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GHSD 6010 COMPARATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS
Instructor: V. Yeager
Health systems around the world are facing the dual challenge of ensuring continued improvement in population health in an environment of rapidly increasing demand with limited availability of societal and healthcare resources. Despite these common concerns, no two healthcare systems are identical. This course introduces an approach for comparative analysis with a focus on assessing performance of diverse health systems. Systematic comparative analysis employing quantitative information can identify concerns and policy options for the health sector in general. A set of common indicators for benchmarking among health systems will be discussed. The World Health Organization’s building block approach will be used to understand the inter-linkages among different components of the system and the effects of various reforms on system-wide outcomes. Students will examine and compare national health systems through various assignments and presentations.
GHSD 6030 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy; J. Steinberg; V. Yeager
Offered: All Semesters
This course provides a comprehensive survey of the U.S. health care system, health care policy, and management principles useful in the public health setting. Selected topics include: comparative health systems, the U.S. health care system (both public and private sectors), the legal and ethical bases for public health, the public policy-making process, and management principles of strategic planning, marketing, and project management, among others. Though this course focuses primarily on the American health care system, consistent with our global focus, it also examines several international health care systems, uses a variety of global examples, and teaches principles applicable to non-profit, non-governmental, and for-profit organizations .
GHSD 6050 HEALTH SYSTEMS CONCEPTS
Health Systems Concepts is a graduate-level course that introduces you to the historical development, current structure and operation, and future direction of the U.S. health care system. The course serves as a foundation for understanding the characteristics and complexity of a sector of our economy that currently makes up over 17% of our Gross Domestic Product. The material in the course provides an overview of the ways in which health is produced and supplied through public health activity and health care delivery systems, the factors that determine the allocation of health care resources and the establishment of priorities, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. The course content enables you to assess organized efforts to influence health delivery and policy formulation, the impact of these efforts on you as a manager and leader of your health care organization, and the role of societal values and individual behaviors on health system performance, reform efforts, and the health status of our population.
GHSD 6110 HEALTH ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3)
Instructor: D. Hotchkiss
This course introduces the student to the basic economic concepts and analytical methods used to understand, analyze, and evaluate economic aspects of health systems problems with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. The course applies tools of analysis to the behavior of households as well as to health care providers, health insurance organizations, and pharmaceutical industries. The role of government in the production and delivery of health services, the economic aspects of health sector reform, and economic evaluation methods are also explored.
GHSD 6120 FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT
Instructor: D. Davis
The purpose of Foundations of Management is to give students a set of tools and insight into effective management concepts. This course will provide students with best practices pulled from several industries which have been successfully applied in healthcare. With the environment of health care being so diverse with a multi-generation workforce, students will need to become successful at motivating and coaching at all levels in the organization. The expectation of this course is the students will be required to research key topics, perform key concepts in class, and be provided with immediate feedback. The outcome is each person will have a set of tools to rely on when faced with various situations in the workforce, and will feel comfortable using the tools.
GHSD 6140 LEADERSHIP FOR CLINICAL IMPROVEMENT (3)
Instructor: R. Boss
This course is open to all students who are seeking future opportunities in executive, managerial, public health, or other health care leadership roles. Students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, and personal mastery tools that are prerequisites to assuming leadership positions in the delivery of health services. Building on the perspective of clinical education and practice, the student begins his or her leadership journey with a focus on improving the health of both individuals and populations. The course uses a combination of didactic lectures, case-based learning and experiential exercises to explore leadership competencies including change management, strategy implementation, quality improvement, effective communication, team dynamics and systems thinking.
GHSD 6170 QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE (3)
Instructor: A. Mora
This course introduces students of the Masters of Health Administration program to past and current strategies to define and assess the quality of health care delivery. Furthermore, the course offers tools required to examine, evaluate, and implement the key structures and processes of quality improvement programs in health care organizations. The course emphasizes practical applications that prepare the participants to use the theory and techniques of quality improvement in situations with complex clinical and managerial implications.
GHSD 6190 ETHICAL CONCERNS OF HEALTH CARE MANAGERS (2)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
Ethical Concerns of Health Care Managers This course introduces students to ethical problems within the context of health care, placing special emphasis on managerial dimensions of the discipline as well as bioethical applications. GHSD 6190 will introduce professional codes of ethics, examining their relationships to personal and professional integrity. Students will analyze ethical duties owed to patients and stakeholders, social responsibility, and disclosure, devoting specific attention to corporate culture and to compliance programs and their influence on ethical behavior in organizations. Students will also consider issues traditionally associated with bioethics and medical treatment decision-making.
GHSD 6210 HEALTH LAW AND REGULATION (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
This course is a graduate-level course that introduces a wide range of topics in the area of health law and regulation, including a number of relevant statutes. Students learn to recognize potential legal problems in various health care settings, identify the issues and rights that are implicated, and propose solutions or plans of action. They also learn to differentiate between legal problems and problems which can more appropriately be solved in other ways. There is an emphasis on formulating analyses clearly, both orally and in writing. The purpose of this course is to provide you with knowledge, tools, and opportunities to be able to: Explain the functions of and interaction between courts, legislatures, and regulators Analyze the role of the legal system in health policy and health care delivery Apply basic tort, contract, and corporate law principles; and Discuss the law’s limits in providing definitive answers.
GHSD 6270 MONITORING OF PROGRAM INTERVENTIONS IN GLOBAL HEALTH (2)
Instructor: J. Bertrand; M. Do
Offered: Fall & Spring
This course provides students with an introduction to program monitoring, a widely-valued set of skills for managing and tracking results in public health programs in both the domestic and international context. Students will learn to develop a conceptual framework, write goals and measurable objectives, develop appropriate indicators (of input, process, output, and outcome), and work with health information systems. Students will gain practical experience in translating concepts into applications for actual programs. This course is designed for students that (1) intend to work primarily in program design and implementation, or (2) wish to master these introductory concepts as a building block to further evaluation coursework.
GHSD 6280 EVALUATION OF PROGRAM INTERVENTIONS IN GLOBAL HEALTH (2)
Instructor: J. Keating; D. Meekers
Offered: Fall & Spring
This course provides students with basic concepts, principles, and practices for the evaluation of public health programs. This course focuses on the evaluation of important public health topics including malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tb, and Reproductive health programs. The course is intended to 1) provide an introduction to program evaluation, 2) provide basic professional skills for developing evaluation plans, and 3) provide a foundation for more specialized classes offered in the areas of data analysis, sampling, epidemiology, and operations research.
GHSD 6320 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS (2)
The purpose of this course is to develop the written and oral communication skills that students will need as leaders in healthcare-related organizations. To function effectively in complex professional environments, leaders must understand and use different communication behaviors and strategies to accomplish organizational objectives. This course will provide both the underlying concepts and the skill-building exercises to allow the student to develop, improve, and perfect their oral and written communications.
GHSD 6360 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (2)
Instructor: W. Martin
This course is designed to develop and improve the written and oral communication skills that students will need as leaders in healthcare-related organizations. To function effectively in complex professional environments, leaders must understand and use different communication behaviors and strategies to accomplish organizational objectives. This course provides both the underlying concepts and the skill-building exercises to allow the student to develop, improve, and perfect their oral and written communications. Several written case studies and oral presentations based on case studies are required. The oral presentations will be videotaped and critiqued to evaluate student progress. Topics for developing written skills include reader-centered writing, pattern recognition skills, writing myths, and the stages of writing. Topics for developing oral presentation skills include eye contact, gestures, movement, stage fright, and using visual aids. In addition, the class will discuss the three facets of the communication process: words used, tone of voice, and non-verbals. The course will explain the impact of these three facets on the listener and outline the four basic communication styles professionals come into contact with every day. Methods for adjusting an individual speaking style to the style of others will be demonstrated.
GHSD 6380 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (2)
Instructor: L. Amoss
This offering provides theoretical and practical content for managers of health care organizations. The course allows students to learn organizational theory and then to apply it to organizational settings. Broad topical areas include psychological and cultural processes affecting recruitment and selection, factors influencing training and development, the scientific method as applied to health care organizations, theories and practices influencing employee performance, effective management theory and practice, engaging and involving employees in organizational processes, employee well-being, and managing change.
GHSD 6450 HEALTH ECONOMICS (3)
Instructor: C. Stoecker
This course introduces the student to the basic economic concepts and analytical methods used to address issues concerning the efficient and effective production of health and health services in a market economy, with an emphasis on the U.S. health system. The course applies tools of analysis to the behavior of the consumer/patient as well as to physician, hospital, health insurance, pharmaceutical, and long term care organizations and industries. The role of government in the production of health and the economic aspects of health reform are also explored.
GHSD 6490 POLICY OPTIONS ON MEDICAL PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES(3)
Instructor: L. Shi
The aim of the course is to give participants insight into and understanding of current developments affecting pharmaceutical policy making today. The course also aims to give participants a better understanding of the theories and methods available for analyzing the effects of policy interventions
GHSD 6500 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTING (2)
Instructor: H. Long
This course is an introduction to the principles that have evolved governing how private-sector health care organizations report standardized financial information to parties external to the organization (though obviously also available to internal parties as well). The course will emphasize reporting of (a) organizational fiscal posture, (b) organizational activity and performance, and (c) basic interpretation and analysis of the fiscal information reported. The course assumes students have no prior study of or experience in accounting or finance.
GHSD 6540 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR HEALTH CARE MANAGERS (2)
Prerequisites: GHSD 6500 OR ACCN 6010
This course covers the theory and applications of internal accounting. Focus is placed on the analysis of costs behavior, and the use of that knowledge to plan and control for costs.
GHSD 6550 DYNAMICS OF PAYMENT SYSTEMS‒POLICY & FUNCTION (3)
Instructor: H. Long
Prerequisites: ACCT 6010 or GHSD 6500 or equivalent. Co-requisites: GHSD 6540 or ACCN 6020, and GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110, or prior coursework in Managerial Accounting and Introductory Micro-Economics. This course is designed to provide descriptions of how domestic providers of health care services have been, are, and will be paid for the services by private-sector payers and public-sector programs. Knowledge of economic concepts and of financial/managerial accounting will be used to analyze public policy issues as well as implementation and reporting issues. Topics include (1) basic private insurance mechanics and the income-tax implications of health insurance and health spending, (2) the macro-economic environment within which current payment systems have evolved and continue to evolve; (3) payment mechanisms for institutionally based care, both acute and sub-acute, and for ambulatory care over a range of settings; (4) regulatory processes used to determine payment for services in entitlement programs; (5) the policy objectives furthered or impeded by public-sector and private-sector payment mechanisms; and (6) analysis of provider responses to payment systems incentives.
GHSD 6710 QUANTITATIVE DECISION MODELS (3)
Instructor: J. Steinberg
Prerequisite: BIOS 6030.
This course encompasses a body of knowledge, a set of quantitative skills, and an orientation towards managerial situations which provide managers greater insight and analytic opportunities for improving the managerial process. Focuses on the systematic planning, direction, and control of the organizational processes that turn resources such as labor, equipment, and materials into services and the quantitative analysis that supports these decisions. In this environment, the processes involve allocation, scheduling, and procedural decisions that result in the effective and efficient utilization of resources for the delivery of health care services.
GHSD 6760 HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING: INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING (2)
Instructor: J. Bertrand
The concept of health systems strengthening is fundamental to the delivery of health services in the developing world. The WHO framework outlines six building blocks for health systems; governance, health financing, service delivery, human resources, commodities management, and health information systems. Through this course, students will master these concepts as they apply to the "re-emerging area" of international family planning. Whereas the concepts of health systems strengthening generalize to other health topics, the focus on family planning will allow students to gain in-depth knowledge and experience in using key tools relevant to this field. This course will be especially useful to students interested in managing social development programs in the international context, especially in the area of reproductive health.
GHSD 6780 INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2)
Instructor: M. Diana
Information technology and information systems are increasingly important to the management of health care organizations. This course is designed to introduce the health administration student to the rapidly evolving discipline of health informatics in the complex and diverse world of healthcare. The course will review the history, current applications, and the potential future of information, information management and information technology, including: data acquisition, storage and processing; information systems (clinical and administrative); standards; security; decision support; and an understanding of medical/health informatics methods and principles.
GHSD 6830 INTERNATIONAL HEALTH POLICY (3)
Instructor: D. Hotchkiss
This course examines the process of designing and implementing health policy with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. In addition to providing an overview of policies that have been introduced at the country level to improve health and health systems performance, the course also looks at the role international health partners, such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United States Government’s PEPFAR program, are playing within national health policy frameworks. Constraints such as lack of resources, multiple stakeholders, weak accountability, and historical conditions are analyzed with both the practical and the ethical considerations of how the policy process operates in different cultures. This course helps students develop their own capacities to analyze, criticize, evaluate, and construct policy-oriented arguments.
GHSD 6890 HEALTH MARKET ANALYSIS- EPIDEMIOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, AND BEHAVIORAL CONSIDERATIONS (3)
Instructor: A. Solieau
An introduction to the concepts of market analysis, marketing, strategic planning, and research presentation management. This course integrates students' knowledge of marketing, statistics and planning-and shares multiple research methods and healthcare databases. This course also incorporates students' grasp of the health care environment in the United States and its effects on the development, presentation and use of a strategic plan.
GHSD 6910 LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE (2)
Instructor: M. Diana
MHA or MBA/MHA or JD/MHA students only. Leadership and Professionalism in Health Care is an introduction to the concepts of professional development and career planning. Students will identify career interests, learn job search strategies and networking, and understand the importance of lifelong learning to career success and advancement.
GHSD 6920 ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP II (1)
Instructor: M. Diana
MHA or MBA/MHA or JD/MHA students only. Prerequisite: GHSD 6910.The Administrative Residency
II is the fall MHA field experience designed to further expose the future health care manager to the operations environment. The course is a continuation of the administrative practicum in a health care organization. Following the summer residency course, this course consists of 14 weeks of part-time work during the fall semester. The student will complete longer-term projects begun during the summer, or begin to assume new responsibilities.
GHSD 6980 HEALTH SYSTEM OF CHINA: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE (2)
Instructor: L. Shi
This course introduces students to various aspects (epidemiology, social, economical, cultural) of China's healthcare system. The course will be delivered in China so that the materials learned in the classroom can be observed in the real world through field visits and field observations. Health reform strategies of China in recent years will be critically examined through directed readings, seminar lectures, and a number of sites including primary care centers, tertiary hospitals, public health entities, and research organizations. Financing of health care and system for paying the providers will also be evaluated and analyzed.
GHSD 7170 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS (3)
Instructor: T. Stranova
This course builds upon numerous courses to further develop the concepts of strategic thinking, strategic planning, and strategic management; all of which are vital to successful health care organizations. The course integrates knowledge of management, marketing, organizational behavior, human resources, finance, accounting, health policy, and economics. The course also incorporates students’ understanding of the health care environment in the United States and its effects on the development of a strategic plan. This integration is accomplished through the completion of an actual strategic assessment and project for a health care delivery organization.
GHSD 7330 NEGOTIATION ANALYSIS (2)
Instructor: T. Keogh
Negotiating skills are used in all aspects of life. From interpersonal to business situations, all of us use negotiations in one way or another. Some of the fundamentals of effective negotiating are intuitive, and some stretch our preferred methods of getting what we want. This course combines discussion of the fundamentals of negotiation with classroom practice using healthcare case studies. The purpose of this course is to build skills in the fundamentals of negotiating in a healthcare setting. Emphasis will be on designing an effective approach to a negotiation, practicing individual negotiating skills, and understanding the process of a successful negotiation. Students will be required to negotiate two one-on-one case situations with a class colleague in front of the Class. These negotiations will be recorded. In addition there will be group negotiations and other practice negotiations.
GHSD 7420 MALARIA PREVENTION AND CONTROL (3)
Instructor: J. Keating & T. Eisele
Prerequisite: EPID 6030
This seminar-style course is designed to provide students with basic biological, epidemiological, entomological, and social science concepts, paradigms, and policies underlying the collection and use of population-based data for the prevention and control of malaria infection and disease. The course will build on this foundation to introduce the principles of prevention and control of malaria infection and disease, as well as population based methods for evaluating the success of control programs or new interventions. This course investigates how culture, society, and the environment influence disease transmission, risk factors, and health status. The course is trans-disciplinary and is intended to 1) emphasize connections between the biologic nature of malaria parasites and the social, economic, and political context in which malaria policy is developed; 2) provide an overview of how science is translated into policy, using examples from countries in sub-Saharan Africa; and 3) provide a foundation for using population based data for the prevention and control of malaria in Africa.Topics covered will include vector ecology, malaria epidemiology, malaria control strategies, malaria monitoring and evaluation, issues around cost-effectiveness, and prospects for elimination.
GHSD 7440 HOUSEHOLD SAMPLING APPLICATIONS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Instructor: T. Eisele
Prerequisites: BIOS 6030 and EPID 6030, or approval from the instructor. The use of sample surveys to satisfy program-related information needs has become increasingly common in recent years in the international health, population and nutrition sectors. In order to take full advantage of recent developments in survey methodologies, professionals working in these sectors need to have a solid understanding of the intended uses and limitations of various standard protocols, as well as of the underlying principles of survey measurement. Accordingly, the purposes of this course are twofold: to establish a solid understanding of the basic principles of survey measurement, and to review the state-of-the-art in survey measurement in global health, with primary attention to the methodological basis of the protocols considered, and the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches in actual practice.
GHSD 7580 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3)
Instructor: H. Long
Prerequisites: GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010, GHSD 6502 OR ACCN 6020, and GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of managerial finance, the application of the principles of microeconomics to resource allocation decisions at the level of the firm (provider organization). Emphasis is on the relevance of basic notions of finance in both for-profit and non-profit private-sector health care settings. The course surveys techniques focused at the provider level of economic valuation, alternative valuation concepts and choosing among them, required rates of return, the cost of capital, identification of relevant cash flows, simple resource allocation addressing asset acquisition and divestment, concepts of risk measurement, capital structure management, and an overview of acquiring and servicing capital.
GHSD 7660 HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
Prerequisites: GHSD 6030 or GHSD 6050; can be taken concurrently. This course presents an overview of health policy in the United States – its scope, its dynamics, and its conceptual and practical dilemmas – to students relatively new to the study of policy. The course is designed to acquaint students with major issues in the policymaking process, specifically in formulating, implementing and assessing those patterns of decision established by government. Students will explore the history and structure of the American health care system, as well as the challenges related access, cost, and quality. The course will particularly explore the history of health care reform in the U.S., taking a detailed look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
GHSD 7680 MANAGED CARE CONCEPTS IN POPULATION MANAGEMENT (1)
Instructor: M. Heywood
Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) utilize segmentation and benchmarking techniques to efficiently manage covered populations. This course will provide an overview of the purpose of population management and methodologies used to trend cost of care and analyze premium sufficiency. Topics will include (1) current regulations creating downward pressure on MCO's financial performance; (2) sociological drivers on care utilization; (3) an introduction to interpreting lag analysis and other trended data, and (4) a discussion on MCO’s response to adverse experience. Course format will include lectures, class discussions, and student presentations. The purpose of this course is to provide meaningful exposure and knowledge of MCO’s methodology to effectively manage covered populations for improved outcomes and financial viability.
GHSD 7690 PHYSICIAN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (1)
Instructor: A. Trahan
This course introduces students to the fundamental tenets of physician practice management. Through lecture and group activity, students will analyze the principles for both establishing and effectively managing a medical group practice. This course will review the history, current challenges, and future landscape of physician practice management in the U.S., with an emphasis on care delivery in a data driven environment. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories behind successful medical practice management, as well as tactical tools for successful practice operations and physician alignment.
GHSD 7910 ADMINISTRATIVE RESIDENCY I (1)
Instructor: M. Diana
MHA, MBA/MHA, and JD/MHA students only. Prerequisite: GHSD 6910 and GHSD 6920.This is a summer residency course consisting of 14 weeks of full-time work and starts in mid-May immediately following the end of the spring semester. During this summer experience, each student is expected to be intensely involved in the daily operation of the organization and, when appropriate, receive exposure to organizational governance.
GHSD 7920 ADMINISTRATIVE RESIDENCY II (1)
Instructor: M. Diana
MHA, MBA/MHA and JD/MHA students only. Prerequisite: GHSD 6910, GHSD 6920, and GHSD 7910.
The Administrative Residency II is the fall MHA field experience designed to further expose the future health care manager to the operations environment. The course is a continuation of the administrative practicum in a health care organization. Following the summer residency course, this courses consists of 14 weeks of part-time work during the fall semester. The student will complete longer-term projects begun during the summer, or begin to assume new responsibilities.
GHSD 7990 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-12)
Permission of coordinator is required.
GHSD 8050 DOCTORAL SEMINAR (1)
Offered: Fall & Spring
Students in this course will select individual papers published from peer-reviewed journals on topics of interest to them, and lead a summary, critique, and group discussion of the research methodology and general science underlying the article; develop critical thinking skills related to issues of research design, methodology, implementation, presentation, and discussion of results; develop critical and presentation skills through guided mentoring and close and structured interaction with their peers and the faculty.
Instructor: C. Stoecker
This course is intended for doctoral students interested in policy analysis. It will focus on when to apply the various econometric methods to panel data. Discussion will focus on how each technique is applied in practice. Techniques will include differences-in-differences, synthetic controls, regression discontinuity, and quantile regression.
GHSD 9970 DISSERTATION (0)
GHSD 9990 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (2)