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HCM 710 Health Care Sector Organization

This course provides a comprehensive examination of healthcare organizations and systems. Students examine the healthcare sector from the standpoints of payers, providers and suppliers. New developments in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical, genomic, and healthcare information technology industries are reviewed, along with an introduction to the major healthcare legal issues and policy challenges that face managers in this sector, including adaptation to new federal policy initiatives in such areas as Medicare and Medicaid.
Credits: 3
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HCM 720 Health Care Sector Finance

This course focuses on the application of financial analysis to decision-making in the healthcare sector. The course will cover a range of topics reflecting the complexity of healthcare finance, such as revenue generation for healthcare institutions, departmental budgeting and monitoring, managed care contracting issues, collective bargaining agreements, financial reimbursement and fee-for-services methodologies, cash flow projections, cost accounting and financial reporting.
Credits: 3
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HCM 730 Health Care Sector Information Management

The goal of this course is to prepare students to manage and maximally utilize healthcare management information systems to accomplish their professional objectives. Students will understand the role information technology plays in a variety of healthcare processes. The course will address the use of a number of existing core databases, including financials, sales, and human resources. It will examine new information technologies that have been developed specifically for consumer directed healthcare, and other recent industry developments.
Credits: 3
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HCM 750 Advanced Seminar in Health Care Sector Management

The goal of this course is to deepen the managerial and analytical competencies needed to assess current regulatory, legal, organizational, and financial issues and to ensure that quality healthcare services are delivered to patients and other stakeholders. Based upon an understanding of contemporary healthcare organizations and the dynamic forces in the healthcare industry environment, this course emphasizes the healthcare executive's role in setting management strategy, building a strong management team, and empowering the employee workforce.
Credits: 3
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HCM 810 Health Care Sector Management Capstone

This course, taken in the final semester of the MBA Program, constitutes a practical application of principles learned in the Advanced Seminar (HSM 750). It involves completion of an individual study project in healthcare management based on a realworld problem in healthcare. Under faculty supervision, each student will select a current problem in healthcare -- typically within his/her current organization -- to examine in detail. Students will be expected to research the issue; draw upon previous coursework in management, organizational behavior, and financial analysis; produce practical strategies to resolve the problem and to implement workable solutions. Students will share progress on their respective projects in class meetings and a written report (in three parts) will be submitted by each as a final requirement for graduation. The pre-requisite of HCM 750 is required.
Credits: 3
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