HSM 270. Introduction to Health Sector Management and Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course develops a basic understanding of the elements of the health services industry in the United States. It examines the history of the components of our health care system and moves on to current and potential future system dynamics. Sectors include physician services, hospital and hospital systems, long-term care providers, mental health services, and pharmaceutical services. Basic concepts associated with the financing of health services are examined as well as indemnity insurance, capitation, and the role of managed care, consumer driven health care and integrated delivery systems in theory and practice. The role of government is explored as well.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

HSM 310. POPULATION HEALTH. 3 Credit Hours.

Population health is emerging as a field of study of health determinants, a concept of health, and a goal of achieving measurable improvements in the health of a defined population. These populations can encompass geographic regions, such as communities, states, or nations, but can also be groups, including groups based on need, employees, ethnicity, members of Accountable Care Organizations, and other populations with relevance to policymakers. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the determinants of population health, health outcomes of the population, and policies and interventions that link the determinants and outcomes.
Prerequisite: HSM 270 Or MGT 270.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

HSM 320. Health Care Demand and Supply. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of health economics, and cover the principles of microeconomic theory as they relate to health care. No previous background in economics is assumed. The basic framework of this course is to introduce students to individual behavior (demand), firm behavior (supply), and how these forces interact to determine market prices that allocate scarce health care resources. Students will learn how policies, such as the Affordable Care Act of 2010, can be viewed via the lens of health economics.
Prerequisite: HSM 270.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

HSM 350. Production and Consumption of Health and Health Care. 3 Credit Hours.

All societies must deal with the allocation of scarce resources. In our society, primary reliance is placed on markets and prices. This course will introduce students to the application of economic principles and production and consumption of health and health care. Some of the major topics include the production of and demand for health, demand for and supply of medical care, uncertainty and insurance, models of physician and hospital behavior, externalities and market failure, the role of government in health and medical care, and economic evaluation of health care services and interventions. Health economics concepts will be linked to current policy debates at the state and federal levels. Numerous real-world applications and case studies will be presented to demonstrate decision-making techniques for health care organizations and consumers.
Prerequisite: HSM 270 Or MGT 270 And ECO 211 And ECO 212.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

HSM 499. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Topics in area of specialization. Approval of department required at time of registration.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

HSM 610. Management and Economics of Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student insight into organizational andeconomic aspects of the various sectors and agents within the health care industry. Exploration will allow us to understand how such aspects in turn affect performance measured in terms of managerial, economic and ethical criteria.The course will explore issues associated with scarce resource allocation anddistributional justice. We will examine the organizational structure, behavior,interactions between structure and behavior, and the resultant performance of thevarious sectors of the health care industry, including models of hospital management behavior, operations of alternative services markets, and the market for physicians and physician service as well as the market for nurses. Aspects of risk will be examined and the impact of governance on economic behavior and performance in the marketplace.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.