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HP&M 810: The Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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.

HP&M 822: Healthcare 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)
Introduces the financial and managerial accounting concepts used in health care. This includes financial statement analysis; cost accounting; budgeting; and capital project analysis.

HP&M 827: Financial Applications in Healthcare Management (3 credits)
Applies economic and financial concepts to health care management, integrating operational, strategic, and financial planning. Students will analyze financial statement ratios; forecast revenue and expense; develop budgets; creditworthiness determination; break-even analysis and working capital management in a variety of healthcare settings including long-term care and public health.

HP&M 830: Healthcare 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 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 846: Health Information Technology Management (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 847: Business Intelligence in Healthcare (2 credits)
An introduction into the data sources, technologies and processes leveraged by healthcare organizations to make more timely, informed and actionable business decisions. Students will learn fundamental terms and practices of data analytics and analysis, study real world examples of how data can inform decision making in healthcare and participate in case studies and in class presentations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

HP&M 848: Designing Healthcare Organizations (2 credits)
This class examines how design affects a broad range of health care organizations. It considers designs for jobs, processes, equipment, buildings, and organizations, and explores implications for safety, customer satisfaction, worker satisfaction, productivity, effectiveness, and profitability. Students analyze varied cases that approach design as a management decision-making process. LEC.

HP&M 850: Introduction to Operations (3 credits)
Examines the 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 the development, analysis, execution, and monitoring of strategies. Application of critical thinking skills to strategy. Lecture and discussion.

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. Organizational Behavior in Healthcare (3 credits)
Healthcare 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, long term career planning and professional development. Explores personal assessment, professional networking, mentoring, resume' construction, job searches and interviewing. Reviews professional communication and other professionalism domains. Introduces foundational concepts of leadership and leadership development. Lectures, papers, interactive activities and discussion.

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 862: Research Practicum in Health Services Administration (3 credits) A course to explore applied research topics associated with specific health services delivery of management problems.

HP&M 861: Capstone Seminar (2 credits) 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.


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 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 876: Medicare and Medicaid (3 credits)
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.

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.

HP&M 880: Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden  (3 credits)
Sweden leads the world in major health outcomes despite spending significantly less than the U.S. This course provides students the opportunity to visit Sweden and see the operation of its health care and social welfare system firsthand. Learn about Swedish history and culture as you re-examine many commonly held assumptions about both the U.S. and Sweden. An intensive schedule of site visits and lectures in the Stockholm-Uppsala area, assigned readings, and a major paper.

School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Population Health
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3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
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