Health Care Administration

Requirements & Courses

  • Health Care Administration Major (HCA)  

    Fifty-six credits which must include:

    1. 40 credits from BUS-121 or 131, 221, 222, 309 or 319, 323 or 329, 328, 385, 440 or 441; IPH-430; and PHL-227 or 229.
    2. 16 elective credits from BUS-324, 333 or 334, 380, 405, 433, 450; IPH-210, 331, 340; PSY236, 260; or SOC-234.
    3. Required prerequisites include: BIO-121; ECN-201 and 202; 4 credits from MTH-116, BTC-280, or PSY-220.
    4. Note: HCA students do not complete the same Required Cognate Courses as other Business Majors and Minors.

Courses

  • BUS
    121
    .
    Business Foundations
    4
    General survey course that introduces the students to the various business disciplines. Students will briefly investigate the disciplines of accounting, finance, international business, law, management and marketing and how all of these disciplines are interrelated. The areas of business ethics and social responsibility will also be examined.
  • BUS
    131
    .
    Intro to Health Service Management
    4
    This course is geared toward first and second year students who desire a fundamental understanding of health service management. It will explore a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes and clinic. Case studies will augment student learning in leadership, motivation, organizational behavior, management thinking, performance and quality improvement, information technology, ethics and cultural competency. This is a required course for the Health Care Administration major.
  • BUS
    *
    221
    .
    Financial Accounting
    4
    BUS-121 or 131 or taken concurrently, MTH-101 or equivalent;
    General survey course that introduces the study and application of the basic concepts and methods used in developing and reporting financial information about an economic entity. Emphasis on developing the ability to interpret and apply accounting information to the decision-making process.
  • BUS
    *
    222
    .
    Managerial Accounting & Decision Making
    4
    BUS-221
    Study of accounting in the manufacturing and service sector, cost allocation and analysis, development of cash flow statements and analysis of financial statements. Emphasis on how cost and managerial accounting concepts and methods apply to the decision-making process. Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-222 and BUS-222A-E.
  • BUS
    *
    222A
    .
    Managerial. Accounting & Decision Making
    2
    BUS-221
    First seven week module of managerial accounting topics, focusing on financial statement analysis, definition of managerial accounting, Cost-Volume-Profit, incremental analysis and decision making, budgeting models, and basics of capital budgeting. Course objective is to provide analysis skills needed by managers. Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-222 and BUS-222 modular (A-E).
  • BUS
    *
    222B
    .
    Decision Models
    2
    BUS-221 and 222A
    Course uses Cost-Volume-Profit and incremental analysis techniques to allow scenario analysis and sensitivity analysis in business decision cases, as well as preparing budget models for operational and capital budgets. Some basic data analytics included. Typical cases will be special orders, add/drop product line, variable/fixed cost shifts, etc. Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-222 and BUS-222 modular (A-E).
  • BUS
    *
    222C
    .
    Healthcare Accounting
    2
    BUS-221 and 222A
    Current topics in health care accounting and financial management, including revenue cycle and reimbursement, current status of government programs and regulations, cost accounting techniques relevant to health care, non-hospital providers (nursing homes, physician group), etc. Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-222 and BUS-222 modular (A-E). Elective credit for HCA majors with BUS-222 credit with permission of Department Chair.
  • BUS
    *
    222D
    .
    Manufacturing Accounting
    2
    BUS-221 and BUS-222A
    Course focuses on manufacturing accounting techniques and topics including process and job shop accounting, simple overhead allocations, activity based costing allocations. Just-in-time, insource/outsource decisions and capital budgeting. Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-222 and BUS-222 modular (A-E).
  • BUS
    *
    222E
    .
    Current Topics in Managerial Accounting
    2
    BUS 221 and BUS-222A
    This second-seven week course in BUS 222 modular (A-E) is reserved for topics of current and special interest as determined by current events and student needs. Course will be offered as needed. Examples include managerial techniques useful in not-for-profits, government, start-ups, or other topics of interest.
  • BUS
    *
    309
    .
    Managerial Finance
    4
    4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222(A-E); ECN 201 or 202; and 4 credits from MTH 113, 116, 121, 341 PSY 220 or Permission
    Introduction to the principles of managerial financial policies, leading to maximizing the value of a firm. Major emphasis on financial decisions facing a firm, management of current assets, capital budgeting, cash flow management, optimal capital structure, time value of money and financial/ratio analysis.
  • BUS
    *
    319
    .
    Health Care Finance
    4
    BUS-121 or 131; BUS-221; 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222 (A-E), and Junior Standing
    Implements financial management, managerial management, and economic principles to analyze real-world health care issues. Emphasizes and encourages problem-solving and creative thinking through the use of texts, cases, and models of health care industry. Provides a comprehensive overview of financial structure, market forces, controls and techniques used in health care financial management and the perspectives of the various interest groups involved (providers, insurers, policy makers, patients, and the general public). Provides students with an overview of the principal financial mechanisms in place across the U.S. health care industry and specific insights into critical issues the industry currently faces.
  • BUS
    *
    323
    .
    Contemporary Management
    4
    4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222(A-E); ECN 201 or 202; and 4 credits from MTH 113, 116, 121, 341 PSY 220 or Permission
    Exploration of the four primary functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Emphasis on understanding functions and roles that managers play within organizational structures and society stakeholders. Students will engage in numerous contemporary experiential learning and project applications. Developing managerial problem-solving, business professionalism, teamwork, and communication skills are a cornerstone of this course.
  • BUS
    *
    324
    .
    Human Resource Management
    4
    BUS-323 or Permission
    Emphasis on employment issues of organizations such as: recruiting, selecting, training, compensating and managing human resources. Other critical topics such as appraisal, discipline, safety, benefits and collective bargaining are discussed. Insight is also provided into the legal issues involved with human resource management and the framework for equal opportunity employment.
  • BUS
    *
    328
    .
    Health Law
    4
    4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222 (A-E); ECN-201 and 202; MTH-116; or Permission
    This course provides a legal framework for students interested in health care administration and managing the legal issues they will face in a health care organization. Students will learn the basic legal principles including: contract law, tort liability and malpractice, employment law, fraud and abuse, health planning & advocacy, HIPAA/Privacy, public health laws, and other related topics.
  • BUS
    *
    329
    .
    Health Administration
    4
    BUS-121 or 131;BUS-221; 4 credits from BUS-222, BUS-222A, BUS-222B, BUS-222C, BUS-222D or BUS-222E; and Junior Standing
    Explore relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines to help students apply appropriate management skills in their organization. Study the basics of leadership, communication, motivation, change theories, organizational culture, problem solving, conflict and negotiations, decision-making, productivity measurement, the TQM process, rsources allocation, and mission and values development.
  • BUS
    *
    333
    .
    Marketing and Society
    4
    4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222(A-E); ECN 201 or 202; and one of the following MTH 113, 116, 121, 341 PSY 220 or permission
    General survey course acquainting students with the business and economic principles underlying the transfer of goods and services from producer to consumers. Investigation of the institutions, systems of distribution, and the functions and policies of the marketing discipline.
  • BUS
    *
    334
    .
    Health Care Marketing
    4
    4 credits from BUS-222, BUS-222A, BUS-222B, BUS-222C, BUS-222D or BUS-222E; ECN-201 and 202; MTH-116; or Permission
    This general survey class will acquaint students to the marketing discipline from the perspective of Health Care Administration. Topics include target markets, marketing segmentation, marketing research and the marketing mix. NOTE: Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-333 and 334.
  • BUS
    *
    380B
    .
    Strategic Leadership
    4
    Today’s business leaders confront an increasing array of choices in an environment characterized by constant change. Leadership requires knowledge and technical competence, but as important is the development of the skills needed to align, motivate, and guide diverse teams to perform at the highest levels in rapidly changing environments. This course will employ case studies to engage Alma juniors and seniors in the kind of decisions today’s leaders face. Key to the class will be the opportunity to meet with successful alumni from a range of fields, gaining their perspectives on the characteristics of successful leadership. Reading will range from Marcus Aurelius to Jim Collins. We will spend most of one week of the course in Chicago, working with alumni to develop perspectives on leadership. ‘S’ Course. Requires instructor permission. Fee: $800
  • BUS
    *
    385
    .
    Business Administration Practicum
    4
    Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C: BUS-121, 221, 225, 309, 323, 333 and 4 credits from BUS-222, 222A, 222B, 222C, 222D or 222E
    Only four credits will count in the major. Requires permission. Student must also successfully complete the appropriate internship workshops that are sponsored by the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO).
  • BUS
    *
    440
    .
    Global Strategic Management
    4
    BUS-121, 221, 309, 323, 333 and 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-222 (A-E)
    Coverage of all aspects of strategy with a focus on industry and corporate analysis, especially in the global environment. Emphasis on individual written and group oral presentations of case analyses. Students apply the concepts learned to actual business situations. The capstone course for Business Administration and International Business Administration majors.
  • BUS
    *
    441
    .
    Strategic Planning in Health Care
    4
    BUS-319, 329 and Senior Standing
    Introduces students to strategic planning as it applies to health care organizations. Students will develop practical skills in strategic management, such as internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and methods for evaluating strategic alternatives that can be used in different types of health care settings. Explores the leadership roles of governing boards, health care managers, and clinicians.
  • BUS
    *
    450
    .
    Long-Term Care Management
    4
    BUS-329 or Permission
    Basic overview of long-term care management in the United States. Covers the state of the field, those it serves, and the varioius organizations who serve them. Examines issues affecting all long-term care providers, individually or collectively (e.g., financing, regulations, integration, ethical issues). Discusses how various segments of long-term care fit together to form an overall system while looking at trends that are likely to shape the long-term care field in the future.
  • IPH
    210
    .
    Health Careers
    2
    Examination of current information and practices relating to human health. Includes discussions, independent research, on-campus presentations by invited professionals, and off-campus visits to observe health practices, services, agencies and businesses. Pass/fail only.
  • IPH
    *
    331
    .
    Health Promotion
    4
    Provides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting. Requires junior standing.
  • IPH
    *
    340
    .
    Pharmacology
    4
    IPH-226 or BIO-207
    Overview of the major concepts of pharmaceutical sciences. Includes the study of basic pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles as related to the major classes of drugs used in the clinical setting today.
  • IPH
    *
    430
    .
    Epidemiology
    4
    BIO-121 and Junior Standing, or Permission
    Presents concepts, principles and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of heath-related events.
  • PSY
    *
    236
    .
    Social Psychology
    4
    PSY-121 and SOA-101
    Consideration of current theory and research on person perception, social influence, attitude formation, intergroup relations, altruism and aggression. Emphasis on ethical and social issues in conduct and application of social psychological research.
  • PSY
    *
    260
    .
    Psychology of Aging
    2
    PSY-121
    Examination of current psychological theory and research concerning physical changes, cognition, personality and psychopathology in the later years of life.
  • SOA
    *
    234
    .
    Aging and Health Institutions
    4
    SOA-101
    Examine key concepts, main theories and important substantive issues related to aging and health institutions from a sociological perspective. Among the central issues explored are gender and racial differences in aging, ethnic minorities and institutions connected to aging and public policy.