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Courses - Fall 2024
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
HLSA300
Introduction to Health Policy and Services
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPHL100 or PHSC300.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498P or HLSA300.
Formerly: SPHL498P.
A multidimensional view of public health policy and services. Through interactive discussion of assigned readings, team-based learning, and supplementary lecture, students will learn about the nature of and development of policy, public health policy, and financing and delivery of health care services. This course will place a significant emphasis on a team-based learning approach to understanding the health care system and health care reform.
HLSA484
Redesigning Health Care: Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have completed a minimum of 60 credits.
Additional information: Selected class sessions will be on-site at local organizations such as Mona Clinic in Temple Hills, MD, HAIR Network shops in Hyattsville and the Sarvis Empowerment Cafe in Riverdale. The course also requires off-campus work at nearby locations.
Provides an opportunity for students to learn a key entrepreneurial skill, Human Centered Design Thinking, while helping to build, reshape, redesign and transform delivery of health care in the Mona Center, a new community center and clinic in Prince George's County. This new, modern vision for a health and wellness clinic embraces student involvement in designing, planning and contributing to innovative programs, solutions, and processes to improve the clinic's ability to meet community and patient needs by addressing the social determinants of health as well as traditional clinical health status. Students in the class will develop empathy for patients, providers and other stakeholders, define problems, select a specific problem for intervention, understand problems based on stakeholder input, ideate, reframe and suggest options to solve or address the problem, prototype solutions, test ideas, and make recommendations to inform implementation and ongoing measurement and monitoring of impact.
HLSA601
Introduction to Health Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An overview of the U.S. health care system using an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn about the financing, delivery, and use of healthcare in a historical, economic, and political context. An emphasis will be given to contemporary policy issues and debates, and there will be a focus on inequality within the U.S. health system.
HLSA611
Introduction to Health Equity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
The emerging field of health equity is concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of social disparities in population health. This course is designed to expose students to the foundational issues in health equity from a variety of perspectives. Through weekly meetings and discussion, students will develop familiarity with the major literature in the field of health equity. The course is divided into three sections: (1) Understanding & Addressing Health Disparities; (2) Disparity Populations; and (3) Solutions in Health Equity. Students will gain understanding of the dimensions and sources of health inequality, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nativity, and sexual minority status. Current policy debates and recent policy developments related to health equity are also briefly discussed.
HLSA688
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA702
Policy and Politics of Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Organizational and financial components of the U.S. health care system, including social and political forces that bind the system. Advanced political analysis of the health care system, including key issues and problems.
Although this is an online course, we will have one required in-person visit to Annapolis, Maryland to visit the state legislature organized by the instructor. In addition, there are three online synchronous Q&A sessions that students should participate in remotely and will be arranged by the instructor.
HLSA711
Health Economics and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides an analysis of health and health care services as economic goods. Using microeconomic theories, we will examine the behavior of health care providers, consumers, markets, and firms.
HLSA720
Health Law and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The legal system helps determine the relationships prevailing among individuals, institutions and governments by setting out the rights, duties and powers of the various parties. This course will look at some of the more important concepts the law uses within the context of health services and public health.
HLSA727
Causal Inference in Health Services Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLSA725 or permission of instructor.
An overview of the conceptual and empirical tools used to infer causation in health and health care research. Advantages and limitations of experimental and quasi-experimental designs in health services research are discussed and students gain experience through applied exercises.
HLSA742
Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Administration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Health Administration program.
The goal of this course is to give students the background needed to interpret and critique statistical methods and results encountered in the healthcare administrative field. In addition, this course will help students develop skills to conduct basic statistical analyses, become familiar with advanced functions in Excel, and acquire the ability to recognize, communicate, and answer health services related research questions.
HLSA745
Public Health Practice and Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Examines the relationship of practice and management in performing essential public health services on local, state and national levels.
HLSA750
Healthcare Management Information Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Provides a background and overview of the analysis, design, evaluation, selection, installation, use, and mangement of information systems in health care settings. Students will review the information management function and value of information and the role of information technology in the provision of high quality care and management decision making. Details on computer hardware, software, networking, and telecommunications sufficient for understanding of concepts relevant to health care managers and staff will be addressed.
HLSA765
Dissertation Proposal Development Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Recommended: Completed all coursework related to one's dissertation topic; and identified in collaboration with one's dissertation advisor a topic area and potential data set.
Restriction: Must be in Health Services Ph.D. (Doctoral) program; or permission of instructor. And must have passed departmental qualifying exam.
Designed to support doctoral students prepare their dissertation proposal and oral presentation. The course is structured around a literature synthesis and development of a modified AHRQ R36 grant application which includes developing a research question and hypotheses, a conceptual model, specific aims, background and significance, and research strategy. The importance of communicating complex ideas through oral and written forms will be emphasized.
HLSA770
Continuous Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Designed for the health care professional or administrator involved in quality assurance in health care. Course includes historical beginnings, state-of-the-art, voluntary, governmental efforts, and tools to promote quality assurance.
HLSA772
Healthcare Leadership and Communications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Health care administrators rely on transformational leadership skills and insights to help their organizations rise to the social financial, public health, and technological challenges of the future. Students will assess and develop their leadership strengths, apply key leadership communication principles, and critically analyze relevent leadership models, exploring their utility in addressing key leadership issues in health care organizations. An underlying theme will be the identification of core values involved in health care delivery, integration of those values in personal and organizational missions, and effective communication to stakeholders.
HLSA775
Health Services and Policy Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
Survey of health services and policy research methods, including conceptualization, measurement, survey sampling, literature review, different research designs, causal inference, data analysis, and interpretation of basic statistics. This is an introductory course in research methods designed for master's students in the School of Public Health.
HLSA778
Practical Experience in Public Health
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLSA786
(Perm Req)
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Health Services Administration department.
Capstone experience provding opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor.
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HLSA799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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HLSA898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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HLSA899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
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