MHSA Course Descriptions

Classroom Group

HP&M 810: The Health Care System (3 credits) The structure and function of the components of the U.S. healthcare system are introduced in the context of the history, values and social forces that influenced its development and evolution. Students gain exposure to the concepts and vocabulary associated with aspects of the system, including delivery (providers, institutions, services), resources (finance, payment, insurance), population and public health, and outcomes (cost, access, quality). Healthcare outcomes from consumer, clinical and societal perspectives are explored.

HP&M 819: Research for Health Care Leaders (3 credits) Introduces epidemiology, survey research, and evaluation research. Examines quantitative and qualitative methods. Focuses on role of research in health policy and health management. Incorporates lecture, discussion, papers and presentations. LEC

HP&M 862: Research Practicum in Health Services Administration (3) A course to explore applied research topics associated with specific health services delivery of management problems. Prerequisites: HP&M 821 and HP&M 830

HP&M 822: Health Care Economics (3 credits) This course introduces the core concepts from economics to healthcare with a focus on helping health care managers use economic tools in making sound decisions. The demand for health care products, the structure of insurance, and the supply of health care products are examined. Students will apply a variety of economic analyses to health policy and health system issues.

HP&M 825: Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management (3 credits) Financial accountability is a critical responsibility of health services administrators. This course presents basic concepts and techniques for effective decision-making and stewardship, including financial statement analysis; strategic financial planning; capital formation; responsibility and cost accounting; operational, capital and cash budgeting; capital project analysis; and working capital management.

HP&M 827: Financial Applications in Healthcare Management (3 credits) Administrative applications of economic and financial concepts are applied to support strategic and financial goals and decision-making and the development of a strategic financial plan. Student confidence in performing and applying financial analytical procedures are enhanced.  Financial statement ratio analysis, revenue and expense forecasting (budgeting), credit worthiness determination, break-even analysis and working capital management calculations are performed and interpreted for a variety of healthcare settings including long-term care and public health.

HP&M 830: Health Care Management (3 credits) This course introduces key concepts and skills for health care managers. Emphasizing self-discovery and professional development, the course examines how to become an informed employee, an effective team member, and a successful manager. Course topics include interpersonal skills, delegation, leadership, performance management, and organizational change. Learning methods include lectures, case analyses, experiential exercises and discussion.

HP&M 831: Reimbursement and Fiscal Policy (2 credits) Reimbursement and fiscal policy practices impact the success and the economic well-being of health care institutions, payers and patients.  This course develops the student’s understanding of complex reimbursement methodologies from the perspective of providers and payers.  Students will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the major methods of third party reimbursement, the types of managed care organizations and the payment methodologies employed. Students are also prepared to approach reimbursement policy issues both from the payer and the provider viewpoint.

HP&M 832: Governance and Health Law (2 credits) A survey course of the law as it affects governance, health care administration and health care generally. This course will develop the student’s understanding of health law and its impact on many aspects of health care governance and administration.  The student should be able to identify and understand various legal issues they may encounter and when to engage legal counsel’s advice. 

HP&M 833: Ethics (2 credits) An introduction to the principles and concepts in the ethics of health services administration. The course will help students further develop their skills to recognize and analyze ethical dilemmas, and to explain, justify and evaluate the decisions they make in response to such dilemmas.

HP&M 837: Health Policy (3 credits) Through readings, lectures, guided discussion, and student-led presentations of policy research, this course studies the development, implementation, and evaluation of federal, state, and local health policy in the United States. Particular attention will be given to (1) the development of public institutions and policy goals; and (2) current policy problems such as cost controls, reimbursement, health services utilization, program assessment and evaluation, public health, and public/private investment and resource planning. Students will be expected to synthesize and integrate knowledge to apply theory and principles in ways consistent with professional practice as a health policy analyst.

HP&M 840: Organizational Foundations for Leading Change (3 credits) Self-discovery as a foundation for professional development while exploring the concepts of leader, manager, and follow is emphasized.  Analysis and prediction of an organization’s stages of development and its capacity for linear and social change are introduced through the lens of complexity science.  Political, legal, ethical and other issues that constrain and destabilize organizations and strategies to restore equilibrium are explored.

HP&M 846: Managing Information Systems and Technology (3 credits) The course covers fundamental concepts of management information systems; current and developing health and business information systems of interest to managers in health services organizations; healthcare information system architecture; security and privacy issues; uses of healthcare information for clinical and strategic analysis and decision support; techniques required to develop and evaluate a technological request for proposal; and  thoughts on the future of healthcare information systems including bio-informatics, community health systems and web-based access to health information.  The course will also cover current information and issues regarding the latest technology applications.

HP&M 848: Designing Health Care Organizations (2 credits) This course examines the interplay between institutional practices and policy development aimed at evidence-based design, plant technology, safety science, and risk management.  Students gain exposure to regulatory policies and learn concepts of organization and structural design and its influence on satisfaction, safety, and work dynamics useful in the operations and maintenance of effective health services organizations.  Design is approached as a comprehensive and multidimensional decision-making process that requires communication, budgeting, and facilities system analysis and evaluation in all health services settings.

HP&M 850: Introduction to Operations (3 credits) Examines performance of health care organizations, sources of variation, methods of measurement, and strategies for improving performance. Considers several approaches to performance improvement and examines tools widely used in operations management. Incorporates lecture, discussion, and fieldwork. (Same as NRSG 882).

HP&M 852: Strategic Marketing (2 credits) Provides students with a framework for executive-level, strategic market planning and analysis. Topics covered include: the strategic marketing organization; the impact of organizational culture on strategy development; environmental assessments and competitor analysis; market research; and the impact of the marketing four’s (price, positioning, promotion and product) in health care.

HP&M 853: Strategic Management (2 credits) Explores internal and external analysis for health care organizations. Examines development, analysis, execution, and monitoring of strategies. Application of critical thinking skills to strategy. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: Completion of HP&M Level I courses or permission of instructor.

HP&M 854: Human Resources and Workforce Development (3 credits) The focus of this course is to understand the leadership functions of human resource management in organizations to create a competitive edge through employee empowerment.  Core human resource concepts are introduced and applied to optimize human capital within a variety of healthcare settings, including compensation and benefits, employee recognition, and employee/labor relations.  National, regional and local strategies and workforce trends are discussed related to best practices for the selection, retention, and management as a healthcare employer of choice.

HP&M 858: Health and Social Behavior (3 credits) Health care as a cultural and socio-behavioral system is presented. Using research and theory, students explore alternative perspectives on the nature of medicine and healing within comparative health systems, both U.S. and abroad. Students examine at an advanced level how healthcare organizational structures contribute to patient health outcomes and influence employee behaviors. The course reinforces the nature and characteristics of the health professions, particularly medicine and nursing perceptions, and the complex behavioral dynamics of health professionals with organizational leaders.

HP&M 859: Professional Development (1 credit) Prepares students for an initial professional job search.  Explores professional networking, search strategies, resume construction,  and interviewing. Reviews professional communication.  Incorporates lecture, discussion and fieldwork.

HP&M 860: Graduate Internship in Health Services Administration (1 – 3 credits) Novice and experienced health services administrators function in applied settings. The internship is designed to meet the needs of individual students to advance their career functioning and set in motion a professional development plan. The inexperienced administrator will use the internship as a mid-curriculum opportunity to apply and synthesize in the practice setting knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students who come to the program with mid-level to advanced experience use the practicum to advance their career through exposure to additional experiences that extends their knowledge, skills, and abilities and demonstrates synthesis of program competencies.

HP&M 861: Capstone Seminar (2 credit) The knowledge, skills, and abilities learned throughout the program are validated in the capstone experience. A case study approach will be used to synthesize and apply principles including, but not limited to: change theory and quality improvement, research and information technologies, strategy and communication tools, human resource management, financial and economic analysis, advanced decision-making and management of organizational behavior. Students will present their cases to peers, faculty, and external reviewers for dialogue, critique, and a plan for professional skills development.

HP&M 874: Statistics for Decision-Making (3 credits) Elementary statistical techniques to include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, and statistical inference of means and proportions; advanced statistical techniques include multivariate analysis of qualitative and quantitative variables using multiple linear and logistic regression.

Elective Courses

HP&M 838: Rural Health Care (3 credits) Provides students with (a) an understanding of major issues in rural health and the rural environment in which health care providers and administrators provide service; (b) an understanding of the demographics, economics, services and challenges associated with the health care delivery systems in rural America and (c) an overview of federal and state health policy and its effect on rural health systems.  Special emphasis will be placed on identifying, understanding and addressing rural health challenges from administrative and policy perspectives.

HP&M 876: Medicare and Medicaid (3) Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the three publicly financed health programs that impact virtually all aspects of the American health care system - Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). Explores history and evolution of each program, plus specific operational issues such as eligibility, financing, management reporting, state/federal coordination, quality of care and outcomes management and influence of recent legislation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

HP&M 879: Comparative Health Care Systems (3 credits) Critical examination of the structure and function of health care systems in major, advanced, capitalist countries (e.g., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Sweden) in comparison to each other and to the health care system of the United States. Patterns in control and financing will be studied in relation to issues of cost, quality, access, and in relation to cultural values. Special attention will be placed on comparative analysis of reform efforts. Prerequisite: HP&M 810 or permission of instructor.

HP&M 880: Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden and Finland (3 credits) The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn how the Swedish welfare state is organized and to see firsthand how it works on all levels and in various locations around the Stockholm-Uppsala area. Students will learn about Swedish history and culture and will be challenged to re-examine many commonly held assumptions about both Scandinavia and the United States. A special feature of the class is a visit to Helsinki, Finland, Sweden's Nordic neighbor. Finland offers an interesting variant on the "Nordic model" of health and social care, which demonstrates how a highly competitive business economy can be successfully combined with a strong program of public benefits and services.

Last modified: Mar 20, 2014
Testimonial

D Murphy 

Dawn Murphy
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Saint Luke's Hospital
Class of 2002

"By the time I started the MHSA program at KU I had been working in human resources leadership roles in the health care industry for 20 years so the greatest value to me was learning the "theory behind the practice" of health care administration.  I also gained an even bigger appreciation for the complexity of decisions inherent in day to day operations in acute care settings.  The coursework in public policy and health care finance certainly broadened my perspective on US health care. However, my favorite part of the program was the summer study trip to Sweden and Denmark with Dr. Zimmerman as I learned to look at the health care system in the US through a different lens."

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