Courses In: Health

Current Issues in Reproductive Healthcare Management and Policy

This class will utilize a hands-on and practical approach to understanding reproductive healthcare, in the context of policy and management. Students will have the opportunity to think through “real world” case studies, engage with what can be sensitive but important reproductive healthcare topics, and ultimately use what they have learned to create a powerful op-ed piece about a reproductive healthcare topic of their choosing. Students will learn about the history, evolution, and current political and managerial considerations for contraception and abortion.

Paradigm Shift in Nutrition and Health

This course will examine nutrition science and policy over the past 70 years and explore the reasons why America’s best efforts to combat nutrition-related diseases have met with so little success. Two sets of nutritional guidelines, one by the US-HHS-USDA (the Dietary Guidelines for Americans) and the other, by the American Heart Association, have been the primary policies steering American eating habits for the past half century. However, these policies have self-evidently failed to stem the rising tides of nutrition-related diseases.

Leading on Disability in Public Service

Advancements in awareness and understanding have led to greater equity and inclusion in society for people with disabilities. Developments such as the establishment of Disability Studies as an interdisciplinary field in the 1980’s and the introduction of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in 1990 are key milestones in this journey. However, these achievements alone do not guarantee the extent of attitudinal and behavioral change needed within our communities and organizations to remove the barriers and prejudices that remain.

Managed Care: Impact on Healthcare Decision Making

This course focuses on questions of mission and vision ("How does managed care support the triple aim of US healthcare: improving the patient experience, improving population health, and reducing per capita cost?”) and on questions of strategy and operations ("How can public health professionals successfully adopt and leverage managed care business models to improve affordable, sustainable access to high quality care?”).

The Realities of Managing Complex Health Systems

The Realities of Managing Complex Health Systems course is designed to provide students with an up close perspective of how large health systems operate. Using real life case studies, expert insight, and relevant reading materials the course will outline the problems, issues, and possible solutions for essential areas of management, operations, and finance such as:

Health Services Management

This course aims to improve your ability to effectively manage and lead health service organizations.  We examine a range of key challenges that managers must address to optimize organizational performance, including questions of mission, vision, and strategy ("What areas or activities should we be working in?") and questions of organizational design and operations ("How can we perform effectively in this area?").

Leading Change in Healthcare Organizations: Practical Strategies

The goal of this course is to prepare you for the challenges and organization transformation required in a value-based payment world.   Managers will need not only an understanding of the total patient view, care integration and population risk management techniques required to meet new reimbursement requirements, but the change management issues and the IT/data management infrastructure and reporting environment required for success.  This course outlines the issues and challenges from all stakeholder perspectives: payors and plan sponsors, healthcare system managers, clinicians, IT depart

The Making of a Healthcare Entrepreneur

Whether you are a founder or working for a founder, you are an innovator and an entrepreneur. The Making of a Healthcare Entrepreneur is the course for current and future health care innovators interested in learning how to exploit gaps and opportunities in the evolving healthcare industry and launch meaningful, valuable companies as measured by customers and investors. It provides innovators with the essential steps needed to take their idea from concept to reality.

Organizing for Success in a Value-Based Payment World

The goal of this course is to prepare you for the challenges and organization transformation required in a value-based payment world. Managers will need not only an understanding of the total patient view, care integration and population risk management techniques required to meet new reimbursement requirements, but the change management issues and the IT/data management infrastructure and reporting environment required for success.

Performance Measurement & Management for Public, Nonprofit, & Healthcare Organizations (EMPA)

All public and not-for-profit organizations must assemble and report information on their performance. The need for performance measures goes beyond legal and regulatory requirements. To provide services effectively and efficiently, managers need information to make decisions. This course focuses on what performance measures are needed, how they should be created and what forms of communication are most effective.

Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research. 

Advanced Health Care Payment Systems

Advanced Health Care Payment Systems is designed to familiarize students with the various health care payment systems that are used by various healthcare payers. The course focuses on Medicare's prospective payment systems for hospital and other provider type reimbursement. It also covers New York State Medicaid reimbursement issues and provides a general understanding of the healthcare charge structure. The course will also focus on the fundamentals of establishing a compliance program to identify and prevent fraud and abuse issues.