Lincoln College

Undergraduate Catalog :: Normal Campus

Health Services Administration

HSA 110: Health Care Medical Terminology

Credits: 1
Terminology and vocabulary basic to different areas of health, medical science, hospital services, and allied health specialties. Develops skills in correct written and oral usage of medical terms.

HSA 210: Contemporary Health Care Issues

Credits: 3
An overview of some of the crucial policy, ethical, and managerial challenges that current health care system is faces. Students are engaged in identifying major contemporary health care issues and challenges and how they affect distinct segments of our society.

HSA 314: Health Care Human Resource Management (3)

Credits: 3
This course offers a review of the principles and practices essential for the development and management of an effective personnel program in health care agencies and institutions.  It covers employee recruitment, selection, training, promotion and separation, as well as compensation, labor regulations, legal framework of bargaining, contract administration and grievance procedures.  Techniques of supervision and issues such as professionalism, career paths, safety and environmental health regulations, and the impact of unionization on health care institutions also receive attention.

HSA 320: US Health Care Systems

Credits: 3
An overview of health care system components need and health status, access and utilization, facilities, personnel, alternative delivery systems and health care quality. The course promotes an understanding of the environment that thrives on continuing adaptation to change.

HSA 330: Principles of Epidemiology

Credits: 3
An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for students’ own needs in the health care field. Topics reviewed could include outbreak investigation, infectious disease epidemiology, and an introduction to epidemiologic study design and surveillance. In this introductory course, students should develop a general understanding of the key historical events, main concepts, and common terminology of epidemiology and epidemiologic research. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the material by application and interpretation through problem solving.
Prereq. MAT 110, 135 and BIO 101 or 102

HSA 340: Health Care Marketing

Credits: 3
This course examines the theory of marketing and provides techniques for the planning and marketing of health services, programs and organizations to different population groups including strategies for outreach activities. The course will explore relationship
between planning and marketing and the history and methods of area-wide and institutional planning.

HSA 353: Research Methods

Credits: 3
An examination of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Emphasizes strengths and weaknesses of each method and provides an understanding of when each method is best used. The development of a research proposal is a requirement of the course
Prereq. MAT 110 and Junior/Senior standing. Prereq. MAT110

HSA 365: Health Administration Practicum

Credits: 2
The Health Administration Practicum consists of field visits to health service delivery agencies and gives students an opportunity to see a variety of health care delivery systems and settings first hand and to interact with practicing health care providers and managers. The Practicum encourages students to create a network that would assist them in future job placement activities. (*Health Professionals with at least three years of Health Care related experience may request a PLA for this course. The requests would be considered and honored on the case by case basis).

HSA 401: Fundamentals of Dental Practice Management

Credits: 6
This course will introduce students to dental terminology, successful patient-dentist insurance communication, and major dental software(s). The course culminates with the applied practical project in which students have an opportunity to employ classroom knowledge in the real life situations of dental practices.
Prereq. BUS 101, BUS 205, & HSA 340

HSA 410: Long Term Care Management

Credits: 3
An overview of long-term care services, including the nursing home, respite care, independent living and assisted living communities, continuity of care, adult day care, home care, social health maintenance organizations (S/HMOs) and community services dedicated to improving care for the chronically ill. The distinctive functional, procedural, social, emotional, and environmental issues which relate to cost effective management of long-term care services would be discussed.

HSA 441: Legal Aspects of Health Care

Credits: 3
This course is designed to examine the major legal aspects of hospital and health care administration and to provide students with practical knowledge necessary to identify legal issues and to understand the legal ramifications of strategic decisions. It is also designed to familiarized students with the emerging health care policies that court is likely to confront.

HSA 452: Health Insurance and Reimbursement

Credits: 3
In-depth examination of insurance and reimbursement practiced in today’s healthcare industry, their history, current status, and their future. Topics include private and public insurance systems, prospective and retrospective reimbursement, managed care, current trends, and contracting.
Prereq. MAT 110, MAT 135

HSA 456: Ethics in Health Care

Credits: 3
This course examines healthcare related ethical decision making challenges from a managerial perspective. Broader policy issues associated with ethical dilemmas at an institutional/societal level, such as end of life decisions, patients-physicians relationships, and others are explored.

HSA 460: Health Care Policy

Credits: 3
This course investigates the formulation of healthcare priorities, the development of legislation, the implementation of legislative provisions through administrative action, and the modification of health policy within the context of the provision of services.

HSA 470: Physician Practice and Ambulatory Care Management

Credits: 3
The development of new ambulatory care services and the alternative delivery systems has increased in today’s competitive and cost-conscious health care environment. This course will review factors affecting current demand and the services that have been provided, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), convenience and specialized health centers (surgical care centers, urgent care centers, rehabilitation centers), and physician group practice. The distinctive skills, knowledge and managerial style required in the administration of these services will be examined.

HSA 474: Applied Health Administration

Credits: 4
This capstone course brings together many concepts that students have learned in the degree program and provides an opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge to managerial decision making. The course follows a case-study approach to examine healthcare administrative decision making challenges from an individual managerial perspective.
Prereq: Health Care Systems, Policy and Mgmt. module and Senior standing

HSA 490: Health Care Quality

Credits: 3
This course concentrates on providing the basic concepts for defining health care quality. It also explores the traditional mechanisms, current developments and challenges in the definitions, measurement, techniques, assessment and continuous improvement of quality in the health care setting. The concepts of Total Quality management (TQM) and Continues Quality Improvement (CQI) would be introduced and discussed.

HSA 491: Health Services Administration Internship

Credits: 4
The Internship program is designed to expose students to the challenges and rewards of the health services administration profession. Students are given an opportunity to complement their classroom preparation by observations of health care managerial operations “in the field” and/or by applications of their classroom knowledge and skills to the projects/situations in the real healthcare environment. Students are presented with an option to gain valuable experience, to identify career opportunities, and to make connections with professionals who might provide letters of recommendation or to help with job searches. The Internship requires 30 clock hours of internship experience for every credit hour of academic time. Mid-career students with managerial experience in the healthcare field may request Prior Learning Assessment credit for this course. This course can be repeated for an additional 3 hours as elective credit.
Prereq. Senior Standing.