Credit Hours: 3Department: Health Management and Policy
Special Topics in Health Services Management: (Subtitle required)
This course will engage students in readings, projects, lectures, and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns.
Prerequisite: enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of an instructor.
- Quality Improvement in Healthcare (3): This course introduces the concepts and systems principles, thinking, and dynamic complexity in healthcare organizations.
- International Public Health (3): Course material and visiting speakers present and analyze major issues in international health, identify and compare health systems in developed and developing countries, and explore emerging global health issues.
- Strategic Planning and Evidence-Based Decision Making (3): Topics include basic strategic planning theory, the process of strategic plan development, specific methods of analysis including environmental and organizational analysis and appropriate analytical techniques, decision theory and analysis. Several health care trends such as restructuring, innovation in health care delivery and financing and performance measurements will be illustrated through case analysis in public health settings.
- Leadership in Public Health (3): This course emphasizes the practical application of the theories and principles of leadership. I addition to focusing on one’s personal leadership development, it also includes the integration of the concepts of servant and shared leadership for promoting change in public forums and decision-making arenas. Case studies and interviews of public officials serve as a basis for working with today’s organizations and communities for the good of the public’s health.
- Public Health Preparedness Planning (3): The Public Health Preparedness planning seminar will address issues of preparing for a variety of public health events, and how common planning activities can be used to prepare for a variety of unplanned events. The course will include major incidents such as bioterrorism and pandemics, but will emphasize the more common occurrences that confront health providers and the communities they serve. Specific tools such as contingency and multiple scenario planning, priority setting, surge capacity, interoperability, legal and ethical considerations, and emergency plans will be addressed, and field trips and tabletop exercises are anticipated.