Course Descriptions

PHPM 601 FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

An introduction to the field of public health and to rural health conditions, issues, professions, organizations and policies relevant to the health of rural communities.

PHPM 602 MANAGERIAL STATISTICS I.

This course will cover analytical techniques to support managerial decision making in health care.  The course will cover descriptive statistical techniques for the presentation of health care data and applicability of the descriptive statistical techniques, a survey commonly used inferential statistical techniques for data analysis is presented.  Throughout the course material, emphasis is on the sources and uses of health care data and information for decision-making, and on the interpretation and evaluation of health care research.

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 I.

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 615 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING II.

This course builds upon strategic planning and marketing concepts introduced in PHPM 614. It provided an overview of marketing and how it can be applied effectively to health care organizations. The course covers the history of health care marketing, basic marketing concepts and tools, the process of developing and managing a marketing plan, and the nature of health care markets and consumers. Prerequisites: PHPM 605 or 606 prior or concurrently and PHPM 614.

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 I.

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 624 HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II.

An intermediate course on health finance and managerial accounting - the second in a two-course sequence. Advanced financial decision analysis and cost accounting concepts and tools will be covered. Cases are extensively used. The final third of the course is structured as a series of workshops for a team project in which students develop a long-range financial plan, including the impact of strategic projects and sensitivity analysis, for a hypothetical hospital. Prerequisites: PHPM 601, PHPM 605 or PHPM 606, PHPM 623.

PHPM 631 HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS.

Course introduces computer-based information systems, architectures and applications in the management of health services organizations. It addresses systems designs, data management systems, data access and communications, and the implications of expanding technological capacities for information management systems. Prerequisites: PHPM 601, PHPM 605 or 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.

PHPM 684 PRACTICUM.

Field placement experience where students work closely with a departmental faculty member and (an) appropriate field professional(s) applying skills and techniques acquired through course work. Prerequisite: Approval by student’s academic advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option only.

HPCH 603 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

(Offered through the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences)

An overview of theories and principles focusing on social and behavioral determinants of health, the social-ecological approach to the examination of health and health behaviors, social patterns of health behavior, and an introduction to health promotion and public health interventions. Intended for non-majors.

PHEB 600 FUNDAMENTALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

(Offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

An overview intended to familiarize students with the basic principles and applications of epidemiological concepts in the study of disease occurrence in populations.

PHEO 600 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

(Offered through the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health)

Overview of nature and magnitude of environmental and occupational disease; sources of exposure, methods of monitoring and modeling exposure; review of target organs and potential effects of specific chemicals; discussion of workplace hazards and monitoring programs.