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Health Care Administration Track

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION TRACK CURRICULUM

The Health Care Administration Track is available to all students in the BHS program. This concentration will provide students with the opportunity to meet the personal and/or professional goals of gaining requisite knowledge/skills to be able to perform in an administration arena.

Required General Education CoursesNSU Course Coding
Written Composition 6 credits at or above COMP 1500
Mathematics 6 MATH credits at or above MATH 1040
Humanities 6 credits in any courses with a prefix of ARTS, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL, SPAN, WRIT or any Foreign Language
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 credits in any courses with a prefix of COMM, GEOG, GEST, GLBS, POLS, PSYC, ECN, INST or SOCL
Natural and Physical Sciences 6 credits consisting of BIOL, MBIO, CHEM, ENVS, PHY
Subtotal of Required General Education Courses 30 credits
Required BHS Courses (minimum)Semester Credit Hours

BHS 3110: Health Care Ethics

This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason and that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory.

3

BHS 3120: Introduction to Epidemiology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the history and development of epidemiology in relation to public health and disease. Communicable, epidemic and endemic as well as social diseases will be discussed. 

3

BHS 3150: Principles of Leadership

This course will provide an overview of numerous leadership theories to prepare the student for a leadership role in Health Care. The course will critically analyze the differences between leadership and management.

3

BHS 3155: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of conflict and effective conflict resolution strategies that increase personal achievement and create collaborative relationships in the workplace. A variety of health care disputes including employee-employee conflict, supervisor-subordinate conflict, patient-patient conflict, and patient/client-provider conflict are analyzed and problem-solving methods are applied that reduce stress, manage conflict, and create environments of positive growth, personal and organizational safety, and intrapersonal and interpersonal satisfaction.

3

BHS 3160: Health Policy

This course provides the student with a broad understanding of Health Policy, how health care is organized, and how the practitioner can better work in the system. The focus will be on policy issues of population health and its determinants, access to care, and its impact on health. Students receive an introduction to key features in the US health care system, and will examine issues of rising health care costs and the quality of the care given. (Because there are a number of changes forthcoming as a result of recent legislation, some of the material presented this semester may change radically!)

3

BHS 4000: Cultural Competency in Health Care

The purpose of this course is to develop competency and better understanding when confronted with issues related to culture, diversity and ethnically based customs, rituals, alternative health care choices, folk medicine, cultural structure and viewpoints and the practitioner's delivery of health care.

3

BHS 4100: Academic and Professional Writing 
(must be taken during first semester of enrollment in program)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the format, content and thought processes for successful academic and professional writing through utilization of APA form and style manual. An overview of proper sentence and paragraph structure, grammar, punctuation usage, formatting and bibliographic referencing will be discussed.

3

BHS Electives

Minimum of 6 credits of any course with BHS prefix other than required core courses listed above.

6
Subtotal of the Required B.H.S. Courses 30

In addition to the required BHS courses, these courses must be taken in order to successfully complete the Health Care Administration Track.

BHS CourseSemester Credit Hours

BHS 3151: Health Services Management

This course will provide an overview of health care and general management to prepare the student for a managerial role in Health Care administration. Course topics include human resource issues and policy, personnel planning, staffing, development, coaching and training of employees.

3

BHS 3161: Health Services Finance

The course introduces the fundamental tools, concepts, and applications aimed at providing students an understanding of numerous financial theories and techniques utilized in health care financial management. The course materials are structured around emerging health care policies and the role finance and economics play in establishing policy. Cases studies are drawn from a variety of sources such as health maintenance organizations, home health agencies, nursing units, hospitals, and integrated health care systems. Some topics of discussion also include: concepts of capital financing for providers, budgeting, financial ethics, payment systems, provider costs, high cost of health care, and measuring costs.

3

BHS 3162: Economics of Health Care Services

This course will teach the student to use economic analysis to understand critical issues in health care and health policy. Issues to be studied include the demand for health care, health insurance markets, managed care, medical technology, government health care programs, national health reform, and the pharamaceutical industry. The course will focus on the US health care sector, but will also examine health care systems of other countries.

3

BHS 3170: Health Care Delivery Systems

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview and analysis of American health care delivery systems. An understanding of the economical, social, political and professional forces that shape the health care delivery system will be discussed as well as an examination of how the system is organized, how services are delivered, and the mechanisms by which health care services are financed.

3
BHS 4031: Statistics for Health Sciences

This course is designed to introduce the conceptual foundation of statistical analysis & statistical reasoning of health sciences data, and prepare the student to calculate, interpret and utilize appropriate software packages for basic statistical analysis.

3
Subtotal Required Admin Track Credits

15

 
Open/Transfer Electives
Any combination of coursework consisting of additional BHS prefixed elective courses and/or transfer courses of any prefix with a course level of 1000 or above resulting in a total of 60 credits
Subtotal Open Electives/Transfer Elective Courses 60

Minimum Total Degree Semester Hours Required: 120

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