Department of Health Care Management
Dr. Marcy Butler, Assistant Dean
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Health Care Management is to prepare students, especially non-traditional minority students for entry and mid-level management positions in a variety of health service organizations. This mission of the Program is consistent with the University’s mission of meeting the needs of the community. The community is typically identified as the Southern Crescent area that consists of South Fulton, South DeKalb, Clayton, Fayette and Henry Counties. These counties serve the general area of South Atlanta and the contiguous localities. Located within the Southern Crescent are a great number and variety of health care delivery systems that are growing and expanding as the population of this part of Georgia keeps increasing. The need to educate and provide managers for these institutions also is increasing and, thus serves as impetus for us to complete our mission.
Health Care Management offers one baccalaureate degree program:
- Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Health Care Management with a curriculum that prepares students for a variety of entry and mid-level management positions in health services organizations.
- In addition, Health Care Management collaborates with the Departments of Nursing and Dental Hygiene in offering double major degree programs in Health Care Management and Nursing and Dental Hygiene respectively. These programs provide the curricula for students who wish to enhance their employability by being qualified as both nurses or dental hygienists and health care managers.
The Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) is a national honor society for students pursuing a career in health care management. The society’s mission is to encourage, support, and recognize students for professional development, high academic achievement, and excellence in the field of health administration. Student's must have an overall GPA of 3.25 to be eligible.
The undergraduate program in Health Care Management is certified by The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Information regarding certification may be obtained from the following:
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
1730 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Health Care Management (HCMG)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the application of principles of management to health systems organizations. Field-based experience will allow the student to apply principles of organizational theory and behavioral aspects of management across a variety of health care settings.
Prerequisites: (HSCI 2111)
This course provides students with an overview of the economic influences and underpinnings of the health care delivery system. It looks at the importance of economics in health decisions, both demand and supply-side factors, and how public influences the economics of healthcare.
This course is designed to provide a broad understanding needed by healthcare managers of the critical role information technologies and systems play in healthcare organizations. The focus is on the underlying technologies including hardware, applications, the Internet, and E-Health; planning and project management and the future of information technology in healthcare management.
This course provides students with the basic skills and applications of human resource management in the health care delivery field. Students will study the basics of recruitment, selection, training, retention, motivation, and conflict resolution. Legal and ethical issues in health care as well as timely topics and problems in today's health care environment will be focused.
Prerequisites: HSCI 2111
This course is designed to apply principles of total quality management to health care organizations.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the current mental health system including historical perspectives, medical advances, and populations in need of mental health services and/or case management. A model for mental health care management is introduced.
This course provides the beginning public health or health care professional with an introduction to the science of Epidemiology. The course will explore the use of Epidemiology in general health care as well as in public health. It will focus on the development of Epidemiology, concepts and elements of infectious and chronic disease, measure and study design for epidemiological research. Students will gain knowledge about developing preventative programs and addressing ongoing health concerns overall using epidemiological data. All students taking this course should have a proficiency in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and access to e-mail for communication purposes during the course. Other skills needed are research, ability to work in a group setting, decision making skills, writing and presentation skills.
This course is designed to give the HCMG student an overview of basic marketing principles and then apply them to the health care field. Analysis of the diversity of the health care consumer's definition of care is highlighted along with the need to distinguish between individual patients versus corporate America as a customer.
Advanced study of methods of designing, changing, managing and evaluating managed care organizations.
This course explores the issues of health and safety in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on prevention of work-related disease or illness and promotion of wellness. Concepts related to employee assessment and retention, environmental health hazards, prevention of occupational disease, wellness programs, insurance issues, ergonomics, and government standards are presented.
This course is designed to investigate the basic principles and fundamentals of international health care systems including, but not limited to Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan. Emphasis will be placed on historical, social, political, and structural factors, differences in financing and delivery mechanisms, expenditures, providers, types of services, comparisons with United States impact of technology, research and quality assessment. Additionally, issues of cost, utilization and access will be examined in light of current market conditions, future trends, and health care policy in each country.
This course is designed to help the health care management student appreciate the difference in the scope of services provided in ambulatory/primary care sites as compared to the types of health care services often available in long-term care entities.
This is a senior level required course for all health care management students. The course will consist of in-depth study of four major health care policy areas of the U.S. healthcare system.
Provides opportunity to examine factors affecting the financing of health care. Current systems of financing health care are discussed. Budgetary concepts, financial management, cost accounting and management under rate control and competition presented and analyzed. Differences between goods and service industries are analyzed.
This is a follow up course to the introduction for Primary Care/Long-Term Care or primary care facility.
Prerequisites: HCMG 3301 or HSCI 301 and HSCI 301L and HSCI 456
Applied Research provides the novice researcher with skills in identifying appropriate research studies, understanding the development of a research proposal and the basic concepts of research in the health care setting.
Individually designed learning program involving field experiences in a health care setting. Program of study and student supervision must be approved by the internship director. (Practice hours may vary according to student experience in field.)
This is the capstone course for the Health Care Management Program. The course will synthesize and summarize the materials of the Program coursework. Discussions will also be conducted on the state of the field today and projections for the future. This course must be taken the last semester before graduation.
Health Sciences (HSCI)
Designed to introduce the student to the complex health care environment through field-based observational experiences and seminar experiences. Topics include descriptions of the types of health care providers and the scope of professional practices, introduction to hospitals, ambulatory care settings, long term care settings, and the regulatory and professional bodies supporting practice.
Prerequisites: (ENGL 1102 (may be taken concurrently)) and (MATH 1101 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 1111 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 1112 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 1113 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 1241 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 1501 (may be taken concurrently))
This course will focus on communication theory and skills related to the business of healthcare. In addition, political, legal, and ethical issues will be explored and analyzed as healthcare issues and reforms evolve. Health Care Management students must be prepared to interact with clinicians, administrators, suppliers, as well as patients and their families. Content includes problem solving, conflict resolution, power strategies, burnout, group dynamics, assertiveness skills, and effective communication within organizational structures.
Prerequisites: HSCI 2111
This course overviews law in general and health care issues specifically and provides students an opportunity to study and explore aspects of employer- employee relations in the health care setting and legal ramifications of patient treatment and medical records.
This course is designed to explore and analyze contemporary health care situations in terms of ethical dimensions. Topics include patient-care giver relationships, high-tech medicine, ICU dilemmas, medical experimentation, confidentiality of patient medical records, AIDS and ethics, death and dying, and the issues of an aging population.
Survey of consumer health topics such as the purchase of health-care products and services, choosing quality health care, and how to identify and use reliable sources of information.
This is a directed readings course with a faculty mentor.
This is the capstone course for the Health Sciences major. The course will review, synthesize, and summarize the fundamental understandings that were taught in the Health Sciences Program. It will allow students to see the relevancy of their coursework and how it applies to careers in health sciences. Discussions will be conducted to allow the students to anticipate changes in the various health sciences fields and how they can make career adjustment decisions.
Individually designed learning program involving field experiences in a fitness or health/wellness-type setting. Program of study and student supervision must be approved by the Program Coordinator.