The concentration in Healthcare Management develops the managerial skills required to work in today’s regulated, complex healthcare field. Graduates will have a solid foundation to meet the challenges of increasing quality while decreasing cost in healthcare delivery. The concentration prepares graduates for supervisory or middle management positions in hospitals, managed care organizations, community health centers, physician group practices, pharmaceutical companies, and other types of facilities.
Upon completion of this concentration, students should be able to apply management principles to healthcare organizations.
CONCENTRATION COURSES12 CREDIT HOURS
Four of the following must be completed:
This course introduces the healthcare worker to informatics applications in clinical practice, administration, research, and education. Basic informatics concepts, current issues, and information management systems are covered. Topics include legislative regulation, HIPPA, electronic health records, and other applications are identified and explored.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the healthcare industry including healthcare organizations and structures, public policy makers, and healthcare operations. Emphasis is placed on rapid changes in healthcare delivery systems as a response to increased healthcare costs, aging of the population, advanced medical science and technology, changing disease patterns, consumer demands, and distribution and use of the healthcare workforce.
This course is an introduction to legal and regulatory standards governing healthcare organizations. Topics include legal requirements, responsibilities, and constraints related to health provider/patient relationships, medical records, malpractice insurance, and licensure of health professionals.
This course offers a general description and application of certain financial principles in a healthcare setting including insurance payment systems, funding sources, non-profit versus for-profit, return on investment, and profitability. It provides an overview of financial statements and financial responsibility reporting, budgeting, inventory control, asset management, payer systems, accounts receivable, charity care, and managing controllables.
This course will assist the manager in identifying the key elements of compliance, responsibility and integrity as required by the Office of Inspector General, and common institutional policy. Core content will include general compliance risk areas, elements of a compliance program, impacts of documentation and coding, and patient care risk areas related to a healthcare delivery system or business.