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Undergraduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

The undergraduate certificate program in Health Care Administration aims to equip students with the basic knowledge necessary for success in the health care industry. Students will be given an overview of the nation’s health care system; gain awareness of the social and political influences on today’s perception of health and illness; as well as develop a general understanding of the laws and ethics involved in the health care field.

Health Care Administration Undergraduate Certificate Program Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding on the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system.
  • Explore the organizational principles, practices, application relevant to the management of health services organizations.
  • Examine the dimensions and complexities related to culture and the delivery of health care.
  • Identify and examine ethical and legal issues confronting healthcare professionals.

 

Course List for Online Undergraduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

plus-sign HCA 200 The United States Health Care System

3 Semester Units

The U.S. Health Care System is designed to introduce students to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system. This course aims to help students effectively identify their present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision- maker, and analyst. The class examines an overview of the health care system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, the nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, and measurement of quality of care.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of those factors that make health care delivery in the United States unique.
  • Discuss the relationship between health care and the economy.
  • Describe the role of the government on the delivery of health care in the United States.
  • Discuss the impact of the “Aging of America” on the delivery and cost of health care.
  • Identify major challenges for our health care system of the future and formulate strategies to meet these challenges.

plus-sign HCA 320 Essentials of Managed Health Care

3 Semester Units

Essentials of Managed Health Care focuses on health insurance as it impacts the management of healthcare organizations. This course provides a systematic overview of the history of managed healthcare and health insurance in the United States, types of health plans and available payers, the provider network, utilization management, quality management, accreditation, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care, and laws and regulations in health insurance and managed care.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the major forces shaping health insurance and managed care today.
  • Outline the basic types of health insurers and managed care organizations.
  • Identify the basic elements of risk-based and non-risk-based provider payment.
  • Describe the basic components of utilization management for medical services.
  • Identify the basic elements of the internal operations of payer organizations.
  • Explain the Medicare and Medicaid benefit structures.
  • Identify key state and federal laws and regulations governing managed care.

 

plus-sign HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

3 Semester Units

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in interactions between health professionals and patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. It examines different cultural perspectives regarding health, illness and health care that exists within American society by demonstrating traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. Emphasis is placed on the importance of having culturally competent health care professionals to better serve an increasingly diverse population.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the cultural phenomena affecting health care.
  • Evaluate what it means to be a culturally competent health care professional.
  • Understand the issues related to health care reform.
  • Describe various types of folk medicine.
  • Discuss health care problems in various demographic groups.
  • Examine health and illness from a multicultural perspective.

 

plus-sign HCA 420 Medical Law and Ethics

3 Semester Units

Medical Law and Ethics explores the study of medical ethics, or applied ethics, for healthcare professionals who often face dilemmas that are not experienced by the general population. The fast-paced growth of medical technology has made the study of ethics even more relevant. The study of bioethics, or biomedical ethics, refers to moral dilemmas due to advances in medicine and medical research. Since medical law and ethics are often interrelated, students need to have a clear understanding of both in order to protect themselves, their employer, and the patient. The study of ethics includes many questions for which there is no one answer.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the similarities and differences between laws and ethics.
  • Discuss the difference between ethics and bioethics.
  • Describe how to apply the three decision-making models discussed in this text.

 

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