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SEMESTER 1

HCA 5105 Ethics in Health Care
This class begins with a discussion of the major ethical principles in bioethics and models for ethical decision-making and is followed by topical readings and discussion in the areas listed below. Subject areas are intended to cover the five core competencies in ethics. These five domains are: 1. Decision-making Ethics 2. Professional Ethics 3. Clinical Ethics 4. Organization Ethics 5. Social Ethics. Discussion of case studies will cover subject areas to include but are not limited to withholding/withdrawing treatment, access to health care, the allocation of scarce resources, the principles of a just war, the proper professional role of administrators in the business of health care delivery and ethics in research conducted in health care facilities.

HCA 5301 U.S. Health Care System
This course outlines the United States Health Care System. It facilitates an understanding of the history, basic structures, and operations of an expansive and complex field. Conceptual dimensions for health services at the macro and micro level are considered within a systems framework. Students are introduced to definitions and concepts about the system as well as current and future trends in health care delivery that will likely be encountered practicing management in the health services market.

HCA 5317 Health Management Information Systems
Studies focus on information technology and systems, including historical development, for conceptual understanding of the evolution from reporting accounting data to newer broad based information support applications in the delivery of health care. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of collecting and analyzing data for the production of information that supports management, operations, planning, and decision-making. Discussion of case studies, including health care examples, leads to an understanding of appropriate and cost-effective applications of technology. Analytical study of a health care system and the design of a current medical information support system synthesize the content of the course.

HCA 5350 Finance I: Financial and Managerial Accounting
This class is designed to expose students to the field of financial and managerial accounting within healthcare organizations. The course will cover the function and organization of the financial resource department, the purpose and methods of financial and managerial accounting, and special industry characteristics affecting healthcare finance, to include third-party payers, price or rate-setting and cost-shifting, taxation and healthcare incentives, and alternative organizations.

HCA 5410 Quantitative Analysis I: Statistics & Research Methods for Health Care Administration
The course presents basic research method techniques and common statistical applications. The focus of the course is problem-solving and decision-making with some theory. At the conclusion of the course, students are expected to understand, conduct and evaluate managerial research. Topics for investigation include basic probability, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. Students will learn primarily parametric methods and will have exposure to non-parametric methods.

SEMESTER 2

HCA 5231 Seminar in Human Resources Management
This course provides an overview of human resource management (HRM). This course introduces basic principles, concepts, functions, and applications of HRM. Topics include an overview of human resource functions, strategic HRM, workforce planning, job analysis and design, recruitment/interview/selection, socialization, training, performance evaluation, compensation/benefits, and labor relations. While much of HCA 5331 will focus on HRM within health care settings, this course will also introduce and discuss HRM and its implications in other important and relevant organizational settings.

HCA 5322 Organizational Behavior and Theory with Human Resources
Focus of course is the application of human resources and theory in the organizational setting. Emphasis is placed on the skills and competencies necessary for effective health services management as well as the functions performed by, and roles required of, middle and senior level managers. Course will progress from individual, group, and organizational dynamics.

HCA 5336 Health Care Jurisprudence
This course addresses the foundations of our legal system, the process of civil litigation, and tort law and contract law as they pertain to the health care system. Basic elements of contracting will be addressed, but the emphasis will be on tort law and the interface between tort law and contract law. More specific topics may include: the medical standard of care; federal tort law/liability of federal providers; informed decision-making; defining death and legal actions involving dead bodies; abortion/family planning; medical research; management of medical information; the right to practice; and anti-trust issues. Medical ethics will be distinguished from medical law and ethical aspects of classic cases will be noted.

HCA 5389 Population Health & Homeland Security
Introduces students to epidemiology as a diagnostic discipline of population health. Material discussed will prepare students to communicate concepts of risk and understand epidemiological information. Common tools will be introduced to evaluate health problems and policies at a population level. In addition, we will examine medical readiness and explore the boundaries of this 21st Century national security mission. This will be accomplished by examining the threats, actors, and organizational structures and resources required to defend the American homeland.

HCA 5353 Finance II: Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations
This class is designed as an introductory course in the theory and principles of health care finance, which includes planning and controlling functions (time value of money, pro forma budgeting, ratio analysis), balance sheet management (working capital budgeting, debt & equity financing) and cost management (cost classification allocation, break even & variance analysis) among other topics. This is an applied course that combines theoretical (textbook) concepts with problems and computer exercises. Field professionals may be invited to augment discussion around current critical issues in health care finance.

MECO 5330 Principles of Macroeconomics
This course familiarizes students with the performance of market economies and variables that influence them. The course will provide an overview of the major concepts in the field of macroeconomics as a whole during the first 2/3 of the course, and focuses on institutional factors that influence the economic growth and stability of countries in the last 1/3 of the course. The first 2/3 of the course will be predominantly lectures of text material integrated with robust classroom discussion of the application of targeted macroeconomic concepts; the last 1/3 of the course will be in a seminar format, with students expected to lead the bulk of the conversation. Students will apply their knowledge of macroeconomics throughout the course to a real economy in order to sharpen their understanding not only of the theory but the application of the concepts.

SEMESTER 3

HCA 5318 Finance III: Financial Applications
This class is designed to teach healthcare leaders their role in operating, managing and directing the apportionment of resources within a health care organization. The course provides in-depth knowledge of the business case analysis approach to decision-making and builds on sound financial practices learned in HCA 5350 & HCA 5353. With an emphasis on executive-level critical thinking skills, it allows students to integrate and apply previously learned tools and abilities to the healthcare setting.

HCA 5330 Healthcare Contracting and Negotiations
The common law of contracts will be analyzed in the areas of formation, performance and discharge, breach and remedies, the statutes of frauds, covenants, and third party rights. Then, alternative dispute resolution will be studied with an emphasis on the process, applicable techniques, strategies, and tactics of negotiation. Last, the bases of government contracting will be laid and followed by study of contract types, formation, administration, termination, remedies, and ethical problem areas; the roles of the Contracting Officer and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) will be stressed.

MINB 5350 International Business
This is an introductory course in international business. The basic content of the course includes (1) an overview of the means of conducting international business, with an emphasis on what makes international different from domestic; (2) the effects of the social systems within countries on the conduct of international business; (3) the major theories explaining international business transactions and the institutions influencing those activities; (4) the financial exchange systems and institutions that measure and facilitate international transactions; (5) the dynamic interface between countries and companies attempting to conduct foreign business activities; (6) corporate strategy alternatives for global operations; and (7) international activities that fall largely within functional disciplines.

HCA 5411 Quantitative Analysis II
Advanced concepts, techniques, and technologies used in the scientific inquiry of applied clinical, administrative, and managerial research are presented. Decision-making, selection, computation, and interpretation of analytical procedures and methods are discussed. Emphasizing critical thinking and quantitative analysis, students select appropriate secondary data on a management problem and posit research questions, develop logical hypotheses linked to data and theory, analyze and make decisions and recommendations based on findings. Advanced techniques such as power analysis, MANOVA, and Logistic Regression are covered.

MMKT 5470 Marketing Management
This course teaches basic marketing concepts, theory and practice including: market segmentation, consumer behavior, innovation, channels of communication, integrated communications, and integrated pricing. Students will learn to develop, design, and implement marketing plans and programs in conjunction with organizational strategy.

SEMESTER 4

HCA 5213 Health Policy
A comprehensive model of health policy and analysis to include its major objectives and methods and its relationship to the field of health services research. An organizing framework is provided that integrates concepts and methods from the fields of economics, ethics, political science and related disciplines. Emphasis is on integrating policymaking with the major system performance objectives of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. This course includes the impact of health policies on the health of individuals and populations, the political trade-offs and social dimensions of policy making and how future healthcare policy is likely to be affected by the political marketplace and the economy.

HCA 5306 Current Issues in Health Care Quality
Covers the historical evolution, current concepts, and future trends associated with the monitoring and evaluation of health care quality. Explores the major components of quality improvement to include patient care assessment, risk management, patient safety, medical management, outcomes management, and process improvement.

HCA 5329 Leadership in Complex Organizations
This course is designed to enable students to develop/refine their leadership skills through readings, self-exploration, and research. This is a true seminar course. Class participation is critical to the quality of this class. Your learning will result from your interaction with one another as well as from the instructors or from the readings. For this to happen, students must prepare for and participate in class. As you will soon see, students will spend part of their class time in large groups and part in small groups. Although class participation in the large group setting will be challenging, there will be a wide range of opportunities to participate in small groups. Students will examine leadership theory and, through case studies and discussion, better understand their leadership styles and qualities, as well as those of others. The course readings, case studies and guest speakers support the theoretical and practical aspect of leadership applied in complex

MFIN 5340 Investments
Through a study of portfolio theory and asset-pricing models, students acquire the basic skills necessary to build and manage portfolios of different asset classes. This course applies theoretical concepts to investment analysis and portfolio management.

MBUS 5220 & HCA 5356 Organizational Ethics
This course will review major ethical theories; the basic principles of medical (clinical) ethics (respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice); ethical decision-making methods; and the relationship between ethics and leadership. Clinical ethics topics at the crossroads of medicine and the law (e.g., assisted reproduction and abortion, care at the end of life, medical enhancement, genetics and stem cell research, and medical research generally) may be considered from an organizational perspective. Topics with a clearer business focus will be included and may include stakeholder theory, the treatment of employees, employees' objections to the provision of certain care, the allocation of scarce resources, dual agency, the proper role of physicians and nurses in the business of healthcare, and the business of healthcare itself.

MBL 5110 Selected Topics in Business Law
This course builds on the material form HC Jurisprudence and from HC Contracting and Negotiations. Topics reviewed may include sales, negotiable instruments, the corporation qua corporation, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, real property, and the governmental regulation of business. Case studies will be developed by the students and analyzed.

MMGT 5460 Operations Management & Research
This course provides an introduction to the concepts and analytic methods that are useful in understanding the management of a firm's operations. It provides basic definitions of operations management terms, tools and techniques for analyzing operations and making operational decisions. The course emphasizes application of concepts, techniques and methodologies from the field of operations management to organizations in the service industry.

SEMESTER 5

HCA 5325 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations
This course prepares students to apply strategic management concepts and principles within the field of health management. The successful student integrates content from across the curriculum, including: economics, finance, quantitative analysis, marketing, leadership, and health systems.

MECO 5132 Macroeconomics Analysis in the Global Economy
Prerequisites: MECO 5330, MECO 5331
This seminar builds upon basic macroeconomic principles, applying economic models/theory to the global economies. Global macroeconomics seeks to explain the nature of association among economic forces in markets around the world such as the impact of the US fiscal deficit on increased foreign borrowing and forces causing the economic slump in Japan.

MECO 5133 Seminar in World Economic Systems
Prerequisites: MECO 5330, MECO 5331
This seminar explores differences among economic institutions, policy, and performance in countries around the world and provides information on the methods used to make economic comparisons across countries, examining the relative success or failure of these various economic states. Topics of discussion will revolve around major developments in the world economy.

MMGT 5162 Seminar in International Management
Prerequisite: MINB 5450
This seminar analyzes strategies and strategic responses of individual firms operating internationally. The evolution of global industries, global competition, and global strategies is emphasized throughout. Special emphasis is placed on the cultural differences between countries and their implications for international management efforts.

MMKT 5171 Seminar in International Marketing
Prerequisite: MMKT 5470, MINB 5450
Explores environmental/cultural approach to international marketing and important global marketing trends, including growth/expansion of the world's big emerging markets, rapid growth of middle income market segments, and steady creation of regional market groups. Case studies are used to develop global and strategic thinking in terms of the marketing 4P's.

HCA 5961 Administrative Residency
During this required residency and under the guidance of a qualified preceptor, degree candidates are provided opportunities to study and analyze the functional elements of a hospital. Their managerial skills are developed through varied experiences, the performance of administrative tasks, and direct participation in the problem-solving process. Students also perform special studies in functional areas and conduct a graduate management project. Approval of the proposal and the completed research is secured from the program's Residency Committee.

ELECTIVES

HCA 5312 issues in International Health
Health policies and delivery mechanisms within representative countries. Cross-cultural analytical techniques are reviews. International health organizations, programs, and other cooperative efforts are discussed. International issues concerning environmental health, health status, and heath care activities are studied.

HCA 5320 Advanced Statistical Applications in Health Care Delivery
Techniques of statistical analysis applied to problems in biomedical and health care research. Emphasis on general linear models including multiple regression and correlation models, discriminant analysis, and analysis of categorical data, and mixed binary and continuous functions. Computer support is used for statistical analysis in application aspects.

HCA 5326 Health Care Facilities Planning and Utilization
Health care facilities planning concepts with emphasis on the planning process, functional planning, accreditation, OSHA and handicap design standards, conversion of existing buildings, transition planning, and construction project management. Topics are discussed relative to the role of the administrator.

HCA 5333 Provider Profiling
This class is designed to expose students to the field of physician outcomes. The course will cover various ways in which physicians and other HC providers' performance can be measured. Students will learn ways to create provider profiling measures which are endorsed by the providers under study and which meet an organizational need. The class will consist of both didactic class sessions, as well as working on an actual profiling project at a local healthcare facility.

HCA 5334 Current Problems in Bioethics and Health Law
The fundamentals of ethical decision making will be covered, followed by the study of current critical areas, such as abortion, the right to die; organ harvesting and transplanting; genetic screening, counseling, and engineering; other human subject research; and allocation of scarce resources or "the right to health care."

HCA 5339 Medical Informatics - Health Networks, Databases and Applications
This course is designed to explore the role of medical informatics in the delivery of health information at the point of care. It focuses on the development of medical applications and explores fundamentals of relational databases, security, access and clinical acceptance. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of both broad and unique medical informatics concepts.

HCA 5340 Selected Topics in Financial Management
This course covers managing the external interface with markets (stock and bond valuation and issuing, endowment management, cash management and dividend policy) and advanced tools for managing financial resources (modeling and simulation, process costing, activity-based costing, transfer pricing and joint product costing).

HCA 5342 Health Applications in Networking
This course provides a conceptual framework for identifying, creating, and applying resources and advances in networking, telecommunications, and telemedicine to specific diseases and problems in health care/public health. Resources on the Internet will be used to develop HTML documents; databases will be explored to develop in-depth reports on individual diseases, resources, public health and infrastructure deficiencies, and health related issues of concern to military operational planners and health care executives.

HCA 5344 Advanced Research Methods
Prerequisite(s): HCA 5410, HCA 5411
This course integrates research methods, statistics, and organization behavior so that students can employ large databases and statistical software. Students are expected to design research methodologies based on sound theoretical modeling techniques resulting in testable hypotheses reviewed through appropriate analytical assessments. Mathematical/statistical proofs, operationalization and transformation of data, power and error analysis, and advanced techniques in MANOVA, regression and research design are emphasized.

HCA 5345 Productivity Issues in Health Services Administration
Various topics, issues, problems, and techniques in health care productivity management are discussed. Emphasis is on defining productivity in various health care settings (e.g., ambulatory care, nursing, hospitals) and understanding the inherent measurement difficulties encountered. Management options will include industrial engineering techniques, time management, budgeting, technological improvements, scheduling, and quality control.

HCA 5354 Advanced Organization Behavior and Theory
Prerequisite(s): HCA 5322
This course concentrates on the organization as the unit of analysis. The U.S. Healthcare System acts as the environment from which contextual factors and theoretical constructs and measures exert influence on organizational operations and survivability. Theories discussed include bureaucratic, legitimacy, resource dependence, contingency, transaction cost, population ecology and institutional theory.

HCA 5355 War and Terrorism: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Military Service
With an emphasis on medical service, this course explores the ethical and legal aspects of military service through current literature, discussion, and film. It includes a study of that area of the law called just war theory and distinguishes terrorism from conventional war.

HCA 5356 Organizational Ethics
This course will review major ethical theories, principles, decision-making methods, and the relationship between ethics and leadership. Clinical ethics topics will be considered from an organizational perspective, and topics with a more definitive business focus will be addressed. Case studies will be developed, analyzed, and discussed.

HCA 5390 Consulting Practicum in Health Care Administration
As a working group, students observe, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and report on various real-world healthcare problems for local health services facilities. Students are expected to integrate their experience and acquired knowledge, skills, and analytical tools learned during the didactic year. This course focuses on significant problems and evolving trends in the local community and their implications for efficient and effective healthcare delivery.

HCA 5392 Special Studies in Health Care Administration
Advanced work jointly planned by the professor and student in any of the various disciplines of health care administration represented by members of the graduate program faculty. The course provides students with a structured study in the selected topic area and permits advanced application of prior course work. May be repeated with a different topic for up to twelve hours credit.