These are the official descriptions taken from the University catalog and the Graduate Record. Additional courses may be added on a semester basis at the discretion of the department.
Highlighted course numbers link to the syllabus for that course. Please note that some of the linked syllabi are for past semesters of the course, and the dates contained therein will not apply to future semesters.
Introduction to the functions of human resource management in health organizations with an emphasis on the relationship between HR and organizational strategy. Spring.
HPM 301 Field Training in Health Policy and Management I (Total of 2 after completion).
Prerequisite, health policy and management major. Required of all BSPH students in HPM. A supervised 12-week administrative internship in a health organization. Field training fee: $400.00. Summer I and Summer II.
Introduction to Strategic Planning and Marketing (3). An introduction to the development and implementation of strategic planning and marketing processes in health care organizations. Spring.
This course uses an extensive and reflective team-based service learning project in a hospital, community health center, state agency, or non-profit organization as a laboratory to learn about management, leadership, organizations, and public health issues. The course also develops skills in leading teams, organizations, community partnerships, and societal and global health initiatives. Collaborative and adaptive leadership, leading change, adopting and adapting and sustaining evidence-based practices, quality improvement, organizational structure, conflict management, human resources, and other topics are addressed through current readings, case studies, reflections, and guest practitioners.Fall.
HPM 340 Foundations of Healthcare Financial Management (3). Basic methods and techniques in financial management of healthcare programs including financial statement analysis, cost determination and allocation, pricing of services, and budgeting. Fall.
HPM 341 Information Systems, Technology, and Tools in Health Services Administration (3). The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a general introduction to computers with a primary emphasis on microcomputers. The course combines the development of basic computer skills along with an understanding of general concepts and terminology. Spring.
HPM 350 Introduction to Health Services Systems (3).An introduction to the current status, trends, practices, and issues in the delivery of health services. Fall.
HPM 351 Policy Issues in Health Services Delivery (3). Addresses current health policy issues in U.S. and global contexts. Spring.
HPM 352 Introduction to Health Services Systems II (3). HPM 352, in conjunction with HPM 350, provides an overview of the U.S. health services system, including such topics as quality of care and managed care. The course also introduces students to careers in the field of health policy and management and helps students develop necessary communication skills. Spring.
HPM 420 Community and Public Health Security--Disasters, Terrorism, and Emergency Management Systems (3). This course examines systems for emergency management at federal, state, and local levels. The roles of emergency management, health services, and public health in disaster management are examined. Spring.
HPM 422 Emergency Management I--Analytic Methods (3). Introduction of analytical tools to assess, evaluate, map, and investigate disasters (including biological outbreaks). These tools will be used to improve planning for disaster management. Fall.
HPM 423 Emergency Management II--Disaster Management (3). Explores issues of preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation, and research in disaster management. Students will participate in the development of a plan and a simulation to evaluate the plan. Spring.
HPM 470 Statistical Methods for Health Policy Management (3). Introduction of linear model approach to analysis of data in healthcare settings. Topics include probability distributions, estimation tests of hypotheses, methods in multiple regression, and analysis of variance and covariance. Fall.
HPM 496 Readings in Health Policy and Management (1-6). Directed readings or research. Written reports are required. Fall, spring, summer.
HPM 510 Global Perspectives on Ethical Issues in Health Policy and Management (3). This course will address the ethical issues of health policy and management, with particular attention to the global perspectives on these issues. These global perspectives are both comparative and trans-national. Thus, we will compare the ethical approaches to health system issues in various countries, such as the different perspectives on informed consent, refusal of treatment, physician-assisted suicide, and reproductive health. The course will address global perspectives on the ethical issues in rationing of care, allocation of resources, and cost-containment; ethical issues of corruption, kickbacks, and conflicts of interest; and ethical aspects of research with human subjects in both developing and developed countries. We will also consider the cross-border issues that arise from movement of patients and providers across national boundaries, such as treatment of undocumented aliens, medical tourism, and the "brain drain" of health care personnel from developing countries. Finally, the course will deal with organizational ethics and compliance, including ethical issues for U.S. health care professionals and organizations providing services in other countries. Spring.
HPM 522 Aging, Family, and Long-Term Care: Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Issues (3). Current issues pertaining to the health and well being of older Americans, and how such issues influence family dynamics and choices about long-term care. Critical topics on chronic illness, family and community caregiving, ethnicity/culture and socioeconomic status will be covered in the course. Spring.
HPM 532 (sec. 001) Healthcare Consulting (3).
This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the various forms of health care consulting, including internal consulting. Students will enhance their analytical, presentation, teamwork, and project management skills.Spring.
HPM 550 Medical Journalism (HBHE 660, JOMC 560) (3). Prepares students to work as medical journalists for a variety of media, including print, broadcast and the Internet. The course emphasizes writing skills and interpreting medical information for consumers. Fall.
HPM 551 Medical Reporting for the Electronic Media (HBHE 561, JOMC 561) (3). Conceiving, scripting, reporting, producing and editing medical stories for the electronic media, especially television. Students work in teams to produce projects for professional media outlets. Spring.
HPM 552 Science Documentary Television (HBHE 562, JOMC 562) (3). Students learn skills needed to produce a science documentary for broadcast on television, including research and script writing. Fall.
HPM 563 - Advanced Health Policy Analysis (3).This course is for masters and doctoral students interested in health policy. The course will prepare individuals to organize and lead policy analysis; to confront the underlying values and ethics of policy analysis in their work; as well as develop and refine policy solutions through analysis and advocacy. Students will be encouraged to develop a "theory" or "philosophy" of policy analysis in the American democracy for their careers in the health care field or public health. Spring.
Prerequisites, senior status and permission of the instructor; does not qualify as a core course or elective for HPM undergraduate majors. Provides an overview of the United States health system, emphasizing role of policy development and administrative decision making through case examples.Fall, Spring, Summer I.
HPM 605-610 Practice Application Journaling 1-6 (.5 each). Executive Master's Program (see syllabi for HPM 606 and 609). This series of six field-based courses fulfills the practicum requirement for the Executive Master's degrees. Students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations. Journal entries also help identify knowledge and skills that students feel need improving. The Journal Practicum is the opportunity for students to grow professionally by thinking carefully about what they need to learn, and how they can apply--and have applied--what they have learned. Fall, Spring, Summer.
HPM 611 Public Health Concepts in a Systems Context (3). Public health systems studied through the application of systems techniques and systems thinking to core public health concepts in Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Maternal and Child Health. The course covers the fundamental forms of systems reasoning with the use of techniques that include: Causal Loop Diagramming, Stock and Flow Diagramming, Archetypes, Concept mapping and Model Design. Summer.
HPM 620 Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives (3). (Formerly HPM 690). This course provides students with tools to facilitate effective implementation and support of health informatics initiatives within organizations. Students will learn about potential benefits of various informatics initiatives (e.g., electronic health records, laboratory reporting, patient portals) and implementation challenges for different types of organizations (e.g., hospitals, physician practices, health departments). Spring.
HPM 660 International and Comparative Health Systems (3). Methods of comparing health systems, examinations of related national health systems and analysis of related high prevalence health issues. Fall.
HPM 664 Globalization and Health
(MHCH 664) (3). Globalization--its economic, environmental, political, technological, institutional, and sociocultural dimensions--historically and currently contributes to beneficial and adverse effects on population, community, and family and individual health.Spring.
HPM 691H Honors Research (3).
Restricted to HPM BSPH students. Prerequisite: overall GPA of 3.3 by end of spring semester junior year in all UNC-Chapel Hill courses. Seminar for undergraduates who are pursuing the senior honors thesis in HPM. Students will design an independent research project, write a proposal and complete an IRB application as partial completion of an honors thesis. Fall.
HPM 692H Independent Honors Research (1-3). Prerequisites, HPM 691H and permission of the instructor. Under the guidance of their thesis advisors, students complete the honors project developed in HPM 691H. Requires substantial dedication to the project and the ability to work independently. Spring.
HPM 697 BSPH Capstone (3). The capstone course is an "integrative exercise" for BSPH students prior to graduation. It is intended to simulate the integration of various disciplines--finance, human resources, ethics, policy, operations, and information technology--into a comprehensive and practical framework. Students work with healthcare organizations to solve financial or operational problems. Spring.
HPM 701 Professional Training I (Var.). Supervised professional training; $550.00 fee. Fall.
HPM 702 Professional Training II (Var.). Supervised professional training; $500.00 fee. Fall.
HPM 703 Professional Training III (Var.). Supervised professional training; $500.00 fee. Spring.
HPM 705 Healthcare Management Skills Development Workshop (.5).
Executive Master's Program. This course is the first of two workshops for students in the Executive Master's Program. These workshops are designed to provide students exposure to key cross cutting skills that will be used in the program. These skills also are essential for effective healthcare management. Topics include how to present, effective writing, information search, working in teams, Excel and quantitative software functions, time management, concept mapping, flowcharting, project management, and ethics. Fall.
HPM 706 Healthcare Management Skills Development Workshop II (.5).
Executive Master's Program. This course is the second of two workshops for students in the Executive Master's Program. The course typically comprises four to six mini-workshops, depending on the topics selected for the semester. The workshops are designed to provide students exposure to key cross-cutting skills that will be used in the program. These skills also are essential for effective healthcare management. Topics include concept mapping and idea generation, diagramming and flowcharting, project management, and ethics and political savvy; final selection of topics for each offering is intended to reflect and address current health care management issues. Spring.
HPM 710 Health Law (3). Permission of instructor required. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to law and the legal system as it relates to the delivery and financing of health care. Fall.
HPM 712 Leadership and Ethics (2). This course is based on the notions that leadership and ethics are intertwined and that good leaders behave ethically. There is often no one right way to lead effectively. Also, there are few firm rules or principles that guide ethical decision making, and there is much room for debate. Fall.
HPM 720 Management of Human Resources in Health Organizations (3). Permission of instructor required. Emphasis on clarifying concepts of human resources management, identifying the importance of human resources in health organizations, establishing the need for relating strategic planning of organizations to their human resource planning, and on examining role of organizational culture in behavior and productivity. Selected topics from the field of personnel management and interpersonal skills will also be covered. Fall, spring.
HPM 725 Health Care Strategy and Marketing (3). Permission of instructor required. This course introduces students to strategic planning and marketing as they apply to health care organizations. During the course 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. The class will explore the leadership roles of governing boards, health care managers and clinicians in strategic environments. Spring.
HPM 728 Leadership and Workforce Management Strategies in Healthcare Organizations (4). Executive Master's Program. This course provides an introduction and overview to leadership, management, and organizational behavior in health care, focusing particularly on strategic human resources management. An overarching goal of the course is to help students develop an understanding of the concept of strategic human resources management, and the need for alignment between leadership, management, and HR practices and the organization's strategy and mission. The course will consist of online sessions every other week on Wednesday evenings, in addition to the all-day workshops/classes to begin and conclude the semester. There will be an integrative exercise at the end of the semester with the financial management and accounting course. Spring.
HPM 734 Approaches to Business Plan Development (1). Approaches to Business Plan Development ('Capstone Prep') is a one-credit course to
introduce and jumpstart the spring semester Capstone business plan process necessary for HPM 735.
HPM 735 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and Management (3). Integrating and building upon the HPM master's core, this comprehensive course focuses on organization policy-making and administration from the perspective of the CEO and top management. Spring, Summer.
HPM 738 Health Operations Management (3). Operations management (OM) involves the day-to-day management of an organization, by focusing on the analysis, design, planning and control of work processes in order to create value for clients. All organizations must manage their work processes, however surprisingly many do not have a systematic or rigorous approach to managing them. Spring.HPM 740 Introduction to Health Care Financial Management (3). A broad introduction to financial concepts, issues, tools, and vocabulary. Topics include: financial statement analysis, long-term financing, capital investment decisions, budgeting, cost finding and rate setting. Fall, spring, summer.
HPM 742 Healthcare Finance I (3). Introduction to healthcare financial management; the third-party-payer system; time value analysis; financial risk and required return; debt financing; equity financing and investment banking; securities valuation, market efficiency, and debt refunding; lease financing; cost of capital, and; capital structure decisions. Fall.
HPM 743 Healthcare Finance II (3). The basics of capital budgeting; project risk analysis; financial statement and operating analyses; financial forecasting; working capital management; business valuation, mergers, and acquisitions; capitation, rate-setting, and risk sharing, and; financial risk management. Spring. Prerequisite: HPM 742.
HPM 746 Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting for Healthcare (5).
Executive Master's Program. This course focuses on learning and applying key financial and managerial accounting tools and concepts to healthcare problems. It provides a broad introduction to key concepts, issues, tools, and vocabulary useful both for policy makers and administrators. Topics include: Introduction to healthcare financial and managerial accounting, reading and analyzing healthcare financial statements, recording transactions, using cost information for decision making (with an emphasis on full incremental costing), and responsibility accounting (with an emphasis on budgeting, transfer pricing, and measuring organizational performance). The course uses a number of cases and focuses upon both analytics and communication skills. Spring.
HPM 747 Finance and Economic Analytics (4).
Executive Master's Program.This course provides students with an opportunity to investigate topics of healthcare finance and economics in greater depth, and to extend their scope of facility with technical tools for financial and economic analysis. Emphasis is placed on risk assessment associated with the organization's long-term financing and investment decisions. Economic analyses of healthcare topics, with a particular emphasis on policy, are emphasized. Other topics include financial derivatives, risk and return, the cost of capital, pharmaceutical and biotechnology financing, and, with time permitting, lease financing and business valuation. Summer.
HPM 748 Healthcare Policy and Economics of Healthcare Insurance (3).
Executive Master's MHA Program. This course provides students with an opportunity to investigate topics of healthcare policy and insurance from a finance and economics perspective. The course covers contemporary health policy topics in great depth and with a focus on economic and financial analysis as a tool to evaluate healthcare policies and proposed new legislation; thus, students will be extending their scope of facility with using technical methods and techniques learned in prior coursework in finance and economics. Economic analyses of healthcare policy, U.S. and international, are focused on contemporary healthcare policies, proposed healthcare polices, and related issues; balance, rigor, and objectivity are emphasized. Particular attention in the course will be paid to health insurance, both within the context of current healthcare reform and more broadly. Because a primary objective of this course is contemporary health policy, flexibility is incorporated into the course schedule to allow for presentations, discussions, and assignments related to real time health policy events as they unfold. Fall.
HPM 750 Introduction to Dental Public Health (3). Permission of instructor required. Survey of the theory and practice of public health dentistry with an emphasis on basic knowledge and skills necessary for planning and evaluating dental public health programs; conducting oral epidemiological and experimental research, and understanding the organization, delivery, and financing of dental health care. Fall.
HPM 751 Dental Public Health Practice (3). Emphasis on knowledge of community measures for prevention and control of oral diseases, scientific basis for their use, and program design and evaluation for specific populations. Spring, summer.
HPM 752 Oral Epidemiology for Health Policy and Management (3). Focuses on the epidemiology of oral disease and the implications and uses of this knowledge for dental health policy making and administration of dental programs. Spring, summer.
HPM 754 Health Care in the United States: Structure and Policy (4). This core course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal is to increase students' knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues from both management and policy perspectives. Fall.
HPM 757 Health Reform: Political Dynamics and Policy Dilemmas (3). This course focuses on the political and policy dynamics of health care reform. We will explore current trends in the health care system, the dilemmas confronting public and private insurance programs as health care costs increase, options for reform and covering the uninsured, the political history of health reform, and lessons from other countries' experiences in financing and delivering medical care.
HPM 758 Underserved Populations and Health Reform (3). Students will gain an understanding of how the changes in the health care market affect care for underserved populations and will develop strategies to ensure that the needs of these populations are met. Fall.
HPM 759 Issues in Health Policy and Reform (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). The course will familiarize students with the history of health reform in the US, explore issues in health policy, analyze the impact of health politics on policymaking. Spring.
HPM 760 Healthcare Quality and Information Management (3). Integrates essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management. Emphasis on use of information to measure and improve quality. Will include presentations, individual/group projects, exercises, group discussion. Spring.
HPM 762 Quality of Care (3). The quality of health care in the United States has garnered significant attention among health care professionals and the public alike. This course will review: (1) the current state of the quality of health care in the United States; (2) approaches to assess quality of health care, and (3) strategies that have been implemented or proposed to improve the quality of health care. Fall.
HPM 765 Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar (3). An interdisciplinary overview of cancer prevention and control. Emphasis on projects and activities from perspectives of Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Management. Research issues and policy implications will be covered. Fall.
HPM 766 Cancer Care Quality (3). Geared toward researchers, the course examines the overuse, underuse, and misuse of care across the cancer care continuum, focusing on recent work defining, measuring, and improving cancer care quality. Fall.
HPM 767 Disseminating Evidence and Innovation in Cancer Care (3). This course introduces the concepts, theories, and methods of disseminating and implementing evidence-based interventions to improve quality in cancer care. The course also examines the methods for conducting rigorous research on dissemination and implementation. Spring.HPM 768 Informed Decision-Making in Cancer Care (3). This course will examine clinical decision-making in cancer care from the perspectives of providers, patients, and families. Spring.
HPM 770 Operations Research for Healthcare Systems (3). Review of the systems analysis process in healthcare systems. Deterministic and random models, mathematical programming, queueing, simulation, forecasting and measurement. Emphasis on model formulation and computer solution of decision models. Spring.
HPM 772 Methods for Health Policy Analysis and Technology Assessment (3). Permission of instructor required.
This course provides an investigation of the theory, methods, and application of economic evaluation to health care. Topics include basic methods used to identify policy issues, structure an economic evaluation, measure and summarize health outcomes and estimate their value to patients or to the public, identify resources used and estimate their costs, and construct and test mathematical models to make population and/or temporal predictions of outcomes and costs from limited data. Course applications will be drawn from a variety of health care settings including those settings in low- and middle-income countries.Fall.
HPM 773 Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health and Health Care Settings (1.5).
Executive Master's MPH Program. This course is a fundamental introduction to the field of program evaluation in public health and health care. We discuss key concepts in planning, conducting, and reporting evaluations, and focus on evaluating programs, policies, products, services, or organizational processes. Through a project, students apply the concepts to their work. We also discuss how the practice of program evaluation is related to the roles of leaders and managers in organizations, and ask students to reflect on how they will use the evaluation concepts in their varying roles. Spring.
HPM 776 Health Information and Quality Tools (2). Executive Master's Program. This course integrates essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management, with an emphasis on use of information to measure and improve quality. The course provides a broad overview of the drivers, components, and methods of quality and information management, including processes for creating national standards for quality of care, information infrastructure, database management tools, governance issues, and quality improvement methodologies and techniques. The format of the course will include presentations, individual/group projects, exercises, group discussion. Spring.
HPM 777 Health Information and Quality Applications (2). Executive Master's MHA Program. This second course in the HPM 776/778 course sequence focuses on applications in a variety of settings. The format of the courses will include presentations, individual/group projects, exercises, and group discussion. Spring.
HPM 778 Public Health Information and Quality Applications (1.5). Executive Master's MPH Program. This third course in the HPM 776/778 course focuses on public health applications. The format of the courses will include presentations, individual/group projects, exercises, and group discussion. Spring.
HPM 779 Advanced Analytics and Operations Research (4).
Executive Master's MHA Program). Healthcare administrators face a range of decisions: some strategic, some financial, others operational. Through your program of study, you are developing analytical and conceptual skills that will help you to make better decisions in the workplace. This course is designed to augment the analytical toolbox and core competencies that you will bring to bear in your future work as planners, advisors, consultants, and decision makers. This course includes conceptualization of the elements of a problem and its context, as well as the various techniques available to analyze alternatives and reach a decision. Particular attention is given to the practical aspects of decision analysis. We will work to develop your ability to identify and define focal problems and to use models (including spreadsheet and/or visual/conceptual models) to organize analytic thinking. Operations Research (OR) provides a set of tools involving mathematical modeling, statistics, probability, and algorithms to help you make better health care management and policy decisions. We will build models in Excel, occasionally using add-ons to expand the software's capability. OR also can provide a basis for informed speculation regarding the potential outcomes of uncertain situations. Its application by healthcare organizations promotes productivity, control, and the efficiency of resource allocation. Spring.
HPM 780 Public Health Entrepreneurship (NUTR 780) (3).Permission of instructor required. Basic concept underlying commercial and social entrepreneurship applied to public health, including guest lectures by individuals with proven success in these areas. Fall.
HPM 781 Seminar in Comparative Effectiveness Research (1). The course provides an overview of substantive and methodological issues in CER, including randomized controlled trials; inferences from observational studies; literature syntheses; decision sciences/decision modeling; dissemination and implementation science; cross-cutting skills (e.g., strengths and limitations of administrative and clinical databases and electronic health records for CER). Spring.
HPM 789 Master's Paper Development (1). Second year MSPH or first year MPH students only. Permission of instructor required. Broad topics related to the development and management of a research project are covered. The major goal is the development and completion of a proposal to be submitted for independent master's paper. Fall.
HPM 793 Health Policy and Management Internship (1-2). Supervised field experience in approved health agencies. There is a field fee. Fall, spring, summer.
HPM 810 Leadership in Health Law and Ethics (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). Course is designed to provide learners with an introduction and overview of critical issues relating to law, ethics, and public health. Fall.
HPM 815 Graduate Health Economics Seminar (1). Pre-requsite of Econ 710 or similar Ph.D. Level Intermediate Microeconomics course. Class will meet every other week. Recent papers in health economics will be rigorously discussed. Participants are expected to read the paper carefully. Students must have a solid knowledge of microeconomic theory and econometrics. Fall, spring.
HPM 820 Organizational Leadership Theory and Practice (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). Focus is on the behavioral, power-influence, trait, and situational approaches to leadership. Addresses core leadership principles plus leadership-followership theory, transformational and strategic leadership, and creating change. Fall.
HPM 821 Current Topics in Health Leadership (2). This course is the second in a series of Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH) core courses. Guest discussants will introduce students to timely issues relating to health leadership in order to foster understanding and mastery of what successful top organizational leaders do to create change. Spring.
HPM 860 Population Perspectives for Health (1). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). A review of
how the population perspective is used to create programs and social change for
health in the United States. Fall.
HPM 872 Selected Topics in Health Policy and Management: Advanced Seminar (3). Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. Integrated study of selected theory and research as it relates to the organization and delivery of health services. Separate seminars are developed to correspond to the doctoral student's specific interests and needs. Spring.
HPM 874 Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management (1)
HPM 880 - Math/Stata Tutorial (1). The main purpose of this course is to prepare students for HPM 881. The first half of the course (math module) will provide a broad overview of basic mathematical and statistical concepts including: real numbers, special numbers, notations and their properties, exponential functions, natural logarithms, functions and limits, derivatives, matrix operations and other miscellaneous topics. The second half of the course (Stata module) will be devoted to introducing students to Stata statistical software. Fall.
Permission of instructor required (with exception of HPM PhD students). Prerequisite: BIOS 600 or equivalent background in probability theory/statistics; students should be facile with matrix algebra, derivatives, logs/exponentials, and Stata. This course is an introduction to linear regression models. Topics include least squares regression, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, and hypothesis testing. Spring.
HPM 882 Advanced Methodology in Health Policy and Management
Research (3). Prerequisite: HPM 881, or permission of the
instructor. Research methodology as applied to understanding problems in health
care delivery. Topics include simultaneous equation models, factor analysis,
limited dependent variables, and an introduction to event history analysis. Fall.
Prerequisite: HPM 881 and 882 or equivalent. This course is an introduction to the analysis of categorical data using maximum likelihood and other non-linear techniques and specification tests. Topic covered include models in which the dependent variable is not continuous, including logit, probit, censored data, two-part, and count models. Spring.
HPM 884 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods I Doctoral (3). Prerequisite, doctoral standing or permission of the instructor. This two-semester course provides an overview of the field of health services research and introduction to basic components of the research process, including literature synthesis, development of a research question and hypothesis, and use of conceptual and logic models to clarify research questions. Fall.
HPM 885 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods II (3) Prerequisite, HPM 884. This continuation of HPM 884 examines basic components of the research process, including research designs, analytical issues, qualitative research methods, primary data collection, and secondary data analysis, and provides in-depth analysis of research applications that are relevant to health services and health policy researchers. Spring.
HPM 886 Advanced Applications in Research Methods (3) Prerequisites, HPM 884 and 885. This course will focus on advanced applications of research methods developed in HPM 884 and HPM 885. Examples and applications are relevant to health services and health policy researchers. Fall.
HPM 890 (sec. 001) Introduction to Participatory Systems Science in Health (3). This course introduces systems science methods and their uses for promoting health. Students will gain exposure to systems science methods and health-related applications; learn how to identify problems for which these methods are useful; and learn how to design systems science projects to gain stakeholder support including funding. Spring.
HPM 930 Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Theory and Health Care Organizations (3). The objective of this course is to review and apply various theoretical perspectives to research on health care organizations. Special emphasis is placed on comparing alternative theoretical perspectives and research strategies, and on identifying issues for organizational research in the health care sector. After taking this course, students are expected (1) to gain an appreciation of the complexity and dynamics within and between organizations operating in the health care sector, (2) to acquire a basic understanding of major theoretical perspectives applicable to the study of health care organizations, (3) to become familiar with how theoretical frameworks are employed and operationalized in the conduct of empirical inquiry; (4) to be able to identify factors relevant to organizational operations and performance, and (5) to apply this understanding to relevant health services research activities and opportunities. Fall.
HPM 950 The Research Process (1). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). The course introduces doctoral students to the world of scientific and policy inquiry. It emphasizes the goal, structure, and content of the dissertation that will be written in the latter part of the program. Fall.
HPM 951 Literature Review and Appraisal (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). This course is the second in a sequence of courses in research design and methods in the executive DrPH. The purpose of this course is to explore the nature and process of scientific inquiry in the field of public health. Specifically, the course will establish a foundation for methodological exploration and focuses on the process of developing researchable questions. Spring.
HPM 952 Community Involvement in Research (1). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). Relevant literature and guest speakers will highlight cases depicting different levels of community involvement in public health research. Summer.
HPM 953 Essentials of Practice Based Research (2).
Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). This course is
designed to provide DrPH students with grounding in basic quantitative and
qualitative research techniques used in health services research. These
techniques will help to build pragmatic skills the students will need for their
next steps in planning and executing a dissertation. While some of the topics
covered will be a review from previous master's programs that the students have
completed prior to entering the DrPH program, this course will provide a
refresher as they prepare for undertaking a dissertation. Specific topics will include types of
research designs, measurement scales and coding nomenclatures, analytical
techniques for quantitative data, research techniques for primary data
collection, research opportunities with secondary data and qualitative research
HPM 954 Dissertation Preparation and Planning (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). Part of a sequence to guide students in planning, development and implementation of DrPH dissertations. Designed to prepare students to identify appropriate research topics, plan the approach, organize, and write. Spring.
HPM 955 Strategic Thinking and Implementation (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). The purpose of this class is to enhance participants' behavioral complexity as leaders. Behavioral complexity refers to an habitual choice of actions from a variety of mental models rather than from one or two dominant ways of thinking. To develop this competency, the class will systematically examine several major approaches to organizational strategy. Topics are the diversification ("How much should we do, and how related should it be?"), transaction cost economics ("What should we do and what should be pay someone else to do?"), agency theory ("How do we get other people to do what we want them to do?"), the resource based view of the firm ("How do we maintain competitive advantage?"), and processes of strategic decision making ("What are the most effective ways to make strategic decisions?"). Summer.
HPM 956 Fundamentals of Research Analysis (3). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). Continues the sequence of research courses to prepare DrPH students for skills needed to undertake a dissertation. Students are expected to begin this course with a defined dissertation research topic, a research question, a hypothesis (for quantitative research designs) a supporting literature review and a draft methods section. This course will explore the next steps of the research process, to further develop methods for conducting the research. This will include refining what specific methods are appropriate, how to implement the chosen method, how to manage and organize data and how to present the data results. Primary data collection methods to be covered will include questionnaires/surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews. We will explore low tech ways to analyze qualitative data as well as high tech methods such as Atlas.ti software. At the end of the course, students will have completed a final version of their dissertation methods section and will have an IRB application ready for submission. Fall.
HPM 957 Operating in the External Environment (3). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). The course will help students understand and master what successful top organizational leaders must do to create change, both within and outside their organizations. Spring.
Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). In response to a number of high profile corporate frauds and abuses in 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The intent was to improve corporate governance and enhance the transparency of financial reporting. Where compliance with the Act is only required for public companies, many non-public entities, especially in the healthcare industry, are feeling pressure from a variety of sources to comply, at least in part.
Gone are the days when leaders of organizations, even those without financial backgrounds, could export the responsibility for accurate financial reporting to others. Those charged with governance as well as the organization's management are expected to be more involved.
This course will explore financial leadership from the standpoint of management as well as those charged with governance and prepare leaders to look at their organizations through the lens of financial accountability and transparency. Fall.
HPM 959 Strategic Management in Health Leadership (2). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). The purpose of this class is to enhance participants' competence in leading within complex and dynamic systems. Spring.
HPM 962 Marketing and Public Relations for Health Leaders (3). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). This course is one of a series of leadership courses in the executive DrPH. Its main purpose is to help students understand public health from the perspective of external audiences. Summer.
HPM 963 Program Evaluation for Health Leaders (3). Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). This course is one of a series of research courses in the executive DrPH. Its main purpose is to help students understand the purposes of evaluation. Summer.
HPM 992 Master's Paper (Var.).
HPM 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.).
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