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
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.