Agenda Item FA 15-17

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

Brooks College of Health (Undergraduate)-

(Public Health): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (1 package)

04/02/15: Passed

04/08/15: Approved

Log Number: 201501-2

Public Health – Undergraduate  

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program                       
Bachelor of Health Administration - Health Administration Major

Summary of the Changes:
The prerequisite courses Principles of Managerial Accounting (ACG2071), Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2023) and Introduction to Health Administration (HSA3111) will be added as prerequisites to the Healthcare Finance course HSA4170. This change is necessary because some BHA students are getting to the end of their undergraduate studies without completing the program prerequisites. As such, they are struggling in courses relating to finance because they do not have the appropriate foundation. We also want to insure that students take the Introduction to Health Administration course earlier in the curriculum so that they have a better understanding of the field and requirements of the curriculum.
In addition, two new courses are being added based on the feedback from our Health Administration Advisory Board and Internship Preceptors. The first course is a 3 credit required course: HSA3559 Health Economics and Quantitative Analysis. The Elementary Statics course (STA2023) and Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2023) are prerequisites for that course. We are dropping the existing Consumer Issues in Healthcare course (HSA3113). The materials in this course are largely covered in our Health Care Marking course (HSA3160) and our U.S. Health Care Systems course (HSA4111). The second course we are adding is a 3 credit elective focusing on Medical Group Practice and Outpatient Administration (HSA3250 Medical Group Practice Administration). The local Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has also specifically requested the BHA program to add a course to better prepare students to work in Physician Practices and Outpatient settings. Finally, we are changing the course description of HSA2530 The Language of Healthcare, to allow for greater emphasis on communication in healthcare settings.  These changes will not result in a change to the total number of hours students will need to graduate from the BHA program.
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Terminate an existing course

Consumer Issues in Healthcare

HSA

Junior (3xxx)

113

With the changes associated with the Affordable Care Act, we have had to adjust the materials we cover in our U.S. Health Care Systems course (HSA4111) and Health Care Marketing (HSA3160) courses. As such, those courses now cover a majority of the information which was originally covered in this course (HSA3113). Therefore, it is no longer needed.

 

Change an existing course

Health Care Finance

HSA

Senior (4xxx)

170

The current program prerequisite courses, Principles of Managerial Accounting (ACG2071), and Principles of Microeconomics (ECO2023) as well as our required Introduction to Health Administration (HSA3111) will be added as prerequisites to the Health Care Finance course (HSA4170). This change is necessary because some BHA students are getting to the end of their undergraduate studies without completing the program prerequisites. As such, they are struggling in courses relating to finance because they do not have the appropriate foundation. We also want to insure that students take the Introduction to Health Administration course earlier in the curriculum so that they have a better understanding of the field and requirements of the curriculum.

 

Change an existing course

The Language of Healthcare

HSA

Sophomore (2xxx)

530

The current course description is limited to student's understanding of medical terminology. While the medical terminology component is beneficial to students, an understanding of how to communicate in professional settings while also utilizing vocabulary appropriate within healthcare settings is needed. The new course description allows for a broader set of objectives to be achieved, which ultimately provide the students with a more beneficial skill set for their future coursework and career.
New Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to professional communications, and vocabulary used in the Health Administration field. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of terminology and communication.

 

Add a new course

Health Economics and Quantitative Analysis (3 crs)

HSA

Junior (3xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"STA2023: (GM) Elem Statistics-Business"
AND "ECO2023: Principles of Microeconomics"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:
This course will be designed to examine the U.S. health care decision-making and delivery system from an applied economics perspective. With advancement in health insurance models, greater emphasis is being placed on individual choice and responsibility as determinants of healthcare utilization. The purpose of the course is to show students how to apply the basic principles of economics to health care. In addition, this course will focus the utilization and application quantitative skills required to understand, conduct and evaluate performance of health care organizations.
Pre-requisites
STA2023 Elementary Statistics-Business
ECO2023 Principles of Microeconomics

 

 

Add a new course

Essentials of Practice Management (3 crs)

HSA

Junior (3xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:
This course will examine issues and circumstances surrounding the management of medical and physician group practices within the United States healthcare system.