College of Health and Science

Health Care (HCR)

HCR 220   Epidemiological Foundation4 credits

This course is designed to provide students with a historical background in epidemiological studies. The course is also designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basics of epidemiological investigations.

HCR 250   Leadership Communication4 credits

This course emphasizes the communication processes of leadership with particular focus on assessing and researching leadership skills, strategic organizational planning, decision making, problem solving, mentoring employees, collaborative team management skills, cultivating a supportive work environment, change management, facilitation and meeting management skills, presentation skills and interviewing skills.

HCR 300   Strategic Leadership of Resources, People and Teams4 credits

The strategy process represents an essential opportunity for health care leaders to establish, implement and guide the organization's direction in these turbulent waters of changing distribution systems. Students will look at the strategies of health care organizations in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.

HCR 325   Compliance and Regulatory Requirements4 credits

The focus of this course is to examine the role law plays in the everyday operation of our health care system from the management perspective. Key topics will include: The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Corporate Compliance and Integrity, Fraud and Abuse, health care laws, and health care regulatory agencies. Laws and bills related to health care in the State of Minnesota will be examined and followed.

HCR 330   Communication Strategies for Conflict Management4 credits

This course provides an overview of the nature and functions of communication in human conflict. Professionals develop communication skills, such as listening and collaboration, which are necessary for managing conflict productively in interpersonal, organizational and intercultural contexts. Professionals will gain an understanding of patterns, research and processes associated with conflict management styles, and civility. This course will also address how language, perception, gender communication, and generational differences and context influence the conflict process.

HCR 340   Health Care Information Systems4 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to health care information systems and help them understand why the interlocking of these systems provides numerous challenges and opportunities for health care providers in the years to come. Students will learn how to collect, massage, manipulate data in order to make it useful. There is plenty of useless data and information available; the real professional can mine that data and information into golden nuggets of knowledge.

HCR 350   Healthcare Diversity and Global Issues4 credits

Students use literature, interviews and class discussion to explore the values, beliefs, customs and perceptions represented in various kinds of diversity affecting social and economic life. Students explore the obligations and implications of equal opportunity in organizations while they develop organizational strategies to benefit from diversity in the United States and abroad.

HCR 400   Health Care Finance4 credits

Explores the major concepts of finance within an organizational context, including basic accounting terms, budgeting, time value of money, types of healthcare payments and insurance systems, and global considerations, as students use standard financial tools to make business assessments and financial decisions important for managers in a healthcare organization.

HCR 435   Ethics and Decision Making in Health Care Environments4 credits

This is a foundational course in ethics for individuals pursuing vocations of service in health care. Students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles that are applied to the delivery of health care services and the processes for making sound ethical decisions. Students will develop models of decision making that are consistent with core personal values as well as the ethical standards of their professions. Motivations for ethical healthcare decisions will be evaluated. The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals will be explored on the basis of Christian values as well as assumptions drawn from reason and societal norms and expectations.

HCR 440   Legal Environment for Healthcare Managers4 credits

This course integrates the treatment of law and management. It helps managers and leaders spot legal issues before they become legal problems and emphasizes developing the legal astuteness to craft solutions that attain core organizational objectives without incurring undue legal risk. Traditional legal concepts are discussed as well as current topics in developing areas of the law. An emphasis on ethical concerns stimulates understanding of how managers must incorporate considerations of ethics and social responsibility into their managerial actions.