HSCU 300 Introduction to Health Services
Provides a historical perspective on the organization, finance, and delivery of health services in the United States. Surveys current issues in the health care industry including providers of health services from multiple settings, the causes and determinants of health services utilization and health outcomes, quality assurance, legislation, and regulation. 3 credits.
HSCU 304 Marketing for Health Services
Prerequisite: HSCU 300 or equivalent. Introduces marketing concepts and principles applicable to health care organizations and health care providers. Understanding marketing concepts, buyer behavior, market segmentation, positioning, pricing, promotion decisions, and market strategies are emphasized. 3 credits.
HSCU 321 Health Services Management
Prerequisite: HSCU 300 or equivalent. Examines the nature of supervision in health care organization and provides an overview of basic management functions in a health care setting. Defining skills in decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution in the delivery of health care are emphasized. 3 credits.
HSCU 395 Legal Aspects of Health Services
Explores the philosophy and application of law as it relates to the organization and delivery of health care. Students engage in a discussion of legal process and the relationship of the law and public policy to health care. 3 credits.
HSCU 408 Program Planning and Evaluation
The course presents the necessary steps for effective development and evaluation of health promotion programs in community and health care settings. Emphasis is placed on diagnosing needs from multiple perspectives, including social, epidemiological, environmental behavior, education and administrative principles of process impact and outcome evaluation are discussed. 3 credits.
HSCU 410 Public Health Administration
Examines community health in the United States today. Designed to provide a broad introduction to modern concepts of public health administration. The graduate-level course is a more extensive examination of these concepts. 3 credits.
HSCU 429 Topics in Health Care
A course of study not currently encompassed in the curriculum and relevant to evolving topics of growing importance to the health care industry. 3 credits.
HSCU 431 Complementary Medicine
This course is designed to stimulate changes in the way you think about health and healing. You will learn how to recognize early signs and symptoms of disease outside the realm of traditional medicine. By the end of this course, you will have learned the concepts of alternative therapies, understand the connection of how our thoughts and feelings influence our health and how we can collaborate with our bodies to encourage healing. 3 credits.
HSCU 432 Disease Prevention
The purpose of the course is to enable the student to understand that future health care delivery systems must incorporate three key approaches: 1) prevention of disease; 2) maintenance of optimal health; and 3) the natural treatment of disease. The student will learn the causes and symptoms of illness and the proper use of natural therapies, their physiological mechanisms and how to apply them correctly for maximum benefit. In addition, the student will be able to examine the health implications of stress and how psychological and spiritual factors influence our lives and well-being. 3 credits.
HSCU 440 Drugs and Society
(Same as SOCU 440, CJCU 440) Study of drug use from a sociological perspective. Discussion will include the effects and toxicity of legal drugs such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, as well as illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine. Course topics include the integration of drugs with everyday life, the prescription drug industry as a social problem, addiction, recovery as the trope of popular culture, drug-testing, HIV/AIDS and intravenous drug use, criminal behavior and drug use, drug legalization debates and other policy issues. 3 credits.
HSCU 441 Special Topics in Chemical Dependency
Course will examine and explore the history, causes and effects of alcohol and other mood changing drugs (psychological, sociological, and physical); investigation and interpretation of various prevention, treatment, and recovery modalities; myths, images and stereotypes; patterns and progressions, and the familiarization of terms of alcohol and other mood-changing drugs. 3 credits.
HSCU 452 Epidemiology
Surveys the methods used for determining cause, distribution, and prevalence of infectious and non-infectious diseases of man. Includes discussion of possible sources of bias in sample techniques and information collection. Current and historical examples of the use of these methods are emphasized. 3 credits.
HSCU 470 Health Care and Aging
Specifically designed for the study of gerontology, this course provides an overview and foundation of both normal and abnormal changes of the aging process. The course focuses on various theories of aging, physiological changes, and psycho-social implications. Common medical conditions such as dementia, depression, and signs and symptoms of elder abuse are also reviewed. The graduate-level course requires further intensive critical thinking and examination of concepts. 3 credits.
HSCU 471 Issues in Aging
This course provides a broad approach to the social and economic aspects of growing older. Current trends based on controversial issues will be analyzed in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and potential solutions. Topics include impact of demographic changes upon society, power and competition for scarce resources, the issue of entitlements and retirement, housing needs and aging, family responsibilities for caregiving, creativity and the meaning of growing old in society today. The graduate-level course requires further intensive critical thinking and examination of concepts. 3 credits.
HSCU 472 Geriatric Health Care and Public Policy
This course will provide an overview of health care policies that affect the elderly. The course identifies the continuum of long-term health care services and reviews the aging network. Programs such as Medicare/Medicaid, Medicare certified HMOs are identified. 3 credits.
HSCU 491 Health Services Management Internship
Supervised experience in an approved setting where health services are provided. Requires approval of academic advisor and department chair. 3 credits.
HSCU 498 Senior Project
Prerequisites: completion or concurrent enrollment of all required coursework in the major. Each student is required to complete a significant project resulting in a formal paper. Choice of health services management related topics will be made in consultation with the instructor. The course serves as a capstone experience as students complete their undergraduate studies. Students will complete a project involving a comprehensive in-depth review of current literature involving core competency knowledge areas in health systems and health services management. At the end of the term, the student will demonstrate integration of what they have learned in health services management through the production of a seminal written product. 3 credits.