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Health Care Administration Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses

Major characteristics of the US health care system, its strengths and weaknesses, the roles of different stakeholders including providers, patients, policymakers and payers; the role of health insurance and its impacts, and definitions of health and health determinants. 

  • Prerequisites:  STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Issues and practices of health care administrators that impact leadership style. Emphasis on developing capacities for leading health organizations in a changing environment, in particular strategic planning, human resources management, facilitation, negotiation and collaboration skills, as well as those needed for innovation and creative management practice. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Creation and maintenance of healthy organizations and healthy communities. Development of administrative practice to sustain well communities within the organization and without. Administering programs to sustain and promote well-being in the community and activate community resources. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Explores the application of classical and emerging theories in organizational design, behavior, and effectiveness to health care organizations.  Topics include organizational purpose, design, structure, change, power and politics; and the impact of internal and external factors on structure and design. 

  • Prerequisite: STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only. 

The impact of information systems on the design and delivery of health care. Different information technologies; use of information systems in policy making and quality assurance and improvement; relationship of information technology to organizational design. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Functioning of health care markets; impact of economic incentives on health care decision-making; U.S. health care financing; impact of uninsured; role of nonprofit organizations; impact of managed care model; forecasting of health care expenditures; role of technology, prices, utilization rates, and demographics.

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Explores the application of strategic management principles to health care organizations.  Topics include analyzing the external and internal environments, responding to change, developing mission and goal statements, strategy formulation, evaluation of strategic alternatives, and implementation.

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

The health care policy process; impact of health care on broader social policy; influence of political and economic forces on health policies; impact of emerging models of health care such as community-based programs. Critical analysis of market-based models.

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage organizational resources:  develop clear policies, position descriptions and expectations; build cohesive employee teams, coach and discipline employees, provide effective employee feedback and development, maximize advantages of diversity, and provide leadership. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Overview of managed health care organizations, including their history, evolution, regulation, and financing.  The course explores issues that are common to most managed care organizations, including accreditation and performance measurement, compensation, use of incentives, and the regulatory environment. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Contemporary legal issues in health care administration. Overview of recent health legislation and regulations. Personal and organizational liability. Ethical issues in health care administration. Impact of the market model on health care delivery.

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Development of skills in evaluation methods and performance management with particular emphasis on the management of quality, standard setting, and performance assessment processes.  Course includes historical beginnings, state-of-the-art voluntary and governmental efforts and proposed means of quality assessment and improvement. 

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent. 
  • A-F grading only.

Academically challenging field placements in part-time or full-time positions related to the field of health care administration under the supervisor of University faculty member.  Examination of the relationship of theory to practice in the provisions of health care administration.  

  • Prerequisites: HCA 6200, HCA 6225, and STAT 1000 or its equivalent, approval of internship supervisor.  
  • A-F grading only.

Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities.

  • Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; the approval of the Health Care Administration Graduate Coordinator. A maximum of 4 units will be accepted toward the M.S. in Health Care Administration degree. May be repeated for credit, for a maximum of 4 units. 
  • CR/NC grading only.

Development of an original project which is summarized in a written abstract. Both the project and the abstract are submitted to the department, which specifies their formats. Supervision by a departmental faculty member. Oral defense may be required.

  • Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy, approval of project supervisor. 
  • A-F grading only.

Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a departmental faculty member. Oral defense normally required.

  • Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of thesis advisor.

Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the university in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense normally required.  (See also University Thesis Writing Guide.)

  • Prerequisites: Advance to Candidacy and consent of Thesis Committee.

Readings, discussions and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in health care administration.  May be repeated for credit when course content varies, for a maximum of 8 units. 

  • A-F grading only.
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