Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management Course Information:

HC 500    Health Care Systems (3)
HC 505    Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
HC 615    Health Care Financial Management (3)

HC 620    The Managed Care System (3)
HC 625    Medical Group Practice Management (3)
HC 630    Long-Term Care Management (3)
HC 635    Health Care Information Technology (3)
HC 640    Legal Aspects of Health Care (3)

HC500 Health Care Systems (3)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various yet overlapping health care systems. It describes and assesses the various systems and their components, as well as the interrelationship of these components in the healthcare industry and health services delivery. The student is expected to understand the behavioral, cultural, organizational and environmental factors affecting the use, organization, and outcomes of health services delivery. The roles of hospitals, health personnel, public health agencies, payers, and regulators are examined. Current organizational, system and industry wide dilemmas and issues are identified.

HC505 Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
This course introduces students to the rigorous basics of operational management. Topics such as organizational structure, management planning, use and control of resources, problem-solving, information and process management, decision-making, and the roles of senior managers are studied in the context of different health care delivery settings. Goal-setting, teamwork and coordination among key health care workers are studied in connection with professional values, conflict resolution, and quality assessment.

HC615 Health Care Financial Management (3)
Oriented to the contemporary role of a health services manager, and is designed to give the student both conceptual understanding and applied skills in financial management. This course introduces accounting concepts and procedures, and internal controls. It emphasizes the interpretation of financial statements and operational budgeting. It introduces cost analysis, cost allocation, capital budgeting, and rate setting. The strategic role of financial management in today’s health care organization is the unifying theme of the course.

HC620 Managed Care System (3)
This course examines critical concepts of managed care and health care reimbursement from the perspective of the payer and the provider. Topics include the history of managed health care, types of managed care plans and integrated health care delivery systems as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The course will examine the implications of managed care plans for major provider sectors and review the mechanics of third party reimbursement with a goal of developing a basic understanding of managed care and the reimbursement process.

HC625 Medical Group Practice Management (3)
This course presents an overview of medical group practice and ambulatory care organization operations. It also incorporates the health care management concepts, knowledge and competencies from other core courses and applies them to the group practice and ambulatory care settings.

HC630 Long-Term Care Management (3)
This course focuses on the analysis and operation of long-term care organizations and their services in a changing environment. This includes the infrastructure necessary to support, deliver, and monitor care, operational issues such as reimbursement, case mix, compliance, recruitment, retention, supervision of staff, survey management, and other key success factors. This course will also discuss the impact of environmental forces such as regulatory changes and consumer expectations in shaping the nursing home industry and the associated responsibilities of nursing home administrators.