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Courses - Spring 2018
HLSA
Health Services Administration Department Site
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.
Restricted to College Park students in the Public Health Science major (code: 12140).
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.
HLSA688
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA689
HLSA710
Healthcare Mangement: Foundations and Principles
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Master of Health Administration (Master's) program; or must be in Health Services Ph.D. (Doctoral) program.
Concepts and managerial activities essential to achieve the goals of health care organizations are examined and discussed. Managerial processes include planning, decision-making, etc. required to operate and change health care organizations will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the leader/managers role in developing and maintaining an effective system for providing healthcare.
HLSA714
Economic Evaluation of Medical Care
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HLSA601 and EPIB650; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
An overview of the theory and applications of cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and related forms of economic evaluation/decision analysis in the health care sector.
HLSA723
Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLSA601.
Examination of the politics of the health policy process, including the effects of American political structure and institutions; economic and social factors; interest groups, classes, and social movements; media and public opinion, and other factors. The emphasis is both on understanding how public policy is made as well as how to influence the process.Students will learn about (1) how health policy is developed, adopted, and implemented, (2) the political, institutional, economic, social, and other factors that influence and shape the process, and (3) the basic approaches and tools of strategic advocacy.
HLSA726
Financial and Management Accounting in Health Care
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Learn the basics of financial and management accounting within health care organizations. This introductory level course will focus on management accounting in health care and provide the student with basic analytical and practice oriented cost accounting concepts and problems. More advanced issues in the interface of accounting and health care policies will be discussed using articles and cases. The goal of the course is for the student to understand general and specific issues in the discipline of financial and management accounting. At the end of the course, the student will be able to describe and analyze key cost concepts related to decision-making and reporting and will be able to reflect on potential challenges with the use of management accounting tools in the specific setting of health care organizations. The focus is on management accounting, but financial accounting elements will be supplied in order to provide a full overview and insights of accounting in health care organizations.
HLSA740
Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
An understanding of strategic management and marketing is provided which enables the students to lead the process of strategic planning in a healthcare organization. By conducting a marketing and strategic planning process, health care organizations are better able to cope with dramatic changes in technological, social, political, regulatory, and competitive aspects of the health care market. Strategic management enables organizations to identify issues unique to them, which hinder or promote organizational success. Through course readings, class discussions, analyses of secondary quantitative and qualitative data, and presentation of case studies, students gain a thorough understanding of the strategic management process. Students will apply core competencies through a comprehensive strategic and marketing plan. Plans will be defended through an oral presentation.
HLSA750
Healthcare Management Information Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides a background and overview of the analysis, design, evaluation, selection, installation, use, and mangement of information systems in health care settings. Students will review the information management function and value of information and the role of information technology in the provision of high quality care and management decision making. Details on computer hardware, software, networking, and telecommunications sufficient for understanding of concepts relevant to health care managers and staff will be addressed.
HLSA766
Foundational Readings in Health Services Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: Completion of the six HLSA Health Services Research core courses.
Restriction: Enrolled in the Health Services Ph.D. program.
Credit only granted for: HLSA766.
An overview of the foundational papers that inform health services research and its related disciplines; including literature on key conceptual models, classic empirical studies, and research illustrating cutting edge methods or findings. The major theoretical frameworks and empirical challenges of the field will be examined through critical reading and discussion among students. The course is organized around preparation for the qualifying exam in the Health Services Ph.D. program.
HLSA777
Program Evaluation Field Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Additional information: Students will evaluate a community health program funded by the Maryland Community Health Care Commission (CHRC), and the Commission director will guide selection of the program. Students will travel to the program site approximately three times to guide the evaluation design and collect data. The program location will be determined in January.
Program evaluation is a critical component in designing and operating effective programs. Organizations seek more accountability for the funds they provide to public or private projects. This course serves as an introduction to assessment methodology and evaluation tools commonly used in program evaluation. Students will gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact, and cost benefit/cost effectiveness analysis. The course will cover mixed methods research including qualitative and quantitative analysis, methodologies, and/or paradigms in a research study. Students will evaluate a community health program funded by the Maryland Community Health Care Commission (CHRC), and the Commission director will guide selection of the program. Students will travel to the program site approximately three times to guide the evaluation design and collect data.
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
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.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA787
Minority Health and Health Equity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
A critical analysis of historical, political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental conditions that have produced an inequitable health status for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
HLSA798
HLSA799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA898
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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