Health Services Management Certificate - Course Descriptions


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).

EN 330 - Management Communication (3)

Develops students' abilities to communicate in business situations. Students will generate various documents including memos, letters, reports, and a resume.

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 265 – Talent Management (3)

This course will provide students with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, responsibilities, roles, activities, and attitudes required of present day managers. Through the text, discussion, research and case studies, the student will reinforce their understanding of supervisory concepts including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Covered in this course is managerial decision making relating to the following areas: establishing goals, designing and implementing controls, problem solving, staffing effective departments, appraising employee performance, motivating employees, developing effective leadership and communication skills, conflict resolution and employee discipline. The material covered is relevant to the student regardless of personal career objectives or corporate level of functioning.

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 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 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 282 – Advanced Computer Applications in Business (3)

This course focuses on Spreadsheet applications as well as data base management. Techniques for using software will be learned while applying them to the solution of business information problems. Students will also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist them 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.

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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