The program focuses on 8 essential Purposes:
The complete degree program requires 120 credits. Each semester students earn 15 credits. Each credit represents either 15 semester hours of class work plus 30 hours of study.
BBA Healthcare Systems Management Course Offerings
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Self-Assessment and Career Development
This course introduces the entering student to the “Purpose-Centered Education” philosophy of the College. It develops an understanding of the linkage between the classroom and the workplace delivery system. It also teaches the student essential elements of execution and presentation of the “Constructive Action.” In this first course students learn the alternative forms of presentation and are required to select one of these forms for their Constructive Action documentation.
College Writing-1: Critical Thinking and Writing
The central/main themes and rhetorical strategies /modes help students understand the interconnectedness of writing, reading, and grammar. Emphasis is made on structuring the expository essay, the comparison/contrast essay, the cause-and-effect essay and the argumentative essay. After completion of this course students will have writing and thinking basic skills that will prepare them for the modern day business professions.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Humans largely share a common biology. This course presents human biology and links it with human health. It examines structure and functions of human body; chemistry of life processes; cells, tissues and organs systems; disease mechanisms and infection control; nutrition and metabolism, genetics, genetic diseases and Gene Therapy.
Principles of Business
This course serves as a general introduction to the field of business management. It emphasizes management as a process that includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling for establishing and accomplishing business objectives. The interrelationships that exist in various businesses are examined. Students are introduced to major concepts in finance, marketing, and other functional management areas. This course serves as a foundation for advanced work in subsequent Purposes (semesters). This background aids students in making a self-assessment about their future role as a businessperson (managerial career development).
This course is designed to develop a functioning knowledge of Medical Terminology building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, and medical abbreviations. Students learn basic structure and functions of the human body, and become familiar with general diseases and ailments. They gain skills essential to understand Medical Terminology used in a healthcare related fields.
Developing Professional Relationships in Healthcare Field
This Purpose emphasizes the role of communication in the successful conduct of any interaction, with specific emphasis on those that take place in the healthcare field. Students learn how to present information using a variety of media: written, oral, audiovisual, etc. and are required to select an alternative medium (other than a written report) to present the results of their Constructive Action.
Public Speaking and the Art of Persuasion
There are three primary components of this course: (1) development
of an understanding of the communication process, (2) development of interpersonal communication skills, and (3) development of public speaking skills. The skills/application focus of this course is devoted to public speaking. Inherent in
the basic philosophy of the course is that public speaking involves skills which can be learned. While refining the business writing and communication skills acquired in Purpose I, this course helps students develop the skills necessary for successful interactional communication (i.e., meetings, conferences, oral presentations, and essay structure) in a professional setting.
Health Services Management I
The focus of this course is the functions and responsibilities associated with the management of people in healthcare service delivery settings. Motivation, discipline, performance appraisal, communication, and monitoring are targeted. Overview of management issues in diverse organizational settings and public health environment are examined. Managerial functions and problem solving strategies, financial management principles, management models for change, development of specific skills in program management, budgeting, workforce development, and managing intersectoral programs are emphasized.
Computer Applications for Profit and Non-profit Management
In this course students will learn the most important aspects of Microsoft Office. The course will begin with a quick overview of the Office Suite, as well as the Windows OS and Internet Explorer. After which student will then move on to the essential features for Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Hands-on labs will include the use of Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) to create integrated Office documents.
This course teaches students the basics of health insurance, completing health insurance claim form, claim submission and processing. Student also learn the HIPAA regulations. They further focus on healthcare payers including managed care systems, private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, state programs, workers’ compensation, Tricare and CHAMPVA. Use of the ICD-9-CM and CPT coding systems as well as a computerized encoder is also incorporated.
Quality Management in Healthcare Field
The Constructive Action for this purpose requires the students to carry out a quality management project that includes planning, implementing, analyzing, reporting and presentation. Students will identify a bottleneck in a healthcare delivery system within an organization, plan and implement quality assurance measures and collect, analyze and present data as a quality improvement report.
All courses in this purpose focus on assuring healthcare quality through understanding legal regulations and ethical issues, use of business and healthcare systems management principles, and tools and techniques for assuring quality healthcare services.
Contemporary Values and Classical Ethics
Introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
Healthcare systems management II
The course emphasizes methods of assessing, measuring, and improving healthcare services. It further focuses on applying quality concepts and tools to real-life situations. Students learn attributes of quality most important to healthcare stakeholders: legislative mandates, regulatory agencies and accreditation groups that influence healthcare quality activities.
Principles of Management
This course examines the nature of management and the interpersonal and analytical skills managers need to be successful. Students examine management theories on leadership, motivation, and communication and how these can be applied to manager’s everyday role.
The course introduces the students to descriptive statistics and how data can be analyzed, interpreted and applied by management in planning and controlling business activities. An interdisciplinary approach is provided through the mix of topics involving economics, mathematics, finance and statistics. Topics included probability theory, population and sampling, statistical inference, decision theory, and presentation of data, including use of computers.
Assessing Community Healthcare Needs
In this Purpose 4 Constructive Action: Assessing Community Healthcare Needs, students will examine issues critical to the development of effective health programs focusing on community health. Additionally, students will use this Constructive Action to build on previous work and identify areas of potential inquiry for future examination.
The course is designed to cover issues and expectations surrounding healthcare services in a multicultural and diverse environment. It emphasizes dimensions and complexities of caring for people of different cultural backgrounds. The course further examines traditional healthcare beliefs and healing practices prevalent among ethnically diverse populations, and impact of social, political, and demographic changes as well as perceptions on today’s illnesses and healthcare.
Community Health Services
The course introduces students to community health services and examines the foundation of community and national health in terms of organization, resources, programming, and special populations. Theory and practice of healthcare delivery are evaluated in occupational settings such as schools and worksites. The relationships between coordinating networks, health service organizations, government, and voluntary-based health agencies are examined. The course covers issues of mental, maternal, infant and child health. The impact of environment on human health is also examined.
This course is an introductory macroeconomics course that provides students with an overview of how the economy operates and choices made in scarce and limited resources. Students in this course examine major factors that affect output, unemployment, and inflation. Using the tools of economics such as supply and demand analysis students examine how the gross domestic product is measured (GDP), what impacts economic growth and productivity have on unemployment and inflation. They also study how monetary and fiscal policies are developed in the U.S and how the Federal Reserve System, money markets and government influence economic outcomes.
This course is a basic study of the functioning of human body organ systems; their disorders and diseases including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, diagnostic tests, and treatment and management. The course also discusses Pharmacology and most commonly used drugs. Genetic basis of diseases and disorders and use of gene therapy in curing them is also discussed. Further, the role of nutrition both as a cause and a treatment of diseases is examined.
In this Purpose students learn the basic principles of marketing, with special emphasis on the marketing of healthcare services. They use a variety of media to develop examples of marketing activities and select one of them for the documentation of their Constructive Action.
All courses in this purpose center on the marketing concept through applications of principles of political philosophy, Economics, psychology and general marketing.
Political and Economic Philosophy
The course emphasizes ideas and values that serve as the foundation of our political system; how our system differs from others; the inter-relationship between business and government; major political theories regarding the nature of authority, standards of justice, idea of liberty and its limitations, conceptions of a good society, and the best form of government.
Principles of Marketing
In this course students are introduced to the basic concepts, principles, theory and practice of marketing. Topics include: marketing environments, marketing mix and segmentation, product planning, distribution, promotion, and service marketing. Students examine marketing concepts in relation to key constituencies of companies.
This course covers an area of economics commonly defined as microeconomics which is concerned with the individual parts of the economy such as individual businesses, industries, consumers, and products. Students examine theories and concepts underlying individual areas of economic activity, as well as the dynamics of pricing, market structure, and operations of firms.
Principles of Psychology
This course encompasses a broad introduction to the field of psychology. Topics include: gathering data on causes and correlating with behavior, key figures in psychology and their theories, examples of research findings from major subareas of the field, and using psychological knowledge to improve the quality of peoples’ lives. This survey of psychology acquaints students with the major concepts and terminology of the discipline and provides a better understanding of self and others.
Managing Human Resources in Healthcare
In this Purpose students learn the basic principles of managing human resources, with specific emphasis on the healthcare field. For their Constructive Action, students are expected to select a situation involving the management of individuals within a health field context. The Constructive Action documentation will be developed using an appropriate medium.
Empowering Through the Arts
This course evaluates mass media, information channels, media culture, values inherent in the structure and content of new technologies. It further examines influence of information systems on organizational, social, and private behavior, and how these factors should be considered when undertaking new business projects and ventures.
This course introduces the students to the health information, such as paper and electronic medical records, and use of computer and Internet technology in the management and exchange of health information. Topics covered are: health information systems, healthcare data, health informatics standards, health information exchange, electronic health records, and legal and ethical aspects of health informatics.
Human Resources Management
The course examines corporate and departmental human resources (HR) strategy, equal employment law and preventive employee relations, diversity in the workplace, employee training and development, trends in compensation and benefits, international HR practices, and career planning. During this course, students may also examine Human Resource Management issues they may face during their business careers. The students utilize, and critically review a variety of human resources and corporate web-sites, various pamphlets, and current employment literature.
This course covers accounting procedures in relation to payroll; valuation of resources and intangibles; differences between partnerships and corporations; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; the impact of taxes upon business decisions. The course trains students in performing various accounting functions at the workplace.
Managing Fiscal and Economic Resources in healthcare
Emphasis on this Purpose is on developing an understanding of basic principles of finance, particularly those that apply to organizations in the healthcare field. For their Constructive Action, students are required to illustrate a situation involving an aspect of healthcare financing and create the required documentation using an appropriate medium.
This course entails an analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the United States, including decision making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national, and international levels. The course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States.
Principles of Finance
This course provides students with tools they need to assess financial information and data to draw implications of creating a new venture or evaluating an existing firm. Students use spreadsheets and other financial software products to analyze the impacts of financial decisions related to financial statement analysis, cash budgeting, cost of capital determination, capital budgeting, and capital structure choices.
This course introduces the students to rising medical care expenditures, a typology of healthcare financing and insurance schemes based on the dimensions of basic vs. supplementary services and mandatory vs. voluntary coverage. The course analyzes the design and the complex interactions between various financing and insurance arrangements. It provides a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the financial and organizational structures of different healthcare financing and insurance schemes.
Medical Coding and Billing Procedures
This course prepares students to process and manage third-party reimbursement and patient accounts receivables in non-hospital settings. The students use electronic medical billing software in simulated practice. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology and the proper use of ICD-9 and CPT codes.
Creating a Business Plan for Healthcare Services
This is a capstone course for the baccalaureate in Healthcare systems management. Students are expected to complete a Constructive Action project which synthesizes their learning in the previous semesters. The documentation for this project integrates elements of other Constructive Action documents to demonstrate an understanding of the integrity of the Program.
Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare
This course builds understanding of medical law and ethical obligations in the healthcare environment. It provides a foundation of the legal system, the patient/physician relationship, professional liability and medical malpractice, public duties of the physician, legal aspects of medical record, and ethical/bio-ethical issues.
Introduction to Gerontology
This course covers physiological, social, psychological and economic aspects of aging and explores strategies aimed at enhancing the quality of life by providing adequate information and services to elderly. The course employs a multidisciplinary approach and develops paradigms and awareness of the process of human aging by providing understanding of scientific, cultural, social and economic aspects of aging.
Technology and Innovations in Healthcare
The course introduces the students to the concept of innovation and how healthcare organization can use innovative practices to provide access and quality of care. In this course students are encouraged to think creatively about the current healthcare issues and how best to address them using technology. The material covered in this course includes an examination of concepts of healthcare technologies and their development, the impact of technology on the healthcare industry and the relationships that develop as a result of these advancements. Students also examine the innovative products utilized by physicians, hospitals and healthcare providers/organizations.
Principles of Project Management
This course introduces students to project management fundamentals. Concepts such as the definition of a project, nature of the project team, and the role and functions of the project manager are discussed. Topics covered include: project life cycles, organization and charters, work breakdown structures, responsibility matrixes; planning, budgeting and scheduling. PERT, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software are also used.