Bachelor of Science in HSM - Course Description


Business Core


AC 201 – Accounting Principles I (3)

This survey course in financial accounting emphasizes the use of financial accounting information in decision making by individuals in business, government, and other organizations. The accounting environment is examined along with the basic principles and concepts, which govern the recording and reporting of accounting data. Study of the language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle establishes the framework for comprehending how accounting data is transformed into the financial statements and utilized by decision makers. Accounting of current and long-term assets and liabilities is introduced along with the study of contributed capital, retained earnings and the non-operating components of income. The course concludes with comprehensive financial statement analysis for decision-making purposes. Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

AC 202 - Accounting Principles II (3)

This course continues the study of the accounting language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle. It establishes the framework for comprehending how cost accounting systems are utilized in manufacturing operations. Cost behavior and those activities that cause costs to change are analyzed. An examination of the relationships among selling prices, sales and production volume, costs, expenses, and profits is presented. The budgeting process and its objectives are also discussed. The course concludes with an analysis of capital budgeting decision making techniques. Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

AC 273 - Managerial Accounting (3)

Discusses managerial accounting as a tool for management planning. Designed for those who will analyze and interpret accounting reports for managerial decision making purposes. Emphasis is placed on accounting and auditing theory as it affects internal control, costs, financial ratios, and budgeting. Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

EC 201 - Macroeconomics (3)

An introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the structure and operation of the United States economy: scarcity and resource allocation, the price system, national income and related problems, the role of government in the economic sphere, and theories of economic growth.

FN 211 - Introduction to Investments (3)

Analysis of common and preferred stocks, government and municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and other financial instruments. Also covered is securities analysis, including ratios and percentages useful in analysis, and sources of investment information.

MG 200 - Administrative Management (3)

This introductory course provides a global view of management. Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems. Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities.

MG 250 - Human Resource Management (3)

This course is a study of the staff work of a personnel department and of the specific techniques used in performing major personnel functions. Topics covered will include job analysis, employee selection and placement, wage and salary administration, merit rating, collective bargaining, and the day to day administration of personnel relations. Also covered will be the management of global human resource practices.

MG 304 - International Business Environment (3)

This course focuses on the global marketplace and international competition. Topics such as foreign exchange markets, international human resources management, global strategy, and differences in culture and economies will be examined through the use of case studies, exercises, and practical examples.

MG 499 - Strategic Management Decisions (3)

This is the capstone course for business majors, with course emphasis on business strategy and case analysis. Current business information and events are analyzed in seminar format.

MK 201 - Introduction to Marketing (3)

This course introduces the student to marketing practices, principles, problems, and philosophies as they relate to for- profit institutions in consumer markets. It is designed to demonstrate a need for marketing as a systems approach in our daily environment. Upon completion of the course, the student will recognize marketing concepts in the competitive marketing environment. Typical topics include functions; social, economic, legal, geographic, cultural, motivational, and behavioral environments; pricing; distribution; and managing marketing ethical problems.

MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems (3)

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied. Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment. Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems. Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.

PH 304 - Health Services Ethics (3)

Focuses on various moral discussions surrounding the economic and management issues infusing the modern medical industry. This course provides an overview of ethical theory, discussions of the applicability of this theory to modern social practices, and guidelines on how to use ethics in future controversies. It also sensitizes future health care administrators to the ethical dilemmas they will face and to the procedures they can follow to make their decisions.

Health Services Management Core



EC 318 - Economic Analysis of Health Services (3)

The focus of the course is on the applications of economic analysis to health services with emphasis on the microeconomic behavior of decision units in the health sector.

LA 202 - Legal Environment of Health Care (3)

Includes hospital/patient/doctor relationships, labor law and collective bargaining, constitutional law and administrative regulations pertaining to prepayment and planning.

MG 218 - Managed Care Administration (3)

This course presents management tools for health care professionals in managed care and group practice. It also provides history of organizational theory development and overviews of legal, financial, administrative, marketing, and planning needs. Contrasts functions handled by health care administrators with those handled by managers of industrial enterprises.

MG 250 - Human Resource Management (3)

This course is a study of the staff work of a personnel department and of the specific techniques used in performing major personnel functions. Topics covered will include job analysis, employee selection and placement, wage and salary administration, merit rating, collective bargaining, and the day to day administration of personnel relations. Also covered will be the management of global human resource practices.

MG 272 - Health Care Financial Management (3)

The relationship between reimbursement mechanisms, techniques of financial management, and patient service provisions is studied in this course. It also fosters a basic understanding of the relationship between management of financial assets, working capital, and patient care. Rate setting and capital investment decision processes are also covered.

MG 278 – Health Care Budgeting (3)

Focuses on the unique methods required for the qualifications of a health care department’s services. Topics include the role of the department manager in developing budgets and in determining production units, costs, or volume forecasting data. Students will learn methods pertinent to cash-flow forecasting, master budgets, control budgets, and variance analysis.

MG 290 - Labor Relations Management (3)

Examines the underlying elements in a unionized and a non- unionized organization. The course will address the NLRA, accompanying regulations, and legal precedents which provide the framework for the organized labor movement. Included will be the process of union organizing, elections, collective bargaining, managing with a union contract, and conflict resolution through the grievance process and arbitration. Also covered will be the role of the manager in a non-union environment as compared to managers in an organized company. The development of a problem-solving process for employees, the role of benefits and compensation, as well as the training of managers in the positive management of employee relations will be reviewed.

MG 301 - Departmental Management in Health Care Service Organizations (3)

An analysis of departmental and institutional objectives, management functions, and inter-departmental relationships in health services organizations.

MG 370 - Organizational Behavior (3)

Provides the framework for understanding the behavior of individuals functioning within an organization and the design and operation of effective and innovative organizations. The various topics addressed include the study of individual behavioral processes, interpersonal and group interaction, the design and functioning of innovative organizational structures, systems and processes, and creative and innovative change processes.

MG 376 – Decision Making in Leadership (3)

This course is designed to increase a leader’s information literacy for decision making. Students will be given the tools to identify and translate knowledge needs into clear, focused, answerable questions; match information needs with the most effective information resources, and retrieve the best available evidence; appraise the new information for its validity and relevance; and apply the new information when making leadership decisions.

MG 380 – Assessing Your Leadership Capability (3)

This course focuses on enhancing students’ individual awareness, reflection, and effectiveness as leaders. Through a focus on self assessment, participants will learn to appreciate the differences between themselves and others and deepen their understanding of what motivates people in the working environment. In this program orientation, students will be introduced to the methodologies and processes that are essential aspects of leadership: competency development and planning, action learning, and mentoring. In addition, students will be assessed on their leadership capabilities and use these outcomes to determine their focus for development.

MG 401 – Total Quality Management in Health Care (3)

A senior-level course focusing on the philosophy and application of the total quality management concept in the health care environment. It provides methods for defining, implementing, and monitoring the unique mechanisms that help health care providers achieve quality in their programs.

MK 310 - Public Relations

Public relations practices in business are studied. Policy formulation considered from the viewpoint of the relations of the firm with management, directors, shareholders, employees, competitors, and the community is also studied in this course.

PL 334 - Current Issues in Health Services Management (3)

This course examines health systems and health services in the United States. It also develops an understanding of governmental health plans with emphasis on current social, political, economic, and ethical issues of health services and health care today.

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