Health Services Administration Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
HSA 420 Introduction to Health Services Administration

Provides a background on the United States health care system in the areas of administration, history and philosophy of public health, politics, health policy, and planning, finance, evaluation and assessment of medical care, and delivery of services.

HSA 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses

Analyzes policies and services designed to meet a range of needs and problems experienced by children and their families. Specific areas of analysis include child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, homelessness, foster care, adoptions, institutional vis-a-vis community strategies in response to particular problems, impacts of prejudice - discrimination on minority groups, children and families, advocacy, and social change.

HSA 430 Aging: Issues and Perspectives Examines the biological, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of aging. Analyzes roles and relationships of older persons and systems that make up their environment (e.g., family, friends, neighborhood, etc.). The contemporary continuum of care in the context of a strengths-based approach is explored. The course also focuses on ageism, stereotyping, advocacy, and social policy change. 3
HSA 437 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations

Examines operational concerns in the area of institutional administration. Included are project planning and constraints, workload forecasting, patient scheduling, facility staffing, quality assurance, utilization review, control mechanism, applications of institutional resources. Includes application of management and administrative skills for the hospital administrator.

HSA 450 Psychological Perspectives on the Aging Process

Provides students with an overview of the variety of psychological theories of aging. Places special emphasis on the adjustment factors of old age.

HSA 461 Administrative Practicum in Health Care Systems Involves the student in several field visits to facilities within the health care system. Also involves discussion in seminar of the organization and planning for each of the facilities visited. 3
HSA 496 Internship

Experiences in a public, human, or health service agency.

HSA 506 Research Theory

Introduction to the methodology of research-historical, descriptive-survey, experimental design, critical interpretation, and case study techniques -- with attention to specialized data-gathering procedures, such as the questionnaire, the interview, observation, etc. Introduction to statistical concepts. Directed toward the writing of a thesis or a professional contribution (PC) as a degree requirement.

HSA 507 Organizational Dynamics

What a supervisor needs to know about human behavior in a work setting. Stressed are the subjects of work motivation, power and control, communication, impact of work/organization design, and management-by-objectives using a case analysis/ discussion format.

HSA 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems

Survey course of personnel practices used in the public sector. Discusses all human resources phases, from recruitment to retirement. Special emphasis on unionization, personnel problems, and leadership styles.

HSA 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology

The process of aging and surviving into the “later years” results from a complex interplay of social forces, human systems, and social policies, which impinge upon groups and individuals. This course examines components of social gerontology that view aging as an expression of a societal-institutional structure that “creates” and sustains human beings.

HSA 511 Ethics in Management

This course provides an introduction to the field of ethics and an opportunity to increase understanding, knowledge, and competence in dealing with the ethical challenges and dilemmas that are found in the public, private, and nonprofit employment sectors. Course materials will focus on individual as well as corporate systems of responsibility and accountability and the ethical dimensions of public as well as private life.

HSA 518 Policy and Program Analysis

This course explores the policy-making processes important to an administrator. Develops skills necessary for formulation and analysis of policy problems and the implementation of public policies.

HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration

This course provides a background on the United States health care system in areas of administration, history and philosophy of public health, politics, health policy and strategic planning, finance and evaluation and assessment of medical care in the context of the social, legal, and regulatory environment of the delivery of personal health services.

HSA 524 Health Care Systems Analysis A comparative analysis of health care delivery systems and the application of systems analysis and design concepts for designing and evaluating health care delivery systems. A study of the elements of personal health services systems which encompass the various ways of delivering personal health services with regard for their evolution, governance, financial structure, organization function and structure, changing characteristics and relationships, and mechanisms for quality assessment and social accountability. A study of individual social and environmental determinants of health, disease, and disability including the field of medical sociology. 3
HSA 525 Health Care Economics

Thuis course deals with the macroeconomics and microeconomics context of health care finance; the basics of health care accounting and of demand and utilization of health care services; and pricing of health care services.

HSA 527 Geriatric and Gerontological Services Administration

This course examines the role of disciplines/professionals providing health services to the aged. Special topics will be addressed such as spiritual, religious, and psychological needs in long-term care. The economic, political, legal, ethical, and social issues which affect the administration of human service organizations will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on administrator application in health care services in U. S. and other countries. 

HSA 528 Administration of Long-Term Care

An evaluation of long-term care institutions as a health care delivery subsystem; comparative evaluation of types of long-term care institutions; government regulations, long-term care facility organization and management.

HSA 529 Health Care Services for the Elderly

This course acquaints students with the planning process and resources available for meeting the needs of the elderly. Additionally, provides broad knowledge of health care services for the aged and their implementation.

HSA 532 Legal Aspects Clinical and Health Care Organizations

The course covers topics which include the role and liabilities of the hospital administrators, the governing board and the medical staff. Nursing services and hospital liabilities encountered by health care delivery are discussed. Disclosure of patient information and the legal consideration related to this disclosure are covered. Labor law and the complex issues among management, labor, and the community are part of this course.

HSA 533 Research Methods

Anntroduction to methodology, design, and statistical applications in health science research. This course is intended to make the student a more informed consumer of the nutrition/dietetics research literature and to provide sufficient information for the design of a theoretically and methodologically sound study.

HSA 537 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations

This course examines operational concerns in the area of institutional administration. Included are project planning and constraints, work-load forecasting, patient scheduling, facility staffing, quality assurance, utilization review, control mechanism, applications of institutional resources. Includes application of management and administrative skills for the hospital administrator.

HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning

The course will address the unique aspects of managing the financial resources of health care institutions. Focus will be on topics such as capital budgeting, sources of revenue, the impact of reimbursement on financial decisions, and the evaluation of fund sources. Analytical tools to aid in financial decision-making within health institutions will be examined.

HSA 539 Overview of Managed Care

This course provides an overview of health care insurance and finance by addressing the issues surrounding conventional delivery. The background and development of managed care, contracting, and legal issues in managed care and the general management requirements in managed care organizations are covered in three modules.

HSA 555 Professional Contribution This is the last program requirement to be fulfilled by the candidate before graduation. This is not a structured classroom course, but rather a semi-independent experience, such as a thesis, and similar to the comprehensive examination requirement. Participants should consult with their mentors early in the program to develop an acceptable Professional Contribution agenda. 0
HSA 580 Epidemiology /Environmental Health Studies the field of epidemiology including concepts, principles, and models. Descriptive epidemiology relative to person, place, and time will be analyzed and interpreted. Human health and the environment, some research needs, and planning in environmental health science is reviewed. 3
HSA 583 Marketing and Strategic Planning

The science of marketing centers and the creation of a marketing strategy in order to achieve corporate goals and deliver the product to the ultimate consumer are discussed. The course explores market segmentation, strategic marketing, and the role that advertising, pricing, and packaging play in market planning. Harvard Business Cases and other cases are utilized to illustrate the theory covered.

HSA 595 Independent Study Student interest and self-directed learning. See program director.
HSA 596 Internship

After completion of class coursework, a candidate must take the Practitioner's Seminar. Any candidate who cannot demonstrate a clear record of administrative responsibility must pursue a three-credit-hour field internship in addition to and in conjunction with the Practitioner's Seminar. A field internship must be arranged six months prior to its intended commencement. Internships in public, human, and health service agencies each consist of up to twelve weeks of full-time employment or their equivalency on an extended, part-time basis.

HSA 597 Management Project

A Management Project is structured to increase knowledge and skills in theoretical application. The student, upon completion of coursework, must do either a research oriented management project or an internship. Students must consult their mentors early in the program to determine the administrative project or internship to pursue. The objective is to develop research skills, skills in improving organizational effectiveness, and in the development of leadership potential, including stimulating creativity and interpersonal and communication skill development.

HSA 599 Practitioner's Seminar in Administration Seminar format designed to develop management skills, including work programming and time management; also covers experiential application of public administration theories and principles with emphasis on observation, analysis, reporting, and communication skills. Career development component directs participants in the process of self-analysis to formulate career goals and strategies. 3