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Course Descriptions

HA 8160. Health Care System

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: none.
This course introduces and describes the healthcare delivery system and the resources that comprise it. The theoretical basis for the system, as well as the overall planning, organization, management, evaluation, quality, and major healthpolicy issues are discussed.

HA 8190. Health Policy and Ethics

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: none.
This course concentrates on health policy issues in the planning, delivery and organization of health services. Examination of policy issues focuses on the relative roles of the public and private sectors and the control procedures used to implement these policies. Ethical issues and problems and their resolutions are presented within a decision-making framework.

HA 8250. Health Economics and Financing

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisites: none.
This course explores central problems in the economics and financing of health care services in the U. S. and other economies. The demand, production, cost, and allocation of health care services are examined through the use of a variety of conceptual and empirical models. The effects of financing methods on the availability, quality, and planning of health care are also explored.

HA 8389. Directed Readings in Health Administration

Credit Hours – 1.0 – 3.0
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor, good academic standing.

HA 8391-A&B. HA Field Study

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.
This course is designed to provide Master of Health Admini stration students with an opportunity to apply the health administration skills learned at the Robinson College of Business (RCB) is an approved site off campus. The course immerses students in the planning and execution of complex activities involved in both large and small healthcare organizations. The settings for the activities may change over time. While students are under the general supervision of the faculty, they are expected to display responsible independent action and to interact frequently with healthcare executives.

HA 8440. Executive Leadership in Health

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisites: HA 8160 or HA 8190.
This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the administration and organization of healthcare systems, including analysis of management problems, planning, evaluation, operations, and policy analysis within the healthcare environment.

HA 8450. Legal Environment of Health Care

Credit Hours – 3.0
(Same as LglS 8450.) Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. CSP: 1, 6.
This course provides students with a study of the legal aspects of the health care business. The course covers the role of government in regulating health care and health applications of the law, of torts/malpractice, contracts, and administrative law. It equips students to recognize legal issues in the health care environment and to manage legal risks in decision making.

HA 8460. Human Resource Management in Health Care

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: none.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic concepts of human resource management in health care organizations. Principles and organization of the human resource management function are introduced.

HA 8550. Health Planning and Financial Management

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisites: HA 8160 or HA 8190 and MBA 8135.
This course focuses on applied financial management concepts for healthcare organizations.Computer models are employed to improve understanding of variables influencing successful healthcare financial operations. Attention is devoted to the planning, implementation, and operation of healthcare organizations from the perspective of providers, payers, and the population.

HA 8620. Operations Management and Quality in Health Care

Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisite: MBA 7020 or Math 1070.
This course is an introduction to the application of operations management techniques to health care organizations. Topics include: systems theory, waiting lines and queuing theory, quality assurance, project management, facility location and design, health information systems, work design and productivity, forecasting, and simulation.

HA 8630. Managed Care and Integrated Health Systems

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: HA 8160 or HA 8190.
This course examines the managed care industry and integrated health systems, including health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, physician hospital organizations, and a variety of other types of managed care plans and related organizations. The managed care industry and integrated health systems are examined from the perspective of hospital, physician, management service organizations, self-insured organizations, employers, and patients. The course also includes material on quality assurance, risk management, marketing, negotiating contracts, and underwriting and rating issues.

HA 8670. Health Information Systems

Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites: MBA 7020. CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This course focuses on the critical role of e-health and information systems in the planning, operation, and management of health care organizations. Topics addressed include the analysis, design, selection, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information systems in a variety of settings such as health systems, hospitals, and medical practices.

HA 8680. Care Management & Delivery Systems

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: HA 8160.
This course focuses on care management in various components of the health care delivery system, particularly the ambulatory care sector. Models of population access and movement through the health care system are emphasized, and the distinctive characteristics of quality assessment, utilization review, and administrative management for each component are discussed. Topics include organization, financial management, operations management, information systems, and quality assessment appropriate for each major health care component.

HA 8700. Health Services Research and Evaluation Methods

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisites: HA 8160 or HA 8190, MBA 7020 or Math 1070 and MBA 8120, MBA 8220.
This course is designed to provide students with the technical skills in health services research, including program evaluation and survey research methods, analytical epidemiology, and collection and analysis of health services data.

HA 8750. Health Analytics

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: none.
This course introduces the techniques of predictive modeling and analytics in a data‐rich health care business environment. It covers the process of formulating business objectives, data selection, preparation, and partition to successfully design, build, evaluate and implement predictive models for a variety of health care applications. Predictive modeling tools such as classification and decision trees, neural networks, regressions, association analysis, cluster analysis, and others will be discussed in detail and applied to practical health care problems.

HA 8810. Administrative Residency and Survey I

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.
This course is the initial part of a two-course sequence of practical administrative education in a hospital or health care setting with an experienced health administrator serving as a preceptor. It is designed to provide the student with a model of administrative behavior and to acquaint him or her with health care institutions and their problems while providing supervised practice in administration.

HA 8820. Administrative Residency and Survey II

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.
This course is the second part of the two-course sequence of practical administrative education in a hospital or health care setting with an experienced health administrator serving as a preceptor.

HA 8990. Strategic Management in Health Care

Credit Hours – 3.0
Prerequisites: HA 8160, HA 8190.
This is a capstone course designed to give the student an opportunity to develop conceptual skills needed by top-level health care managers. Emphasis is given to the integration of subject matter from health administration courses and business administration courses. Subject matter stressed includes (1) development of organizational strategy in health care institutions, (2) the strategic planning process, (3) formulation of objectives and policies, and (4) the management of change in the health care industry.