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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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This course introduces students to the health care system of the United States. The course stresses the system's historical development, distinguishing features, financing, management, resources, and politics. Requirements include position papers, class discussions, examinations, and site visits to health care facilities LEC
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A gender analysis of the organization of health care in the United States, using sociohistorical and sociological perspectives. Considers the health status and health care problems of women in relation to cultural aspects of medicine and health care; the roles of both informal and professional health care providers; the political economy of health care systems; and the relationship between gender and the state. (Same as SOC 617.) Prerequisite: HP&M 601 or permission of instructor. LEC
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The structure and function of the components of the U.S. health care 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). Health Care outcomes from consumer, clinical, and societal perspectives are explored. LEC LEC
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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. LEC
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This course introduces the core concepts from economics to health care 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. LEC LEC
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Financial accountability is a critical responsibility of health services administrators. This course presents basic concepts and techniques for effective decision-making and stewardship, including financial statement analysis; strategic financial planning; capital formation; responsibility and cost accounting; operational, capital and cash budgeting; capital project analysis;' and working capital management. LEC LEC
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Administrative applications of economic and financial concepts are applied to support strategic and financial goals. The concept of integrating operational and strategic planning into a strategic financial plan is developed. This course will foster integration and confidence in performing and applying financial analytical procedures such as financial statement ratio analysis; revenue and expense forecasting (budgeting); credit worthiness determination; break-even analysis and working capital management in a variety of health care settings including long-term care and public health. Prerequisite: HP&M 825, Financial Concepts in Health Care Management. LEC LEC
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Reimbursement and fiscal policy practices impact the success and the economic well-being of health care institutions, payers and patients. This course develops the student's understanding of complex reimbursement methodologies from the perspective of providers and payers. Students will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the major methods of third party reimbursement, the types of managed care organizations and the payment methodologies employed. Students are also prepared to approach reimbursement policy issues both from the payer and the provider viewpoint. LEC LEC
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The functions of health services governance will be examined, including the leadership role of health services administrators in their interactions with the board. While the board sets the tone for legal and ethical functions, the effective administrator builds on and co-creates with the broad mechanisms that ensure public accountability. Governance models, ethical frameworks and issues, and principles of health law are interpreted for administrative practice, including frameworks and issues, and principles of health law are interpreted for administrative practice, including methods for conducting board evaluation and providing feedback. LEC LEC
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This course examines 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. LEC LEC
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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. LEC
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Self-discovery as a foundation for professional development while exploring the concepts of leader, manager, and follower 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. (Same as NRSG 880). LEC LEC
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This course examines the nature and characteristics of the health care workforce needed to deliver direct, indirect, and support services. Health Care worker roles are analyzed through the lens of key organizational functions and care delivery modalities. Common care delivery models, such as primary, team, and patient-centered care approaches to organizing care delivery are explored in various clinical settings, including acute and long-term care and community and public health entities. Administrative challenges and opportunities for managing a diverse workforce are presented. LEC. LEC
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This course focuses on attaining proficient communication skills to deliver high impact messages to stakeholders ranging from board members, to diverse communities of interest, to policymakers and regulators. Verbal and written skill development addresses executive presence to perform communication functions such as conducting an 'ask' from a policymaker or potential benefactor, using storytelling and data to shape critical messages to the media, and communicating value-driven memoranda to internal audiences. The use of emerging technologies to aid in communication effectiveness will also be presented. LEC. LEC
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This course covers fundamental concepts of management information systems; current and developing health and business information systems of interest to managers in health services organizations; health care information system architecture; security and privacy issues; uses of health care 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 health care 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. LEC LEC
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This course examines the interplay between institutional practices and policy development aimed at evidence-based design, plant technology, safety science, and risk management. Students gain exposure to regulatory policies and learn concepts of organization and structural design and its influence on satisfaction, safety, and work dynamics useful in the operations and maintenance of effective health services organizations. Design is approached as a comprehensive and multidimensional decision-making process that requires communication, budgeting, and facilities system analysis and evaluation in all health services settings. LEC. LEC
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Examines 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.) LEC
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Leaders must be both strategically and operationally oriented to meet the challenging health care needs of populations-of-interest within a service area. Methods to assess, interpret, and plan for shifting markets will be explored, using a variety of data-capture tools. Strategic planning approaches are presented, which emphasize the nimbleness and resiliency in destabilizing or shifting health care markets. Strategic issues and trends that support service line development, program expansion, and foster cultural and social programming are studies with emphasis on patient and family-centric care and personalized health care as part of communicating and marketing strategic options. Program evaluation and other evaluation strategies are reinforced to measure strategic impact. LEC LEC
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Explores internal and external analysis for health care organizations. Examines development, analysis, execution, and monitoring of strategies. Application of critical thinking skills to strategy. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: Completion of HP&M Level I courses or permission of instructor. LEC
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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 health care 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 health care employer of choice. (Same as NRSG 891). LEC LEC
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This course will trace the development of the outcomes research movement and provide examples of methodologies, assessment instruments and issues that guide outcomes research. It will also review the methods for linking research findings with clinical practice (i.e., clinical practice guidelines). Obstacles to acceptance of practice guidelines will be discussed. Finally, the translation of outcomes research methodology into programs to improve health quality will be presented. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Health Care 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 health care 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. LEC LEC
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Prepares students for an initial professional job search. Explores professional networking, search strategies, resume construction, and interviewing. Reviews professional communication. Incorporates lecture, discussion, and fieldwork. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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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. FLD FLD
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The knowledge, skills, and abilities learned throughout the program are validated in 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, and 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. IND. RSH
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A course to explore applied research topics associated with specific health services delivery of management problems. Prerequisites: HP&M 821 and HP&M 830. RSH RSH
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This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have a special interest that cannot be met by existing courses. IND IND
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This field-based experience exposes students to a range of issues and trends in health care organizations - public and private, profit and non-profit. The aim is to engage students in the realities of health system challenges and problems, which can be informed by health services research. Site visits and contacts with executives and policy leaders serve as the basis for scholarly analysis. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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This field-based experience exposes students to current managerial realities and trends in information technology and data management within health care and policy settings. The aim is to engage students in information technology roles and functions, data set and performance metrics, available systems of technology support, and the scope of data collection, organization and management issues faced by health systems. Prerequisites: HP&M 868 or permission of the instructor. FLD
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Students select a problem area, critically review and analyze the research literature related to it and develop a research question(s) and working hypotheses. The analysis of the problem integrates field experiences with relevant literature, and translates ideas from the practice and/or policy setting into the context of scholarly inquiry. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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Students build on a problem area of interest with potential benefit to the health care field and examine methodologies that would support a hypothesis or significant research question. The course guides students in translating their questions into a credible, methodologically defensible research design, including overall strategy, measurement, study population and/or sample. Focus will be placed on critical analysis of design trade-offs and limitations. Prerequisites: HP&M 870 or permission of the instructor. FLD
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Students learn to assess and choose appropriate analytic techniques, whether qualitative or quantitative, and develop a data analysis and presentation plan. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the relative advantages and disadvantages of various analytic strategies in the context of a specific question and research design. Prerequisites: HP&M 871 or permission of the instructor. FLD
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The management of large data sets is a critical analytic skill for health policy and management research. This course exposes students to the various types and configurations of large data sets and provides hands-on analytic experience using an array of statistical techniques and procedures. Attention is placed on the criteria for designing and evaluating, including the trade-offs in selecting one plan over another. Students actually carry out an analysis plan for a variety of data types. Prerequisites: HP&M 819, or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Elementary statistical techniques to include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, and statistical inference of means and proportions; advanced statistical techniques include multivariate analysis of qualitative and quantitative variables using multiple linear and logistic regression. LEC LEC
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Provides an opportunity for students to use a number of common analysis models in health services research. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of appropriate modeling techniques and use of statistical software packages. The course focuses on application of methods to health services research questions, with emphasis on regression design and interpretation. Prerequisite: HP&M 874 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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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. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC LEC
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A gender analysis of the organization of health care in the United States, using sociohistorical and sociological perspectives. Considers the health status and health care problems of women in relation to cultural aspects of medicine and health care; the roles of both informal and professional health care providers; the political economy of health care systems; and the relationship between gender and state. Prerequisite: HP&M 810, or permission of instructor. LEC LEC
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The course is designed to take the principles and mechanics learned in introductory epidemiology and biostatistics and apply them in the design of epidemiologic studies. The strategy and data collection for studies will be emphasized rather than the methods of statistical analysis. The student will learn how to develop a proposal/grant that addresses the entire array of concerns regarding such studies and propose a realistic, scientifically justified study. (Same as ANAT 869 and NRSG 889.) Prerequisite: HP&M 819 or HP&M 821, and NRSG 886. LEC
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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. Prerequisite: HP&M 810 or permission of instructor. LEC LEC
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The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn how the Swedish welfare state is organized and to see firsthand how it works on all levels and in various locations around the Stockholm-Uppsala area. Students will learn about Swedish history and culture and will be challenged to re-examine many commonly held assumptions about both Scandinavia and the United States. A special feature of the class is a visit to Helsinki, Finland, Sweden's Nordic neighbor. Finland offers an interesting variant on the "Nordic model" of health and social care, which demonstrates how a highly competitive business economy can be successfully combined with a strong program of public benefits and services. LEC
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This course examines techniques that are used in making clinical and management decisions when outcomes are uncertain. The course begins with a review of probabilistic decision making, then explores methods of analyzing choices with uncertain outcomes, stressing the use of decision trees and sensitivity analysis. The course examines cost minimization analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and cost benefit analysis. (SAME as PRVM 878). LEC LEC
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This course presents advanced techniques in statistical analysis and information management to help understand, process, and use health services data. The three broad areas of health services data will be used: clinical, program, and population-based. Ways in which these data can be used as both management and research tools will be discussed. Implications for improving patient care and delivery of health services will be emphasized. Labs will stress the use of both manipulative techniques such as merging, matching, sorting, and file construction, as well as focus on analysis, using univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques. Recent methodology related to outcomes, case-mix, and performance assessment will be presented, and their application to health services administration demonstrated. LEC LEC
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An overview of pedagogical approaches and learning strategies for higher education courses in health policy and management. Content will include course organization, syllabus design, techniques for teaching in the classroom and online, learning styles, strategies for classroom management, and evaluation/grading methods. Prerequisite: HP&M 868 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Students in this course apply the full spectrum of the research process to a specific hypothesis or research question, drawn from practical health systems observations and/or supported by critical analysis of the health services research literature. Moving step by step through the research process, students work to develop a complete research plan and proposal suitable to investigate their chosen question. Group discussion and guest researchers provide elaboration for each stage of research plan development. Prerequisites: HP&M 872 and HP&M 873 or permission of the instructor. RSC
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Application of the approaches and methods described in HP&M 885. Students will serve as a teaching assistant for one semester, working with a teaching mentor. In addition to assisting with the class, students will meet regularly with the mentor to critique and analyze content and classroom processes, plan and develop teaching activities, and evaluate learning and performance in the classroom. Prerequisite: HP&M 868 or permission of the instructor. HP&M 887 may be taken concurrently with HP&M 885. LEC
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This course allows exploration of special topics that are not routinely a part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. IND LEC
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Students will investigate, review, and critically analyze major concepts, theoretical and methodological approaches and subareas in the field of health policy research. The course will cover comparative health policy analyses as well as both micro and macro system perspectives. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. SEM
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Students will investigate, review and critically examine major concepts, theories, issues, methodological approaches and subareas in the health services management research literature. Special attention will be placed on using research to develop evidence-based practice and suggestion interventional strategies for complex problems, both micro- and macro-organizational. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. SEM
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This course allows exploration of special topics that are not routinely a part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to a PhD program and consent of the instructor. IND. LEC
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Individual study of special topics or problems by students working on a doctorate. Prerequisite: Admission to a PHD program and consent of the instructor. LEC
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