This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals. It is important for the students to understand various cultural values and behaviors and how these values and behaviors shape an individual’s perceptions of other people . In addition, through case studies and situation analysis, students develop analytical skills and approaches that enable them to understand and deal effectively with diversity issues in the workplace, within their respective communities, and in a global context.
This course offers students instruction and practice in methods, techniques and process of research writing and dissemination of research information to a variety of audiences. Each student is required to develop a research paper through stages of drafting, editing, revising, and proofreading following conventions of academic writing and the APA style. In addition, students should be able to develop their own research study projects in order for them to incorporate these skills that they acquired through this process of learning and apply them toward their research work and design.
This course introduces students to global health issues and challenges, programs, and policies. Topics and discussions include analysis of current and emerging global health issues and priorities, major global initiatives for health and disease prevention, and current and past global health problems brought about by poverty, international conflicts, health inequity, and other factors. Students also will learn to articulate various health issues relevant to different health care policies and search various global healthcare issues and controversies at various public health settings.
This course examines ethical dilemmas resulting from advances in medical technology and discusses ways of analyzing these dilemmas using the case-based approach to ethical topics. Students also review existing literature on bioethical issues and analyze these issues in the light of ethical theories. These issues include abortion, euthanasia and the right to die, in-vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, allocation of scarce medical resources among others. Students are required to submit a literature review using the APA style.
This course introduces students to the relationship between art and popular culture. It will discuss how elements of popular culture are assimilated into the fine arts, specifically in digital art, music, television, film, fashion, and social media platforms. Students will analyze the relationship between the art created and the socio-political climate of its time. This course will also cover discussions on the history of popular culture, how popular culture influences people, and how it shapes and reshapes people’s concept of social class, ethnicity, sexuality, race and gender.
This course introduces the field of healthcare management through a systematic analysis of major areas of concern to the healthcare manager related to the global healthcare system. Topics explored include a historical overview, theoretical foundations, and history and major characteristics of development. Also covered is covered the planning process and how planning is used in healthcare administration, the organizing process and job design, supporting and implementing decisions, building the quality of clinical service, and managing human resources. Addresses the application of managerial concepts and practices to healthcare organizations exploring healthcare provider types, cost, access and quality of care, and the future of health services delivery.
This course examines quality management methodologies used to analyze safe and effective healthcare operations. A primary focus of regulatory, consumer, and clinical leaders/groups is on the quality management across the healthcare system. This course includes content designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for healthcare leaders and managers in a variety of settings. Quality management, improvement, and patient safety are major forces shaping the daily activities of healthcare leaders. The use of analytical tools and methods are featured, in conjunction with information related to accreditation, regulation, quality awards/designations and resources that can be used to advance the quality agenda in organizational settings. Emphasis will be placed on using statistical analysis techniques to increase healthcare efficiencies and improve health outcomes.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the organizational dynamics of healthcare systems to understand and function successfully within practice environments. Course content is based on social science theories, business practices, and psychological tenets. Management principles are outlined and issues related to organizational behavior in the healthcare industry are discussed. These include change and resistance to change, motivation and morale, and power and politics, among others. An exploration of leadership theory within the context of the organizational environment allows the student to integrate key principles of organizational dynamics and leadership effectiveness.
The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the regulatory, legal, and ethical issues faced by managers in contemporary healthcare environments and in the delivery of healthcare services. Topics include an introduction to healthcare regulation and compliance, law, ethics, ethical decision-making, contracts, medical records and informed consent, privacy law and HIPAA, and risk management. The course encourages students to critically analyze and address legal and ethical issues in healthcare delivery and management in accordance with regulatory requirements
This course is an overview of the role and scope of research as it relates to the support of managerial decision-making. Research methods are introduced with emphasis placed on analyzing key elements of research reports as a basis for determining the appropriateness of the research results for evidence-based healthcare practice. A variety of research designs are discussed to enable healthcare leaders to operationalize research in healthcare settings. Topics covered include research design, ethics, sampling strategies, and literature review skills as well simple data analysis methods including linear and logistic regression methods.
This course introduces key aspects of financial management for today’s healthcare organizations, addressing diverse factors that impact the provision of medical services in a dynamic and competitive environment. Covering basic economics and accounting principles, the course will equip students with the tools necessary to effectively communicate with the finance professionals in healthcare organizations and to understand financial decisions made in the organization. A primary focus is on the conceptual framework of basic accounting techniques such as the preparation of financial reports, annual and capital budgeting, cost accounting and analysis of financial statements.
This course presents the importance of leadership in conjunction with various leadership traits, styles, and qualities. Enhances the importance of having a vision, the motivation to lead, social motives in the workplace, levels of morality and values, and the significance of empowerment for effective leadership. Topics include situational leadership, organizational climate, moral dilemmas, personal integrity, servant leadership, participative management, human relations, high-performance teams, diversity, cultural and interpersonal differences, workplace stress, performance management, and organizational change.
This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the government institutions and processes that affect health policy. Health policies are a critical component of the management of healthcare services as they relate to the accessibility, cost and quality of health care; preparedness for disasters; the safety of food, water, environment and medications; the right to make individual decisions about personal health and well-being. The course will provide a framework for understanding and analyzing a range of health policy issues. The course introduces the U.S. policy-making and legal system and considers essential issues in health policy and law, including health insurance, health economics, individual rights in healthcare, and healthcare access and quality.
Many healthcare organizations are among the largest employers in their communities and the demand for workers is projected to outpace supply on a national scale. The field of human resources is impacted by shifting demographics, modern technologies, and the growing complexity of accreditation demands and state/federal regulations. The goal of healthcare human resource management is to leverage human capital resources to provide efficient and effective value to patients and stakeholders centered on cost, access, and quality of care. This course explores the management of human resources in healthcare organizations with a focus is on the concepts of recruitment, training and development, compensation, motivation, performance, and talent management.
The course provides fundamental knowledge of concepts of health informatics and how technology is used in the delivery of healthcare to achieve a safer, higher quality, and more cost-effective health delivery system. Students will develop understanding related to the design, configuration, use, and maintenance of informatics interventions that improve healthcare delivery. The strategic role of information systems is examined, as well as the characteristics of computer systems, software applications, programming languages, and relational databases. care is delivered. Also covered is the US healthcare delivery system’s unique structural, economic and policy issues and the strategic role for health informatics.