15-week evening classes run from August 27 to December 14, 2018
HCA 500 - Intro to Health Services Systems (McGowan) Online 18/A2 Oct. 20 – Dec. 15
HCA 501 - Health Policy (Evans) Online 18/A1 Aug. 25 – Oct. 13
HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (Marchese) Face-to-Face 18/FA Tues. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 505 – Epidemiology for Healthcare Managers (Healey) Online 18/A2 Oct. 20 - Dec. 15
HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (Prusak) Face-to-Face 18/FA Mon. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (Prusak) Online 18/A2 Oct. 20 - Dec. 15
HCA 541 – Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Administration (Staff) Face-to-Face 18/FA Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 571 – Healthcare Marketing and Branding (McGowan) Face-to-Face 18/FA Tues. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 571 – Healthcare Marketing and Branding (McGowan) Online 18/A1 Aug. 25 – Oct. 13
HCA 573 – Healthcare Information Systems (Moran) Face-to-Face 18/FA Wed. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills (Healey) Face-to-Face 18/FA Thurs. 6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills (Healey) Online 18/A1 Aug. 25 – Oct. 13
HCA 598 - Capstone Project (McGowan, Healey, Marchese) - 18/FA Independent Study
HCA 599 - Internship (Lettieri) - 18/FA TBA

Course Descriptions

HCA 500 – Introduction to Health Services Systems. This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. health care “system.”  It examines the major institutions, professions, and political forces that influence the provision of health care services in the United States.  Students explore the development of each major component of the medical care system from an historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time.  They also consider the major problems presently confronting each aspect of health care and discuss alternative means of resolving these issues for the future. A secondary, but important objective of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the concepts and language requisite for many of the subsequent courses in the HCA program, including health policy, healthcare financial management, and healthcare economics. (3 credits)

HCA 501 – Health Policy. This course introduces the student to current major issues in health policy. This course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislation at both the state and federal level. Key forces such as power development, special interest groups, economics and cost benefit analysis are discussed. Major policy issues that are reviewed include managed care, public health, Medicare and Medicaid, technology assessment, and population-based medicine. (3 credits)

HCA 502 – Human Resources Management. This course surveys the activities and decision-making functions of the human resources manager, including personnel planning, recruitment, interviewing, training and development, compensation practices, benefits administration, maintaining personnel records, employee communication, labor relations and succession planning, with an emphasis on the legal dimensions of these various activities. Attention is also drawn to the professional and legal responsibilities of the individual manager or team leader in matters such as employee rights, privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, employee evaluations, workers' compensation and recruitment of personnel. This comprehensive review occurs from the unique perspective of the health services organization. (3 credits)

HCA 505 – Epidemiology for Healthcare Managers. This course is an in-depth study of the distribution and determinants of health, disease, and disability in human populations. Specific topics include: descriptive and analytical epidemiology, community assessment, and study design. Case studies that involve all of the tools of epidemiology are utilized. The student becomes aware of the uses of epidemiology in population-based medicine and managerial decision-making. (3 credits)

HCA 531 – Understanding Organizational Ethics. This course is designed to expose graduate students to the kinds of moral problems they will encounter as professionals in their functional areas. The focus of the course is policy formulation and implementation, with emphasis placed on the ethical dimensions and ramifications of that process. A series of current corporate case problems is reviewed and discussed in order to raise some of the major ethical issues involved in managing the organization's relationships with its many publics. (3 credits)

HCA 541 – Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Administration. This course is intended to provide an overview of the subject of accounting. Students will learn financial and managerial accounting concepts with an emphasis on contemporary management control theory as applied in the health services industry. The course begins with the characteristics of the management control function. It then examines the nature and purpose of financial statements and introduces fund accounting. The course concludes with coverage of full cost accounting, the measurement and use of differential costs, and pricing decisions. It is strongly recommended that students take HCA 507 – Healthcare Financial Management prior to this course. (3 credits)

HCA 571 – Healthcare Marketing and Branding. This course provides a survey of marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations. An examination of marketing strategies useful in the delivery of health care services is provided to students. Special attention will be focused on market research, pricing, targeting a market, new product development, innovation, and the development of a marketing plan. (3 credits)

HCA 573 – Healthcare Information Systems. This course explores the theory, technical requirements and applications of information systems in the health care field. It is essential that health care professionals understand the scope and role of information in today's health care system and the opportunity that better management of information offers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services. Students will develop and demonstrate a fundamental working understanding of key attributes of healthcare information systems in contemporary and evolving health services environments, emphasizing clinical applications, health information management and decision support, and policy implications of health information technology. (3 credits)

HCA 595 – Leadership and Executive Skills For Health Care Managers. This course focuses on a value-added and process-centered method of goal attainment. Topics include leadership theories, culture, human resources management, contingency and transformational theories, communication skills, mentorship, and team building and change theories. (3 credits)

HCA 598 – Capstone Project. Designed to assist students in the transition from theory to practice. Emphasis on sharpening analytical and intuitive leadership practices through the use of interactive case studies, team building exercises and field projects. (1 credit)

HCA 599 – Health Care Administration Internship. An internship provides students with administrative experience in a health service agency. Internships with a health-care facility may be substituted for one elective course.  The internship is coordinated through the Career Planning and Placement Office.  Permission of the director of the Health Care Administrative Program is required.  (3 credits)

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