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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Course Descriptions

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HADM ― Health Administration

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HADM 582 Women, Media and Health

3 cr.  Analyzes gaps in basic health care needs for women, both domestically and abroad, emphasizing the role of mass media both in promoting and hindering basic reproductive health.  A special emphasis will be placed on women’s reproductive rights and the ways in which political movements have limited and advanced needs in this area.

 

HADM 589 Professional Development

V1-3 cr.  Designated course number for professional development credit bearing courses offered by Extended Campus.  These credits do not count toward any degree at MSU Billings.

 

HADM 601 Professional Seminar 1:  Interprofessional Education and Practice

1 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or approval of the MHA advisor. (F)  Provides an introduction to and experience of interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning, in both theoretical and practical aspects.  Competency will be acquired in the four major domains identified by Interprofessional Education:  values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork.  Case studies and role playing will be used to promote learning.  Seminars will be held on campus and will be highly interactive learning experiences involving students, faculty, alumni, and industry and content experts.  Students will also learn values of respect for other cultures and embracing cultural diversity, especially American Indian tribal culture.

 

HADM 602 Professional Seminar 2:  Professionalism, Communication and Managerial Ethics

1 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or approval of the MHA advisor. (Sp)  Provides an opportunity for students to develop professional skills such as time management; planning and running effective meetings; working and managing project teams; and written and verbal communication, including email and executive memo etiquette.  Teaching techniques will include helpful hints from experts, in-class exercises, and case studies.  Students will gain confidence in interviewing, having crucial conversations, networking, and job search strategies.  Seminars will be held on campus and will be highly interactive learning experiences involving students, faculty, alumni, and industry and content experts.

 

HADM 603 Professional Seminar 3:  Clinical Concepts and Patient Care Issues for the Manager

1 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program, HADM 601, HADM 602, or approval of MHA advisor. (F)  Introduces students to clinical terminology and how patient care happens in the healthcare setting.  Concepts that are related to disease, health, healing, wellness, health professions, and patient experience and assessment are reviewed and discussed.  Evolving approaches to patient care in the inpatient and ambulatory environments are explored, as well as concepts of patient-centeredness and population health.  Seminars will be held on campus and will be highly interactive learning experiences involving students, faculty, alumni, and industry and content experts.


HADM 604 Professional Seminar 4:  Governance, Board Management and Leadership

1 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program, HADM 601, HADM 602, HADM 603, or approval of MHA advisor. (Sp)  Designed to increase the students’ knowledge and competencies in the inter-related areas of leadership and governance.  Students will enhance their self-awareness concerning leadership strengths and areas of self-improvement through multi-source feedback, personality inventory, and reflective learning exercises.  Students will also develop their understanding and appreciation of the role of boards and board management in organizational governance, particularly as these relate to the health care industry.  Seminars will be held on campus and will be highly interactive learning experiences involving students, faculty, alumni, and industry and content experts.

 

HADM 605 Evidence Based Management, Research and Evaluation Methods

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides a systematic introduction to evidence based management in healthcare, health services research, and research literature appraisal in order to apply research evidence in healthcare organizations.  Focuses on key concepts and methods of applied organizational research and program evaluation in health administration, including designs and techniques for gathering and using data about processes, quality, and effectiveness to study health organization problems in order to guide effective practice.  Students will develop the ability to frame and analyze questions and issues related to health services management.

 

HADM 607 Health Informatics and Information Systems

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides students with knowledge, skills, and abilities related to how information technology can be used to improve decision-making and problem-solving in the healthcare enterprise.  Introduces the role that information technology and systems play in finance, strategic planning, operations, quality, and human resources management.  Includes the acquisition, implementation, and ongoing management of information resources in health care.  Focuses on health information systems, including the electronic medical record, pharmacy systems, billing systems, business intelligence, and data warehousing systems.  Students will understand how to use data from these informatics systems to measure the quality and costs of care.


HADM 608 Statistics for Health Care Administration

2 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Explores the appropriate use of statistics in healthcare administration with a focus on intermediate statistical principles that healthcare managers use for achieving optimal organizational performance, promoting evidence-based practice, pursuing organizational transformation, and conducting research.  Topics include descriptive statistics, normality, probability and non-probability sampling, parametric and nonparametric hypothesis testing, and regression.  Learners will apply theory and current research to practical applications in healthcare administration.

 

HADM 610 Health Care Systems

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare system and examines the historical evolution, structure, financing mechanisms, major provider components, overall performance, and future directions of the system.  Students gain an understanding of the major issues facing the healthcare system including the unique aspects of rural-frontier healthcare.  The course provides students with a framework to organize knowledge of the healthcare system to support further study in health administration.

 

HADM 612 Health Policy

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (Sp)  Presents an overview of the health care policy-making process in the United States with specific examples from government institutions and ongoing efforts aimed at healthcare reform.  Emphasis is placed on the critical role of healthcare managers in the policy-making arena and how policies affect cost, quality, and access to health care.  This course will prepare students to analyze healthcare policy, participate in public dialogue on policy issues, and advocate solutions that will improve health status and promote quality healthcare.

 

HADM 615 Managerial Accounting and Budgeting

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Reviews basic accounting principles/terminology and provides an overview of financial management and managerial accounting, including basic financial statements and asset accounts, budgeting for managerial control, planning, cost accounting, managerial accounting, rate setting, budgeting preparation, managing the account cycle, basics of capital budgeting, project risk analysis, break-even analysis, contribution margin, overhead allocation, operating costing, and financing health programs.

 

HADM 620 Health Operations Methods

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Provides an overview of systems processes and analytical techniques in healthcare settings.  Topics include process and productivity measures and analyses, forecasting, tools and techniques for data analysis, service design, bottleneck and layout analysis, capacity management, task sequencing, patient and smooth workflow, and quality control management.

HADM 622 Health Quality Techniques

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Provides an overview of the origins, concepts, strategies, quality improvement methods, and techniques for managing and improving health care clinical and managerial service quality.  Topics include current state of quality management systems, strategies for assessing and improving quality of care, tools and techniques for organizational continuous quality improvement and customer-driven health care.

 

HADM 625 Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an overview of health care financing arrangements in the United States, focusing on the current financial environment, including both public and private components of the third-party-payer system, payment mechanisms, fiscal incentives, and cost behavior.  Examines financial management concepts and techniques in health management decisions.  Topics include financial statement and operating analysis, cost determination and allocation, prices of services, financial forecasting, working capital management, time value analysis, capital investment decisions, cost of capital, capital structure, variance analysis, financial risk and return, sources of funding and capital rationing, rate setting, and methods of improving profitability.

 

HADM 632 Healthcare Economics

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA Program or approval of MHA advisor.Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Applies health economics principles and concepts to examine issues and problems in delivery of health care services, including supply and demand of medical care and health insurance, production of health services, expenditure of growth, markets for hospital and physician services, medical liability costs, and alternative delivery systems in health care markets.

 

HADM 635 Health Law

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Serves as an introduction to the law for health administrators.  Analyzes the law, legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services.  Topics include regulatory law, fraud and abuse, employment, and tort and business law.

 

HADM 640 Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (second half semester)  Examines principles and methods of epidemiology used to make healthcare management decisions, including definitions of health, measurements of health, disease frequency, measures of effect, causal inferences, and descriptive epidemiology.  Emphasizes population health; the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group; and the role that healthcare organizations may play in improving the health of populations.

 

HADM 645 Rural-Frontier Health Care Management

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Explores the management of healthcare organizations in a rural-frontier environment.  Students will be introduced to management theories and principles with emphasis on the strategies and methods for creating a productive work environment.  Topics include leadership styles, managerial roles and techniques, supervision of professional staff, evaluation of program effectiveness, and fiscal accountability.

 

HADM 651 Rural Health Administration

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides an overview of rural health issues with a focus on rural health policy and the unique health challenges of rural communities and rural health care financing and delivery arrangements.

 

HADM 660 Long Term Care Administration

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online.  Describes chronic conditions and aging on delivery services, nursing homes and alternatives, mental health facilities and agencies, rehabilitation facilities and services.  Overview of the administration of long-term care facilities.  Origins of state and national long-term care and aging policies.  Nursing home care, organization monitoring, costs, and financing, including Medicare, Medicaid, and public/private long-term policies.

 

HADM 675 Healthcare Human Resources

2 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Examines the strategic role of human resources in health organizations, principles and concepts of human resources planning and management in health organizations, including strategic use of staffing, development, appraisal, compensations, and labor relations; health professions human resources issues.

 

HADM 685 Research and Evaluation Methods

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to CAHP graduate program. (first half semester)  Provides an overview of key concepts and methods of applied organizational research and program evaluation in health administration, including designs and techniques for gathering and using data about processes, quality, and effectiveness to study health organization problems in order to guide effective practice.  Students will develop the ability to frame and analyze questions and issues related to health services management.

 

HADM 687 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online. (first half semester)  Provides an introduction to marketing and competitively positioning health organizations.  Examines the principles, concepts, and methods of strategic marketing planning in health services organizations, including consumer segmentation, target marketing, marketing research, and marketing mix.  Examines strategy formulation and implementation in healthcare organizations, aligning external relationships and internal structures, decision-making, and change.  Topics include internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and evaluating strategic alternatives; the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic and operational plans in relation to the healthcare environment.

 

HADM 690 Internship

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program or approval of MHA advisor.  Provides students with a supervised experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant administrator.  Placements are arranged through the Health Administration office.

 

HADM 691 Independent Study

V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program and consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by regular graduate courses in the Health Administration Program.


HADM 692 Seminar

V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to the MHA program.  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of Health Administration.

 

HADM 693 Workshop

V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of Health Administration.

 

HADM 696 Cooperative Education/Internship in Health Administration

3 cr. (repeatable once) Prerequisite: Approval of MHA advisor.  Integrate MHA coursework to demonstrate application and synthesis of knowledge and skills in a health management setting.  Internship is supervised by a health professional in collaboration with faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration.

 

HADM 697 Capstone

V1-9 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to MHA program, HADM 605, HADM 608, or approval of MHA advisor. Offered ONLY Online.  Provides an opportunity for students to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired in previous coursework to address a problem that is important to health care delivery, management, or policy.  Students design and conduct an applied research project or other project that results in a high quality, compelling report and oral presentation.