HCAD Course Listing

Introduction to Healthcare Administration (HCAD 600, 3 Credits)
An introduction to the principles of management and leadership as the foundations for the administration of healthcare products and service delivery. The evolution of management principles and practices are traced and the bases for healthcare administration are analyzed. Emphasis is on the management of global healthcare systems in technological societies and the need for innovation and creativity in healthcare administration. Focus is on mastering graduate-level critical thinking, writing, and ethical decision-making skill.

Information Technology for Healthcare Administration (HCAD 610, 3 Credits)
An overview of information technology (IT) from a managerial perspective and how healthcare administrators can use IT to maximize organizational performance. Fundamental principles of IT and data management and their implications for healthcare administrators are reviewed. Discussion explores the use of technology, databases, and other analytical tools to structure, analyze, and present information related to healthcare management and problem solving. Topics also include strategic information systems planning, systems analysis, system design, evaluation, and selection. Current applications, such as patient care, administrative and strategic decision support, managed health, health information networks, and the internet are examined to determine how they may be used to meet the challenges facing healthcare administrators today and in the future. Focus is on the legal and ethical issues related to IT and their practical implications for the healthcare administrator.

The U.S. Healthcare System (HCAD 620, 3 Credits)
A comprehensive examination of the complex, dynamic, rapidly changing healthcare system in the United States. The healthcare system's major components and their characteristics are identified. Emphasis is on current problems in healthcare financing and delivery. Social, economic, and political forces that have shaped and continue to influence the system are traced. The healthcare system in the United States is compared with systems in industrialized and developing nations. Analysis covers current trends in healthcare and prospects for the future.

The Business of Healthcare (HCAD 625, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: HCAD 620. A detailed exploration of operational issues unique to the dynamic and highly regulated realm of healthcare. Discussion covers challenges presented by regulatory mandates, market forces, and multiple interconnected matrix organizations, as well as defining and meeting the needs of the community.

Public Health Administration (HCAD 630, 3 Credits)
An in-depth study of the field of public health, emphasizing leadership and management. The current U.S. public health system is analyzed, focusing on federal, state, and local public health entities and their management issues. Connections and relationships between the system of public health and the private personal health services market are also analyzed. Topics include the history and current status of public health, core functions, legislation, ethics, accountability (including assessment and evaluation), and the politics and financing of public health, particularly in light of the increased utilization of evidence-based budgeting. Contact with a public health agency in order to analyze a public health program or policy may augment text and lecture presentation.

Long-Term Care Administration (HCAD 635, 3 Credits)
A study of the different components of the long-term-care service delivery system. The goal is to apply contemporary management theory, concepts, and models to the entities that make up the long-term-care service delivery system. Topics include residential settings (such as skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities), home care services, community-based service programs, and hospice care. Specialized case studies are used to supplement course materials and examine best practices for fostering performance excellence.

Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations (HCAD 640, 3 Credits)
An in-depth study of healthcare economics and the financial management of healthcare organizations. The economic principles underlying the American healthcare market and the financial management of health services organizations within that market are examined. Analysis covers free market and mixed market economies; barriers to free market economies; healthcare industry regulation, licensure, and certification; and various coverage and healthcare payment mechanisms. Topics also include reimbursement mechanisms and their effect on healthcare provider organizations, managed care, capitation, and per case or per diagnosis payment, as well as how these financial strategies are utilized by third-party payers. Focus is on financial challenges, such as uncompensated care, cost increases, increased competition, and increased regulation, and how healthcare providers should respond to them. Ratio analysis, cost analysis, working capital, capital budgeting and investment in relation to net present value and value added to the organization, and other financial management techniques are also explored.

Strategic Financial Management in Healthcare (HCAD 645, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: HCAD 640. An in-depth study of the concepts and competencies needed to plan the usage and management of enterprise financial resources to achieve long-term organizational objectives and return maximum value in a volatile healthcare finance environment. Emphasis is on identifying and quantifying available or potential resources, devising a plan for utilizing finances and other capital resources to achieve goals, and capital budgeting and management. Topics also include risk analysis, multiple financing methods, supply chain costs, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. Current accounts and working capital management are explored, as are strategic planning and financial forecasting.

Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration (HCAD 650, 3 Credits)
A comprehensive analysis of the more significant legal issues encountered by healthcare administrators and the ramifications of those issues. Both theoretical and practical applications of law are addressed with an analytical focus on the prompt identification of legal and bioethical issues arising from and affecting various healthcare employment settings. The intersection of law, ethics, and bioethics is scrutinized in various contexts. The principles of healthcare law in a complex constitutional system are examined in relation to current proposals and policy developments in areas such as privacy, contracts, tort reform, and the regulation of the healthcare marketplace. Topics include legal and regulatory constraints imposed on the healthcare industry, the liability of healthcare providers, the rights of patients, employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for healthcare organizations.

Healthcare Institutional Organization and Management (HCAD 660, 3 Credits)
A study of the nature of management and how it is applied in various healthcare settings. Contemporary theories, critical perspectives, models, and best practices designed to foster performance excellence in the highly competitive healthcare environment are examined. Discussion also addresses the complexities and challenges of health systems.

Strategic Issues in Healthcare Leadership (HCAD 665, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: HCAD 660. An examination of strategic issues driving the future of healthcare. Focus is on identifying and preparing to meet the needs of changing communities, integrating rapid technological and scientific advances, and ensuring institutional viability. Topics include development and dissemination of strategic goals and shaping organizational values.

Healthcare Administration Capstone (HCAD 670, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Completion of 36 credits of program coursework. A capstone study of healthcare administration that integrates knowledge and skills gained from previous study in the development of a systems approach to healthcare administration. Focus is on public and private healthcare delivery systems, alliances with internal and external environments, and strategic decision making and implementation in the rapidly evolving global arena of healthcare administration.