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HMP 501 - Understanding Health Care Organizations - 3 credits

An introduction to the field to establish professional identity and understand healthcare systems. This course also exposes students to the many issues and challenges, including those dealing with ethics, surrounding the healthcare field. Topics will include organizational structures, legal and ethical issues, government policies, community health, managing information, managing people, and managing resources.

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Students will:

  • Be able to discuss issues and challenges surrounding the healthcare field
  • Apply effective management and leadership skills to address challenges within the healthcare field
  • Understand and apply the principles and guidelines for ethics and social responsibility in healthcare
  • Comprehend organizational structures of healthcare
  • Explain the government policies of healthcare, including but not limited to community health organizations
  • Grasp and discuss trends, including research and best practices in managing information, people and resources
  • Think creatively to develop solutions to leadership and teamwork problems

HMP 510 - Project Management - 3 Credits

Development of concepts and skills related to project management. Emphasis on learning and applying concepts in the Project Management Body of Knowledge and how those concepts relate to healthcare organizations.

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Students will:

  • Understand the practical application of best practices in project management
  • Learn the relevant components of project management, including project scope, schedule, and budget management
  • Become conversant in project management methodologies using the waterfall-to-agile analogy spectrum

HMP 520 - Financial Management - 3 Credits

A survey of financial management. Topics include the financial environment, working capital management, the time value of money, financial statement analysis, capital structure, valuation of securities, capital budgeting, assessment of risk, and international finance. Consideration is given to ethical relationships among the firm's contract holders.

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Students will:

  • Gain a strong understanding of basic financial management concepts
  • Acquire a basic understanding of financial statements, and analytical techniques required for effective financial management
  • Understand management of non-profit institutions using popular press books and publications
  • Identify practical applications of financial management concepts (or lack thereof).
  • Understand business terms/vocabulary that will be incorporated and emphasized through practical application to current events

HMP 640 - Quality Health Care Management - 3 Credits

The planning and control of operations and processes in health service organizations, including design for the future of healthcare. Topics include aggregate planning, facility location and community resources, patient and family centered care, layout, environmentally responsible systems, capacity planning, management of human resources, inventory management, and project management. Models are developed to maximize output while ensuring high employee standards, morale, and benefits.

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Students will:

  • Develop sound administrative and/or epidemiological data collection and sampling skills
  • Understand basic data interpretation and statistical analysis
  • Learn the management of process-improvement projects based on the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) model
  • Understand and lead organizational change management

HMP 650 - Managing People and Human Resources - 3 Credits

Focus on recruiting, training, and developing human resources thereby enabling employees to be competent performers within organizations. In addition, strategies for developing as an effective leader and team member in the field of healthcare are covered.

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Students will:

  • Analyze the characteristics and motives of leaders
  • Apply effective leadership in all types of organizations, as well as in a global community
  • Understand the principles and guidelines for leadership ethics and social responsibility
  • Investigate fully the importance of ethics in all areas of leadership.
  • Examine and practice the leader-member exchange theories and other various styles of leadership
  • Understand the leader's role in motivation and teamwork - leadership as a reciprocal influence process
  • Discuss trends, including research and best practices in leadership from a cross discipline perspective
  • Think creatively to develop solutions to leadership and teamwork problems

HMP 662 - Health in the Community - 3 Credits

Understanding the role of health education and health resources in the community, including securing community support and investment. Topics include prevention and control of chronic health conditions, efficient use of community health services and resources, volunteer agencies, disease and injury prevention, women's health, substance use, and other relevant issues.

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Students will:

  • Explain the need for community-based partnerships to improve the health of a community and to ameliorate existing disparities in health and healthcare
  • Learn how to assess individual and community needs and assets appropriately.
  • Plan effective community health promotion programs developed with theory-based approaches
  • Design programmatic intervention strategies
  • Plan for program evaluation

HMP 664 - Financial and Economic Aspects of Aging - 3 Credits

Economic consequences of population aging and the economic status of the aged. Includes topics such as income adequacy in old age, dependency, work income, and retirement income planning as a means to economic security for ensuring individual health, healthcare, and longevity.

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Students will:

  • Develop awareness of economic consequences of population aging and the economic status of the aged
  • Understand factors that affect income adequacy in old age, dependency, work income, and retirement income planning as a means to economic security
  • Understand the benefits and burdens of health, health-related events, and healthcare policy on the aging
  • Explore the intersections of individual health, healthcare, healthcare policy and access, and longevity

HMP 665 - Managing Elder Facilities - 3 Credits

Treatment of issues specific in the design, implementation, and management of facilities designed to serve the elder population, including assisted living, long-term care, hospice, and other specialized facilities.

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Students will:

  • Understand the needs of the elder population in terms of residential care
  • Specify special characteristics in the design, implementation, and management of facilities
  • Differentiate types of facilities designed to serve elder populations, including assisted living, long-term care, hospice, and other specialized facilities
  • Review special challenges associated with facilities designed for the elderly
  • Understand the total quality environment of care for the elderly

HMP 668 - Elder Law - 3 Credits

As a growing percentage of the general population, senior citizens face complex financial management and healthcare issues that often require legal assistance for effective resolution. Focusing on the need for specialized legal services to the elderly, the topics covered in this course include ageism, the unique ethical dilemmas which can arise in an elder law practice, special counseling skills, preventative financial planning measures in anticipation of incapacity or disability, advanced healthcare directives, long term care alternatives and financing, public benefit programs, and elder abuse and neglect.

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Students will:

  • Acquire a working knowledge of Medicaid, disability, and other long-term care issues
  • Learn the rights of the elderly, as well as authorities for decision-making, including guardianship, and commitment matters, including fiduciary administration and medical care directives
  • Develop an awareness of social and legal issues affecting the elderly, not only those of abuse, neglect, discrimination and fraud, but also those of support, networks, families and homes
  • Gain a basic understanding of estate planning, wills, and trusts

HMP 667 - Aging Process and Interventions

Overview of physiological changes resulting from the aging process, along with problems that typically occur after age 50. Discussion includes both chronic and acute conditions, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment strategies.

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Students will:

  • Understand the physiological process of aging, particularly those changes that occur after age 50
  • Be aware of chronic and acute conditions associated with the aging process, including recognizing their symptoms and understanding their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment
  • Review general biomedical intervention strategies, including those associated with end of life care
  • Understand mental, cognitive, and emotional changes associated with aging, as well as intervention strategies that may be used to counter deterioration

HMP 670 - Legal Issues and Compliance in Health Care - 3 Credits

Understanding health laws and regulation from both the patient and corporate viewpoints, including regulatory laws, labor law, patients' rights, liability, third party providers, and contract law.

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Students will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Legal System
  • Understand laws and regulations that apply to a hospital/healthcare system
  • Determine when to consult with hospital counsel regarding a legal issue that could affect the hospital/health system.

HMP 671 - Ethics in Health Care - 3 Credits

Broad coverage of the challenges and dilemmas facing the healthcare enterprise using the case study method to arrive at ethical and moral decision making. Includes examination of personal beliefs and prejudices that often influence actions. Topics vary but generally include access, cost, quality of care; organizational ethics and risk; professional codes of conduct; principles of patient autonomy and rights; and issues within the community.

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Students will:

  • Identify various models for understanding disease as well as how cultures have attempted to combat the effects of disease with attention given to forming a Christian view of health and illness
  • Review questions and discussions about the ethical implications of healthcare
  • Form personal views about these topics

HMP 675 - Organizational and Government Policy in Health Care - 3 Credits

A course that addresses the economics and financing of health policy, need and demand by the public, and quality and effectiveness of the services including issues of public health preparedness, prevention, long-term care, and mental illness.

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Students will:

  • Address the economics and financing of health policy, need, and demand by the public, and quality and effectiveness of the services
  • Understand the issues of public health preparedness, prevention, long-term care and mental illness
  • Be able to analyze health policy and make informed recommendations to improve the United States health system