This course presents basic statistical concepts and methods commonly used to make evidence-based decisions in business settings, with a focus on healthcare applications. This course will cover commonly used statistical tools needed by healthcare executives. During the course, techniques to collect, summarize, analyze, and interpret business-related data will be reviewed. Topics in this course may include defining and formulating problems, formulating and testing hypotheses, sampling and sampling distributions, creating descriptive statistics, statistical inference and using the results to make decisions. 

Credit Hours: 3          Class Meets: Tues., 6-9 p.m.          Rotation: ODD          Semester: Spring 2020

Classroom: H226

This course will develop the foundations of quality and process improvement that lead to higher levels of efficacy, efficiency and effectiveness in health organizations and programs. This course will explore the basis of Quality Improvement (QI) consisting of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups. The methodology of the course will begin with “how things are done now,” considering health care performance as defined by an organization's efficiency and outcome of care, and level of patient satisfaction. Quality is directly linked to an organization's service delivery approach or underlying systems of care throughout the continuum of care. The student will understand that to achieve a different level of performance (i.e., results) and improve quality and efficacy, an organization's current system needs to change. Lastly, this course will focus on a successful QI culture that incorporates the following four key principles: QI work as systems and processes; Focus on patients and community groups, especially rural areas; Focus on being part of the team, and Focus on use of the data and analyses of information.

Credit Hours: 3                   Semester: Fall

The course provides a comprehensive introduction and overview to health policy, administration and management with specific emphasis on public health and healthcare organizations that deliver care. An additional focus is on rural communities within the context of health administration. The course context is based on managerial decision making and the practical knowledge, tools, processes and strategies required by organizational management. This course overviews the basics of administration, including public health law, human resources management, budgeting and financing, health information management, performance measurement and improvement, ethics, leadership, communication, media relations, and legislative relations. Emerging areas of public health policy and management are also discussed as contexts to apply practical knowledge, tools, and strategies.

Credit Hours: 3          Class Meets: Wed., 6-9 p.m.          Rotation: Even          Semester: Spring 2020

Classroom: H226