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Health Policy and Management

Week One

Foundations of Organizational Leadership, 312.610.11

3 academic credits
June 5-7, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Ann-Michele Gundlach, EdD

In this course, students develop an understanding of the role of the organizational leader and the essential knowledge and skills the role requires. The course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the process of working effectively with and leading others. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, it places emphasis on the role of the leader in relation to organizational effectiveness, developing a vision for the future, leading change and building adaptive organizational cultures. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on class participation and a final paper. The paper will be due within a month of the conclusion of the course on a date identified by the instructor. No assignment will be accepted after August 4, 2017. This course is limited to 30 students.

NOTE: This course has a $25.00 course materials fee that will be applied to the tuition.


Patient Safety in Developing Countries, 309.731.11

2 academic credits
June 5-6, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Albert Wu, MD

Introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of patient safety in developing countries, focusing on health systems improvement. Explains the role of global organizations, national governments, institutions, local communities, and individuals in improving patient safety in developing countries. Reviews key global patient safety resources that can be utilized to enhance patient safety in developing country health systems. Students learn how to utilize a “problem solving paradigm” to patient safety, conduct a patient safety situational analysis, and develop an action plan for patient safety at the institutional level. Explores the use of patient safety partnerships between hospitals as a model for inter-continental collaboration. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on class participation and a short paper on patient safety action planning. This paper will be due within one month of the conclusion of the course, on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 4, 2017.


Concepts, Theories, and Current Trends in Health Informatics, 315.600.11

2 academic credits
June 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017
Instructor: Hadi Kharrazi, MHI, MD, PhD

Introduces students to commonly-used terminology and concepts in health informatics; it is more than just the building and programming of databases and IT. Explores many definitions for informatics, and the difference between public health, population health, and clinical informatics, along with ways to evaluate Health IT through studying informatics frameworks and in-class activities. Offers students a look into the current developments, policies, and trends in the field of informatics from CMS’s Meaningful use, Health Information Exchanges, and the growing use of mobile and electronic technology for provider and consumer use. Students have the chance to speak with researchers and developer in the field of mHealth. Students also participate in mock meetings where they assume roles of the different stakeholders that are typically at the table when building new information systems. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on attendance (10%); participation in class discussion and activities (20%); in class activities (40%); and a paper relating to the in-class activity and concepts learned in the class (30%). The paper will be due within one month of the conclusion of the course, on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 4, 2017.


Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management, 312.603.11

3 academic credits
June 7-9, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: William J. Ward, MBA

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the role of budgeting as a key component of the administrative process. Students will learn how to develop a budget, as well as how to evaluate the financial status of a department or operating unit and determine what, if any, corrective actions need to be taken. Skills will be taught regarding a variety of analytical methods that support sound management decision-making, including benefit/cost ratio analysis, variance analysis and break-even analysis. The course will also include approaches to benchmarking, productivity improvement techniques and methods for building cost standards. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on a final exam. This exam will be due within one month of the conclusion of the course, on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 4, 2017.


Performance Measurement in Health Care, 312.620.11

2 academic credits
June 8-9, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Nikolas Matthes, MD

Focuses on performance measurement for hospitals and describes key aspects and challenges of measurement initiatives in the current context of health care reform in general, and payment reform more specifically. The faculty, all senior health care professionals from the trenches, describe the regulatory environment, and Joint Commission and CMS requirements. They also summarize key measures used for public reporting and payment such as chart-abstracted clinical process, administrative data based outcomes, satisfaction, and efficiency. Highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each type of measure and discusses appropriate use of analytics and comparison data including patient satisfaction. Covers current public reporting and pay for performance initiatives and associated challenges. Another topic is emerging initiatives in the context of the electronic medical records, such as e-measures and meaningful use. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on a final paper (80%) and class participation (20%). The paper will be due within a month of the conclusion of the course on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 4, 2017.