Health Services Management and Community Development (HMCD)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

HMCD 621.  Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations   3 credit hours

A study of supervisory management concepts and techniques that apply to health care organizations and programs. Emphasis is on understanding the health care environment and its various health care settings, the identification of issues facing front-line employees, supervisors and mid-level managers, and the development of administrative and leadership skills necessary to successfully lead health care work teams. Identifies, analyzes and solves problems that clinical department heads, supervisors and other health related mid-management personnel encounter in their work. The principles of effective management techniques-planning, decision making, organizing, budgeting, time management, leadership, direction, delegation, communication, motivation, discipline, performance appraisal, management of change, teamwork, effective meetings, working with unions, quality improvement and career development-are covered. Prerequisite: HMCD 310.

HMCD 622.  Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations   3 credit hours

Intended for clinical health care professionals who have responsibility for managing people in health care organizations. Also intended for health care management students who will have responsibility for managing people in health services organizations. An introduction to the essential theories, components and issues of human resources management in the health care field. Includes the study of the effectiveness of the human resources management function, employee recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, benefits and compensation, employee relations and other relevant legal requirements affecting employment. Covers issues of contemporary relevance for human health services resources departments such as employee health and safety, employee assistance programs, occupational stress and job burnout, violence in the workplace and work/family issues. Students are required to learn and to demonstrate the ability to analyze human resources problems and to present sound solutions. Students are expected to learn and demonstrate effective group working skills as they join small groups and engage in collaboratively solving a number of human resources management problems.

HMCD 624.  Community Development Methods   3 credit hours

Builds on the foundation of public health by examining a variety of advanced methods, theories and skills used for community development. Students familiarize themselves with the approaches used to assess and improve health outcomes in a community context and familiarize themselves with how to effectively apply these approaches. Includes lecture, group and individual projects, fieldwork and visiting lectures from practicing community development professionals.

HMCD 625.  Special Topics in Health Services   3 credit hours

Designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore, in detail, a selected current topic relevant to health services management and community development. Students review current research related to the selected topic, provide weekly presentations, engage in discussion and produce a term paper. Also includes lecture and guest arrangements from outside the department and the institution.

HMCD 642.  Financing Health Care Services   3 credit hours

Examines the principles of financial analysis and management used in health care institutions, which are most useful to nonfinancial personnel. Emphasizes understanding and application of general financial concepts crucial to the health setting; considers financial organization, sources of operating revenues, budgeting and cost allocation methods. Uses examples for various types of health service organizations. Prerequisite: senior standing in the HMCD program, or instructor's consent.

HMCD 643.  Intro to GIS   3 credit hours

Skills-based course introduces a group of software tools used in health care and many other professions to analyze and model spatial data. These powerful epidemiological tools provide mechanisms to track and map health and disease indicators, to explore clusters of risk factors and their relationships, and to better manage health care and social service resources. Properly applied, they illuminate community needs and promote efficient and effective program responses. GIS's outstanding integrative abilities are increasingly valued by those who need to synthesize multiple information streams in their decision making. Furthermore, the resulting visual displays, with their ability to improve communications between researchers, administrators, government officials, and the public, are increasingly found in policy debates and educational forums. Prerequisite: HMCD 325 and senior standing in the HMCD program, or instructor's consent.

HMCD 644.  Program Planning and Evaluation   3 credit hours

Introduces students to the planning, development and evaluation of health programs through the use of lecture, group projects and individual presentations. Students familiarize themselves with a variety of approaches available in the field of program planning. Emphasizes the application of this material to the development of a program plan.

HMCD 648.  Concepts of Quality in Health Care   3 credit hours

Addresses quality management in health services organizations, with a focus on a systematic approach to meet the Institute of Medicine's aim to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. The history and current status of quality management initiatives, as well as the role of quality in organizational strategic management are presented. Students learn the role of quality from theory to application in a broad base of organizational settings.

HMCD 660.  Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Long-Term Care Practicum   3-9 credit hours

Needs for health services will increase dramatically in the future because of the rising increase in the elderly population. A broad range of services, including long-term care, is required to address the health care needs of the older population. The Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Practicum is an academic long-term care administrator-training program. The purpose of the AIT is the development of a professional competency and personal code of ethics for the field of long-term care administration. The course prepares students for the state nursing home administrator licensure examination. The 480-clock-hour practicum is completed in a licensed long-term care facility, under the guidance of an approved preceptor. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.