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					                                                         designed for working professionals looking to further
                                                         advance their careers. It provides students with a
H EALTH                                                  strong foundation to understand the complex and
                                                         evolving field of health care. The 60-credit-hour
                                                         program blends a mixture of online distance-based
M ANAGEMENT AND                                          learning technologies with periodic in-class sessions.

P OLICY
                                                         Prerequisites
Kanak Gautam, Ph.D.,
                                                         Possession of a baccalaureate or first professional
Interim Department Chairperson
                                                         degree. Completion of at least 3 credit hours each in
                                                         microeconomics and finance with a grade of B or
The Department of Health Management and Policy
                                                         higher before matriculation or enrollment in
offers two Master's degrees in the School of Public
                                                         HMP.504.
Health: the Master of Health Administration (MHA)
and the Master of Public Health in Health Policy
(MPH-HP). The Department also offers a new               Required Courses
graduate Certificate in Community Benefit (CCB).         BST.500 Principles of Biostatistics;
                                                         HMP.500 Health Care Organization;
Master of Health                                         HMP.503 Introduction to Health Care Accounting;

Administration                                           HMP.511 Health Operations Management;

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree         HMP.513 Health Information Systems;
program prepares women and men to assume                 HMP.517 Managerial Epidemiology;
management positions throughout the health industry.
Founded in 1947, it is one of the oldest and most        HMP.518 Behavioral and Environmental Aspects of
well-respected programs of its kind in the country.      Population Health;
The program is accredited by the Commission on           HMP.520 Health Care Economics;
Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
(CAHME).                                                 HMP.530 Management of Health Care
                                                         Organizations;
The integration of theory and practice in the 2-year
full-time,    60    credit-hour,   competency-based      HMP.534 Health Care Marketing;
curriculum allows students to develop leadership,        HMP.538 Management of Human Resources;
critical thinking, analytical, management, political
development and communication skills essential for       HMP.540 Legal Aspects of Health Services
success as future health care administrators. Students   Management;
complete required courses offered by the School of       HMP.542 Health Care Ethics in a Pluralistic Society;
Public Health and can take electives in any graduate
program offered by the University, including the         HMP.570 Health Care Financial Management;
Cook School of Business, the School of Law, and          HMP.571 Financial Aspects of Health Care; and
other academic units. In addition, all students
complete a thirteen-week internship in a health care     HMP.580 Strategic Management in Health Care
organization.                                            Organizations
                                                         Additional Requirements

Executive Master of Health                               HMP.504 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance
                                                         (required of students who have not met the MHA
Administration                                           Program's prerequisites in microeconomics and
                                                         finance);
The Executive Master of Health Administration            HMP.591 Health Management and Policy Rounds
program is an innovative program specifically            (both semesters in Year 1 of curriculum);
HMP.594 Health Management & Policy Internship;          full-time, 154 credit hour program of study (97 as an
                                                        undergraduate, 57 as a graduate student). Students
HMP.595 Special Study for Exams.
                                                        who have been admitted for undergraduate study at
Four electives (12 credit-hours) complete coursework    Saint Louis University and select a major in health
requirements.                                           informatics and information management may apply
                                                        in their junior year of study to be admitted to the
No formal minor is permitted.
                                                        MHA program to complete the linked graduate
                                                        degree. Students admitted to the dual program must
                                                        have an outstanding undergraduate record and
Master of Health                                        demonstrate the potential for senior leadership in the
Administration/Juris Doctor                             health management field.

The MHA/JD dual degree program consists of 127
credit hours of coursework offered by the Department
of Health Management and Policy and the School of
                                                        Master of Health
Law in which requirements for the MHA and the JD        Administration/ Bachelor of
degrees are integrated. Students must fulfill all
admission requirements for both the Department and      Science in Health
the School of Law to be admitted to the dual degree
program. Application for admission to the MHA
                                                        Management
degree program and to the School of Law may be          The MHA/BS in Health Management accelerated
                                                        master degree program offers students the
made simultaneously, or students may choose to wait
                                                        opportunity to complete the BS and MHA degrees in
and apply to the MHA program during their first year
                                                        a 5-year full-time, 150 credit hour program of study
as law students.
                                                        (90 as an undergraduate, 60 as a graduate student).
                                                        Students who have been admitted for undergraduate
                                                        study at Saint Louis University and select a major in
Master of Health                                        health management may apply in their junior year of
                                                        study to be admitted to the MHA program to
Administration/Master of                                complete the linked graduate degree. Students
Business Administration                                 admitted to the dual program must have an
                                                        outstanding undergraduate record and demonstrate
The MHA/MBA dual degree program is an intensive,        the potential for senior leadership in the health
24-month full-time, 83 credit-hour cooperative          management field.
venture between the Department of Health
Management and Policy and the Cook School of
Business in which requirements for the MHA and the      Master of Public Health in
MBA degrees are integrated. Students must fulfill all
admission requirements for both the Department and      Health Policy
the School of Business to be admitted to the dual       The Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy
degree program. Application to the individual           (MPH-HP) prepares students for roles in health
programs should be made simultaneously.                 policy analysis, development, and implementation as
                                                        well as advocacy for public and private sector
                                                        organizations.
Master of Health
                                                        The 51 credit-hour program consists of public health
Administration/ Bachelor of                             core courses in six areas (biostatistics, epidemiology,
                                                        behavioral science/health education, environmental
Science in Health                                       and occupational health, health administration, and
Information Management                                  health care ethics) and required and elective courses
                                                        in health policy. The required 42 credit hours in
The MHA/BS in Health Information Management             health policy are completed in the School of Public
dual degree program offers students the opportunity     Health. The nine hours of elective courses may be
to complete the BS and MHA degrees in a 5-year          taken in the School of Public Health or other schools
                                                        of the university offering courses related to health
policy. All students also complete a 13-week           School of Law may be made simultaneously, or
internship.                                            students may choose to wait and apply to the MPH-
                                                       HP program during their first year of study in the
Prerequisites                                          School of Law.

Possession of a baccalaureate or first professional
degree.
                                                       Master of Public Health in
                                                       Emergency Management and
Required Courses
                                                       Crisis Leadership
BSH.500 Behavioral Science and Public Health;          The Master Degree of Public Health in Crisis
BST.500 Principles of Biostatistics;                   Leadership (MPH-EMCL) is designed to meet
                                                       projections for current and future demands for
EOH.500 Environmental and Occupational Health;         interdisciplinary competence in emergency
EPI.500 Principles of Epidemiology;                    management and crisis leadership across all sectors.
                                                       The purpose is to encourage progressive growth and
HMP.500 Health Care Organization;                      refinement of the emergency management discipline
                                                       and higher education community and to the further
HMP.504 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance;
                                                       legitimization and professionalization of the
HMP.520 Health Care Economics;                         emergency management community. Ultimately, this
                                                       results in the preparation of a highly educated and
HMP.521 Economic Evaluation;                           integrated homeland security management and
HMP.530 Management of Health Care                      leadership capacity that operates from a common
Organizations;                                         knowledge, science, and theory-based framework.
                                                       This includes situational and transformational
HMP.541 Health Policy and Law;                         leadership, analytical, theoretical and strategic
HMP.542 Health Care Ethics in a Pluralistic Society;   thinking skills, critical thinking and decision science,
                                                       systems theory, design and dynamics, hazard
HMP.550 Health Policy;                                 anticipation and identification, risk and gap
                                                       assessment and analysis, risk management and
HMP.553 Capstone Seminar in Health Policy;
                                                       adaptability, vulnerability reduction and resilience
HMP.572 Government Financing of Health and             enhancement, and community continuity. This
Health Care;                                           programs is designed to address this market demand.
                                                       Students complete 51 credit-hours of core public
Additional Requirements                                health and emergency management and crisis
HMP.591 Health Management and Policy Rounds            leadership courses on campus and on-line.
(both semesters in Year 1 of curriculum);              Prerequisite:

HMP.594 Health Management & Policy Internship;         Possession of a baccalaureate degree.

HMP.595 Special Study for Exams.                       Required Courses:
Three electives (nine credit-hours) complete the       BSH.500 Behavioral Science and Public Health;
coursework requirements.
                                                       BST.500 Principles of Biostatistics;
Master of Public Health in                             EOH.500 Environmental and Occupational Health;
Health Policy/Juris Doctor                             EPI.500 Principles of Epidemiology;
The MPH-HP/JD dual degree program allows               HMP.500 Health Care Organization;
students to complete both the MPH-HP and JD
                                                       HMP.504 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance;
degrees through a 124 credit-hour, 4-year program of
study. Students must fulfill all admission             HMP.520 Health Care Economics;
requirements for both the Department of Health
                                                       HMP.521 Economic Evaluation;
Management and Policy and the School of Law to be
admitted to the dual degree program. Application for   CMH.502 Ethical Issues in Public Health;
admission to the MPH-HP degree program and the
HMP.537 Organizational Behavior and Management;         The graduate certificate in Community Benefit
                                                        (CCB) is an 18 credit-hour program. According to
HMP.562 Crisis Leadership                               recent U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines, not-
HMP.XXX Interpersonal Dynamics and Crisis               for-profit health care organizations must demonstrate
Leadership                                              that they are significantly benefiting the communities
                                                        they serve in order to maintain their tax-exempt
HMP.XXX Critical Thinking and Crisis Leadership         status. Community benefit, which impacts both not-
HMP.XXX Crisis Leadership Capstone                      for-profit organizations and communities alike, is a
                                                        very dynamic and emerging area in health care. Saint
Additional Requirements                                 Louis University offers the nation’s first program that
                                                        provides the necessary academic background and
HMP.591 Health Management and Policy Rounds
                                                        skills required to understand this complex, evolving
(both semesters in Year 1 of curriculum);
                                                        field.
HMP.594 Health Management & Policy Internship;
                                                        All courses in this program are provided through
HMP.595 Special Study for Exams.                        asynchronous distance learning and are specifically
                                                        designed for those who wish to specialize in
Three electives (nine credit-hours) complete the        community benefit. A certificate can be earned in
coursework requirements.                                three consecutive semesters. Students may enter the
                                                        program at the beginning of any semester. The
                                                        certificate can also be used as a first step toward
Graduate Certificate in                                 graduate education in public health at Saint Louis
                                                        University. Several courses will meet core
Emergency Management and                                requirements for students who wish to work toward
                                                        an MPH or MHA.
Crisis Leadership
                                                        Prerequisites
The graduate cerficate in Emergency Management
and Crisis Leadership is an 18 credithour program. It   Possession of a baccalaureate degree.
is designed for public health and health care
professionals who do not choose to pursue a graduate    Required Courses
degree in the area.
Prerequisite:                                           HMP.DIST Orientation to Community Benefit and
Possession of a baccalaureate degree.                   Distance Learning (Zero credit hour course required
                                                        each semester)
Required Courses:                                       HMP.543 Evidence based Public Health and
HMP.562 Crisis Leadership                               Community Benefit

HMP.XXX Interpersonal Dynamics and Crisis               HMP.544 Managerial Epidemiology in Community
Leadership                                              Benefit
HMP.XXX Critical Thinking and Crisis Leadership
                                                        HMP.545 Organization of Health Services and
Two electives (six credit-hours) complete the           Health Policy in Community Benefit
coursework requirements.
                                                        HMP.546 Organizational Behavior and Management
                                                        for Community Benefit

                                                        HMP.547 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance
                                                        in Community Benefit

Graduate Certificate in                                 HMP.548 Social Justice and Social Ethics in
                                                        Community Benefit
Community Benefit
                                                        Additional Requirements
HMP.549 Capstone Project in Community Benefit                           implement, and evaluate a health information system. Finally, the
                                                                        course explores the potential and limits of information technology
                                                                        in improving community level health delivery via such resources
                                                                        as the Internet. (Offered fall semester.)
Graduate Courses
                                                                        HMP.517 Managerial Epidemiology (3)
HMP 500 Health Care Organization (3)                                    Prerequisite: HMP.500 and BST.500 or permission of the
This course introduces students interested in the health care           instructor.    This course introduces concepts, methods, and
delivery system to contemporary issues in the organization,             strategies in epidemiology as they apply to health services
financing and delivery of health and medical care in the United         management. The course provides basic tools used in descriptive
States.     This cornerstone course provides students with              and analytical epidemiology, both of which are crucial to making
fundamental concepts, terminology, and factual information that         informed inquiry into the health of human populations and
are the building blocks for other courses in their program of study.    informed decisions regarding the distribution of health services
It also helps students understand the views and values of patients,     resources. Analytic reasoning is emphasized throughout the course;
providers and payers. (Offered fall semester.)                          however, formal statistical methods are not covered in detail.
                                                                        (Offered fall semester.)
HMP.503 Introduction to Health Care Accounting (3)
This course introduces students to the basics of financial and          HMP.518 Behavioral and Environmental Aspects of
managerial accounting. It focuses on the accounting concepts that       Population Health (3)
are most critical to management decision making within health           This course examines the conceptualization and implications of
care environments. (Offered fall semester.)                             social/behavioral and environmental/occupational factors on health
                                                                        in populations. The course demonstrates how these factors are
HMP.504 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance (3)                       integrated with strategic management through practical
This course is designed to provide students with little or no prior     applications. (Offered fall semester.)
training in economics and finance with a solid overview of key
fundamental concepts, theories and analytical tools in each field of    HMP.520 Health Care Economics (3)
study. The large majority of the course is devoted to a study of the    Prerequisite: HMP.500 and HMP.504 or permission of the
fundamentals of microeconomics, covering the basics of supply           Instructor. The main purpose of this course is to enable students to
and demand, consumer theory, market structure and the theory of         apply economic theory and analysis to health issues and problems,
the firm. The rest of the course introduces students to three key       by emphasizing how markets work and why they fail in the
fundamental concepts of financial management: the time value of         production of health and delivery of health care services. Topics
money, financial risk and required return. Overall, the course          covered include an overview of the U.S. health economy; the
develops students’ functional literacy in the fields of economics       production of health and the demand for health care; market
and finance so they can be better consumers of economic and             structure; the market for health insurance, managed care, and
financial information today and more effective decision makers in       hospital services; and the role of public policy in producing healthy
the future. (Offered fall semester.)                                    populations. (Offered spring semester.)

HMP.510 Quality Improvement in Health Care Management                   HMP.521 Economic Evaluation (3)
(3)                                                                     Prerequisite: HMP.520 or permission of the instructor. Economic
Prerequisite: HMP.530 and HMP.538 or permission of the                  evaluation is the comparison of different interventions (or a
instructor. This course examines the historical development,            proposed intervention versus the status quo) to determine which is
current concepts and techniques and future trends related to the        the best use of society’s scarce resources. It includes cost-
monitoring and evaluation of the quality of health care services.       minimization, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility
Cases will be used to present current issues. (Offered fall             analysis. This course covers the theoretical basis for economic
semester.)                                                              evaluation, its use in health, and the mechanics of the 4 types of
                                                                        analysis. (Offered spring semester.)
HMP.511 Health Operations Management (3)
Prerequisite: HMP.500 and BST.500 or permission of the                  HMP.529 Multi-institutional Arrangements in Health Care (3)
instructor. Course examines operational issues in health care           Prerequisites: HMP.500, HMP.530 and HMP.538 or permission of
management. Topics include systems analysis, continuous quality         the instructor. Resource pressures are causing restructuring of
improvement and re-engineering, demand forecasting, facility            health care organizations and change in job descriptions and career
location and design models, decision analysis techniques, linear        tracks. This course examines career opportunities in the health care
programming, queuing and waiting models, inventory control              industry arising from organizational consolidations and increased
models, Lean and Six Sigma techniques, and statistical quality          importance of certain industry segments. Consolidated
control. The goal is to instill an understanding of the language,       organizations examined include for-profit hospital chains,
applications, and limitations of quantitative models with regard to     physician practice management corporations, academic medicine
decision- making and problem solving in health service                  networks, for-profit rural hospital chains, post-acute networks,
organizations. (Offered spring semester.)                               ambulatory care chains and employer alliances. New industry
                                                                        segments examined include the medical devices industry, pharma-
HMP.513 Health Information Systems (3)                                  ceutical industry, medical supplies industry, health information
Prerequisite: HMP.500, or permission of the instructor. This course     industry and e-commerce. The course prepares students for a
is designed to develop four areas of student knowledge, skills, and     variety of careers in the fast-changing health care industry. (Not
competencies in Health Information Management (HIM). It                 currently offered.)
provides a broad overview of the theory and application of
computers in the health setting, with emphasis on the health            HMP.530 Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
manager’s role in relation to the information function. It introduces   This course focuses on the macro-organizational concepts of
students to computer hardware, software and operating systems           managing complex health care organizations. Health care
through hands-on experience as they build an online survey and a        organizations are complex systems transforming inputs
simple web page Students learn to identify the necessary resources,     (professionals, supplies, etc.) into outputs (health services) for
staff support and change management required to develop,                customers (patients). To perform well, these systems require
appropriate environmental assessment, strategy, governance,             HMP.540 Legal Aspects of Health Services Management (3)
organizational structure, work processes, distribution of power,        Prerequisites: HMP.500 and HMP.530 or permission of the
innovation and change. These requirements for effective                 instructor. This course is designed to familiarize students with
organizational performance form the core content of the course.         legal issues in the health care field. It is also designed to provide
(Offered fall semester.)                                                students with insight into how the legal system functions, how
                                                                        lawyers analyze legal problems, and how health care
HMP.531 Medical Practice Management (3)                                 administrators may interact with the legal system and lawyers.
Prerequisite: HMP.500, HMP.530 and HMP.538 or permission of             (Offered spring semester.)
the instructor. This course focuses on ambulatory health care
delivery systems, comparing and contrasting them with other             HMP-541 Health Policy and Law (3)
health care models. The managerial process, including financing,        Prerequisite: HMP.500 and HMP.550 or permission of the
personnel, organizational structures, physical plant, and external      instructor. This course is an overview of health law in the U.S. and
relationships, will be explored. The relationship of demographic        its interrelationship with health policy. Topics covered include the
variables to the planning process for ambulatory care will be           U.S. legal system, contracts, intentional torts, medical malpractice,
developed. (Offered spring semester.)                                   legal and ethical obligations to provide healthcare, privileging,
                                                                        medical decision-making, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud, public
HMP.533 Long-Term Care Administration and Planning (3)                  health law, and constitutionally protected rights. Emphasis is
Prerequisite: HMP.500, HMP.530 and HMP.538 or permission of             placed on describing how existing laws and legal principles
the instructor. This course is designed to provide the student with a   influence the development of new health care policies. (Offered
body of knowledge representative of the current state-of-the-art.       fall semester.)
Emphasis will be placed on adapting health care administration
concepts to serving the long term care population with particular       HMP.542 Health Care Ethics (3)
emphasis on continuity of care. Inter-disciplinary staff coor-          This course introduces students to the ethical issues confronting
dination and the complex family-client interrelationships will be       health care leaders in today’s pluralistic society and increasingly
examined as facets of promoting and maintaining optimum                 complex health system. It develops students’ ability to analyze
potential quality of life for each client. (Not currently offered.)     ethical problems arising in the fields of health management and
                                                                        policy. Students learn to assess the values of our society, which
HMP.534 Health Care Marketing (3)                                       might be used to solve these problems, and to employ the
Prerequisite: HMP.500 or permission of the instructor. The              methodology of ethical decision-making. (Offered fall semester.)
purpose of this course is to train future health services
professionals in managing and marketing health services from a          HMP.543 Evidence-Based Public Health and Community
strategic perspective. The course is intended to present principles,    Benefit (3)
theories, methods, and tools used in developing, implementing, and      Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This course
managing successful marketing strategy, which creates and shapes        provides students with the skills to understand the connection
the future. The marketing process, consumer behavior, the               between evidence-based public health and its relationship to
marketing mix, and controlling and monitoring marketing                 community benefit. Students master the application of assessment,
processes are examined in relationship to the unique and changing       program development, implementation, and evaluation from an
aspects of the health services industry. (Offered spring semester.)     evidence-based perspective.     Students explore the role of
                                                                        community in the design, implementation and evaluation of
HMP.535 Business Sectors in Health (3)                                  evidence-based approaches for disease prevention and health
Prerequisite: HMP.500 or permission of the instructor. This course      promotion. (Offered spring semester).
introduces students to business sectors within healthcare that stra-
tegically impact cost and quality of health services. Covered           HMP.544 Managerial Epidemiology in Community Benefit (3)
sectors include suppliers (pharmaceuticals, medical-surgical            Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This course provides
supplies, medical devices, distributors, and group purchasers)          students with the skills to understand the connection between
financial intermediaries (HMOs, PBMs) and health care providers         epidemiology and biostatistics and their relationship to community
(hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes). Each sector is              benefit. Further, the student applies concepts learned to the
analyzed in terms of organizations, products/services, customers,       planning, development, and evaluation of community benefit
and strategic business practices. (Not currently offered.)              efforts. (Offered summer semester.)

HMP.538 Management of Human Resources in Health Care (3)                HMP.545 Organization of Health Services and Health Policy in
This course focuses on functions and concepts required for              Community Benefit (3)
managing human resources in organizations. It combines                  Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This course
traditional human resource management (HRM) functions with              provides an overview and orientation of health services in the
concepts from organizational behavior. Course content includes          United States, various factors that influence the delivery of health
selection, training and development, compensation, performance          services, the role of health policy, and the expanded role of
appraisal, motivation, organizational development, union activity,      hospitals and clinics within the broader public health perspective.
and modes of conflict resolution. (Offered spring semester.)            Historical and contemporary issues are addressed. (Offered fall
                                                                        semester.)
HMP.539 Leadership in Health Care Organizations (3)
Prerequisites: HMP.500, HMP.530 and HMP.538 or permission of            HMP.546 Organizational Behavior and Management for
the instructor. This course focuses on leadership in organizations,     Community Benefit (3)
exploring the relationships among different approaches to               Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This course
leadership and different organizational contexts. The course is         provides an understanding of how decision makers manage an
intended for those who aspire to leadership; those who want to          organization to achieve strategic initiatives and the impact that
make a positive difference in an organization or institution. The       these efforts have on the behavior of people within the
course provides a series of opportunities to think more deeply and      organization. Topics include: organization effectiveness, strategic
systematically about leadership and to increase each student’s          alignment, organizational structures and processes, group
personal capacities as a leader. (Not currently offered.)               processes, leadership, decision making, negotiation, motivation
                                                                        and human resource management. (Offered summer semester.)
                                                                        business and other students to the organization, roles and
HMP.547 Fundamentals of Economics and Finance in                        evaluation of disaster preparedness. The course covers the history
Community Benefit (3)                                                   of disaster preparedness pre-911, changes that have occurred
Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This course is             afterwards, and experience with Hurricane Katrina and further
designed to provide students with little or no prior training in        change in disaster preparedness that is under consideration.
economics and finance with a solid overview of key fundamental          (Offered annually.)
concepts, theories and analytical tools in each field of study. The
large majority of the course is devoted to a study of the               HMP.562 Crisis Leadership (3)
fundamentals of microeconomics, covering the basics of supply           Today’s organizations, communities, and social systems are faced
and demand, consumer theory, market structure and the theory of         with unprecedented, increasingly complex, and more devastating
the firm. The rest of the course introduces students to three key       and recurrent crisis events. This course provides students with an
fundamental concepts of financial management – the time value of        overview of crisis leadership and emergency management, the
money, financial risk and required return. Overall, the course          continuum between traditional and crisis leadership, and a
develops students’ functional literacy in the fields of economics       framework for a systemic approache to related theory, models and
and finance so they can be better consumers of economic and             methods.
financial information today and more effective decision makers as
organizational leaders in the future. (Offered spring semester.)        HMP.570 Health Care Financial Management (3)
                                                                        Prerequisites: HMP.500 and HMP.504 or permission of the
HMP.548 Social Justice and Social Ethics in Community                   instructor. Corporate finance techniques for financial decision-
Benefit (3)                                                             making are applied to health care organizations using “real world”
Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. Many health care           case studies. In addition to basic finance concepts, topics include
organizations judge their success based on their ability to care for    capital acquisition, cost of capital, capital investment decisions,
those who lack the resources to otherwise access care. What does        tools of risk analysis, and financial and operating analysis. Both
justice require of such an organization? This course applies            for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations are studied.
traditional bioethical principles to community benefit decisions        The course employs extensive use of Excel. (Offered spring
and explores the concept of human dignity as it relates to the          semester.)
special moral importance of health. This course also provides
students with opportunities to explore how personal ethics must be      HMP.571 Financial Aspects of Health Care (3)
coupled with social ethics. (Offered fall semester.)                    Prerequisites: HMP.530 and HMP.570 or permission of the
                                                                        instructor. Managed health care integrates health insurance
HMP.549 Capstone Project in Community Benefit (0)                       functions with delivery of medical care. This course introduces
Prerequisite: enrollment in the final semester of the CCB program.      students to financial issues faced by health care managers in a
This required project provides the culminating experience for the       managed care environment. Topics include fundamentals of
certificate program in which students synthesize all applied            insurance, capitation rate development, risk analysis in managed
concepts from the courses into one comprehensive project.               care systems, cost accounting and management, and Medicare and
(Offered all semesters.)                                                Medicaid managed care. The course employs case analysis and
                                                                        team projects with local health-related organizations. (Offered fall
HMP.550 Health Policy (3)                                               semester.)
This course orients students to the policy process to increase their
understanding of the nature of health policy making and health          HMP.572 Government Financing of Health and Health Care (3)
politics. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop     Prerequisite: HMP.500 or permission of the instructor. This course
an in-depth understanding of current health care policy issues.         introduces the economic theory of public goods and relates it to the
(Offered fall semester.)                                                role of government in providing for the maintenance and
                                                                        improvement of community health. The efficiency and
HMP.552 Legislative Health Policy and Process (3)                       effectiveness of current government financing strategies are
Prerequisite: HMP.500 and HMP.550 or permission of instructor.          analyzed. Topics include the theories of public goods and public
This course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of       choice, public budgeting processes, cost-benefit/cost effectiveness
the procedures and practices that define legislative health advocacy    analysis of public investment, structure of Medicare, Medicaid and
in the area of Federal health policy. The course provides students      public health funding, and the economic effects of public financing
with an understanding of the legislative procedures and process,        of health-related services. (Offered spring semester.)
and the skills needed to address public health policy issues at the
federal level. Students will examine aspects of planning, strategic     HMP.573 Security, Privacy, and HIPAA (3)
thinking and political endeavors necessary to develop and               Prerequisite: HMP 513 or permission of the instructor. Medical
implement legislative policy. (Not currently offered.)                  professionals need to update their understanding of how to protect
                                                                        patient privacy due to the migration of paper-based medical
HMP.553 Capstone Seminar in Health Policy (3)                           records to electronic form. This elective explores security, privacy
Prerequisite: Eligible students are within 15 semester-hours of         and HIPPA regulations/compliance within the health care industry,
completion of credits required for the MPH in Health Policy             combining theory, best industry practices, case studies, and hands-
degree. As a capstone or culminating experience, the seminar            on labs. (Offered annually.)
integrates learning from all aspects of the curriculum through
application of knowledge in individual and group exercises. The         HMP.580 Strategic Management in Healthcare Organizations
course also considers issues of current significance for health         (3)
policy in the United States and internationally. (Offered spring        Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses in the first three
semester.)                                                              semesters of full-time study for the MHA degree or permission of
                                                                        the instructor. The purpose of this capstone course is to assist the
HMP.560 Disaster Preparedness (3)                                       student in integrating the knowledge and skills developed during
This introductory interdisciplinary practicum on disaster               the course of study in the MHA program in the context of strategic
preparedness planning and management builds on recent US                thinking and strategic management of health care organizations.
human and natural disaster experience. The course is designed to        Integration is supported by individual and team analysis of
introduce public health, social work, nursing, public administration,
complex cases, at least two of which are simulations. (Offered
spring semester.)

HMP.591 Health Management and Policy Rounds (0)
Full year career development series including executive speaker
sessions designed to expose students to the philosophical
approaches, management styles, decision-making strategies and
problem solving techniques of leading health care management and
policy executives; professional development sessions offered to
strengthen students’ job search and career success skills; and
training sessions for the Department’s required internship program.
(Offered fall and spring semesters.)

HMP.594 Health Management & Policy Internship (0)
Prerequisite: completion of all required course work in the first
year of the student’s curriculum and approval of the Department’s
Internship and Placement Coordinator. A required intensive 13-
week field experience designed to provide students with an
opportunity to employ skills and principles learned in the
classroom while working in a health sector organization. (Offered
annually.)

HMP.595 Special Study for Examinations (0)

HMP.597 Research Topics (1-3)

HMP.598 Graduate Reading Course (1-3)

HMP.5CR.90 Master’s Degree Study (0)

HMP.DIST Orientation to Community Benefit and Distance
Learning (0)
Prerequisite: enrollment in the CCB program. This orientation
provides general overview information on community benefit and
on being a distance-learning student through Saint Louis
University School of Public Health. (Required each semester.)

				
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