COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HEA 460, HEA 315, HEA 318, HEA 472 , HSC 201

 

 

 

HEALTH SCIENCE 460:

COMMUNITY HEALTH AGENCIES

 

INSTRUCTOR:  BARRY HUNT, MPA         

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM UNIVERSITY CATALOG):

 

Examination and evaluation of state, federal, local and community health agencies and programs.  Survey and analyze community level drug, alcohol, communicable disease, and mental health problems and programs.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

 

COURSE CONTENT:  An overview of concepts, resources and practical skills used by health professionals in community health agencies to promote health and to understanding and solve health problems via:  governmental, quasi-governmental and nongovernmental health agencies and organizations; national, state and local goals and strategies for improving health (Healthy People 2010, etc.); epidemiology; health education, health promotion and disease prevention; skill sets and tools of health professionals; careers in community health; community organizing, partnerships and capacity building;  health of special populations (women, infants, children, adults, elders, refugees); socioeconomic status and racial/economic disparities in health; mental health, alcohol, tobacco and drug programs; structure and function of the U.S. health system (hospitals, clinics, insurance, managed care, etc.); environmental health; managing waste, pollution, hazards and injuries; safety in the workplace; local, national and international community health resources (databases, libraries, internet, etc); role models of community health leaders; collaboration and multi-disciplinary teamwork; priority setting; oral and written presentations to upper-level management (the CEO and the Board of Directors).

 

 

HEALTH SCIENCE 315:

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION

 

INSTRUCTOR:  BARRY HUNT, MPA                                             

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM CSUDH CATALOG):

 

Fundamentals, principles, and skills of interpersonal and group processes in health related occupations.  Special emphasis on theory and techniques of interviewing, small group dynamics, crisis intervention and interpersonal management skills in ethnically and culturally diverse urban settings.

 

COURSE CONTENT:  An overview of concepts and daily "survival skills" essential to every health care professional for effectively communicating with patients, supervisors, upper‑level managers, physicians, ancillary staff, peer health professionals, stakeholders and potential employers, through:

 

Planning and chairing multi-disciplinary meetings, active listening, intercultural and nonverbal communication cultural and linguistic competence with patients of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, therapeutic communication, patient education and counseling, writing and editing short and long reports for managerial decision making, career paths and preparing resumes, making short and long oral presentations, teamwork, goal setting, public relations, in-house and external media, public health outreach, patient advocacy, making and refusing requests, problem solving, interviewing, training, coaching, networking, analyzing and prioritizing proposals, creating research surveys; and communicating via modern technology (instructional media, telephone, electronic mail, voice mail, cellular phone, Internet, videotape, CD-ROM, DVD, video conferences, print and electronic media, and mass media).

 

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HEALTH SCIENCE 318:

HEALTH RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

 

INSTRUCTOR:  BARRY HUNT, MPA          

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM CSUDH CATALOG)

 

A survey course of administrative concepts, issues and essential supervisory skills for management of a health care unit, including personnel, finances, equipment, supplies and facilities.  The course is designed for current (or upcoming) supervisors or section/unit managers in health care organizations, social service agencies, etc

 

COURSE CONTENT:  An overview of concepts and daily "survival skills" essential to every supervisor for effective:

 

Planning, organizing, leading, controlling, decision making, problem solving, communicating, team building, employee recruiting, interviewing, training, motivating, delegating, performance appraising, coaching, counseling "problem employees", disciplining, labor relations, budgeting, scheduling, facilities planning, preventive maintenance, environmental rounds, inventory control, materials management, conflict resolution, management information systems, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), "MBWA with a Passion for Excellence," quality service to patients/ clients/customers, networking;  and dealing with: upper‑level managers, physicians and ancillary staff;  and managing:  risks, time, stress, equipment, supplies, staff "power politics," teamwork, oral presentations, etc

 

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HEALTH SCIENCE 472:

SURVEY OF HEALTH CARE FINANCE

 

INSTRUCTOR:  BARRY HUNT, MPA                                                 

                                                                  

COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM CSUDH CATALOG):

 

Concepts and issues in financial management of health care organizations. Use of tools for cost effective decision‑making and learn to recognize and deal with financial components of decision‑making in health care organizations.

 

COURSE CONTENT:  An overview of concepts and daily "survival skills" essential to every supervisor for effective financial management:

 

Multidisciplinary teamwork for financial problem solving; sources of increasing health care costs and efforts of providers and payers to control them (i.e., mergers and acquisitions, information services technology, reengineering, DRGs, capitation, cost containment, global payments and ethical issues of cost controls); managerial accounting and financial analysis (revenues, expenses, cost classifications, cost behavior and break-even analysis, staffing, comparative data and forecasts, budgeting and variance analysis, time value of money);  financial management tools (reporting, financial and operating ratios as performance measures, benchmarking);  case studies (health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, government programs); financial management vocabulary and documents, alternative investment decisions, preparation of budget requests to management, bases for financial decision making, oral presentations to upper management and the Board of Directors, etc.

 

 

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HEALTH SCIENCE (HSC) 201:

HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND PERSPECTIVES

 

INSTRUCTOR:  BARRY HUNT, MPA                                                 

                                                                  

COURSE DESCRIPTION (FROM CSUDH CATALOG):

 

Examination of healthcare delivery systems and personal health as integrated physiological, social, psychological processes.  Topics include roles of healthcare providers; major healthcare organizations; contemporary healthcare issues; interactions of healthcare and physical environmental changes which influence health of the whole person. (Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.)

 

COURSE CONTENT:  An overview of concepts essential to understanding and working effectively in the current health care environment: multi-disciplinary teamwork for problem solving;  priority setting, decision making, written and oral presentations to upper-level medical center management, the CEO and the Board of Directors;  primary, secondary and tertiary care;  medical centers, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care facilities; medical practice, health care personnel, managed care, mental health, preventive medicine, public health, community health agencies, population perspectives; the roles of government in financing, regulating and providing health care; health planning, health care infrastructure, high-risk populations, the un- and underinsured; the future of health care, multicultural health, patient satisfaction, information services technology, rising health care costs and cost control efforts (DRGs, PSROs/PROs, productivity measurement, quality control, CQI/TQM, mergers and acquisitions, cost containment);  financial management (forecasting, revenues, expenses, staffing, budgeting); health care vocabulary, confidentiality of patients’ medical records, HIPAA, health career opportunities, online health resources and news sources.

 

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