan, and Korea.
Credits: 3
On Occasion



IRD 68 Politics of Western Europe
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of leading Western European powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 69 Politics of Eastern Europe
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of leading Eastern European powers.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 70 Politics of the Middle East
This course covers internal government structures, principles and practices of selected countries in the Middle East.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 71 Politics of Russia
his course is an analysis of the institutions, processes and theoretical foundations of government and politics from the Imperial period to the present.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 72 Politics of Africa
This course covers the internal government structures, principles and practices of selected countries in Africa.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 73 Politics of Latin America
This course covers the internal structures, principles and practices of leading Latin American countries.
Credits: 3
Not Set



IRD 91 Diplomacy and Negotiation
This course provides an introduction to the core concepts, processes, and techniques of diplomacy and negotiation. The course focuses on the role of diplomacy by individuals and governments (Track 1 diplomacy) and other types of diplomacy (Track II and III diplomacy).
Credits: 3
Annually



IRD 94 Advanced Internship
Placement with a public or private entity within the domestic or international environment provides direct experience in politics and/or law.
Credits: 3
Not Set



CONTACT

School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Denise Walsh, Dean
Life Science, Room 154
post-shpn@liu.edu