Health Administration Program

Course Descriptions

Health Administration
The M.S. in Health Administration includes five core courses, five administrative courses (4 required, 1 elective), one health services elective component, and an integrative capstone course. Two graduate courses (6 credits) may be transferred with the approval of the Director as long as they meet program and University standards.

The requirements include the following twelve courses:
Core Component (five required)
        HSV    550                Health Services Research
        HAD    552                Health Administration
        HAD    553                Health Care Organization
        HAD    600                Ethics of Health Care
        HSV    551                Managed Health Care
Administrative Component (four required)
        HAD    554                Health Care Law
        HAD    560                Health Care Informatics
        HAD    555                Accounting for Health Care Organizations
        HAD    556                Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
plus one course from the following:
        HAD    561                Health Care and the Internet
        HAD    557                Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing
        HAD    558                Hospital Administration
        HAD    559                Health Policy
 *Other HAD/HED/GRG/SOC courses as approved by the Director
Health Services Component (one required):
        HAD    570                Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability
        HED    571                Employee Assistance and Occupational Health
        HED    552                Epidemiology and Community Health
        HED    575                Stress and Crisis Management
        HAD    601                Fieldwork in Health Administration

Research Component (one required):
        HAD    700                Integrative Capstone Course in Health Services

Students with extenuating circumstances ( e.g. job relocation, documented medical excuse) who wish to switch to online course offerings need to fill out the Online Course Request Form.


Course Descriptions

HAD 552 – Health Administration

An introduction to the principles of administration within health and human services organizations and the basic concepts of leadership and organizational theories relevant to effective administration of healthcare institutions. Organizations are viewed as open systems requiring constant interactions with the environment. Considerable emphasis is placed on quality improvement and organizational change.

HAD 553 – Health Care Organization

An overview of the organization, structure, and financing of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The various elements comprising the system will be presented, along with an exploration of the basic concepts and measures of health, disease, needs, quality, and utilization. Issues in healthcare resourcing, institutions, and system organization will be examined.

HAD 554 – Health Care Law (3 credits)

An examination of the major legal issues encountered in the healthcare field by administrators and practitioners. Among the topics to be included are principles of liability, legal aspects of medical ethics, and legislative and regulatory factors in healthcare delivery. Prerequisite: three core courses.

HAD 555 – Accounting for Health Care Organizations (3 credits)

An introduction to basic accounting techniques used in the healthcare industry. Prerequisites: three core courses.

HAD 556 – Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic theories and practices of financial management as they relate to healthcare organizations. Course includes budgeting principles. Prerequisite: all five core courses and HAD 555 (4675).

HAD 560 – Health Care Informatics (3 credits)

A survey of the current use of information technology in the clinical and management practice for the healthcare delivery enterprise. Students will become familiar with the basic terminology, strategies, and utilization of IT as a key component in the delivery of patient care. Prerequisite: three core courses.

HAD 600 – Ethics of Health Care (3 credits)

A critical examination of the central ethical issues in the healthcare field. Issues to be treated include euthanasia, life-prolonging medical technologies, abortion, screening for genetic defects, experimentation and informed consent, distribution of scarce medical resources, the right to healthcare, and its implications for the healthcare delivery system. Necessary background in moral philosophy will be provided.

HSV 550 – Health Services Research (3 credits)

Designed to help professionals in health services critically evaluate research in their respective fields. The course will cover basic principles of research design and statistical analysis and will survey health services research approaches, including epidemiology, program evaluation, case studies, organizational analysis, ethnography, and sociology/health psychology.

HSV 551 – Managed Health Care (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to managed care including current and evolving models, terminology, and differences among insurers and payor types. The course will focus on the use of financial incentives to restrain healthcare costs and the role of utilization review, peer review, provider.

HSV 700 – Integrative Capstone Course in Health Services (3 credits)

An integrative capstone course in which the student is expected to integrate and synthesize prior course work and to demonstrate competence in health services through the analysis of complex cases in health services delivery and management and the development of a case of his/her own based on experience and observation. This should be the final course in the curriculum. Prerequisite: all five core courses and four administrative components.

HAD 557 – Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing (3 Credits) 

An introductory course that examines the foundations, principles, and basic applications of this field. Internal and external forces that shape marketing policies and planning are explored. Topics include the development of marketing strategies and programs, as well as marketing mix variables and general healthcare planning. Prerequisite: all five core courses.

HAD 558 – Hospital Administration (3 Credits) 

In depth study of hospital operations with emphasis on not-for profit/nonprofit settings; focus on departmental operations, role of administration, the board, and medical staff. Includes legal and reform trends affecting hospitals, financial mechanisms, budgeting, labor relations and corporate restructuring. Prerequisite: all five core courses.

HAD 559 – Health Policy (3 Credits) 

The formulation and analysis of health policy at federal, state, local, and corporate levels. This course presents an overview of the legislative, regulatory, and political processes and their effect on the healthcare system. Provides a conceptual and analytic framework for policy analysis regarding policy formulation, adoption, implementation, operation, evaluation, and termination. Pragmatic application of policy analysis tools is included. Prerequisite: all five core courses.

HAD 561 – Health Care and the Internet (3 Credits) 

Examination of the specific roles that internet technology plays in healthcare. Observations and trends that play a significant role in improving the quality of healthcare delivery will be discussed. Various components such as intranets, extranets, knowledge management and web design concepts will be explored.

HAD 562 – Health Information Management Systems Data & Infrastructure (3 Credits)

Analysis and case study of IT networks, internets, data interchange, data access, and data management. Prerequisite: for Healthcare Informatics students only and HAD (560) 4665 is preferred.

HAD 563 – Health Information Management Systems Applications (3 Credits)

Case study of the foundation and incorporation of the critical IT applications in the modern healthcare delivery enterprise. Specific applications will be explored with an emphasis placed on the practice of Managed Care.

HAD 564 – Computer-Based Patient Record (CPR) (3 Credits)

An in-depth analysis of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) standards, requirements, attributes, and benefits of the CPR and its use in the healthcare delivery enterprise. The use of data warehouses, data repositories, and integration technology will be explored relevant to CPR development along with the various issues and strategies for implementation. 

HAD 565 – Decision Support and Data Analysis (3 Credits)

The role of decision support information systems in the clinical and administrative decision making and benchmarking process. Case studies and practice will be explored.

HAD 566 – Health Information Systems Resource Management (3 Credits)

Project management; system security and confidentiality; resource allocation; prioritization; operational fundamentals and system controls; staffing strategies; and social, ethical, and legal issues, concepts and techniques.

HAD 567 – Leadership, Strategy, and Planning for HIMS (3 Credits)

This course examines the various strategies for IT planning with a heavy emphasis on: business alignment with IT, assessment and prioritization of large capital lT projects,implementation steps and issues, projected benefits realization, organizing the IS function, and other leadership strategies.

HAD 570 – Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability (3 Credits)

A survey of psychological, social, and behavioral theories and principles as they relate to the experiences of chronic illness and disability. The course will emphasize the impact of these experiences on the patient in terms of motivation and life satisfaction, restructuring social support systems, and changes in psychosocial/developmental needs. Attention will be given to the changing role of the health professional as direct care provider, manager, consultant, and advocate. Prerequisite: all five core courses.

HAD 601 – Fieldwork in Health Administration (3 Credits)

Individually arranged fieldwork in an approved healthcare facility. Student must have permission of the program director before registering. The experience is tailored to individual student goals and is limited to one experience per student. Prerequisite: all five core courses and one administrative component requirement or four core courses and two administrative requirements, plus Departmental permission prior to registration.

HAD 602 – Directed Research in Health Services (3 Credits)

An opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Note: students may register for a directed research study only after (a) submitting a research proposal to the program director; (b) arranging for a faculty member to serve as mentor; and (c) receiving explicit approval from the department chair. (See Directed Research for complete guidelines.)

HED 551 – Mapping for Health Research, Planning, Policy Development and Marketing (3 Credits)

Based on the ARCVIEW Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this course is a practical introduction to the use of computer mapping and spatial analysis. The course uses the most current GIS technology to understand the environment and how it impacts public health. There is a large computer lab component to the course.

HED 552 – Epidemiology (3 Credits)

An introductory course exploring the basic concepts of epidemiology as a public health science, including rates and ratios, risk and association, causation and investigation of outbreak.

HED 553 – Program Planning for Wellness (3 Credits)

A foundation course in the development of health education programs for hospitals, work sites, community, and schools. Discusses models for health behavior, assessment of health education needs, design and implementation of interventions, program marketing, and evaluation of efficacy.

HED 554 – Curriculum Strategies for Health Educators (3 Credits)

Techniques combining the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains in individual and group learning are discussed. Leading models for curriculum development and implementation are emphasized. Mechanics for construction of goals, curriculum design, objective writing, and learning behaviors are stressed. Models for evaluation and needs analysis are examined. The role of the trainer in the organization is also explored, along with strategies for maximizing one's position in the organization. Ethical, legal, and moral questions arising in the health education arena are examined. Prerequisite: HED 553 (4775)

HED 560 – Aging in America (3 Credits)

Areas of study include theories of aging, bio-psychosocial/spiritual characteristics of older people, family systems and non-systems, resources, policy, legislation, and activism.

HED 561 – Human Sexuality (3 Credits)

Content provides sexual awareness and personal growth in the area of interpersonal sexuality. Through participation in a variety of class activities, students increase comfort level in communicating about sexual attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. Sexually transmitted infections, reproductive inefficiencies, and cultural issues are discussed.

HED 562 – Children and Healthcare in the Community (3 Credits)

Inquiry into the health needs of children and their treatment by the health care system and the community.  Study includes history, epidemiology, access to and utilization of health care services, school health and legislation affecting children's health issues.

HED 571 – Employee Assistance and Occupational Health (3 Credits)

An overview course designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to help organize, develop, manage, and evaluate employee assistance programs. Emphasis is placed on the positive role of health promotion as a preventive tool. Course explores the role of addictions, family, financial, and legal issues in the life of the impaired employee or student and codependent.

HED 572 – Concepts of Mental Health (3 Credits)

Basic concepts of mental health and illness. A range of theories and psychotherapies, and psychological aspects of health, illness, and addiction are studied.

HED 573 – Women and Health Care (3 Credits)

Inquiry into the health needs of women and their treatment by the health care system. Study includes history, role of women as healers, epidemiology, access to and utilization of health care services, health research, and legislation affecting women's health issues.

HED 574 – Concepts of Nutrition and Health (3 Credits)

A comprehensive examination of the principles of good nutrition during the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on practical applications, including the use of food composition theory to evaluate food intakes, regional, cultural, and religious influences on food habits, fads, preventive health promotion, and health restoration through health education.

HED 575 – Stress and Crisis Management (3 Credits)

Study of health problems related to stress and exploration of methods to reduce the impact of stressors to improve bio-psychosocial health. Demonstrates how to identify, isolate, and manage a crisis and how to foresee future crises, as well as how to develop contingency plans. Physiology of stress, relaxation, biofeedback, fear control, and cognitive reacting are skills studied in relation to stress management.

HED 576 – Addictions (3 Credits)

The study of the nature, causes, and intervention of substance abuse. Historical and sociocultural trends are evaluated in view of current addiction theories. Emphasis is placed upon the relation of addiction to family and work environments, as well as the development of alternate lifestyles.

HED 577 – Health Education in HIV/AIDS (3 Credits)

The retrovirus of AIDS, the people, and the society it infects are the center upon which this course is based. Current public health policy, ethics, and politics of AIDS are examined. Emphasis is placed on skill building in health education, counseling, and referrals for persons with AIDS, their families, and those individuals who test positive. The school and corporate sectors are explored, as well as high-risk groups and global AIDS.