DEPARTMENT OF OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS Duane R. Prokop, D.S.L., Department Chair FACULTY: Assistant Professor: George Couch, Bruce Kibler, Xiangjing Wei. Instructor: Celene Kalivoda, David Smith.
HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (BSBA) Healthcare accounts for a significant and rapidly growing segment of the US economy. The Healthcare Management program focuses on such issues as, how and where healthcare is delivered, who is providing healthcare services, and how healthcare is financed. Healthcare management requires talented people to manage the dynamic business environment of healthcare. In their roles, healthcare executives have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the communities their organizations serve. Organizations from large hospitals to long-term care facilities to physicianâ€™s offices require managers with broad business skills. The Healthcare Management curriculum prepares students to enter a wide variety of managerial positions in healthcare. The following courses must be completed to satisfy the requirements for the BSBA in Healthcare Management: HCMG 305/Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Systems HCMG 340/Healthcare Economics HCMG 410/Healthcare Law and Regulation HCMG 450/Healthcare Informatics HCMG 461/Healthcare Management and Policy MGMT 350/Quality Management
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS HCMG 305: Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System This course provides an introduction to the evolution and current structure of the US Healthcare system and examines its features in the context of providers (hospitals, integrated delivery systems, long term care, and disease management); payers (sources of spending, managed care, employer-based health insurance, access by the poor, and cost containment); and suppliers (pharmaceutical industry, medical devices, information technology, and biotechnology). Healthcare systems in other industrialized nations are presented to provide comparisons and contrasts. This course is to be taken in the fall of the junior year. Prerequisite: BCOR 250 3 credits HCMG 340: Healthcare Economics This course examines health care and healthcare insurance markets and their structures in the context of traditional microeconomic analysis; production functions, marginal analysis, supply and demand analysis, market efficiencies, utility, rational behavior by both buyers and sellers; and the optimum allocation of healthcare. Underlying assumptions, such as the ability of competitive markets to exist in the healthcare sector, are also addressed. The course will also consider social values surrounding healthcare availability and various criteria for evaluating national health insurance plans. This course is to be taken in spring of the junior year. Prerequisite: HCMG 305 3 credits HCMG 375: Organizational Internship Selected students will be able to spend a period of time (50 hours per credit hour) working as an Intern with a local organization. During this period the student will maintain a journal, will meet regularly with a faculty member, and with a supervisor to provide continuing evaluation