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Course Descriptions

Student learning outcomes are noted below.

Upon completion of the HSCI program students will be able to:

A.  Apply principles of the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health outcomes and health disparities.

B.  Describe the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.

C.  Explain the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.

D.  Discuss the basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.

E.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of planning, organizing, human resources management, leadership, and budgeting.

F.  Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, civic knowledge and engagement, local and cross-cultural knowledge and competence based on ethical reasoning.

Upon completion of the major in health care management students will be able to:

A.  Describe the structure, organization, and functions of the major components of the health care delivery system.

B.  Describe legal and ethical principles to issues of health services management and policy analysis.

C.  Analyze health policy, including policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.

D.  Discuss main issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the U.S.

E.  Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing in health care organizations.

F.  Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance.

G.  Explain principles of human resources management in health care organizations.

H.  Recognize basic principles of accounting and financial management in health care organizations.

I.  Analyze the governance and management structures of health care organizations.

Course Descriptions

Concentration Courses

ACCT 211. Introductory Accounting I

Fundamentals of recording, analyzing, and communicating financial information including income determination, assets and liability relationships and preparation of financial statements. (4 units)

ACCT 212. Introductory Accounting II

Continuation of Introductory Accounting I with emphasis on interpretation and uses of financial data for decision-making including cost analysis, budgeting, and control. Includes study of the statement of cash flows and long-term debt. Prerequisites: ACCT 211. (4 units)

ECON 200. Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to the economic principles which govern production, ex- change, the pricing of goods, services and resources and the distribution of incomes in competitive and noncompetitive markets. (4 units)

MGMT 302. Management and Organizational Behavior

Introduction to management as it affects operations and the behavior of people in relation to the functional fields of administration. Selected behavioral concepts analyzed with respect to applications in management. (Also offered as PSYC 302. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)

HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health

An interdisciplinary overview of the public health field infrastructure and unique features and responsibilities of public health, the history and accomplishments of Public Health officials and agencies, various Public Health institutions, and an in-depth examination of the core Public Health disciplines. These include epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease, environmental health, health promotion, global health (including health disparities), health policy, and health services management. Formerly HSCI 371. (4 units)

HSCI 273. Software Applications in the Health Sciences

Overview and application of a variety of software applications current- ly utilized in health science-related programs, including but not limited to assessment, planning, program implementation, and management software; statistical packages; regional and national databases; and integrated applications. Formerly HSCI 373. Materials fee required. (4 units)

HSCI 360. Medical Care Organizations

Analysis of the organization of health and medical care services, re- sources, facilities, financial aspects, and other related topics. Formerly HSCI 415. Prerequisite: HSCI 271 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 423 Health and Wellness of Older Adults

The physiological, sociological, and psychological aspects of the aging process. Disease prevention and health promotion concepts related to the quality of life of older adults. (4 units)

HSCI 436. Human Resources Management in Health Care

Principles of effective human resource management in the medical care setting. Issues involving wage and hour laws, state and federal regulations of the work place, recruitment and retention of staff, training, compensation and benefits, professional credentialing, licensure, and continuing education. Formerly a topic under HSCI 452. (4 units)

HSCI 438. Financial Management in Health Care

Financial requirements in medical care settings, including the selection of software and hardware for an integrated information system. Solve problems related to the integration of clinical and financial data, understand the development of electronic medical records, patient scheduling systems, disease state management, and HIPAA regulations. Previously offered as a topic under HSCI 452. Prerequisite: ACCT 211 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 452. Special Topics in Health Science and Human Ecology

Examination of selected topics of current interest in health science. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 455. Health Policy and Law

Health policy, law, and regulations and their impact on public health, including health care. Considers the role of the legal system in resolving public health and health care issues through the legislature, the courts, and administrative agencies. Formerly HSCI 355. (4 units)

HSCI 460. Strategic Planning and Marketing in the Health Care System

Strategy-oriented management planning process, basic approaches and methodologies employed in strategic planning and health care marketing; economic and political forces which give form and shape to the health care marketplace. (4 units)

HSCI 468. Research Methodology in Health Science

Entry-level research methods and application to contemporary health problems. Health data analysis and development of skills for deter- mining appropriate analytical techniques and procedures. Materials fee required. Formerly HSCI 498 and 598. Prerequisite: HSCI 315, MATH 262 or 305; or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 480. Health Services Administration

Introduction to management theory and practice as they apply to the management of health services programs. Emphasis is placed on the planning, analysis, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluation func- tions necessary to the management of health service organizations. Budgeting functions and processes are discussed as they relate to health services management. Formerly HSCI 490. (4 units)

HSCI 489. Pre-Field Experience

Prepares students for a practical, professional-level field experience through class discussion and assignments, interaction with guest preceptors, preparing a portfolio, satisfying requirements of the field placement, and completing necessary coursework to identify and establish a field experience project. Prerequisites: senior standing; all 100- and 200-level courses completed; grade of "C" or better in all upper division courses in the major. (2 units)

HSCI 493. Field Experience Seminar

Analyzes the field experience, examines trends in the profession, and prepares students for formal presentation of their internship project to department faculty, agency preceptors, and other students. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken concurrently with HSCI 495 until completion of field experience. Prerequisite: HSCI 489. (1 unit)

HSCI 495 Field Experience

Structured practical pre-professional culminating experience of a minimum 120 hours to be completed in one ten-week quarter in an approved public health agency, community-based organization, tribal health site, or health care setting. Meant to be taken at the end of the program by senior level students. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: HSCI 489; concurrent enrollment in HSCI 493; and signed consent of program advisor. (4 units)



Core HSCI Courses

HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach

Nature and function of health in society through study of the fundamental concepts of living systems and their implication in the processes of health and illness in the human organism. Major health problems are analyzed to contribute to the student's understanding of his or her role as an individual and as a member of the community. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B.2) (5 units)

HSCI 315. Statistics for the Health Sciences

Introduction to the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data acquired for health sciences and public health. Emphasis will be on application rather than theory. Four hours lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 110. (4 units)

HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health

Introduction to the effects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments and their impacts on human health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the principles of assessment, evaluation and control of environmental risks related to public health. Discussion topics include air water and solid waste pollution plus food protection, radiation, hazardous wastes and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: college-level course in biology. (4 units)

HSCI 367. Human Disease Mechanisms

Ecological and medical aspects of human disease and the body's response to the disease process and the effects on normal function. Prerequisites: either BIOL 223 and 224 or BIOL 200, 201 and 202. (4 units)

HSCI 451. Principles of Epidemiology

Distribution and dynamics of human health problems; principles and procedures used to determine circumstances under which disease occurs or health prevails. The broadened scope of epidemiology is examined through case studies and community health approach.  (4 units)