The Business of Healthcare

HPAM-GP.2848, 3 points.

Semester: Fall


Should health care be viewed as a business model and managed as such or is it considered to be a social obligation that is to be made available to society?  This question has still not been answered satisfactorily.  Accounting for more than 18% of this country’s Gross Domestic Product, the medical care industry certainly requires effective and financially prudent management to achieve its purpose.  Greater numbers of health care organizations are adopting business principles in order to compete in the current marketplace.

This course will explore the idea if health care can be managed in a competitive and market based environment, the current issues affecting the health care industry, what approaches not-for-profit health care organizations can take to remain viable, and the phenomenon of the mergers and acquisition process and its underlying value determinants in the health care sector.

A primary objective of this course is to provide the student and next generation of managers with a practical and working knowledge of the health care industry.  


HPAM-GP.4830 or permission of instructor

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2016Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2014Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2013Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2013Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2012Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2011Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2010Syllabus
Fall 2010Joel WittmanSyllabus
Fall 2009Cathrin StickneySyllabus
Spring 2009Cathrin StickneySyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2015James VaughanEvaluation
Fall 2014Joel WittmanEvaluation
Fall 2013Joel WittmanEvaluation
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Vaughan, James

Weekly Schedule:
Tue - 4:55 pm to 6:35 pm

Session Dates:
09/06/2016 to 12/16/2016

Bldg:GCASL Room:288