Course Descriptions

PHPM 606 HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT.

This course introduces conceptual frameworks and practices associated with key functions in the management of complex health organizations.

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. Prerequisite: PHPM 605 or 606 prior or concurrently.

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. Prerequisite: PHPM 601 prior or concurrent.

PHPM 617 HEALTH CARE QUALITY EVALUATION AND UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT.

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. Prerequisites: PHPM 601 or PHPM 605 or 606, PHEB 602 or STAT 651 or STAT 652, PHPM 631 prior or concurrently.

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. Prerequisites: PHPM 617 & 631.

PHPM 623 HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT.

Course is designed as an overview of health financing and techniques for financial management in health services settings, blending theory and practice through lecture, discussion and case analysis. This course also examines major sources of public and private health services funding. Prerequisites: PHPM 601 and PHPM 605 or PHPM 606.

PHPM 633 HEALTH LAW & 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 systems. Prerequisites: PHPM 601, PHPM 605 or 606.

PHPM 640 HEALTH POLICY AND POLITICS.

This course examines public and private sector institutions responsible for health policy development at the national and state levels, the interaction of national and regional health systems to create and implement rural health policies, and public programs providing health coverage, particularly those targeting rural residents. Prerequisite: PHPM 601.

PHPM 661 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH ECONOMICS.

Provides basic concepts in economic theory and analysis applied to health care delivery in the United States. Course addresses supply and demand issues for health services, reimbursement systems and health insurance. Course addresses issues in health delivery in a competitive market and public sector involvement. Prerequisite: PHPM 601.

PHPM 680 HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP.

Provides opportunity to integrate 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. Prerequisites: PHPM 601, PHPM 606, PHPM 614, PHPM 617, PHPM 623, MHA students only.