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HPA 13 Legal Aspects of Health Care/Public Administration

This course considers the importance of law and regulations in the administrative process. Areas to be emphasized in this course include a general introduction to the law, legal environment of public and health organizations and the impact of the law upon administrative decision making. Freedom of information and right to privacy issues are examined. An attempt is made to acquaint the student with critical legal issues that are faced by managers.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 14 Financial Management in the Health Care/Public Sectors

A survey of the principles and practices of financial management theory and its applications to health care and public administration. The course will focus on budgeting and cost control, cost reimbursement, taxation and revenue, cost incentive programs and financial analysis specific to the health care and public sectors.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 15 Health Resource Allocation in Health Care/Public Sectors

The course focuses on the application of special problems involving health and public resources, allocation, markets, personnel shortages, as well as issues relating to the equity and stabilization of the public/health sector.
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 18 Research Methods

An overview of the scientific method as it applies to research in fields of health care and public administration. Special attention will be devoted to examining issues related to cost effectiveness and alternatives.
Writing Across Curriculum
Prerequisite of Junior status or greater is required if in Social Work plan of study
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 19 Statistics for the Administrators

Statistical procedures, research design, sampling techniques, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, regression, tests of significance and reliability are all discussed as they apply to the specific needs of the health and public administrator.
Prerequisite of HPA 18 or SWK 18 is required
Every Year, 3 credits

HPA 20 Computer-Based Management Systems

This course is a comprehensive review of computer concepts and usage in health and public sectors. It covers the types of computers which are appropriate and the storage devices needed. Students learn to create programs, and to evaluate packaged software for its applicability to their department's needs. The course involves extensive "hands-on" computer use.

POL 2 Introduction to Political Science II

This course introduces the study of the Constitutional structure, including the major functions and operations of the national government.
Spring, 3 credits

POL 80 Administrative Behavior

This course covers the concepts and theories of administrative and organizational behavior. A survey of the literature on administrative patterns will be provided, with special attention to public organization, decision-making, leadership and small-group behavior in the social system bureaucracy.
On Occasion, 3 credits

POL 82 Introduction to Public Administration

This course studies the structures and operations of the American administrative system with a review of some problems inherent in bureaucracy.
Fall, 3 credit

POL 83 Policy-Making in American Government

This course studies the emphasis on policy- making at different levels of national, state, and local government. It includes an analysis of relationships of political inputs to policy outputs; evolution of the results of the policy process; relationship to the democratic process and the limitations.
On Occasion, 3 credits

POL 84 The Executive Process

This course examines the requirements of institutional leadership; internal and external communications; the selections, use and evaluation of staff; advice; patterns of delegation and control; and political relations.
On Occasion, 3 credits

HPA 32 Internships in Health and Public Administration

Placement within a public or health agency to provide students with administrative experience in the operations of such facilities.
Every Spring, 6 credits