Applied Research Project Provides Industry Experience
Students will have the opportunity to interact with local health care executives and develop a research project designed to provide the health care organization with answers to questions, research data, opportunity exploration, or project development. This allows students to experiment and utilize the skills and knowledge gained in the program in service to the community and the health care organization.
The course work for Roberts Wesleyan College’s Bachelor of Science in Health Administration program is an innovative and contemporary blend of health administration and business:
Adult Development and Lifelong Learning | 3 credits
This course explores the development of adults as learners and introduces students to the mental, physical, and psychological stages of adult development and how those changes affect the adult learning process. As students analyze adult learning theories, they will reflect on their own life experiences and review their strengths and motivations as adult learners. Students will have an opportunity to reflect, think critically, develop effective presentation skills, and prepare written responses to readings in the field of adult learning and adult development. Students will begin to understand themselves as learners: how they learn, what stages and triggers have affected their learning process, and how to value and incorporate life experiences into the continuing process of lifelong learning. The course launches the student’s journey through their accelerated degree-completion program.
A strong emphasis is placed on the review and practice of writing skills in the context of the class content. Through multiple writing assignments, students will learn the expectations for academic writing at the upper college level, including generating ideas, organizing written material, and improving self-editing skills. They will learn to balance and manage time while in an accelerated degree program.
Organizational Leadership | 3 credits
This course explores the many facets of leadership, as distinct from management. In most organizations, leadership is more than giving orders and controlling employees and processes. Leadership is about people. Students will identify strengths and areas for improvement in effective communication, emotional intelligence, conflict management, and motivational styles. They will identify the effectiveness of various leadership styles, including the value of servant leadership, as they pertain to different organizational settings. The impact of diversity and multiple generations in the workplace will be viewed in the development of effective relationships and the creation of a productive work environment.
Group & Organizational Dynamics | 3 Credits
Students will focus on the development and leadership of successful teams within organizations. This course is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness with attention given to problem solving, communication, and teamwork. Students explore the benefits and struggles of group diversity whether it involves culture, age, gender, or workstyle. The value of conflict in groups is examined for its usefulness in productive decision making. Students develop strategies for efficient and effective group management.
Financial Intelligence | 3 credits
As pointed out in the main text of the class (Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean by Karen Berman and Joe Knight), there are four skill sets to having financial intelligence:
(1) Understanding the Foundation;
(2) Understanding the Art;
(3) Understanding the Analysis; and
(4) Understanding the Big Picture (in other words being able to “step away from the numbers,” consider all relevant information, conduct analysis, and make effective decisions).
To accomplish this is no small task as the discipline is demanding due to a language barrier, volume of information, analytical tools/skills needed to support comprehension, and the typical adult learner’s lack of familiarity with the subject matter. However, those are also the reasons why it is so important. The overall goals of the course are to help adult learners understand and speak the language of accounting/finance, use the information and tools presented in the course to ask better questions, and ultimately to help themselves or others make better decisions which will help their organizations achieve their goals.
Topics include: Accounting-The Language of Business, Introduction to Financial Statements and Reporting, Importance of Cash Flows, Understanding Cost Behavior, Budgeting Systems and Developing Forecasts, Performance Measurement, and an Introduction to Capital Budgeting and Working Capital Management.
Health Care Systems and Organizations | 3 credits
Health Care Systems and Organizations introduces the history and evolution of our health care system and provides an intensive analysis of interrelationships among and a general overview of health care environments, consumers, providers, organizational arrangements and regulatory, reimbursement and market mechanisms.
Bioethics | 3 credits
This course will assist students to better understand their own values and the relationship of those values to professional activities. Ethical decision-making will be explored through analysis of everyday dilemmas that occur within health care delivery. This course focuses on ethical decision-making, especially in the health care setting in which you function. It is not being assumed that you are not ethical or have not thought seriously before about how you make ethical decisions. What is being assumed, rather, is that all of us can benefit by taking time to reconsider our approach to ethical issues in a conscious, systematic manner.
Health Care Reimbursement Systems | 3 credits
This course covers the current state of the health insurance industry and reimbursement for services in the United States. The status of managed care and its continuing evolution is examined in depth. Private and public reimbursement structures and functions are studied in detail as well as application of reimbursement processes.
Health Care Operations Management | 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the field of operations management in the health and human services arena and establishes a foundation and common vocabulary for future course work. It emphasizes the health care supply chain, risk and cost management, resource allocation and utilization and process management. The course assumes adult learners have limited academic knowledge of operations management theory, and little or no experience in real world management situations to bring into the classroom. In each session the class explores some aspects of management in theoretical terms and then focuses on application of the theory to the practical problems facing managers in health and human services organizations.
Applied Research Project - Part 1 | 3 credits
The applied research module requires adult learners to select a problem they have encountered at work or elsewhere, conduct research to determine its cause(s), and make practical recommendations to solve the problem based on the results of the study. Intended to provide solutions to concrete problems, questions, or concerns within an organization, the research project enables adult learners to apply the academic skills and knowledge acquired across the healthcare curriculum. The value of the research project, therefore, depends on its applicability to real management or organizational concerns. While the project is individual, adult learners gain a basic understanding of the applied research process through collaborative work with their academic Project Advisor, Workplace Site Contact person, and classmates. Part One covers introduction to research, research problem statement and literature review.
Biostatistics | 4 credits
This course provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data, statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.
Applied Research Project - Part 2 | 4 credits
The applied research module requires adult learners to select a problem they have encountered at work or elsewhere, conduct research to determine its cause(s), and make practical recommendations to solve the problem based on the results of the study. Intended to provide solutions to concrete problems, questions, or concerns within an organization, the research project enables adult learners to apply the academic skills and knowledge acquired across the healthcare curriculum. The value of the research project, therefore, depends on its applicability to real management or organizational concerns. While the project is individual, adult learners gain a basic understanding of the applied research process through collaborative work with their academic Project Advisor, Workplace Site Contact person, and classmates. In Part Two the student will collect and analyze data and present both written and oral reports.
Contemporary Issues in Health Care and Marketing | 3 Credits
Constant changes in business and environmental conditions present daunting challenges to modern organizations and their members. Traditional textbooks often do not fully portray the complexity of health care reality. Through this module, adult learners will consider theory and reality to develop and demonstrate meaningful application of management skills and competencies.
The course will introduce the learner to the data and technology-driven enterprise that is healthcare marketing today. In studying the marketing process, the learner will look at what marketing is, the nature of marketing strategy and the environment in which marketing operates. Special emphasis will be placed on how healthcare organizations are responding to the changing demographics of an aging population. At the core of marketing is the consumer. In healthcare, the consumer can be the patient, the family, the physician, the company buying care, a judge making a referral for mental health care, or an insurance company.
Total credits: 37
Students must have no less than 124 credit hours (including program coursework) to graduate. Credit requirements may be satisfied through a variety of credit sources.