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Courses

Course Number Course Title Description Credit Hours
CPH 365 Managing Health Organizations to Improve Population Health

This course will introduce students to a number of foundational concepts related to leadership and management, specifically in the realm of health organizations (e.g., local and state health departments, hospitals, community clinics, etc.). In particular, this course will explore the areas of managing human and non-human resources, and improving agency performance. Students enrolled in this course will participate in class discussions and have regular course assessments related to textbook readings. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact with managers and organizational leaders from a variety of health service agencies.

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CPH 365 Preparing for an Apocalyptic Event: Population Health and Crisis Management

Students enrolled in this course will participate in in-depth analyses of multiple large-scale disasters. This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to participate in all phases of the crisis management process, as overseen by a health service organization. Case studies will be utilized heavily throughout this course and students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with various health professionals from around Kentucky that engage in crisis management activities. Assessments will be based on course readings and writing assignments. The writing assignments in this course will involve historical analysis of both domestic and international disasters

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CPH 365 A Sick World: Global Public Health in the Early 21st Century

This course provides students with basic knowledge about the issues of global public health and its importance to all peoples of the globe. After receiving an introduction to the principles and goals of global public health, students will begin to acquire functional knowledge of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of global public health practice. Key content areas such as health determinants, issues of health, education, and poverty, ethical and human rights concerns, the impact of culture on global public health, the burden of disease on the global human population, and other pertinent global public health topics will become focal points for class discussion. This course will emphasize theory-driven empirical investigation of key behavioral issues that influence the health and well-being of people around the globe. Case studies of global public health issues will be utilized.

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CPH 365 Medicine, Money and Mortality in the U.S. Health Care System

This introductory course reviews how health care organizations and providers, health insurance, health behaviors, and political forces influence the accessibility, quality, and costs of health care in American Society. Students completing the course will be more informed citizens and will be better prepared for careers as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, managers, and policy-makers within the U.S. health care system. 

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CPH 635 Public Health Finance and Accounting

Introduces the use of management accounting techniques to decision making in health care organizations. Lectures, problems and cases will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on the various types of health care providers.

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CPH 650 Management of Public Health Organizations

This course teaches the theories and practice of administration as they are applied in public health settings. It addresses knowledge and applications of the functions of public health management and their relationship to organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

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CPH 652 Finance Management for Health Care Delivery/Public Health Organization

This course teaches the theories and practice of administration as they are applied in public health settings. It addresses knowledge and applications of the functions of public health management and their relationship to organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

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CPH 653 Public Health Law and Policy

Introductory course for non-lawyers in selected aspects of the law relating to public health and policy.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

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CPH 662 Public Health Response to Terrorism, Disasters and Emergencies

This course will focus on the public health concepts, history, methods, planning and response preparedness to weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, natural and human-made disasters, and other health emergencies.
Prerequisite: enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

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CPH 663 Public Health Practice and Administration

This course is to be a practical application of the principles of health care organization to public health at the national, state and local levels.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

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CPH 758 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.
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CPH 759 Independent Studies in Health Services Management: (Subtitle required)

Designed for advance students with research or special study interest in Health Services Management. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of an instructor.

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CPH 901 Public Health Doctoral Professional Colloquium

The Public Health Doctoral Professional Colloquium is a one hour seminar course designed as the integrative introduction, consideration, and capstone for the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree. The colloquium is designed to link theory and practice, in the five public health core disciplines (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health enhancement, and management and practice).

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CPH 950 The Well Managed Public Health Care Organization

Addresses effective senior management of public and private organizations focusing upon public health. Effective management processes will be addressed through lectures, readings and case studies applying the concepts to public health organizations.

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CPH 951 Professional Seminar in Health Services Management

An advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Public Health Management and Practice is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in public health management with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

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CPH 952 Seminar in Advanced Leadership: Theory and Practice

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health leadership with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health and leadership.

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CPH 953 Seminar in Ethical and Moral Decision-Making

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health decision-making with its application to public health practice and to prepare the learner for the practice of public health decision-making based on ethical and moral principles. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health decision-making. The period of Nazi Germany 1933-1945 will compose the underlying case study. The seminar will consider in depth the decisions made by Nazi political and military leaders, citizens, religious leaders, concentration camp commanders, guards, prisoners, physicians, scientists and business leaders. Films will be used extensively in the seminar.

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CPH 954 Seminar in Advanced Public Health Finance and Economics

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health finance and economics with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for key leadership roles in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health finance and economics.

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HA 601 Overview of U.S. Healthcare

An introduction to healthcare in the United States, including its composition, function, organizations and professional groups, settings, terminology, major problems and issues. ​Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 602 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare

This course is designed to focus on the future needs of the health care organization as contrasted to day-to-day operational management. Strategies for the design and implementation of organizational change including techniques of quality and process improvement will be addressed. The strategic planning components of needs assessment, demands analysis, generation of alternative, priority setting and evaluation form the basis of the course. Several health care trends such as restructuring, innovation in health care delivery and financing, and performance measurements will be illustrated through case analysis in a variety of provider settings. Prereq: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 603 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management

The course will familiarize students with the application of law to management issues in health care organizations. Skills including terminology, legal reasoning, the tools of law, and topics specific to the health care setting are addressed. Prereq: MHA program status. 

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HA 604 Healthcare Ethics and Governance

This course addresses the basic concepts and principles of healthcare ethics, including the biomedical, managerial, and organizational components and applies them using case studies, role playing, and analytical exercises. The course also examines the roles and responsibilities of healthcare governing boards and factors that influence their effectiveness. Prereq: MHA program status or consent of instructor. 

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HA 621 Quantitative Methods of Research

This course is a survey of quantitative methods for healthcare managers. Specific content areas include problem selection, data collection, measurement, analytic techniques, and research design. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 622 Mental Health Administration

This course focuses upon the administration of local mental health agencies, facilities and coordination of deinstitutionalization programs, e.g., group houses, halfway houses. The course will focus upon system coordination, finance and communication. Prereq: MHA program status. 

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HA 623 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems

This course covers the basics of operations improvement from project selection through process and outcomes evaluation. The focus is on strategic decision making, under conditions of uncertainty, risk, and multiple objectives, as well as change implementation using teams. Prerequisites: HA 621 or permission of instructor. 

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HA 624 Information Systems in Health Care

This course will focus on the life cycle approach to information systems development. Phases of this approach include systems analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and evaluation. This approach has a technological, financial, and human factors component. The decision making and planning role of administration as well as the need on how to maximize the utilization of current systems is stressed. Topics include the information needs of the strategic planning process, administrative function and clinical care. The course will involve site visits. Prereq: HA 602 and 642. 

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HA 628 Human Resources Management in Healthcare

This course will examine concepts, methods, systems, and processes for planning and managing human resources in healthcare. It is designed for those aspiring to strategic leadership roles in complex healthcare organizations, rather than primarily for those seeking a specialized role in human resources. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 635 Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to introduce the use of management accounting techniques to decision making in health care organizations. Lectures, problems and cases will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on the various types of health care providers. Prereq: MHA program status and HA 601 and HA 621. 

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HA 636 Health Economics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of current health economics issues, using economics as a tool to analyze health care and health care policy. Primary topics covered include the production of and demand for health and medical care; information asymmetries between patients, doctors, and payers; and health care reform. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 637 Health Finance

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of current health economics issues, using economics as a tool to analyze healthcare and healthcare policy. Primary topics covered include the production of and demand for health and medical care; information asymmetries between patients, doctors, and payers; and health care reform. Prerequisites: MHA program status, and an undergraduate principles course in microeconomics, or permission of instructor.

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HA 642 Public Organization Theory and Behavior

This course is an introduction to the disciplines of organization theory and organization behavior and their application in healthcare organization management. It includes the interaction of both external and internal resources and constraints on administrative decision-making processes and a focus on the management challenges presented by organizations, particularly healthcare organizations. Special attention is given to understanding the practice of administration in organizations, the skills needed for effective management, and evolving management approaches (i.e. LEAN). Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 656 Managerial Epidemiology

A study of the tools necessary for planning and evaluating health programs: planning systems, needs assessment methodologies, data analysis skills, the epidemiologic method, effectiveness and efficiency evaluation. An overview of trends and requirements leading to increased emphasis on planning and program accountability. Prereq: MHA program status, HA 601, HA 621, and HA 635. 

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HA 660 Decision Making in Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to build on the concepts and techniques introduced in the MHA curriculum and integrate them with a decision making focus in a variety of health care problems and settings. Case analysis will be used extensively to develop an opportunity for the student to learn to apply the appropriate skills to an unstructured environment. Prereq: MHA program status and completion of first two semesters MHA course work. 

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HA 673 Health Policy

An analysis of the development and implementation of health policy on a national, state, local and organizational level. The course will focus on issue and policy analysis, formal and informal processes of policy development and the issues, values, and political and community factors affecting policy development and program implementation. Prereq: HA 636, MHA program status or consent of instructor.

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HA 711 Practicum in Health Administration

Practical field experience in a healthcare management setting under the shared direction of a workplace preceptor and faculty member. Prereq: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 715 Health Policy and Aging

This course will present an overview of health policy in the United States as it affects the older population. It will provide an overview of the health care system, allocation of health services across the population and projected impact of the increase in the aging population on health care delivery. Various health policy proposals will be analyzed with a focus on their impact on the older population. (Same as GRN 715.) 

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HA 775 Special Topics in Health Administration

An analysis of selected issues with special significance for health administration. Prereq: MHA program status.

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HA 785 Independent Studies in Health Administration

Supervised individual research on a topic related to health administration selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

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