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Southern Illinois University



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Course Descriptions

Online courses are restricted to students in the online program only.  On-campus courses are restricted to students in the oncampus program only.


199-1 to 6 Individual Study- Provides first or second year students with the opportunity to develop a special program of studies to fit a particular need not met by other offerings. Each student will work under the supervision of a program faculty member approved by the HCM Academic Review Committee. Restricted to HCM majors.

258-1 to 30 Work Experience Credit- Credit granted for management or supervisory experience in the health care industry. Credit may be applied only to the approved career electives requirement of the health care management degree. Credit is determined by the HCM Academic Review Committee. Restricted to HCM majors.

259-1 to 30 Occupational Education Credit- Credit granted for past occupational educational experiences related to the student’s educational objectives. May be applied only to the approved career electives requirement of the health care management degree. Credit is determined by the HCM Academic Review Committee. Restricted to HCM majors.

320-3 Health Policy and Politics- A course focusing on the U.S. health policy-making process within the context of the political marketplace. Emphasis is on the ways in which health policy affects the determinants of health. Through real world cases in health policy, health care management students analyze the public policy environment and gain an understanding of how to exert influence and deal with the political environment. Prerequisite: UCC MATH, ECON 240. Restricted to HCM major/minor.

340-3 Managerial Epidemiology and Marketing in Healthcare- Introduction to principles of marketing as applied to health care as a service industry. Analysis of local demographics and of current market trends in healthcare. Design of plans to include pricing, promotion, distribution channels and evaluation of strategies. This course is writing-intensive and reflects the college’s communication-across-the-curriculum initiative. Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Restricted to HCM major or minor.

360-3 U.S. Health Care Systems- A study of the major components which comprise the U.S. health care system. This course will focus primarily on basic terminology, history, settings, personnel, utilization of service, and managerial epidemiology. Restricted to SAH major, HCM majors/minors.

364-3 Organizational Behavior in Health Care Organizations- A course dealing with the problems of management in health care settings from a micro level (department/unit) and a macro level (organizational). Emphasis is on the external environment, goal setting, problem solving, communication, change management, and interpersonal relations. Restricted to SAH major, HCM majors/minors.

365-3 Statistics and Research for Health Care Professions- A course for students beginning a major in the health care professions. Students examine and apply data to their professions with an emphasis placed on the understanding of the basic principles, techniques, and applications involved with analysis, synthesis, and utilization of data. Prerequisite: UCC Math. Restricted to SAH major, HCM majors/minors.

366-3 Health Information Management- This course provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of the strategic application of information technology, and the management of such, in health care organizations. Focuses on using information technology to analyze both clinical data and business results in the decision making processes within an overall organizational capacity. Challenges facing the health care industry in terms of information technology will be examined. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

368-3 Health Care Coding Procedures I. This courseis a study of the major components and processes involved with medical coding as required for the reimbursement of health care services and for capturing data for information and informatics used in managerial decision making within the health care industry. Medical documentation, ICD-9/10-CM coding, CPT coding, HCPCS, the claims processes will be covered through hands-on course exercises and case studies. Prerequisites: AH 105, HCM 360, HCM 366 with grades of C or better.

375-3 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services- An examination of theory and practices in evaluation of health care programs. Special attention is given to identifying program objectives, measuring performance, and designing evaluation studies. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and evaluation are covered (quasi-experiments, cost-effectiveness analysis and participant observation). Course can only be counted towards degree once.Prerequisite: UCC mathematics, HCM 365.

382-3 Health Economics- An analysis of the economics of health care in the United States and its effect on society and the health care profession.

384-3 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Health Care- A course that analyzes the fundamentals of strategic planning and leadership in health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on mission, vision, values, creating business plans and conducting SWOT analysis. The impact of leadership style on the strategic planning process is explored. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

385-3 Health Care Finance- An introduction to the fiscal problems in health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on health care reimbursement, working capital, financial statements, strategic planning, and accounting/monetary control of the health care industry. Prerequisite: UCC Math, Accounting 210 or 220. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

388-3 Legal Aspects and Current Issues in Health Care- Principles of law and the U.S. legal system are applied, in part through case study and an exploration of current events, in the areas of health care management. Legal issues include malpractice, contracts, corporate liability, professional liability, patient rights, and the legal aspects of managed care. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

390-3 Human Resources in Health Care- This course introduces students to the major issues related to developing and implementing human resource management strategies, with specific emphasis on their applications within health care organizations. Emphasis in the course will be given to issues related to the following aspects of human resource management: the strategic role of human resource management in health care organizations; recruiting and selecting health care employees; equal opportunity issues; orienting, training, and developing employees; appraising and managing performance; ensuring fair treatment of all employees; providing a safe workplace; developing and administering compensation plans; managing labor relations; and implementing HRM’s role in reengineering processes. Incorporated within the course is an explanation of the human resource functions that are part of all health care managers’ responsibilities. May be independent study. Prerequisite: HCM 364. Restricted to Health Care Management majors or minors.

410-3 Operations Management and Quality Improvement in Health Care- Examines the applications of operations management in the framework of health care organizations. Focus will be placed on supply chain and inventory management, forecasting, queuing models, and capacity planning. Determinants to achieve quality management in health care facilities will be explored. Utilizes analytical methods of systematic monitoring and evaluation and the application of quality improvement initiatives. Includes impact on quality of accreditations, credentialing, liability, and governmental regulations. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: UCC MATH, HCM 360. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

413-3 Long Term Care Administration- A study of the principles of nursing home management and assisted living services which examines administrative and staffing functions relating to clients, community, public policy, programming and financing. Not for graduate credit. Restricted to junior standing.

420-3 Health Care Ethics, Coding, and Compliance- Exploration of the ethical issues surrounding the delivery of health care services. Students will apply ethical principles and decision making processes to a series of cases involving ethical dilemmas unique to the health care environment. Students will examine coding and compliance issues and carefully explore the external environment which governs and regulates their actions as future health care managers. Not for graduate credit. Restricted to HCM majors/minors.

421-1 Professional Practice for Health Care Managers- Introduces students to the health care environment and the expectations of them as health care professionals. Emphasis is placed on professional development, professionalism, business correspondence and technical writing, patient-centered health care, customer relationship management, and networking. Resumes, internship site selection and related processes will be accomplished. Not for graduate credit. Restricted to HCM majors. Special approval needed from the academic advisor.

422-2 to 9 Health Care Management Internship- Students are assigned to a University approved health care organization engaged in activities related to health care management and to the student’s career objectives. The student will perform duties and services as assigned by the preceptor by completing an assigned work project which is managerial/analytical and of value to the organization. Report log and performance evaluations are required. Hours and credits arranged individually. Minimum 150 contact hours required. Mandatory Pass/Fail no repeat allowed on fail. Not for Graduate Credit. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in all HCM core courses. Restricted to HCM majors.

460-3 Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare- An introductory course focusing on the Lean Six Sigma approach to improving quality in healthcare organizations. An exploration of error prevention, problem solving, problem detection, change management, and effective and efficient process improvement. Cases will be used to demonstrate how the approach can be applied specifically to the healthcare industry. Restricted Health Care Management majors and minors of junior standing.

461-3 Introduction to Physician Practice Operations- An introductory course designed to examine the different aspects of operating a physician’s practice. Focus is placed on licensing  and professional regulation; selection of HMOs, PPOs, and other managed care programs; medical records and regulatory compliance; community outreach required for building a medical practice, and practical development of templates for practice activities such as streamlined appointment scheduling and encounter forms. Not for graduate credit.

462-3 Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act- An exploration of the history of US healthcare reform attempts and the landmark healthcare reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act. Focus is on the impact of healthcare organizations, employers, insurers, individuals, and medical practice, as well as the impact on the economy. Changes to Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, abortion, dental care, mental health, and the delivery of care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s), will be examined. Not for graduate credit.

468-3 Health Care Coding Procedures II. Advanced course in medical coding and auditing. This course examines coding audits associated with regulatory bodies such as OIG, DOJ, CMS, and RAC. Students will learn to extract specific clinical data and utilize it for quality improvement initiatives, data analytics, patient marketing, reporting mechanisms, audits, and managerial decision making. Emphasis is placed on calculating and reporting healthcare outcomes and the legalities/ethical challenges of accurate medical coding for HER, physician practices, hospitals, hospice, and other organizations that provide health care services. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: HCM 368 with a grade of C or better.

499-1 to 6 Individual Study- Provides third- or fourth-year health care management students with the opportunity to develop a special program of studies to fit a particular need not met by other offerings. Each student will work under the supervision of a sponsoring program faculty member approved by the HCM Academic Review committee. Not for graduate credit. Restricted to HCM majors.

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