Healthcare Management - Course Descriptions
Healthcare Management Course Descriptions
HCM - 2301 Health Law and Ethics (3)
This course examines the ethical dimensions of public health policies and the role ethics plays in the administration of quality health care. The course introduces the application of ideas from philosophy, law, political science and economics to analyze the ethical basis of public health policies and programs. A comprehensive analysis of how the ethical aspects of the operation of health care organizations are central to the delivery of healthcare will be provided. Practical application of ethical theory will be discussed through case study analysis, study of various healthcare ethics codes, and student research of current ethical issues in healthcare.
HCM – 2302 Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)
This is an introductory research methodology course that emphasizes the conceptualization and use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to answer a research question or explore the rationale in human behavior in health-related issues. The course is designed to provide an introduction to the entire research process including formulating research questions; understanding sampling methods and processes; and understanding various quantitative and qualitative research designs, general methodological principles, and major issues of research.
HCM – 3301 Health Delivery Systems (3)
This course introduces students to the basics of health information management. It identifies the roles and responsibilities of Health Information professionals, the content of the health care record: administrative data e.g., billing, reimbursement, and consent forms and clinical data i.e., that information provided by the health care provider. Health information management nomenclature and classification systems also will be addressed.
HCM – 3302 Epidemiology (3)
This course introduces students to basic principles of epidemiology as it relates to the natural history, determinants, research, and measurements of disease, health and selected, current social conditions. The course concentrates on conditions that affect global populations as opposed to individuals by defining mechanisms by which health conditions occur, are prevented, and are controlled. The course requires students to integrate knowledge and skills from previous statistics and research courses to analyze the current epidemiological research literature.
HCM – 3305 Health Care Management (3)
Within the context of healthcare, this course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of management and managerial functions as a framework for organizing knowledge and techniques in the healthcare field. This will be done by relating each of the functions of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling) to healthcare organization operations. Practical examples, applications, issues, and exercises requiring critical thinking and effective written and verbal presentations will be emphasized.
HCM – 3306 Community and Rural Health Services (3)
This course is designed to help students identify regional and rural health care problems, needs, related health care delivery systems, and agencies. It is coordinated with several health care and social disciplines in mind to gain a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the needs, services, electronic and outreach resources, and referral mechanisms. Consideration is given to the economic, cultural, and psychosocial impact of health issues and services on individuals and families.
HCM – 3307 Global Understanding (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to international experiences primarily through respectful and mature discussions in a virtual classroom setting; through "chat rooms" activities; through reflective writing; and through reading historical literature and current print media. The course intends to help students to understand profoundly and in "real time" social, economic, and political perspectives to grasp the impact of these on health care and health care management in foreign countries.
HCM – 4201 Professional Behavior
This course requires that students identify and demonstrate professional behaviors appropriate for the work environment. Students will self-assess specific abilities related to time and stress management, communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, professional conduct, problem-solving, and other behaviors and compare these to various time intervals during their course work. Students will review and discuss major components of the health care management program in order to take the comprehensive examination before engaging in the internship. The comprehensive examination is assessed by the faculty and requires insightful self-assessment to address strengths and weaknesses. The student records and completes intervention strategies to ensure success in internships.
HCM – 4301 Chronic Illness/Long Term Care Management (3)
This course emphasizes chronic disease conditions from a developmental perspective (pediatric, middle age, and elderly) that may lead to extended, home, palliative and end-of-life care services. The program will introduce students to managerial roles and responsibilities and regulatory practices in these various care settings as well as services provided in assisted and independent living facilities.
HCM – 4302 Health Care Policy, Organization, and Finance (3)
Within the context of health care policy, organization, and finance, the purpose of this course is to provide students with a practical understanding of how the American health care system works, while stimulating critical thinking about policy implications and how it may be improved across a range of organizational settings and outcomes. Practical examples, applications, issues, and exercises requiring critical thinking and effective written and verbal presentations will be emphasized.
HCM – 4400 Health Care Management Internship (12)
This course requires that the comprehensive examination be taken before the student engages in the semester long experiential internship. The internship requires the application and integration of professionalism and health care management knowledge and skills at an agreed upon and assigned health care facility or health care related institution, agency or company.
HCM – 3303 Proposal Writing (elective) (3)
The primary goal of the course is to help students apply basic principles of proposal writing. The course will identify funding agencies, review requests for funding, and identify the essential and appropriate features of a proposal. At the end of the course, students will prepare one proposal ready for submission.
HCM – 4303 Environmental Health (elective) (3)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of environmental health that include identifying risk factors and hazards associated with natural/human and non-natural influences. Factors such as health, fitness, and wellness, training and education to reduce risk factors and risk management will be introduced.
HCM – 4304 Global Health Studies (elective) (3)
This course explores worldwide agencies and their roles in disease and health models, prevention, and control. Cultural content, including awareness, sensitivity, cultural competence, and cultural proficiency is emphasized. Students who take this course are encouraged to participate in international studies abroad or UNC in Washington or national organizations, agencies or facilities that deal with global and international health issues.
HCM – 4305 Spanish in the Health Care Environment (elective) (3)
This is an introductory course designed to assist health care professionals in basic language skills, including appropriate pronunciations, terms and commonly used phrases that students may need in order to address and communicate to those individuals that speak the Spanish language. The course will integrate cultural awareness and sensitivity and the effective and identify the use of translators in order to make communication respectful and effective in the health care environment.