Health Services Courses
This nursing-focused course is designed to introduce the student to a wide range of human health risks associated with the environment, including exposures from air, water, food, and products. Students will learn to integrate environmental health knowledge and skills into the nursing process. They will learn where to find and how to apply credible environmental health science into their clinical practice.
This interdisciplinary course examines end of life issues in our contemporary culture through various models: biomedical/technological, theological/spiritual/religious, diversity/multicultural, and ethical. Students are encouraged to question and challenge prevailing structures, models, beliefs, and ethical questions, while integrating new perspectives of death and dying. A strong service leaning component will engage the student in applying the new information, reinforcing individual learning while expanding the collective classroom experience ultimately creating the possibility for new end of life paradigms.
This elective course provides an exploration into the culture, language, and healthcare systems of a foreign country where the culture, language and healthcare system is different from their own. Students will experience the challenges of communicating in a foreign language and observe delivery of nursing care in a variety of settings including both public and private hospitals.
This course examines selected US health care issues as well as major participants in the health care delivery system. Various aspects related to cost and quality of care, health care providers, accessing care, and regulation are included as well as a review of current legislative and policy initiatives.
This course explores the healthcare organization as a system and the role that leaders play in providing safe and effective patient care. Various organizational, leadership and management theories, including those related to conflict resolution, change, data collection, employee management, and quality management will be used to analyze issues in healthcare organizations.
This course will study the distribution and determinants of disease and injury in humans. It will explore various methods of investigations such as description and surveillance. The course will introduce the use of bio-statistical data to analyze select populations and events.
This course is designed to address cultural competence in health care. Areas of exploration will include one’s own view of culture and cultural differences, and differences in cultural practices. A key precept of this course is that culture, language, lifestyle, and disease states all have considerable impact on how patients access and respond to health care services.
This course focuses on the elements and processes of the legal system that influence the health industry in the United States. It will emphasize the connectedness between policy and law and how this applies in healthcare practice and the challenges that arise.
(may take equivalent BSM course) This course introduces the principles and practices of human resource management. It is an introductory survey course that combines theoretical and practical information relating to developing strategic partnerships in order to effectively manage.
The focus of this course is on applying (a) learning theories and models, (b) select regulatory and policy issues related to professional training and staff development, (c) instructional design strategies and resources, and (d) program planning and evaluation. Internet-based communication and guided learning will be incorporated into this course with online learning activities, and web-based instruction.
(may take equivalent BSM course) This course provides an overview of the principles of finance and fiscal management. Economic issues that affect health care delivery are analyzed. Financial reports and statements will be evaluated to predict organizational capabilities and limitations. The effect of varying budget methods and variance analysis are discussed.
This course deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to acquire, store, retrieve, and use of information in healthcare. Electronic Medical Records as well as other resources and need for big data utilization for financial remuneration will be discussed.
This course explores healthcare research and evidence based practice as they related to practice. It provides a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methodological and describes how these form a foundation for evidence based practice in healthcare.
(may take equivalent BSM course) The course presents the fundamentals of project management with focus on the process (initiating, planning, controlling and closing), the role of the project manager and the tools, techniques and deliverables associated with successful project management and troubleshooting techniques.
This course provides the student with an opportunity to integrate and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills gained from the courses in the program to an identified issue or problem in a public sector, private, non-profit health care organization. The learner under faculty supervision, will conduct research, complete on-site work, and develop a report of the findings and personal experiences that synthesizes the knowledge gained in the program.