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Courses - Fall 2017
HLSA
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HLSA300
Introduction to Health Policy and Services
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498P or HLSA300.
Formerly: SPHL498P.
This course provides a multidimensional view of public health policy and services. Through interactive discussion of assigned readings, team-based learning, and supplementary lecture, students will learn about the nature of and development of policy, public health policy, and financing and delivery of health care services. Concepts such as unintended consequences, association versus causation, evidence-based information, and the challenges of deconstructing available data, will be discussed throughout the course with the purpose of strengthening student abilities to analyze and challenge assumptions. This course will place a significant emphasis on a team-based learning approach to understanding the health care system and health care reform.
HLSA484
Redesigning Health Care: Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have completed a minimum of 60 credits.
Additional information: Two sessions will be on-site at the Mona Clinic in Temple Hills, MD, and the remaining sessions will be taught in the University of Maryland's Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Provides an opportunity for students to learn a key entrepreneurial skill, Design Thinking, while helping to build, reshape, redesign and transform delivery of health care in the Mona Center, a new community center and clinic in Prince George's County. This new, modern vision for a health and wellness clinic embraces student involvement in designing, planning and contributing to innovative programs, solutions, and processes to improve the clinic's ability to meet community and patient needs by addressing the social determinants of health as well as traditional clinical health status. Students in the class will develop empathy for patients, providers and other stakeholders, define problems, select a specific problem for intervention, understand problems based on stakeholder input, ideate, reframe and suggest options to solve or address the problem, prototype solutions, test ideas, and make recommendations to inform implementation and ongoing measurement and monitoring of impact.
HLSA601
Introduction to Health Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must not have completed HLTH740.
Credit only granted for: HLSA601, HLTH688A, or HLTH740.
Formerly: HLTH688A or HLTH740.
Management and leadership skills for effective public health planning, organization, management and administration. Emphasis is on the role of institutions in learning and behavioral change process, organizational theory, administration management, and coordinating provision of community health services.
HLSA611
Introduction to Health Equity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
The emerging field of health equity is concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of social disparities in population health. This course is designed to expose students to the foundational issues in health equity from a variety of perspectives. Through weekly meetings and discussion, students will develop familiarity with the major literature in the field of health equity. The course is divided into three sections: (1) Understanding & Addressing Health Disparities; (2) Disparity Populations; and (3) Solutions in Health Equity. Students will gain understanding of the dimensions and sources of health inequality, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nativity, and sexual minority status. Current policy debates and recent policy developments related to health equity are also briefly discussed. The course is organized as a seminar with a combination of lectures and class discussions. Students will also have the opportunity to develop ideas for independent research.
HLSA688
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA689
HLSA702
Policy and Politics of Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Organizational and financial components of the U.S. health care system, including social and political forces that bind the system. Advanced political analysis of the health care system, including key issues and problems.
HLSA703
Seminar in Health Equity
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Student-led presentations and discussion of contemporary literature in the areas of health disparities and health equity, social determinants, (eg. race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual identity, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location) and policies and programs to address disparities. The emphasis is on papers describing new research findings, novel techniques, innovative methods, and emerging issues.
HLSA711
Health Economics and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides an analysis of health and health care services as economic goods. Using microeconomic theories, we will examine the behavior of health care providers, consumers, markets, and firms.
HLSA713
Seminar in Health Policy
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Student-led presentations of contemporary literature in the areas of health policy, health care reform in the nation and Maryland, and evaluation of health policies and programs. Emphasis on papers describing new research findings, novel techniques, innovative methods, and emerging issues.
HLSA720
Health Law and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The legal system helps determine the relationships prevailing among individuals, institutions and governments by setting out the rights, duties and powers of the various parties. This course will look at some of the more important concepts the law uses within the context of health services and public health.
HLSA721
Using Demographic Data for Health Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: EPIB650; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of instructor.
Additional information: Priority enrollment will be given to students in the Department of Health Services Administration programs.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the major demographic data sets that are used in health policy research and to provide hands-on experience using these data to answer policy oriented research questions
HLSA725
Econometrics in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: EPIB650; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Additional information: priority enrollment will be given to students at the School of Public Health.
Empirical course to introduce students to econometric methods and their applications in public health.
HLSA745
Public Health Practice and Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
Examines the relationship of practice and management in performing essential public health services on local, state and national levels.
HLSA770
Continuous Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Designed for the health care professional or administrator involved in quality assurance in health care. Course includes historical beginnings, state-of-the-art, voluntary, governmental efforts, and tools to promote quality assurance.
HLSA772
Healthcare Leadership and Communications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Health care administrators rely on transformational leadership skills and insights to help their organizations rise to the social financial, public health, and technological challenges of the future. Students will assess and develop their leadership strengths, apply key leadership communication principles, and critically analyze relevent leadership models, exploring their utility in addressing key leadership issues in health care organizations. An underlying theme will be the identification of core values involved in health care delivery, integration of those values in personal and organizational missions, and effective communication to stakeholders.
HLSA775
Public Health Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: EPIB650.
Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
Provides an interdisciplinary approach to gaining an understanding of and acquiring the skills to conduct public health research. This course covers policy and social issues, theory, and methods of evaluation and participatory research, from simple community based health programs to large-scale interventions. The course emphasizes experimental and quasi-experimental designs to estimate program impact as well as evaluation of program implementation. Case studies drawn from the public health field illustrate various types of evaluations and participatory research initiatives. Lectures, interactive discussions, group projects, individual projects and related assignments.
HLSA780
Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Qualitative research is a multi-methods approach to the study of social interactions in natural settings. Through triangulation of methods, the researcher attempts to make sense of, or interpret, phenomema in terms of the meanings people bring to them.
HLSA785
Internship in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Health Services Administration department.
Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals.
HLSA786
(Perm Req)
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Health Services Administration department.
Capstone experience provding opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor.
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HLSA798
HLSA799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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HLSA898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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HLSA899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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