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Bachelor of General Studies in Health Care Administration

This program is designed for current health care administration or public health professionals seeking advancement or those seeking to start a career in these fields.

Program Description

How You'll Do It

The Healthcare Administration concentration is a hands-on course that will prepare you to apply business concepts appropriately in a healthcare setting and use current federal and state health policies to analyze various healthcare issues, which will give you a leg up on other professionals. You'll also learn to apply basic economic concepts and tools to support analysis and decision-making, adding to your efficiency.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Required Courses (18 credits)

HCA 105 Introduction to Public Health
SHS 352 Social and Health Services Policy
HCA 413 Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
HCA 415 Healthcare Administration I
HCA 416 Healthcare Administration II
SHS 454 Social and Health Services Research Methods

Major Electives

6 credits selected from Social and Health Services courses.

CORE Curriculum

Core Curriculum (30 credits)

Includes two writing courses (including, Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits. 

Electives (66 credits)

Total Credits required to graduate (120 credits)

Course Descriptions

HCA 105 – Introduction to Public Health
Introduces students who are currently practicing in health care fields to an overview of public health on a state and national level. Students will learn about the public health system, including infectious disease, chronic disease, occupational health, injury control, maternal and child health, regulation, behavioral health issues, surveillance, quality assurance, and policy. (3 credits) Fall

HCA 320 – Human Resource Development
Provides a framework for understanding, assessing, and designing organized learning experiences within the workplace which will improve job performance. It addresses specific issues of adult learning, and develops the particular skills required for effective communication and training in the workplace. Topics covered include theories of adult learning and motivation, problems assessment, training design, facilitating learning, and team development. (3 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer

HCA 350 – Financial Management of a Long Term Care Facility
Prerequisites: S&HS 310 or consent of instructor. This course is required for the Certificate in Nursing Home Administration This course is a study of the techniques and strategies for gathering and using financial information to make decisions in the long-term care facility environment. It includes a survey of accounting principles, financial statements, the budgeting process, and inventory control. Topics include the special accounting requirements of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party payment systems.

HCA 411 – Grant Writing (Cross-listed with PA 411)
Provides a working knowledge of the various sources and funds available to the grant writer as well as the terminology and the components (problem statements, objectives, methodology, evaluation, budget) of various funding applications and instruments. At the conclusion of the course the student will have the skills to do basic research for a grant proposal and to write a proposal. (3 credits) Spring

HCA 413 – Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Introduces students, currently employed (or intending to be employed) in the health care field, the the moral/ethical issues and dilemmas facing the healthcare industry/employee(s) today and into the future. A sampling of selected topics that will be discussed and researched include: informed consent, euthanasia, rationing of health care services, advance directives, biomedical research, heroic measures, the uninsured and underinsured. (3 credits) Spring, Summer

HCA 415 – Health Care Administration I
Provides the foundation for health care management in an era of health care reform. The issues relate to the overview of emerging trends in the health systems, human resources, leadership, communication, decision making, marketing, quality assurance and financial management. This course is intended for the individual currently employed or interested in the health care field and functioning in the management system. (3 credits) Spring, Summer

HCA 416 – Health Care Administration II
Builds upon the foundation provided in the Health Care Administration I course. Through discussion, readings, and two assigned written projects, the students cover topics inclusive of: an overview of the healthcare delivery system in the U.S., economics of health care, labor relations, legal issues, health planning, healthcare reform, and ethical issues in health care. (3 credits) Fall

HCA 418 – Mental Health Issues and the Law
Explores the jurisprudence of mental health law and the social policy upon which it is built. It is intended to provide a foundation in the law as it relates to persons with mental illness or other disabilities. Topics covered include civil commitment, patients’ rights, the right to treatment, the right to refuse treatment, competency, guardianship, confidentiality, and malpractice. Students learn legal skills such as reading and interpreting statutes and legal opinions. Relevant legal and ethical issues confronting providers are addressed throughout the course. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

HCA 426 – Health and Nutrition
Introduces the concept of orthobiotic living. Students will learn how proper nutrition contributes to the level of wellness at all stages of the life cycle. The multiple factors affecting purchase and consumptionof food are included, as well as the functions of specific nutrients and their complex interrelationships. Students will distinguish reliable from unreliable sources of health and nutrition information currently available. (3 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer

HCA 459 – Seminar in Managed Care
Investigates the evolution of managed care in the United States health care system, particularly focusing on efficiency and effectiveness in this approach to contemporary medical and mental health care practice. Students will be required to critically examine issues of cost containment, quality management, and the political context of current debates regarding the future of managed care in social and health services. (3 credits) Spring

HCA 460 – Long Term Care Administration
This course is required for the Certificate in Nursing Home Administration. This course is a study of the techniques and strategies for gathering and using financial information to make decisions in the long-term care facility environment. It includes a survey of accounting principles, financial statements, the budgeting process, and inventory control. Topics include the special accounting requirements of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party payment systems.

An Associate of Science degree is also available to students who are enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within the School of Continuing Studies. To complete the degree students are required to complete 12 credits from Health Care Administration program and 30 credits from University Core Courses.

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