January–May (12 Credit Hours)
Health care finance & payment HCT 386
Successful health care organizations must be financially sustainable. This course reviews foundational concepts of cost and managerial accounting, and uses these tools to assess the effect of payment system design on clinical care and organizational performance. Students will develop a toolkit to guide financially sound decision-making and waste reduction.
Measuring outcomes that matter HCT 387
Value in health care requires knowledge of patient outcomes, but most health systems focus on interim process measures. This course teaches measurement strategy -- identifying the critical outcomes, finding and creating validated measures, creating an analysis plan, and designing systems for collecting and evaluating health outcomes data, and accelerating learning by clinical teams.
Leading teams for health care excellence HCT 388
Effective leadership requires strong communication and team building skills, exercised with a clear understanding of one’s own leadership style. Students will assess their strengths and weaknesses as leaders and develop skills for leading transformation, giving and receiving feedback, managing ambiguity, resolving conflict, and building teams. Students will learn and practice strategies for effective communication and negotiation.
Experiential Learning Project 2: Project measurement & implementation HCT 398
Students will implement their project, conduct outcome measurement, analyze the organizational setting and team, and gather data for analysis. Students will be expected to refine their goals, outcomes, and analysis plans to adapt to meet the needs of their project.