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Why Healthcare Management?

Whether transitioning from practitioner to manager, or new to the field, develop the skills that you need to manage within a complex industry.

Healthcare Management Curriculum

HCMT 320 Introduction to Healthcare in the U.S.
This course provides an introduction to the healthcare system in the United States. This course will include the historical development and growth of the system. The course examines the structure and condition of the system, including how health care is provided, how health care is used, public and private organization, the impact of government influence on the system, and the cost and basic funding within health care. The student will be able to identify and understand the role of key agencies such as the Joint Commission, AMA, and other accreditation entities that impact healthcare outcomes. 

HCMT 321 Healthcare Economics
This course evaluates the economics of the healthcare system and analyzes the healthcare industry's financial flow and how that financial flow differs from that of any other industry. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology and economic principles exhibited in the functioning of the U.S. healthcare system. Financial planning and budget constraints specific to the industry will be assessed. Current U.S. healthcare industry trends will also be analyzed and evaluated as predictors for the future of the industry. 

HCMT 322 Healthcare Human Resources and Staffing
This course provides an evaluation of human resources from the perspective of the healthcare system. The intricacies of human resource basics, such as organization, procedures, and placement will be analyzed within the structure of the health care system. Recruiting and different staffing models, to include various approaches used in hospitals, will be examined and discussed. Current issues impacting staffing and retention within the health care industry will be assessed to include industry shortages as it relates to this highly specialized field. 

HCMT 323 Healthcare Management and Information Systems
This course provides an overview of basic methodologies for the gathering and tracking of healthcare information and data. Students will be able to identify the basic tools and technologies for the management of information within the industry. General medical terminology, medical information management systems, and data tracking will be evaluated. Students will be required to identify guidelines for maintaining information within the healthcare industry to include the legal requirements associated with patient data. 

HCMT 324  Healthcare Policy and Law
This course explores in a general overview how the legal process and U.S. political system impact the healthcare system. An introduction to basic healthcare law will be provided. Students will examine topics such as privacy, patients rights, and the liability of individual practitioners and healthcare organizations. Students will be able to identify how specific legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other laws impact the system. The course explores how legislation impacts Medicare-Medicaid reimbursements and how private insurance impacts policy development and implementation. The impact of current legal issues and the American political environment on individuals and providers within the healthcare system will be evaluated. Students will be required to provide an analysis of potential healthcare reform for the future. 

HCMT 325 Healthcare Management
This course serves as the introduction to healthcare management. Students will apply foundational management skills such as productivity management, workflow, resource planning, operations, and leadership. Students will gain an awareness of the potential benefits of building positive relationships with various healthcare providers and how partnerships can be formed to enhance patient outcomes. This course will equip students with the applied skills for transitioning from healthcare practitioner to healthcare manager. Students will also be required to evaluate operational financial management and change management aspects within the healthcare system. This will include the flow of information needed to enhance diverse and complex patient needs and outcomes. As with all aspects of management, this course will provide an overview of ethical practices related to healthcare management. Ethical issues might include the following: How are decisions made related to patient care? What impact does the Patient Bill of Rights have on ethics and patient outcomes?


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