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Preventive Medicine and Biometrics


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Health Services Administration: Masters in Health Administration and Policy Course Curriculum

MHAP 2011 Schedule: Core Curriculum


Year II
 
Pre-Fall Courses

Practicum Site Masters Health Administration & Policy (12)*

Fall Courses
Practicum Site Masters Health Administration & Policy (12)*

Winter Courses
Practicum Site Masters Health Administration & Policy (12)*
MHAP Project Proposals Due

Spring Courses
Practicum Site Masters Health Administration & Policy (12)*

Summer Courses
Practicum Site Masters Health Administration & Policy (12)*
MHAP Projects Due for Submission
Graduation from MHAP

*Requires successful completion of Organizational Learning Objectives mutually reviewed by Preceptor and MHAP faculty.

TOTAL HOURS (60)


Masters in Health Administration and Policy Course Descriptions

MHAP 2010 Curriculum:

SEMINAR IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY
1-2 Quarter Hour/Graded

This course is designed to cover current and relevant topics related to the business of medicine within the Military Healthcare System. A different topic or series of related topics will be presented each quarter. This course is intended to increase student understanding of the practical application of healthcare administration to complex problems. Such topics may include: healthcare legislative process, environmental health, operational healthcare delivery, healthcare reform, healthcare accreditation process and patient safety. Successful completion of this course will enable students to apply systems thinking to the MHS and develop possible solutions to complex problems.

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES APPLIED TO PUBLIC HEALTH
4 Quarter Hours/Graded This survey course exposes students to aspects of the behavioral and social sciences which are relevant to public health. It is intended to make students more sophisticated analysts of health problems by increasing their understanding of how complex the human aspects of prevention are. Major scientific theories and models of health behavior are presented early in the quarter. The remainder of the course focuses on important social factors and specific behaviors, with an emphasis on primary and secondary prevention.

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH (I)
1 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course will include lectures on ethics, the history of preventive medicine, and effective oral presentations. The objective is to provide students with a solid background in these topics as a foundation for the rest of the academic year.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS & METHODS FOR HEALTH LEADERS & EXECUTIVES I
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course is an introduction to applied statistics, data analysis, and research methodology for healthcare leaders and, as such, introduces students to concepts and techniques essential to the basics of statistical analysis. As part of this course, students will receive an introduction to probability, statistics, and decision analysis emphasizing the ways in which these tools are applied to practical healthcare administration and policy questions. Topics include: descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, basic probability, sampling design, and hypothesis testing.

DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding diversity in organizations and the process of working effectively with and leading others in a multicultural environment. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of "culture" and "diversity," the role of multicultural leader, the essential knowledge and skills thereof, policy implications, the characteristics and systems of cultures, and the link to organizational effectiveness. Finally, this course will address the challenges and benefits of diversity and offer practical tools for living and working together in a multicultural society. This course will also examine current legislation, literature, and case studies to reinforce critical thinking skills.

HEALTH SYSTEMS
4 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course provides an overview of the organization and function of health services in the U.S., including the pluralistic nature of the systems, the behavioral and economic foundations for understanding its function, major historical and legislative events that have shaped the current system, current research relating to the health system financing and staffing, and current policy issues in regard to the organization of health services. At the completion of this course, students will be able to explain the historical development of American health care and to analyze the factors that effect change in the system.

EPIDEMIOLOGY I: INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
4 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course introduces the student to basic epidemiologic principles. The course focuses first on the measurement of disease and then transitions to instruction on basic principles of study design. Instruction is provided through lectures and small-group exercises.

JOINT MEDICAL OPERATIONS AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

Lectures will present the student with a historical perspective on the importance of preventive medicine in controlling disease and non-battle illnesses during deployments. Using the current National Security and National Military Strategies as a starting point, an examination of those strategies in relationship to joint military deployments and the role of military medicine in international humanitarian relief will be made. The medical threat estimate and assessment processes will be studied, and a working knowledge of preventive medicine activities necessary before, during and after a deployment will be reviewed and applied to selected case studies. Current service staffing, organizations, doctrine and capabilities for medically supporting a deployed joint force will be examined in depth. Students will conduct a mock deployment planning and assessment exercise in class.

FUNDAMENTALS OF U.S. HEALTH CARE POLICY
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course examines the application of concepts and techniques of advocating or influencing policy on behalf of organizations, the community, and the health services industry. Legislative, executive and judiciary branches and their role in national and state policy will be discussed. Comparisons of the roles and effects of public and private policy will be conducted. The role of interest groups in the policy process, and the concept of political competence at the individual and organizational levels will be examined.

HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course applies economics concepts to: analyze health, the healthcare market and policies for healthcare. Two primary themes for this course are: public health care economics, and military health care economics. As they relate to the primary topics of the course, the primary objectives of this course are: 1) to understand the distinctive economics characteristics of health, the healthcare industry and the professional responsible for delivering health services 2) from the standpoint of economics, to analyze and evaluate the American systems of healthcare financing and delivery 3) to discuss multiple current policy issues such as health care costs, uncompensated care, managed care and health insurance reform.

HEALTH CARE PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course will provide students an in-depth view of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria. Students will learn the scoring methods used by Baldrige examiners and will apply their skills to a standard case. Lecture and discussion periods will focus on the Core Values, applicability of the business criteria to the health profession, actual impact of the criteria set on quality and profitability in those businesses which have won the Award. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the systems approach to quality improvement and will enable students to use the Baldrige criteria for assessment of health care systems.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS & METHODS FOR HEALTH LEADERS & EXECUTIVES II
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course is an intermediate study of research methodology and applied statistics for healthcare leaders. Students will build on existing knowledge from PMO-1011: Quantitative Business Analysis / Methods I and will learn topics such as: covariance and correlation, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), regression, types of research methodology, research design and how these apply to healthcare administration and policy making. Students will apply intermediate techniques of research design and statistical analysis to complete an individual, robust healthcare-related research project.

PRINCIPLES OF U.S. HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course provides a survey of health care management principles, including strategic and health systems planning, leadership, resource and information management, performance measurement and improvement, and organizational theory and design.

THE LAW OF HEALTH CARE
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course provides an introduction to the law and the legal process in relation to health care administration, and is designed to provide the student an ability to deal with legal concepts in healthcare settings. Topics include constraints that law and regulations impose on the health care industry; liability of health care providers; rights of patients; consent issues; and administrative law for health care organizations.

ADVANCED SEMINAR IN GLOBAL HEALTH
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course will explore the policy aspects of unequal distribution of health and disease around the world and will focus on several areas related to global health policy including the question of government responsibility for their nation's health. As part of our exploration we will analyze diverse organizational strategies, programs and public health policy initiatives for major diseases, epidemics and pandemics worldwide. Our comparative analysis will allow for a critique of national and international public health policy agendas and public health support systems with a special focus on pharmaceutical enterprises, international trade, intellectual property rights and vulnerable populations. With an eye toward global health policy reform , this course will review and question the key issues, concepts and theories related to the reform, planning, financing, organization, and management of personal care and population-oriented health systems and policy worldwide.

DECISION MAKING IN HEALTH SERVICES
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course will discuss health service organizational structures and the management theories and principles necessary for effective managerial decision making in a complex health care environment.

QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course will present the recent history of measurement and improvement in American health care quality including major thrusts such as total quality, evidenced-based medicine and external accreditation. In conjunction with experts in the field, students will study a variety of methods used by the medical profession and other outside groups or agencies in an attempt to create and document improvements in health care quality. The course will present the theoretical framework for each of these methods, the successes and the shortcomings of each and a general framework for accountability in health care.

ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

The course serves to encourage well-informed critical discussions of ethical issues in the field of public health. The scientific considerations in public health policy and interventions sometimes cause political and ethical conflicts. Central to public health practice are questions of autonomy, individual rights, coercion, justice, community, and multicultural values. The population-based perspective of public health goals should be ethically reconciled with the preservation of human rights and protection of civil liberties. The goals that guide this course curriculum are: stimulating the moral imagination, recognizing ethical issues, developing analytical skills, eliciting a sense of moral obligation and responsibility, and coping with moral ambiguity. The course will enable students to recognize, analyze, criticize, and evaluate ethical issues in public health, and equip them with practical knowledge to construct arguments and make decisions in public health practice.

HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course introduces students to resource the management concepts that influence an organization's financial performance. Topics includes: the government resource environment, the defense resource environment, budgeting and cost analysis, accounting and finance, TRICARE contract financial incentives, and the public healthcare resource environment. Prerequisites: PMO526 and PMO527 or Concurrence.

HUMAN RESOUCE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

Healthcare organizations have traditionally looked at the Human Resources organization to perform or contribute to six essential functions: General Employment Practices, Staffing, Training, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations/Labor Relations and Health, Safety and Security, The evolving nature of healthcare has spawned the growth of Health Maintenance Organizations (HM0s), an increasingly knowledgeable and litigious workforce and beneficiary population. This course provides an overview of the myriad of human resources programs and challenges facing the healthcare executive in the 21st Century. Learning objectives will be approached from the middle management/senior management prospective with the goal of developing, maintaining, and flourishing a human resources program in a government/military organization.

FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP
1 Quarter Hour/Graded

Students develop an understanding of the role of the organizational leader, and the essential knowledge and skills the role requires. This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the process of working effectively with and leading others. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, the course places emphasis on the role of the leader in relation to organizational effectiveness, developing a vision for the future, leading change, and building adaptive organizational cultures. At the completion of this course, students will be able to: explain the nature of organizational leadership and its implications; describe the requirements of effective public and private health leadership; apply principles and theories of leadership to current issues and challenges; and create a personal philosophy of leadership.

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
2 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course provides an introduction to technology assessment as a tool for public policy, evidence-based health administration, and clinical decision-making. There are two modules in this course. The first module introduces medical technology assessment and its role in health systems and evaluates the priorities and strategies of the major initiatives in healthcare technology assessment. This includes an appraisal of the role of government agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; industry entities such as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center; and academic efforts such as the Cochrane Collaboration. The second module introduces the tools of economic evaluation of health services and interventions, to include cost effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analyses; and provides guidance on the presentation and use of economic evaluation results.

POLICY AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

This course is focused on the student gaining a broader understanding of different approaches to program and policy evaluation. Policy evaluation is an important concept for government policy makers. Additionally the course will provide an opportunity for students to practice, design and develop their own program evaluation and present their findings in a classroom setting.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING FOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
3 Quarter Hours/Graded

Through lectures and case exercises students learn to apply, adjust, and link institutional strategic planning principles and practices to day-to-day operations of health service delivery organizations. The focus of the course is in recognizing strategic planning as a process whereby an organization takes into careful consideration the present and future environment in which it operates, as well as the unique internal strengths of the organization. Likewise, the course will recognize and delve into the true value of the strategic planning process - the process itself, which includes an exhaustive analysis of the major internal and external stakeholders relevant to the organization. Topics include history of institutional planning in health care; evolution of theory and practice; strategic management linking mission and values with vision, direction, goals, objectives, budget, and operations; structure, process, and resource requirements for effective planning and operations; integrated planning and budgeting systems; the role of information and information analysis; monitoring results and adjusting to reality.

PRACTICUM SITE MASTERS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION & POLICY
12 Quarter Hours/Graded

Students undertake selected research projects emphasizing organizational and management studies and program evaluation. At times the project will include teaching a technique or methodology. More often the study will be an actual operational problem of a health agency. At the end of the research students will be able to describe and defend the methods used and the findings discovered in a traditional scientific forum (e.g., formal presentation or journal article publication).