ACADEMICS

  • Health Care Administration Courses

    HC 900 Health Care Systems
    Historical development of the health care system and recent trends in organization, administration and legislation
    3 credits

    HC 901 Management and Organizational Behavior for Health Care Professionals
    Management and organizational theory applied to the health care organization. Motivation and leadership, work group dynamics, communications and negotiations. Organizational, design, change and motivation.
    3 credits

    HC 902 Statistical Methods and Inference for Health Care Professionals
    Prerequisite: HC 900, HC 901
    Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, hypothesis testing, probability, correlation, regression, analysis of variance applied to typical problems encountered in a health care setting.
    3 credits

    HC 903 Accounting and Budgeting for Health Care Professionals
    Prerequisite: HC 900, HC 901
    The accounting cycle, cost analysis, cost-volume relationships, typical budgeting systems, responsibility accounting and variance analysis, cash-budgeting systems, responsibility accounting and variance analysis, cash-flow planning and the evaluation of capital projects, interpretation of financial statements.
    3 credits

    HC 904 Financial Management in the Health Care Organization
    Prerequisites: HC 900, HC 901, HC 903
    The role of finance in strategic planning for the health care organization, theory of value with special considerations for nonprofits, capital budgeting and planning, working capital and liquidity management with emphasis on reimbursement structures, pricing and other problems unique to the health-care organization.
    3 credits

    HC/NM 905 Marketing the Health Care Organization
    Prerequisites: HGC 900, HC 901
    Application of marketing tools and concepts to health care organizations. Market research and project development, pricing, publicity, and delivery systems.
    3 credits

    HC 906 Health Care Management Information Systems
    Prerequisites: HC 900, HC 902
    Analysis of information needs and flows in the health care organization. Design and implementation of information systems to support efficient operations as well as managerial planning, control, and decision making.
    3 credits

    HC 907 Operations and Quality Management in the Health Care Organization
    Prerequisites: HC 900, HC 902
    Analysis of operations in the health care organization from the perspective of continuously improving efficiency and quality. Data based decision making, quantitative models and several approaches to quality management (TQM. CQI) are examined.
    3 credits

    HC/NM 908 Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Health Care
    Prerequisite: HC 900
    An overview of the legal and regulatory framework governing health care from both the manager and the client’s point of view. Legal rights and duties of patients and health-care providers, hospital liability, hospital-physician relationships, patients’ rights, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, negligence and malpractice.
    3 credits

    Electives: 6 credit hours, choose 2 of the following (Please note: Students may choose other
    non-health care elective courses with the prior approval of the coordinator.)
    HC 926 Human Resources Management in the Health Care Organization
    Prerequisites: HC 900, HC 901
    Topics discussed include employee relations, employee benefits, employment discrimination, affirmative action, training and career development, assessment, liability and risk management, unions, collective bargaining and contract administration, recruitment, turnover and layoffs, diversity issues, compensation and employee benefit plans.
    3 credits

    HC 936 Economics of Health Care
    Prerequisites: HC 900
    Study of the economics of the health care industry in the United States; pricing of health care, alternative delivery systems, human resources availability, third party payments, the role of government in planning, regulating and financing health care.
    3 credits

    HC 946 Epidemiology
    Prerequisites: HC 900, HC 902
    Classic epidemics, evaluation of epidemiological principles and techniques of investigation and epidemiological analysis of selected diseases.
    3 credits

    HC 956 Politics and Policies in Health Care
    Prerequisite: HC 900
    Health care regulation and cost control by government, state vs. private regulatory systems, the nature of political power and its influence on the delivery of health services through for profit, and both public and private nonprofit agencies.
    3 credits

    HC 976 Seminar: Current Issues in Health Care
    Prerequisites: Completion of all required Core courses or permission of the coordinator
    A rotating series of seminars involving topics of current interest or in which a number of students have expressed interest. These might include Managed Care, Management of Gerontological Problems, Group Practice Management, Long-Term Care Organizations, and the like. These seminars will normally draw on the rich resources of the Worcester area for guest and visiting lecturers.
    3 credits

    Capstone: 3-credit hours, choose 1 of the following
    HC 986 Internship in Health Care
    Prerequisites: Completion of all required Core courses or permission of the coordinator
    The internship in health care administration consists of at least 135 hours (3 hours of academic credit) of supervised managerial work in an approved health care setting. The internship is required of students who do not have significant employment experience in the field.
    3 credits

    HC 996 Health Care Action/Research Project
    Prerequisites: Completion of all required Core courses
    Students design and implement an Action Research paper. Students will be encouraged and
    expected to produce publishable quality research papers. Designed to provide students with the
    writing, analytic, and research tools required by professional public, healthcare, and not-for-profit
    managers. Emphasis given to the methods of problem identification; developing a research strategy
    and formal research proposal; identification of secondary sources essential to public policy and
    management research; review of existing literature and documents; overview of social science
    research methods; and, a special emphasis on improving the student’s ability to write concisely,
    knowledgeably, and in a persuasive style.
    3 credits