Courses Offered by the College of Education
ED 820 Health Professions Education Overview
Leadership skills, policy environment, economics, and ethics in the health professions. Priorities, challenges, and opportunities facing health profession's administrators and educators.
CEP825 Educational Assessments and Testing Programs*
Advanced review of educational assessments and testing programs at the international, national, state, district, and school levels. Purposes and types of assessments and tests used. How results are used. Implications of results for education at national, state, and local levels.
* Students are encouraged to complete EAD840, but can take this course if that is preferred. The department conducts a phone interview with all students interested in this course prior to approving enrollment.
Courses Offered by the College of Osteopathic Medicine
OST801 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
Our focus in this course is on providing an overview of leadership and organizational dynamics research, and practice related to education in the health professions. The term “health professions” is used here in a broad and inclusive manner and is intended to include medicine, nursing, clinical laboratory medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other professions that provide direct clinical care for individuals, groups, and organizations.
As much as possible, we will examine leadership and organizational dynamics through the multiple lenses of the different disciplines that make up the health professions. However, medical education has perhaps one of the most well developed literatures within the health professions and we will be initially relying on many of these writings to provide a broader framework for analysis and discussion of this key question and the issues related to it.
OST802 Operations Analysis and Decision Making for Health Professionals
The overarching goal of this course is to introduce and / or reinforce an understanding of the concepts and principles that should be considered prior to the initiation of, during the implementation and execution of, and after the completion of any project that produces an outcome; the emphasis of this course will be on services not goods. The overarching course objective is to instill and/or further develop skill sets required to direct and control the processes involved in the conversion of inputs into outputs.
OST803 Financial and Budgetary Considerations for Health Professionals
Healthcare Finance is at the core of issues surrounding Quality Healthcare Delivery and Reform. It involves wisely balancing the need to manage/control costs while simultaneously investing in strategic opportunities. This course will present and allow you, as a group, to discuss the major issues involved in finance, budgeting, strategic planning, and board governance. It is designed to help you appreciate both the science and art of financial planning and decision-making, leveraging strategies and tactics to achieve financial and other goals. You will be introduced to concepts, metrics, and tools that will augment your understanding and efficiency and also improve your decision-making.
The course will focus initially on the conceptual framework of basic accounting techniques such as cash flow planning, annual and capital budgeting, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements which will include an overview of ethical and legal responsibilities related to in financial reporting. The second half of the course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of vocabulary, concepts, and techniques in financial management and strategy that will help you be prepared to plan, create, implement and monitor strategic initiatives within your organization to help better you to better monitor and track performance and position your organization on the cutting edge of change and innovation. Finally, successful completion of this course should equip you with the tools necessary to be able to build effective strategies in a variety of different organizational contexts.
OST804 Health Policy and Law for Health Professionals
This course serves as an introduction to the legal principles, policymaking fundamentals, and ethical standards relevant to active health care professionals. Students will learn about core legal concepts in the field public health, including but not limited to, the role of law in health care, types of laws and their origins, and liability. Also included within the course are topics of ethics, policy creation, system performance and reform.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to legal and policy issues that you are likely to experience while managing a health care organization. As health care delivery and law increasingly intersect, health care administrators will be challenged with a variety of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues. These issues can be quite expansive, and therefore, the focus of this course is on the fundamentals of public health policy and law and their impact on health providers.
OST820 Capstone Course for Health Professionals
The program’s Capstone Course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they can integrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills from the program to a robust educational challenge in a health care setting. The student will perform a thorough analysis of a health professions case, integrate literature sources in health professions and health professions education to critique the problem, implement a strategic intervention, and assess the impact of the intervention on the health system. The scope and nature of the capstone project will be determined through a learning contract with the course faculty member/project advisor. A final written and oral presentation of the project will be reviewed (P/N grading) by the project advisor and two other program faculty members.