Course Descriptions

HS 301/HS 501 Spirituality in Health Care 3 CR
Explores the spiritual dimension of health care and the incorporation of spirituality into the caring relationship. The intersection of religion, spiritual practices, culture, diversity, life stages and health issues are examined. Other topics include the identification of one’s personal spirituality, discussion of the ethical provision of spiritual care by the health care professional, importance of the consideration of spiritual care needs by the health care team, and the difference in the roles of the health care professional and pastoral care professional. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

HS 302 Health Care Administration Practice 3 CR
This course will examine selected administration practices to prepare students for management roles including budget and finance, supervision and management of personnel, unions, strategic planning, departmental organization, goals, and plans of operation. Individual leadership styles and other assessment tools along with case studies of common challenges in health care environments will be presented. Considerations of differences between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations will be discussed.

HS 303 Health Education and Promotion for Healthy Lifestyles 3 CR
Health education and promotion activities are increasingly supported by evidence showing positive impacts on various health indicators. Using nationally published population health goals as a framework, this course will use frequently occurring health conditions to explore health education models and health promotion interventions. Attention will also be given to measuring health and the impact of lifestyle choices on health care needs and costs within the context of ethical principles.

HS 304 Community and Public Health (NU 380- theory only) 3 CR
This course focuses on the family and community as consumers of health services. The different perspectives, sensitivities and application of knowledge unique to families and the community are identified. Effectiveness of family centered practice is explored in relation to the problems, priorities, attitudes, culture and resources of the family and community.

HS 306 Health Management Information Systems 3 CR
Health care organizations are increasingly implementing information systems and technology to improve efficiency, coordination, and assessment of care services. This course will provide an overview of some of the most common information technology systems applications and implications with emphasis on electronic medical records, informatics, and related systems.

HS 307 Alternative Healing Modalities (NU 383) 3 CR
This course examines holistic forms of health care that can add to the effectiveness of traditional allopathic care, including energy systems, art, imagery, meditation, and hands-on healing approaches. Integrative medicine is the term to describe the interdisciplinary approach to client care which borrows from Eastern and Western medical traditions. Assignments will include firsthand experiences of techniques for subjective and objective assessment.

HS 309 Professional Interactions in Health Care Settings 3 CR
This course will present a model for interacting with people seeking health care services and health care personnel with consideration of roles, expectations, communication, and mutual goal setting. Commonly used assessment skills such as general interviews/talking with clients, conflict resolution, and communication skills will be included as will more advanced professional interaction skills of conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation.

HS 310 Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan 3 CR
This course covers the psychological, biological, cognitive, social and emotional changes that occur throughout the human lifespan. It includes pre-natal stages through death and dying. Students will be introduced to both classic and new and emerging theories of development as they gain an understanding of the dynamic inter-relatedness and relationship between biology and environment in human growth and development.

HS 350 Health Care Policy, Politics, and Advocacy 3 CR
Virtually all health services and careers are influenced by health care policy at the local, regional, national, and even international levels. The implications of health policy principles and decisions will be explored along with the resulting impact on financing of health care services. Consideration to current policy and finance priorities in health care will be used to structure the examination and debate along with application of ethical principles and advocacy toward influencing health care policy.

HS 351 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care 3 CR
The planning and delivery of health care is strongly affected by legal issues and ethical aspects of professional roles and care delivery in various settings. Basic legal and ethical principles will be presented and applied to selected scenarios to illustrate the role that the law and ethics have on health care practice. The regulation of health care at national and state levels will also be reviewed.

HS 352 Health Care Leadership 3 CR
This survey course will review leadership theories practices commonly applied in health care environments. The course will emphasize leading diverse organizations, collaborating with colleagues on creating and communicating a vision for the organization, and ethical leadership. Analyzing organizational frames and leading change to adapt to emerging health care environments will be explored.

HS 353 Diversity and Disparities in Health Care 3 CR
The rapidly changing demographics of the country and the world call for increased attention to disparities relative to health status, including issues around diversity, socio-economic status, geography, and access. The effects of facility utilization and uncompensated care has on access will be discussed. This course will provide a framework for exploring diversity and disparities with emphasis on culturally competent care and mediation of differences in health outcomes among diverse populations with regards to accessing quality health care.

HS 354 Improving Health Care Quality and Safety 3 CR
Health care organizations are committed to improving the quality and safety of services both to achieve their missions and to comply with various regulatory requirements. This course will review the major sources of quality and safety standards, present some of the major approaches to improving quality and safety, and discuss the role of all health care workers in creating a culture of safety. Leadership implications of the quality and safety of the environment, movement, and handling will be explored.

HS 355 Health Research Capstone 3 CR
The Health Research Capstone course will provide an overview of health research principles and the role of research in the delivery of health care, showing connections to the other BS HS major core courses on leadership and management, diversity, improving quality and safety, and legal/ethical principles and issues. Specifically, the Capstone process will emphasize finding the best available current research and applying evidence-based practices to selected scenarios. The capstone experience will involve selection of an approved topic from the major core courses and design of a project to enhance knowledge and skills in that area.