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HSMG Course Descriptions

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  • HSMG 630 The Legal Environment of Health-Care Management (3)
    Provides a framework for understanding the legal implications of advancing medical technologies and of new forms for health services financing and delivery systems.
  • HSMG 632 Biostatistics (3)
    Provides a broad overview of biostatistical methods, concepts and reasoning as applied to decisions in health systems management.
  • HSMG 640 Epidemiology (3)
    Provides an introduction to quantitative and methodological approaches to identifying the determinants and distribution of diseases in populations.
  • HSMG 641 Cardiovascular Epidemiology (3)
    Provides an overview of cardiovascular diseases, with an examination of prevention strategies, policy issues and future directions.
  • HSMG 642 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    Provides an overview of infectious disease epidemiology, with an examination of prevention and control strategies and policies.
  • HSMG 643 Epidemiology of Health Services (3)
    Provides an understanding of the determinants of health and disease in populations, limitations of data sources for patterns of morbidity and mortality, and applications of epidemiologic methods in health policy and management decisions. Students also engage in critical assessments of epidemiologic decision-making.
  • HSMG 650 Quantitative Management Methods for Decisions in Health Systems (3)
    Provides an operational understanding of quantitative models to support resource allocation decisions. Students develop an understanding of the process of quantitative modeling; learn to identify appropriate and inappropriate applications of techniques such as linear programming, forecasting, decisions analysis, scheduling and inventory control models; develop a conceptual as well as a computational understanding of these models; and critically evaluate a published operations research application. prerequisite: HSMG 632
  • HSMG 651 Survey Research and Data Analysis for Health Administrators (3)
    Provides hands-on experience using data analytic methods that are typically used in health-care settings. The course emphasizes surveys and their application to managerial decisions.
  • HSMG 660 Comparative Global Health and Human Security (3)
    Examines the social, economic and political determinants of a nation’s health-care infrastructure; variations in national capacities and de facto national priorities; the role(s) played by international organizations and initiatives; how wide and persistent disparities influence human security; and the effects that shocks such as regime change or political upheaval, conflict or widespread human rights violations have on health and human security. In addition to basic sanitation (potable water and managing human waste), access to medicines is emphasized as a fundamental need.
  • HSMG 691 Health Planning and Program Evaluation (3)
    Explains the theoretical and historical foundations of health planning, the relationship between health planning and regulations, and the application of planning methods. Students gain an essential understanding of the basic structure and operations of health-care programs to determine the various points in the program at which fraud might occur.
  • HSMG 695 Health-Care Management Information Systems (3)
    Provides an extensive overview of information systems in health-care organizations from the perspective of health systems managers.
  • HSMG 697 Health Insurance and Prepaid Health Care (3)
    Provides an operational understanding of insurance and alternate payment methods in health care. Includes topics relating to risk management and the roles of government, employers and individuals in the selection and use of insurance products for health care.
  • HSMG 698 Health Care Fraud and Detection Analysis (3)

    Designed to familiarize students with the working of major federal health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Identifies patterns of improper and fraudulent payments to providers in these programs, describes the forensic investigative techniques needed to uncover fraudulent financial transactions such as payments and examines the means to recover payments and to reduce future fraudulent practices.

  • HSMG 699 Health Finance (3)
    Focuses on selected, topical health-finance issues such as health insurance reform, Medicare finance revisions and emerging health-finance issues, such as preparing and financing a comprehensive national bio-preparedness program.
  • HSMG 701 Health Economics (3)
    An overview of the structure and financing of the U.S. health-care industry. Students learn to apply economic principles to understanding the behavior of consumers, physicians, allied health professionals, hospitals, insurers, employers and government in the health-care market. Examines how the U.S. health-care system compares to health-care systems in other countries.
  • HSMG 702 Special Analysis of Health-Care Fraud (3)

    Provides a full understanding of major health-care fraud investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division. Students study the structure and operation of the Office of Inspector General and its annual audit activities related to specific health-care programs as well as relevant reports issued by the General Accountability Office pertaining to health-care program improvements that could mitigate health-care fraud.

  • HSMG 709 Individual Research (1-4)
    Individual research on an academically sound project of interest to the student in consultation with a monitoring faculty member. Depending on the scope and depth of research, from 1 to 4 credits may be earned for successful completion of this course. prerequisite: permission of program director and monitoring faculty member
  • HSMG 711 Special Topics in Health Systems Management (3)

    Specific topics, issues and trends in health management that are of mutual interest to faculty and students. This course may substitute for PUAD 751: Policy Issues in Health Care.

  • HSMG 752 Internship (3)
    Serves to build a bridge between theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and acquire insights into the management of health service organizations. prerequisite: completion of 27 graduate credits prior to beginning the course or permission of the program director
  • HSMG 766 Health Systems Management: Organizational Design and Human Resources (3)
    Builds on PUAD 755 and provides an in-depth examination of organizational design theories, their applicability to various health-care settings and their implications for human resources and labor relations.