The Department of Health Care Administration offers an M.S. degree only, and does not have an undergraduate major. The department does offer, however, three undergraduate courses. HCAD 3333 (Health Economics) and HCAD 3350 (The U.S. Health Care System) fulfill a Common Curriculum requirement for Understanding Human Social Interaction: Social Issues and Values. HCAD 3383 (Management of Health Care Organizations) is cross-listed with MGMT 3383 and can be applied towards a Management concentration in Business Administration. 

Course Offerings: Health Care Administration (HCAD)
Course Offerings: Health Care Administration Executive Program (HCAI)

Health Care Administration Courses (HCAD)

HCAD-5102 Physicians and Physician Relations
Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the various roles and responsibilities that physicians assume in the health care system. Topics will include physician education, physician culture, physician practice patterns, physician executives, and the management of physician practices. Special emphasis will be on strategies to foster effective relationships between physicians and health care management.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5190 Problems
Description
Independent reading and research. Credit varies from 1 to 6 semester hours, based on the scope and depth of the proposed work. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours in health care administration and consent of instructor.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5202 Clinical Decision Making
Description
This course will introduce Health Care Administration students to the nature of clinical process and decision-making in clinical care. The course will provide context for understanding the relationship between and among clinicians in the rendering of care to patients. We will explore the nature of clinical care itself. Specifically, following the model of case-based learning, and by participating in clinical presentation and analysis, administrators will gain an understanding of the process, priorities, motivations, strengths, and limitations of clinical decision-making. Administrators will also broaden their knowledge of and fluency in clinical terminology and communication. (Offered every Fall. )
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5220 Statistical Methods in Health Care Organizations
Description
This course covers topics in basic statistical analysis designed to assist the future health leader in understanding and interpreting data and in the role of decision maker. The course covers the collection, aggregation, and presentation of data and basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will get hands-on instruction in the application of spreadsheets and statistical software to the solution of various statistics problems.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5221 Operations Management in Health Care Organizations
Description
Applications of operations research techniques to health care planning, control, and decision making including, deterministic and random models, mathematical programming, queuing, simulation, forecasting, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on model formulation and computer solution of decision models.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5290 Problems
Description
Independent reading and research. Credit varies from 1 to 6 semester hours, based on the scope and depth of the proposed work. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours in health care administration and consent of instructor.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5310 Health Services Organization and Policy
Description
An overview of the organization, delivery, financing, and evaluation of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis is on major system components and their inter-relationships. Key concepts include: social values, health personnel, health facilities, major financing mechanisms, and health policy.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5311 Policy, Population and Innovation
Description
An exam in at ion of policies in the U.S. health care delivery system addressing efforts to promote and manage the health of populations and communities. Emphasis is on innovation and creative approaches to addressing population health challenges. Key concepts include: population health management, managerial epidemiology, disease management, and design thinking. (Offered every Spring.) Prerequisite: HCAD 5310
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5313 Economic Aspects of Health Care Administration
Description
Application of economic concepts to the health care sector. Demand and supply, elasticity, health insurance, regulation, competition, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Emphasis on use of economic analysis for strategic planning.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5330 Health Care Organization Theory and Management
Description
Cases, concepts, and research findings in heath care organizational behavior and administration. Analysis of the impact of individuals, groups, organizational structure, and environment on management performance. Instruction on formulating organizational strategy.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5333 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
Description
The legal principles and processes influencing health care providers. Basic instruction in contract law and tort law. Focus on major health care liability producing areas and interface between law and ethics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5340 Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing
Description
An analysis of the strategic planning and marketing processes used by health care managers. The processes examined include the uses of strategic planning models and marketing methodologies as they apply to patients, physicians, and managed care buyers as separate markets for health care services.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5350 Seminar in Current Health Care Issues
Description
This is an integrative seminar where current topics in health care administration are examined in a broad context. Skills and knowledge introduced earlier in the curriculum are used to analyze current health care issues, and special efforts are made to include the perspective of practitioners.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5351 Financial Management I
Description
The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the interrelationships of strategy and financing within health care organizations from the management perspective. Upon completion of the course, the individual should be able to effectively read, interpret, and analyze the financial position of an organization and its components as well as develop and conduct presentations of financial material and respond to questions of a financial nature. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of finance and accounting data in the health care setting in support of organizational decision making. (Offered every Spring).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5353 Financial Management II
Description
Financial management concepts and techniques, with particular attention to differences between for- profit and not-for-profit organizations and regulatory constraints in the health care sector. Topics include: ratio analysis, cost accounting, rate setting, capital budgeting, sources of financing, cash management, variance analysis, and current issues. (Offered every Fall)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5360 Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Description
Contemporary issues in health care administration including new forms of organization for health services delivery, financing of health care, and increased governmental regulation of health services. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5361 Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Description
Contemporary issues in health care administration. including new forms of organization for health services delivery, financing of health care, and increased governmental regulation of health services. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5365 Leadership and Conflict Management
Description
An introduction to leadership and conflict management theories, models, and practices within health care organizations. Areas to be covered include leadership models and theories common to organizations delivering health care services, styles and their application in the health care industry, methods and techniques that can be used to manage conflict within organizations, and exposure to current trends and conceptual models of leadership and conflict management.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5373 Health Administration Ethics
Description
An analysis of health care issues through lecture, case study, and practitioner involvement. Emphasis on overseeing the moral mission of health institutions while at the same time maintaining the economic viability of those institutions.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5380 Health Care Human Resources Management
Description
Analysis of health manpower; professional, technical, and continuing education; credentialing; and emerging directions in strategic human resource management. The recruitment, selection, compensation, retention, and performance evaluation of health manpower; the role of independent contractors of services; and the impact of federal legislation such as NLRA, FLSA, OSHA, EEOA, and ERISA.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5383 Health Care Institutional Management
Description
The organization and management of health care institutions in an era of change in the health care system. The course covers the major systems in organizations delivering health care service, involving organizational design, governance, executive functions, clinical systems, and support systems.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5385 Quality Control Management in Health Care Administration
Description
Conceptual framework and practical tools for measuring and improving the quality of care in health care settings; role of JCAHO and other regulators in quality assurance; the organizational setting of quality management functions; cost/quality relationships; and patient and consumer involvement in quality improvement functions.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5387 Health Information and Data Analytics
Description
This course deals with the role of health information in two ways. The first is to provide a survey of the history and current status of management information systems in health services, including electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and clinical decision support tools. Current and proposed policy surrounding health information systems is also covered. Next, the course gives the students exposure to advanced Excel and other data management software. The focus is on how to convert data into information with an emphasis on how to display and present that information to a broad audience. (Offered every year).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5390 Problems
Description
Independent reading and research. Credit varies from 1 to 6 semester hours, based on the scope and depth of the proposed work. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours in health care administration and consent of instructor.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5395 Health Care Performance Improvements
Description
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of guiding and sustaining health care organizational performance improvement, including the topics of leadership, culture, employee onboarding and engagement, customer relationship management, and contemporary performance improvement concepts, tools, and techniques. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6000 Thesis Renewal Administration
Credits
0 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6099 Degree Requirements in Progress
Credits
0 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6201 Administrative Residency
Description
Field experience in a health care organization under the supervision of a selected preceptor and a university faculty member. The student is oriented to the total operations of the institution and participates in administrative activities in preparation for major administrative responsibilities. The preparation of three reports is required during the residency to demonstrate the integration and application of theory and management skills to practical problems of health care institutions.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6202 Administrative Residency
Description
Field experience in a health care organization under the supervision of a selected preceptor and a university faculty member. The student is oriented to the total operations of the institution and participates in administrative activities in preparation for major administrative responsibilities. The preparation of three reports is required during the residency to demonstrate the integration and application of theory and management skills to practical problems of health care institutions.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6203 Administrative Residency
Description
Field experience in a health care organization under the supervision of a selected preceptor and a university faculty member. The student is oriented to the total operations of the institution and participates in administrative activities in preparation for major administrative responsibilities. The preparation of three reports is required during the residency to demonstrate the integration and application of theory and management skills to practical problems of health care institutions.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-6300 Thesis Administration
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate

Health Care Administration Executive Program Courses (HCAI)

HCAI-5220 Statistical Methods in Health Care Organizations
Description
This course covers topics in basic statistical analysis designed to assist the future health leader in understanding and interpreting data and in the role of decision maker. The course covers the collection, aggregation, and presentation of data and basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will get hands-on instruction in the application of spreadsheets and statistical software to the solution of various statistics problems.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5221 Operations Management in Health Care Organizations
Description
This course covers topics in basic applications of operations research techniques to health care planning, control, and decision making, including deterministic and random models, mathematical programming, queuing, simulation, forecasting, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on model formulation and computer solution of decision models.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5231 Health Care Organization Theory and Management
Description
Cases, concepts, and research findings in health care organizational behavior and administration. Analysis of the impact of individuals, groups, and organizational structure and environment on management performance. The topics of power and leadership are covered in other required courses. Available only to two-year Executive Program students.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5233 Information Technology and the Management of Health Care Organizations
Description
As information systems and information technology continue to evolve, health care managers must have a conceptual and operational understanding of the ways that technology can enhance both the delivery and management of health care services. This course will explore how health care organizations can utilize information systems and technology to integrate strategic management with clinical and web-based functions, assess organizational effectiveness, improve clinical care, and achieve patient safety goals.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5270 Health Administration Ethics
Description
An analysis of health care issues through lecture, case study, and practitioner involvement. Emphasis on overseeing the moral mission of health institutions while at the same time maintaining the economic viability of those institutions. Available only to two-year Executive Program students.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5301 Managerial Accounting
Description
Concepts and techniques of managerial accounting for generalist health care administrators. Emphasizes managerial accounting applications for using financial data as a tool for management planning and decision making in health care. Topics covered include financial accounting, cost accounting, source of revenues, budgeting and control, pricing, and profitability determination. Available only to two-year Executive Program students.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5313 Economic Aspects of Health Care Administration
Description
Application of economic concepts to the health care sector. Demand and supply, elasticity, health insurance, regulation, competition, and cost-effective analysis. Emphasis on use of economic analysis for strategic planning.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5330 Health Services Organization and Policy
Description
An overview of the organization, delivery, financing, and evaluation of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis is on major system components and their inter-relationships. Key concepts include social values, health personnel, health facilities, major financing mechanisms, and health policy.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5333 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
Description
The legal principles and processes influencing health care providers. Basic instruction in contract law and tort law. Focus on major health care liability producing areas and interface between law and ethics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5340 Managerial Epidemiology
Description
Managerial epidemiology is the application of the principles and tools of epidemiology to the decision-making process. It applies analytic techniques to the management of health services through the study and measurement of the health of populations. Topics include population health appraisals, determinants of health and disease, health status measurement, health service use, and design and evaluation of health care interventions. Available only to two-year Executive Program students.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5351 Seminar in Strategic Management of Health Services
Description
This integrative seminar focuses on the management of health care organizations from a strategic perspective. The various tenets of strategic management will be explored and then applied to various health care organizations. Special emphasis is placed on organization responses to new trends and changing circumstances. Students will be expected to draw on skills and knowledge introduced earlier in the curriculum. They will also analyze and reflect on the individual Integrated Field Experience required prior to graduation. (Offered every Spring).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5353 Finance Management for Health Care Administration
Description
Practical and theoretical aspects of the decision- making process in the financial management of health care facilities and systems. Topics include: price level problems; financial statement analysis and interpretation; evaluation of methods of hospital financing.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5356 Seminar in Strategic Planning and Marketing
Description
This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills pertaining to the function of strategic planning, marketing, and business plans in the health care setting. These will be applied to the line or staff manager in the health care setting whose responsibilities center upon management functions other than an assignment as a planning or marketing specialist. This course only available to two-year Executive Program students. (Offered every Spring).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5360 Leadership Effectiveness
Description
This course will analyze managerial leadership models and the exercise of power in the health care setting. These managerial concepts will be assessed for their effectiveness in guiding managerial behavior in professional-dominated organizations and in assisting health care managers in carrying out essential tasks dealing with conflict in organizations and effecting organizational change. This course available only to two-year Executive Program students.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5380 Health Care Human Resource Management
Description
Analysis of health manpower; professional, technical, and continuing education; credentialing and emerging directions in strategic human resource management. The recruitment, selection, compensation, retention, and performance evaluation of health manpower; the role of independent contractors of services; and the impact of federal legislation such as NLRA, FLSA, OSHA, EEOA and ERISA.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAI-5395 Health Care Performance Improvement
Description
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of guiding and sustaining health care organizational performance improvement, including the topics of leadership, culture, employee onboarding and engagement, customer relationship management, and contemporary performance improvement concepts, tools, and techniques. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate

Undergraduate (HCAD)

HCAD-3191 Special Topics
Description
Special topics or contemporary issues in health care administration, including new forms of health services organization, management, delivery, or financing. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3291 Special Topics
Description
Special topics or contemporary issues in health care administration, including new forms of health services organization, management, delivery, or financing. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3333 Health Economics
Description
An introduction to the application of the tools of microeconomics to issues in the organization, delivery, and financing of health care. Economic analysis will be utilized to better understand critical issues in health care such as the level and growth of health expenditures, the role of the government versus the private sector in financing care, the relationship between doctors, hospitals, insurance providers, patients, and employers, and the role of society in providing for the uninsured. (Also listed as ECON 3333.) Prerequisite: ECON 1311 or consent of the instructor.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3350 The U.S. Health Care System
Description
The course examines the development, organization, and evolution of the U.S. Health Care System and analyzes the impacts of major changes in that system on the values and behavior of both consumers and providers of health care services. Special emphasis is placed on the influence that our nation's second largest "business" has in contemporary society, and on the human consequences of that influence. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3383 Management of Health Care Organizations
Description
This course provides the unique knowledge and skills necessary to understand and effectively manage individuals and groups in challenging health care organizations such as hospitals, medical group practices, and nursing homes. The focus is on developing a theoretical and practical approach to managerial functions as related to dealing with health care professionals and workers, developing a conceptual understanding of the health care system in which the organization operates, and understanding the relationship between the organization, its regulatory environment, and the reimbursement system. Case studies are used to provide real- world applications relevant to health care management. (Also listed as MGMT 3383.) Prerequisite: Junior Standing.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3391 Special Topics
Description
Special topics or contemporary issues in health care administration, including new forms of health services organization, management, delivery, or financing. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
HCAD-3491 Special Topics
Description
Special topics or contemporary issues in health care administration, including new forms of health services organization, management, delivery, or financing. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated on different topics.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division

Health Care Administration (HCAD)

HCAD-5210 Coaching and Public Speaking
Description
This course is designed to enable future leaders to acquire self-awareness and improve their key leadership skills. Students take a personality assessment and an emotional intelligence assessment and meet with the instructor in a coaching session designed to understand their strengths, identify their areas for improvement, and prepare a plan of action detailing specific behavioral changes. Moreover, students learn best practices for presentations, having crucial conversations, listening, and interviewing.(Offered every Fall.)
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
HCAD-5301 Leadership I
Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the leadership and professional requirements associated with being a health care executive. Students will be introduced to the behavior, dress, demeanor, and expectations of health care administrators, as well as to concepts such as managing the calendar, holding effective meetings, and leading teams effectively. In addition, students will be introduced to the professional competencies so important to an executive's success in today's health care environment. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
Edward J. Schumacher
Edward J. Schumacher, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
Dr. Seongwon Choi faculty headshot
Seongwon Choi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ah Reum Han Ph.D. faculty headshot
Ahreum Han, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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John E. Hornbeak, LFACHE, MHA
Executive in Residence, Adjunct Faculty
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Sharon Hubenak
Director Recruitment and Residencies
Amer Kaissi
Amer Kaissi, Ph.D.
Professor
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Marisela Kepes
Secretary
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Jody R. Rogers, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
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Erika Seewald
Administrative Secretary
Patrick Shay
Patrick Shay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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