NOTE: The courses listed below include active and historically offered courses. All courses may not be offered currently. View current course offerings at Gibson Online.
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GHSD 6010 COMPARATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS (2)
Instructor: V. Yeager
Health systems around the world are facing the dual challenge of ensuring continued improvement in population health in an environment of rapidly increasing demand with limited availability of societal and healthcare resources. Despite these common concerns, no two healthcare systems are identical. This course introduces an approach for comparative analysis with a focus on assessing performance of diverse health systems. Systematic comparative analysis employing quantitative information can identify concerns and policy options for the health sector in general. A set of common indicators for benchmarking among health systems will be discussed. The World Health Organization’s building block approach will be used to understand the inter-linkages among different components of the system and the effects of various reforms on system-wide outcomes. Students will examine and compare national health systems through various assignments and presentations.
GHSD 6030 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy; J. Steinberg; V. Yeager
Offered: All Semesters
This course provides a comprehensive survey of the U.S. health care system, health care policy, and management principles useful in the public health setting. Selected topics include: comparative health systems, the U.S. health care system (both public and private sectors), the legal and ethical bases for public health, the public policy-making process, and management principles of strategic planning, marketing, and project management, among others. Though this course focuses primarily on the American health care system, consistent with our global focus, it also examines several international health care systems, uses a variety of global examples, and teaches principles applicable to non-profit, non-governmental, and for-profit organizations .
GHSD 6050 HEALTH SYSTEMS CONCEPTS (3)
Instructor: A. Mora
Health Systems Concepts is a graduate-level course that introduces you to the historical development, current structure and operation, and future direction of the U.S. health care system. The course serves as a foundation for understanding the characteristics and complexity of a sector of our economy that currently makes up over 17% of our Gross Domestic Product. The material in the course provides an overview of the ways in which health is produced and supplied through public health activity and health care delivery systems, the factors that determine the allocation of health care resources and the establishment of priorities, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. The course content enables you to assess organized efforts to influence health delivery and policy formulation, the impact of these efforts on you as a manager and leader of your health care organization, and the role of societal values and individual behaviors on health system performance, reform efforts, and the health status of our population.
GHSD 6120 FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT (2)
Instructor: D. Davis
The purpose of Foundations of Management is to give students a set of tools and insight into effective management concepts. This course will provide students with best practices pulled from several industries which have been successfully applied in healthcare. With the environment of health care being so diverse with a multi-generation workforce, students will need to become successful at motivating and coaching at all levels in the organization. The expectation of this course is the students will be required to research key topics, perform key concepts in class, and be provided with immediate feedback. The outcome is each person will have a set of tools to rely on when faced with various situations in the workforce, and will feel comfortable using the tools.
GHSD 6140 LEADERSHIP FOR CLINICAL IMPROVEMENT (3)
Instructor: R. Boss
This course is open to all students who are seeking future opportunities in executive, managerial, public health, or other health care leadership roles. Students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, and personal mastery tools that are prerequisites to assuming leadership positions in the delivery of health services. Building on the perspective of clinical education and practice, the student begins his or her leadership journey with a focus on improving the health of both individuals and populations. The course uses a combination of didactic lectures, case-based learning and experiential exercises to explore leadership competencies including change management, strategy implementation, quality improvement, effective communication, team dynamics and systems thinking.
GHSD 6170 QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE (3)
Instructor: A. Mora
This course introduces students of the Masters of Health Administration program to past and current strategies to define and assess the quality of health care delivery. Furthermore, the course offers tools required to examine, evaluate, and implement the key structures and processes of quality improvement programs in health care organizations. The course emphasizes practical applications that prepare the participants to use the theory and techniques of quality improvement in situations with complex clinical and managerial implications.
GHSD 6190 ETHICAL CONCERNS OF HEALTH CARE MANAGERS (2)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
Ethical Concerns of Health Care Managers This course introduces students to ethical problems within the context of health care, placing special emphasis on managerial dimensions of the discipline as well as bioethical applications. GHSD 6190 will introduce professional codes of ethics, examining their relationships to personal and professional integrity. Students will analyze ethical duties owed to patients and stakeholders, social responsibility, and disclosure, devoting specific attention to corporate culture and to compliance programs and their influence on ethical behavior in organizations. Students will also consider issues traditionally associated with bioethics and medical treatment decision-making.
GHSD 6210 HEALTH LAW AND REGULATION (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
This course is a graduate-level course that introduces a wide range of topics in the area of health law and regulation, including a number of relevant statutes. Students learn to recognize potential legal problems in various health care settings, identify the issues and rights that are implicated, and propose solutions or plans of action. They also learn to differentiate between legal problems and problems which can more appropriately be solved in other ways. There is an emphasis on formulating analyses clearly, both orally and in writing. The purpose of this course is to provide you with knowledge, tools, and opportunities to be able to: Explain the functions of and interaction between courts, legislatures, and regulators Analyze the role of the legal system in health policy and health care delivery Apply basic tort, contract, and corporate law principles; and Discuss the law’s limits in providing definitive answers.
GHSD 6270 MONITORING OF PROGRAM INTERVENTIONS IN GLOBAL HEALTH (3)
Instructor: J. Bertrand
This course provides students with an introduction to program monitoring, a widely-valued set of skills for managing and tracking results in public health programs in both the domestic and international context. Students will learn to develop a conceptual framework, write goals and measurable objectives, develop appropriate indicators (of input, process, output, and outcome), and work with health information systems. Students will gain practical experience in translating concepts into applications for actual programs. This course is designed for students that (1) intend to work primarily in program design and implementation, or (2) wish to master these introductory concepts as a building block to further evaluation coursework.
GHSD 6320 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS (2)
Instructor: T. Stranova
The purpose of this course is to develop the written and oral communication skills that students will need as leaders in healthcare-related organizations. To function effectively in complex professional environments, leaders must understand and use different communication behaviors and strategies to accomplish organizational objectives. This course will provide both the underlying concepts and the skill-building exercises to allow the student to develop, improve, and perfect their oral and written communications.
GHSD 6360 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)
This course is designed to develop and improve the written and oral communication skills that students will need as leaders in healthcare-related organizations. To function effectively in complex professional environments, leaders must understand and use different communication behaviors and strategies to accomplish organizational objectives. This course provides both the underlying concepts and the skill-building exercises to allow the student to develop, improve, and perfect their oral and written communications. Several written case studies and oral presentations based on case studies are required. The oral presentations will be videotaped and critiqued to evaluate student progress. Topics for developing written skills include reader-centered writing, pattern recognition skills, writing myths, and the stages of writing. Topics for developing oral presentation skills include eye contact, gestures, movement, stage fright, and using visual aids. In addition, the class will discuss the three facets of the communication process: words used, tone of voice, and non-verbals. The course will explain the impact of these three facets on the listener and outline the four basic communication styles professionals come into contact with every day. Methods for adjusting an individual speaking style to the style of others will be demonstrated.
GHSD 6380 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3)
Instructor: M. Diana
This offering provides theoretical and practical content for managers of health care organizations. The course allows students to learn organizational theory and then to apply it to organizational settings. Broad topical areas include psychological and cultural processes affecting recruitment and selection, factors influencing training and development, the scientific method as applied to health care organizations, theories and practices influencing employee performance, effective management theory and practice, engaging and involving employees in organizational processes, employee well-being, and managing change.
GHSD 6450 HEALTH ECONOMICS (3)
Instructor: C. Stoecker
This course introduces the student to the basic economic concepts and analytical methods used to address issues concerning the efficient and effective production of health and health services in a market economy, with an emphasis on the U.S. health system. The course applies tools of analysis to the behavior of the consumer/patient as well as to physician, hospital, health insurance, pharmaceutical, and long term care organizations and industries. The role of government in the production of health and the economic aspects of health reform are also explored.
GHSD 6490 POLICY OPTIONS ON MEDICAL PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES (2)
Instructor: L. Shi
The aim of the course is to give participants insight into and understanding of current developments affecting pharmaceutical policy making today. The course also aims to give participants a better understanding of the theories and methods available for analyzing the effects of policy interventions
GHSD 6500 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTING (2)
Instructor: H. Long
This course is an introduction to the principles that have evolved governing how private-sector health care organizations report standardized financial information to parties external to the organization (though obviously also available to internal parties as well). The course will emphasize reporting of (a) organizational fiscal posture, (b) organizational activity and performance, and (c) basic interpretation and analysis of the fiscal information reported. The course assumes students have no prior study of or experience in accounting or finance.
GHSD 6540 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR HEALTH CARE MANAGERS (2)
Prerequisites: GHSD 6500 OR ACCN 6010
This course covers the theory and applications of internal accounting. Focus is placed on the analysis of costs behavior, and the use of that knowledge to plan and control for costs.
GHSD 6550 DYNAMICS OF PAYMENT SYSTEMS‒POLICY & FUNCTION (3)
Instructor: H. Long
Prerequisites: ACCT 6010 or GHSD 6500 or equivalent. Co-requisites: GHSD 6540 or ACCN 6020, and GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110, or prior coursework in Managerial Accounting and Introductory Micro-Economics. This course is designed to provide descriptions of how domestic providers of health care services have been, are, and will be paid for the services by private-sector payers and public-sector programs. Knowledge of economic concepts and of financial/managerial accounting will be used to analyze public policy issues as well as implementation and reporting issues. Topics include (1) basic private insurance mechanics and the income-tax implications of health insurance and health spending, (2) the macro-economic environment within which current payment systems have evolved and continue to evolve; (3) payment mechanisms for institutionally based care, both acute and sub-acute, and for ambulatory care over a range of settings; (4) regulatory processes used to determine payment for services in entitlement programs; (5) the policy objectives furthered or impeded by public-sector and private-sector payment mechanisms; and (6) analysis of provider responses to payment systems incentives.
GHSD 6710 QUANTITATIVE DECISION MODELS (3)
Instructor: J. Steinberg
Prerequisite: BIOS 6030.
This course encompasses a body of knowledge, a set of quantitative skills, and an orientation towards managerial situations which provide managers greater insight and analytic opportunities for improving the managerial process. Focuses on the systematic planning, direction, and control of the organizational processes that turn resources such as labor, equipment, and materials into services and the quantitative analysis that supports these decisions. In this environment, the processes involve allocation, scheduling, and procedural decisions that result in the effective and efficient utilization of resources for the delivery of health care services.
GHSD 6760 HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING: INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING (2)
Instructor: J. Bertrand
The concept of health systems strengthening is fundamental to the delivery of health services in the developing world. The WHO framework outlines six building blocks for health systems; governance, health financing, service delivery, human resources, commodities management, and health information systems. Through this course, students will master these concepts as they apply to the "re-emerging area" of international family planning. Whereas the concepts of health systems strengthening generalize to other health topics, the focus on family planning will allow students to gain in-depth knowledge and experience in using key tools relevant to this field. This course will be especially useful to students interested in managing social development programs in the international context, especially in the area of reproductive health.
GHSD 6780 INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)
Instructor: M. Diana
Information technology and information systems are increasingly important to the management of health care organizations. This course is designed to introduce the health administration student to the rapidly evolving discipline of health informatics in the complex and diverse world of healthcare. The course will review the history, current applications, and the potential future of information, information management and information technology, including: data acquisition, storage and processing; information systems (clinical and administrative); standards; security; decision support; and an understanding of medical/health informatics methods and principles.
GHSD 6890 HEALTH MARKET ANALYSIS- EPIDEMIOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, AND BEHAVIORAL CONSIDERATIONS (3)
Instructor: M. Heywood
An introduction to the concepts of market analysis, marketing, strategic planning, and research presentation management. This course integrates students' knowledge of marketing, statistics and planning-and shares multiple research methods and healthcare databases. This course also incorporates students' grasp of the health care environment in the United States and its effects on the development, presentation and use of a strategic plan.
GHSD 6910 LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE (2)
Instructor: T.J. Stranova
MHA or MBA/MHA or JD/MHA students only. Leadership and Professionalism in Health Care is an introduction to the concepts of professional development and career planning. Students will identify career interests, learn job search strategies and networking, and understand the importance of lifelong learning to career success and advancement.
GHSD 6980 HEALTH SYSTEM OF CHINA: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE (2)
Instructor: L. Shi
This course introduces students to various aspects (epidemiology, social, economical, cultural) of China's healthcare system. The course will be delivered in China so that the materials learned in the classroom can be observed in the real world through field visits and field observations. Health reform strategies of China in recent years will be critically examined through directed readings, seminar lectures, and a number of sites including primary care centers, tertiary hospitals, public health entities, and research organizations. Financing of health care and system for paying the providers will also be evaluated and analyzed.
GHSD 7170 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS (3)
Instructor: S. Ebrahim
This course builds upon numerous courses to further develop the concepts of strategic thinking, strategic planning, and strategic management; all of which are vital to successful health care organizations. The course integrates knowledge of management, marketing, organizational behavior, human resources, finance, accounting, health policy, and economics. The course also incorporates students’ understanding of the health care environment in the United States and its effects on the development of a strategic plan. This integration is accomplished through the completion of an actual strategic assessment and project for a health care delivery organization.
GHSD 7330 NEGOTIATION ANALYSIS (2)
Instructor: T. Keogh
Negotiating skills are used in all aspects of life. From interpersonal to business situations, all of us use negotiations in one way or another. Some of the fundamentals of effective negotiating are intuitive, and some stretch our preferred methods of getting what we want. This course combines discussion of the fundamentals of negotiation with classroom practice using healthcare case studies. The purpose of this course is to build skills in the fundamentals of negotiating in a healthcare setting. Emphasis will be on designing an effective approach to a negotiation, practicing individual negotiating skills, and understanding the process of a successful negotiation. Students will be required to negotiate two one-on-one case situations with a class colleague in front of the Class. These negotiations will be recorded. In addition there will be group negotiations and other practice negotiations.
GHSD 7580 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3)
Instructor: H. Long
Prerequisites: GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010, GHSD 6502 OR ACCN 6020, and GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of managerial finance, the application of the principles of microeconomics to resource allocation decisions at the level of the firm (provider organization). Emphasis is on the relevance of basic notions of finance in both for-profit and non-profit private-sector health care settings. The course surveys techniques focused at the provider level of economic valuation, alternative valuation concepts and choosing among them, required rates of return, the cost of capital, identification of relevant cash flows, simple resource allocation addressing asset acquisition and divestment, concepts of risk measurement, capital structure management, and an overview of acquiring and servicing capital.
GHSD 7660 HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS (3)
Instructor: M. Demosthenidy
Prerequisites: GHSD 6030 or GHSD 6050; can be taken concurrently. This course presents an overview of health policy in the United States – its scope, its dynamics, and its conceptual and practical dilemmas – to students relatively new to the study of policy. The course is designed to acquaint students with major issues in the policymaking process, specifically in formulating, implementing and assessing those patterns of decision established by government. Students will explore the history and structure of the American health care system, as well as the challenges related access, cost, and quality. The course will particularly explore the history of health care reform in the U.S., taking a detailed look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
GHSD 7990 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-12)
Permission of instructor is required. Such courses must have clearly defined and written learning objectives developed together by the student and course instructor. A written report of the work done in special studies must be on file in the department for review by the student's advisor.
GHSD 7950 RESEARCH APPROACHES AND DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH (3)
Prerequisite: Doctoral student in good standing and permission of instructor.
Many of the class sessions are about epistemological issues in research. How do we know what we think we know? How can we answer research questions with data that best reflect "objective truths?" Starting with these epistemological questions, and transitioning to research design, this course presents research as a systematic method for examining questions derived from related theory and practice, and links questions and theoretical standpoints to different sources of data and analytical approaches. Students will be exposed to major research designs for interdisciplinary research, ranging from experimental designs to quasi-experimental studies using cross-sectional surveys and secondary data analysis of large-scale data sets, to non-experimental approaches such as ethnographic methods, group discussions, and case-study designs. The range of research designs discussed provides a basic understanding of approaches that are relevant and widely used in interdisciplinary global health and health services research. Attention will be paid to issues of sampling strategies for quantitative and qualitative inquiry; appropriate methods and techniques of analysis for different research designs, levels and unit of analysis, measurement issues, and how they are handled, and logic, validity, and reliability of designs. This course is also designed to provide guidance on various steps of the research process, including research ethics, and organizing and writing a research paper.
GHSD 8200 APPLIED INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES FOR HEALTH SERVICE RESEARCH (3)
In line with the Global Health Management and Policy PhD program mission of developing future scholars and educators, this course prepares students to become independent critical thinkers and to contribute knowledge to the field. Students will analyze and describe the field of HSR, analyze the anatomy of peer-reviewed papers in the field, and draft high quality literature reviews.
GHSD 8350 ECONOMETRIC HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS WITH PANEL DATA (3)
This course is intended for doctoral students interested in policy analysis. It will focus on when to apply the various econometric methods to panel data. Discussion will focus on how each technique is applied in practice. Techniques will include differences-in-differences, synthetic controls, regression discontinuity, and quantile regression.
GHSD 8990 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-12)
GHSD 9970 DISSERTATION (0)
The student may register for Dissertation (9980) after his/her status has been changed to doctoral candidate. Students must be continuously registered in each semester (Fall/Spring) until the degree is awarded and pay the required fee for continued registration.
GHSD 9990 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (2)
After completion of the required hours of academic coursework, the student must be registered each semester for at least two credits of Dissertation Research (9990) until the comprehensive examination and prospectus have been successfully completed and the student's status has been changed to doctoral candidate. The prospectus defense cannot be arranged until the semester in which the required 72 hours of academic credits is obtained.
ESCD 8310 ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND ASSESSMENT (3)
This course will be taught from three perspectives. One is as a history of ideas to organizational theory and structure, where classic texts are considered first and subsequent developments are presented as reactions to these viewpoints. A second is to teach the organizational theories as independent of one another and as being self-contained. This approach focuses on the coherent aspects of the theory and its strengths and weaknesses. Third, one can teach from a particular point of view, derived from empirical work, an integration of theoretical reading, and from intuition. The choice of approach is also influenced by the intended applications of the derived knowledge.
ESCD 8410 COST BENEFIT AND COST EFFECTIVE ANALYSIS (3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce techniques of economic evaluation applied to health interventions and clinical decision making. Topics covered include: cost analysis, effectiveness measures, cost-effectiveness, utility measures and cost-utility analysis, benefits of health interventions, and cost-benefit analysis. The course will discuss a number of case studies in clinical and health economics to illustrate the use of economic evaluation techniques in the health sector.
ESCD 8790 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS (3)
Prerequisite: ESCD 8770
This course presents a number of empirical methodologies widely used in health services research. Practical econometric techniques will be presented for analyzing cross-sectional, time series and pooled cross-sectional and time series data sets. Topics to be covered are: regression models, linear and non-linear regression, problems with multiple regression models, time series analysis, dummy variables in regression models, dummy dependent variables, structural models and problems associated with defining structural models. The course will use health interview surveys and macro level health expenditure data to illustrate the use of econometric methods in health services research.
ESCD 8900 RESEARCH THEORY AND DESIGN (3)
ESCD 8900 is a doctoral level course for individuals in their last semester of course work. This course is focused on bringing together the various research skills acquired through previous courses in theory and methodology and assembling a complete research proposal. Topics include developing proposals and literature reviews, the interplay between theory and hypotheses, conceptual models and hypothesis testing, research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, analytical approaches, and ethics and the responsible conduct of research.