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3221. Risk Management and Insurance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed FNCE 3221.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of the concept of risk and its treatment by insurance. It covers why the individual or corporation purchases insurance, what constitutes an intelligent insurance plan and what products are available in the insurance marketplace.

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3240. Introduction to Health Care Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Business students and Allied Health students in the Healthcare Administration concentration of sophomore or higher status. May not be taken out of sequence after passing HCMI 3243, 4225, 4243, or 4250.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course demonstrates how basic economic concepts, principles, and theories can be used to think about and illuminate various health care issues. Rather than focus on a few current health care problems, attention is directed toward an array of health-related topics. Students are provided with a set of economic tools to evaluate a theoretical or empirical argument relating to health or medical care. The course culminates with an in-depth analysis of the structure, conduct, and performance of the markets for physician services, hospital services, pharmaceutical products, and long-term care.

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3243. Health Care Economics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3240 or ECON 1201; open only to Business majors and Allied Health majors in the Healthcare Administration concentration of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course demonstrates how basic economic concepts, principles, and theories can be used to think about and illuminate various health care issues. Rather than focus on a few current health care problems, attention is directed toward an array of health-related topics. Students are provided with a set of economic tools to evaluate a theoretical or empirical argument relating to health or medical care. The course culminates with an in-depth analysis of the structure, conduct, and performance of the markets for physician services, hospital services, pharmaceutical products, and long-term care.

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4225. Health and Social Insurance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3240, or permission of instructor; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Addresses various business practices associated with providing private health insurance such as underwriting, medical claims cost control, pricing, and marketing. In that context, managed care techniques and benefit package designs including consumer directed health plans, and value-based insurance design, are discussed. Attention is also paid to design and functioning of various social insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, disability insurance, workers compensation, and social security.

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4243. Health Law and Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3240 or instructor consent; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the United States legal system as it relates to health care, public health and ethics. Sessions represent important applications of law to health including the powers of the state governments; privacy and confidentiality in health care; the right to privacy; the right to refuse treatment and end of life issues; hospital, physician and managed care liability; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and public health policy and advocacy. Structured to encourage lively and interesting in-class discussions of legal and ethical principles as they relate to the health care system.

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4250. Cost-Benefit Analysis for Healthcare Business and Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3240; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course provides students with cost-benefit analysis tools to enhance healthcare business and policy decision making. The following topics will be covered: methods to estimate the monetary equivalence of costs and benefits; interpretation of research findings; simulation methods to derive the aggregate effects of firm and policy interventions; time value of money and discounting; hypothesis testing; cost-effectiveness analysis; causal inference concepts to differentiate descriptive associations from cause-and-effect studies. In addition to course lectures, the instructor will present research articles providing credible input for business- and policy-level cost-benefit analysis.

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4325. Life Insurance and Retirement Security

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3221; open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of sophomore or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the basic principles underlying life insurance, pensions, and other methods of insuring for financial security. Emphasis is given to the following general topics - the need for life insurance and annuities, individual retirement planning, employer provided group insurance and pensions, types of life insurance and annuity contracts, deferred compensation plans, the mathematics of life insurance, company operations, regulation, settlement options and life insurance programming.

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4326. Risk Management: Property and Liability Exposures

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HCMI 3221; open to juniors or higher. Not open to students who have passed FNCE 4326

Grading Basis: Graded

Critically examines the risk management process introduced in HCMI 3221. Emphasis is on identification and treatment of pure loss exposures faced by commercial and institutional entities. Available risk management treatment techniques are identified and discussed. Analysis of applicable commercial property and liability insurance coverages is stressed.

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4448. Clinical and Social Issues in Health Care

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Covers clinical and social issues affecting health care provider organizations, such as the health needs of special population groups, public health concerns, epidemiological issues, and health care quality. Discussion will include how health care organizations address such issues through methods including clinical studies, disease management, partnership between private and public sectors, and legislative initiatives.

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4881. Internship in Health Care Management

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; consent of instructor and Program Director required prior to beginning the internship.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Supervised internship in a health care organization where students work with health care professionals to expand their expertise in solving health systems problems and increase their awareness of the issues involved in the day to day operations of a health care institution. Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of an appraisal by the field supervisor and a detailed written report submitted by the student. Formerly offered as HCMI 4891.

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4895. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classroom course in special topics in health systems management as announced in advance for semester. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4899. Independent Study for Undergraduates

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individual study of special topics in health systems management as mutually arranged between a student and an instructor.

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4997W. Senior Thesis in Health Care Management and Insurance Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Health Care Management and Insurance Studies majors enrolled in the honors program; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individual study of special topics on health care management and insurance.

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