Course Descriptions

The first year foundational course sequence consists of:

PHPM 604 - Population and Public Health for Health Professionals

Public health and its concentration areas; examination of how the federal,
state and local health care and public health system/infrastructure has
evolved; public health problems, diseases and risk factors; role of public
health in preventing/alleviating same; reviews the core functions of
public health.

PHPM 606 - Health Systems Management

Introduction to conceptual frameworks and practices associated with key

Functions in the management of complex health organizations.

PHPM 603 - Managing Healthcare Data and Information

Applicability of descriptive statistical techniques for the presentation of

health care data; presentation of commonly used inferential statistical

techniques survey for data analysis.

PHPM 653 - Health Insurance and Managed Care

Overview of health insurance in the U.S., with emphasis on the private

health insurance markets and managed care; demand for insurance,

insurance underwriting and rate making; the role of employer-sponsored

health insurance; the impact of managed care on hospitals and physician

markets; health savings accounts and consumer-directed plans.

PHPM 617 - Quality and Process Improvement

Overview of evolving health delivery system quality mechanisms and

approaches for maximizing quality control in health care organizations.

includes concepts and practices of quality assessment, control and

improvement, and accreditation and outcome analysis in service delivery systems.


The second year integrative course sequence consists of:

PHPM 620 - Operations Management

This course is organized around the types of tactical and operational

decisions made by health care operations managers. Tactical decisions

are medium- and long- term decisions that together determine the

processes by which health care services are produced and delivered,

while operational decisions are short-term decisions concerned with

utilizing resources to meet the objectives of the organization in an

efficient manner. Building on a “system-based” approach to the health

care environment, analytical tools are examined to aid problem solving

and decision-making in health care organizations. Where appropriate,

spreadsheets will be used to ease computational work, facilitate analysis,

and aid in the presentation of results. This course examines operational

decisions through a combination of lectures, problem sets, organizational

analysis, and readings.

PHPM 616 - Management of Human Resources

An introduction to the range of human resources issues facing the health

delivery system administrator from benefits to grievances and human

resources management in health organizations. Course also covers

personnel practices such as job analysis and description, recruitment,

selection and compensation in various health delivery system settings.

PHPM 633 - Health Law and Ethics

Course covers torts, contract law, corporate liability, malpractice, key

federal and state regulations, and records management relative to health

care. Important health case law is discussed. Ethical considerations are

discussed as they relate to the law and management of health delivery


PHPM 614 - Strategic Planning and Marketing

This course offers an introduction to strategic planning and management

in health services organizations. Processes and formats employed

in strategic planning and marketing are presented and applied in

case studies and a final project. Elements of market assessment,

environmental analysis and strategy development are presented and

applied to course practices.

PHPM 640 - Health Policy and Politics

Examination of health policy-making at the national and state levels,

including the role of Congress, the Presidency, administrative agencies,

and interest groups; policy formation in multiple areas with a particular

focus on Medicare, Medicaid; approaches to controlling costs, improving

access, and assuring quality.

PHPM 680 - Health Systems Leadership

Integration of essential content presented in health policy and

management curriculum by assessing issues confronted by health

service organizations leaders and employing tools acquired in prior

courses to address the issues.