Curriculum: Health Care Finance Graduate Certificate

December 10, 2022
January 09, 2023
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The Health Care Finance Graduate Certificate is interdisciplinary and jointly delivered by the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Lindner College of Business. The curriculum includes three core courses (9 semester credits) and one elective course (3 semester credits, student’s choice), depending on program affiliation and prior background. Check out more information regarding curriculum requirements for the Health Care Finance Graduate Certificate.

Course Title / Description Credit
Health Systems Management 1: Organization & Delivery
Course: HCA7001
Credit: 3
The course is intended to provide the Master of Health Administration (MHA) student and future manager with a systems perspective of US health and health care structure and function. As the introductory course in the MHA program, it is to provide the fundamentals for all courses that follow, including finance and economics, strategy, quality improvement, policy and law, and others. Topics include an overview of the history, organization, and effectiveness of United States health care and public health systems, health system governance structures, roles, responsibilities as well as determinants of health, need, access and utilization.
Health Care Finance 1: Analysis
Course: FIN7021
Credit: 3
This course covers financial and managerial aspects of health care financial management. It provides a broad introduction to key concepts, issues, tools, and vocabulary useful both for managers and policymakers. There are three main topic areas covered in the course: financial accounting, finance, and managerial accounting and the focus is on use, not the preparation, of accounting information. Topics include financial analysis and management; methods and techniques for evaluating costs and cost-effectiveness of health medical and pharmaceutical interventions. This course is the first of a two-course sequence in health care finance.
Health Care Finance 2: Decision Making
Course: FIN7022
Credit: 3
This course builds on the accounting and financial concepts introduced in FIN 7021. The continued exploration of the healthcare environment includes an in-depth examination of third-party payer systems including managed care plus the legal and regulatory environment, particularly for non-profits. There are four main financial topic areas covered in the course: capital acquisition and structure, financial condition analysis and forecasting, Revenue cycle management and capital allocation. This course is the second of a two-course sequence in health care finance.
HCA 7002
Health Systems Management 2: Principles of Leadership
Course: HCA 7002
Credit: 3
This course provides an introduction and overview to health care leadership, management and organizational behavior in health care settings reflecting the uniqueness of this sector as well as the universal concepts and principles utilized in the development of effective health care administrators and leaders. This course integrates theory with practice through readings, written assignments and discussion boards from different organizational perspectives. The development of leadership, managerial and organizational skills will be accomplished largely through individual work, with strong emphasis on self-reflection and self-analysis utilizing the particular tools of the course. This course aims to provide a relevant understanding of organizational dynamics such as performance, organizational culture, teamwork and individual and shared values and cultural competency. It will examine how health care leaders and their organizations relate to each other internally and to their external environments. Topics include values-driven leadership, team effectiveness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, conflict management and assessment and evaluation of leadership performance. This course emphasizes the integration of the students’ past and current experiences with current reflections based on the current learning of leadership concepts and principles included in this course. The students will be required to submit their feedback from self-evaluation assignments, surveys and inventory tools that are intended to provide insight, awareness, professional and personal development during the course and assist with ongoing growth and development for each student in health care leadership roles into the future.
Health Care Marketplace 2: Strategic Success
Course: MGMT7022
Credit: 3
This course follows ECON 7021 and introduces the principles, methods and concepts of three different aspects of strategic management as it relates to health care organizations: 1) strategic planning and management, 2) competitive positioning and 3) alliances, mergers and acquisitions. Methods of evaluating and analyzing the external environment will include discussions of regulatory control, consolidation of industries, disruptive technologies and crisis/prevention management. The interaction of forces inside the organization such as structure, governance, resource management and culture will be analyzed for their impact on the organization’s competitive position and strategic direction.
Health Policy 1: Health Policy & Regulation
Course: HCA7031
Credit: 3
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The major structural/system issues include the "big three" or "universal issues" i.e., access quality and costs, which includes Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Other system topics include the uninsured, health care professions, hospitals, long-term care, mental health, integrated health care systems, the Veterans Administration Health Systems, pharmaceuticals and technology. The course prepares learners to confront the underlying values and ethics that drive the politics of the health care system and to understand and apply basic concepts in policy analysis and advocacy in practice settings. Discussions and assignments will focus on the development of public policy concerning medical care and public health and the relationship between public decisions and the marketplace. Topics include health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
Health Policy 2: Legal & Ethical Issues
Course: HCA7032
Credit: 3
This course presents an introduction to the legal and ethical issues that arise in management of health services organizations. Topics include ethics in business and clinical decision-making, tools for understanding ethics and ethical analysis, professional and organizational guidelines in making ethical decisions, including codes of ethics and mission statements, organizational responses to ethical issues, including ethics processes, such as institutional ethics committees and institutional review boards, conflicts of commitment and conflicts of interest, patient and community concerns and end-of-life decisions. Additionally, the course will review legal principles development, application and assessment, and resource allocation and social responsibility. Other topics covered include liability, health care institutions as corporations, the nature and scope of public health authority, antitrust, fraud and abuse, privacy and confidentiality, tax implications, regulatory oversight, legal requirements for access to health care, nondiscrimination, conflicts of interest and constitutional constraints on public health initiatives.
Global Health Systems
Course: HCA7033
Credit: 3
This foundational course uses the subject matter of global health to teach students the critical management skill of how to analyze the structure and functions of health care systems. Once mastered, these skills can be applied to the assessment of systems at any level and in any type of community or setting. As the COVID 19 pandemic has demonstrated to all, American health care managers work in a world where global health issues are of immediate and critical relevance to strategic and day-to-day operations. The building blocks of health care systems, their impacts on intermediary and outcome variables, and key stakeholder and other analytical tools will be applied to various national systems from high and low resource nations around the world. Cultural, social, environmental and other variables impacting understandings of health and illness, and the policies and systems built to address them, will be examined. In addition to institutional health care systems, the roles played by the marketplace, transnational organizations, private entities and others in global health care will be explored.
Health Quality 1: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Managers
Course: HCA7041
Credit: 3
This course includes both theoretical models for health care quality work, as well as practical strategies for application and implementation of improvement initiatives in a health care setting. The course will review the Institute of Medicine’s Aims to drive safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient centered and equitable care. Students will learn various sources and categories of data that have proved useful in driving outcomes through quality improvement. It delineates the qualitative and quantitative quality improvement strategies employed by managers to engage in effective decision-making.
Health Quality 2: Total Quality Management
Course: OM7042
Credit: 3
The quality of health care in the United States has garnered significant attention among health care professionals and the public. Health care quality is driven fundamentally by the leadership and management practices of health care organizations. This course will review approaches to building and sustaining a culture of performance excellence in health care organizations. It emphasizes the use of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework for designing, implementing, and improving organizational practices that influence health care quality. Topics include understanding patient and stakeholder needs, strategic and operations planning, workforce practices, measurement and analysis, leadership, organization assessment, and change management.
Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology
Course: HI7010
Credit: 3
This course introduces the discipline of health informatics and covers emerging trends. Various information systems, technologies and applications utilized in the context of health and healthcare are introduced. Their characteristics, strengths, challenges, purpose and impact are taught. Impact on patients, populations and healthcare providers is emphasized. Factors influencing adoption and use of various clinical and health information systems and technologies are taught. Key information technologies and systems such as electronic health records, health information exchanges, personal health records, public health information systems and mobile health technologies are introduced in this course. Topics such as telemedicine, interoperability and technical concepts are taught, and evaluation framework is introduced.
Health Care Marketplace 1: Health Economics
Course: ECON7021
Credit: 3
The goal of this course is use economic analysis to introduce and to understand the basic elements and dynamics of the US healthcare system with a particular emphasis on policy implications. Over the past 50 years, the size and scope of the US healthcare economy has grown considerably. In 1960, the US spent about 5% of its gross national product on health. We now spend $3.2 Trillion, or 18%+ of the gross national product on healthcare. This is not only double what it was twenty years ago, but is a per capita level far higher than other industrialized countries. The greater spending, however, does not seem to have purchased much better health. Why does the United States spend so remarkably on medical care for results that are not so remarkable? In seeking explanations and solutions, we will study the healthcare system in the United States and understand the factors that drive our appetite for healthcare goods and services. We will then examine alternatives to our current system, paying special attention to the ongoing legislative reform efforts coming from Washington DC.
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