Health Care Management Course Descriptions

HCM 500 Accounting Basics for Health Care Managers

This course focuses on the financial and managerial accounting concepts that are fundamental to the career success of health care managers. Students will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and assess the financial performance of health care organizations. Students also will understand the behavior of costs in health care; cost allocation methodologies; pricing strategies; the relationship between volume, cost, and profit; and how to create a budget. Microsoft Excel will be used in both in-class exercises and assignments. (3)

HCM 510 Health Care Management

Provides an overview of the health care system in the United States. The course focuses on the unique characteristics of health care delivery and discusses the major issues and challenges that impact the cost, quality, and access to health care. Students are introduced to the historical context of the U.S. health care system and its policies and general management, governance, operations, finance, and strategic planning issues that are essential to managing in the health care environment. (3)

HCM 520 Health Care Reimbursement Systems

Provides an overview of how the reimbursement systems work in the United States. The course focuses on the evolution of insurance, HMOs, and managed care. Students learn how hospitals, outpatient centers, clinicians, and other providers are reimbursed for their services. Private and public reimbursement; state rate setting; risk management; new models of reimbursement; and the role of billing, coding, and accounts receivable are explained. (3)

HCM 525 Health Care Management — Long-Term Care

Focuses on the education of individuals seeking to become managers in the long-term care field, specifically those seeking roles as nursing home administrators and managers of assisted living and home health care programs. The course examines the external forces that impact the operation and management of long-term care facilities, including government payers, state regulatory bodies, and national accreditation bodies. (3)

HCM 530 Human and Organizational Development in Health Care

Provides a strategic overview of the key concepts and principles of each human resource function along with their practical implications. Special emphasis is placed on human resource roles and competencies and creating a personal career development plan. Issues, trends, and problems facing the human resource professional are also identified and addressed. (3)

HCM 535 Health Care Policy and Ethics

Uses the case method to analyze major health care issues and policy formulation for health care providers and organizations. It covers health care policy, planning, and operations of the health care system. The course also reviews the major ethical issues inherent in health care and requires the student to analyze the impact of ethical decisions on the cost and access to care. Prerequisite or corequisite: HCM 510. (3)

HCM 550 Health Care Finance

Focuses on the financial management of health care organizations, addressing issues unique to health care organizations. The course trains students to create, read, and interpret financial statements and key financial ratios within the health care industry and to assess the financial health of an organization. Students will also discuss the importance of credit, the time value of money, and learn to develop a long-range financial plan that supports an organization’s strategic plan. The course will also review the legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations that are critical to sound financial management. Substitutes MBA 512 for dual MBA/HCM study. Prerequisite: HCM 500. (3)

HCM 555 Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing

This course focuses on the role of strategic planning within a health care organization. Emphasis will be placed on learning the strategic planning process, including the mission, vision, environmental assessment, strategic position, and implementation plan. Students will use a case study approach to analyze multiple health care providers in a market and assess how the local and national market impacts strategic position. The course also will discuss the role of marketing in the delivery of health care and the challenges health care organizations face in marketing products and services. The importance of leadership and corporate governance in implementing a strategic plan also will be examined. (3)

HCM 560 Health Care Operations Management

Examines the management of hospitals and other health care operations and the synthesis of concepts and techniques relating to and enhancing the provision of health services. (3)

HCM 565 Health Care Cases and Project

As the capstone in the health care management program, this course requires students to integrate knowledge from all the classes and apply it to complex health care management situations. Students will complete a comprehensive strategic business plan analyzing a current issue impacting the delivery of care or investigating an innovative management technique that can be applied to a health care organization. Prerequisite: completion of 33 credit hours in health care management-related courses. (3)

HCM 585 Global Health Care

Explores the social, political, economic, demographic, and cultural determinants of health and health care and the development of various health care systems around the world. Students will analyze and compare theories and models of health policy and access. The course will examine international health care development and social change around the globe. The roles of different international health organizations will be defined and examined. Students will reflect on how the global health issues impact the U.S. health care system. Emphasis will be placed on health care management strategies used in different countries to allocate and maintain resources to improve on health status and delivery of care. (3)

HCM 590 Population Health and Epidemiology

Examines the many facets of public health in developing and developed countries of the world. This course allows students to examine the economic, social, political, demographic, cultural, and environmental determinants of health and diseases, morbidity, and mortality in populations. The analysis occurs within the framework of policy, public health, and program planning. Epidemiologic methods for the control of conditions such as infectious and chronic diseases, mental disorders, community and environmental health hazards, and unintentional injuries are discussed. Other topics include quantitative aspects of epidemiology, for example, data sources, measures of morbidity and mortality, evaluation of association and causality, and study design. Prerequisites: HCM 510 and NU 590. (3)

HCM 596 Special Topics in Health Care Management

Provides an in-depth study of a major current topic in health care management. See program director for course schedule and future topics. Prerequisite: HCM 510. (3)