Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences sponsors the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. Undergraduate degrees in Medical Technology and Nuclear Medicine ended in 2016.  Students interested in these degrees should contact the Department to discuss graduate degree options, which are available for both Clinical Laboratory Science and Nuclear Medicine Technology.

School of Health Professions Honors Program

The School of Health Professions Honors Program provides opportunities for students in School of Health Professions degree programs to develop leadership and research skills to prepare for careers in health care or for graduate and professional study in the health professions. Students participate in two semester credits of interdisciplinary seminars and four semester credits in honors projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. Projects may involve research, service learning, or leadership activities. The student’s project, whether scholarly, service, or leadership, is presented publicly in an appropriate professional forum. A limited number of students are accepted into the Honors Program each year. Admission criteria include a 3.25 GPA, recommendation by the program director of the student’s major, and a letter of support from their faculty mentor. Students who successfully complete the program graduate with School Honors.

AH-Administration Hlth Serv Courses

CDS-Clinical & Diagnostic Sci Courses

CDS 300. Microbiology for the Health Professions. 3 Hours.

A course in which the basic, and some advanced, concepts of microbiology are presented as they relate to health sciences and medicine. The course consists of nine units, each of which contains multiple lessons. The units cover the scope of microbiology, a survey of microorganisms, the study of microorganisms, microbial physiology, the control of microbial growth, microbial genetics, immunity, microbial pathogenesis, and microbial processes.

CDS 301. Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions. 1 Hour.

Students will learn to practice laboratory safety, correctly operate a compound light microscope, prepare and interpret the results of various stains, cultivate, isolate and identify pathogenic microorganisms, and perform and interpret simple serologic assays.

CDS 400. Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection. 1 Hour.

An in depth course in phlebotomy covering aspects of safety procedures, hygiene, capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial access and maintenance, intravenous access and maintenance, drug administration via IV, intramuscular and subcutaneous methods and non-blood collections of bodily fluids.

CDS 405. Survival Spanish for Health Professionals. 1 Hour.

Health care professionals will be introduced to basic vocabulary, useful questions and expressions in Spanish needed to communicate in practical health care situations. Students will participate in speaking exercises, dialogue, and role-play activities (field-specific scenarios).

CDS 410. Introduction to Electrocardiography. 1 Hour.

Study of the essentials of 12-lead EKG interpretation including discussion of various lead systems. Identification of typical cardiac rhythms and discussion of abnormal anatomy and physiology consistent common cardiac arrhythmias.
Prerequisites: (BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]) or (BY 115 [Min Grade: C] and BY 116 [Min Grade: C]) or (BMD 310 [Min Grade: C] and BMD 315 [Min Grade: C])

CDS 420. Competencies in Genetics for Health Professions. 2 Hours.

Overview of core competencies in genetics; develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide effective and comprehensive health services to individuals and families.

CDS 425. First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR and AED Course. 1 Hour.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills needed to perform basic first aid and CPR procedures for adult, child and infant victims according to the American Heart Association (AHA) Standards.

CDS 430. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 1 Hour.

Provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) according to the American Heart Association (AHA) standards.

CDS 440. Physics in Bio-Medical Sciences. 3 Hours.

Qualitative and quantitative applied physical concepts pertaining to medical applications. Selected physical concepts used in biology, human anatomy, physiology, and medical diagnosis and treatment.
Prerequisites: PH 201 [Min Grade: C]

CDS 444. Social and Behavioral Science for the Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Health and behavior are influenced by multiple psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural factors. An understanding of these factors is essential to addressing health problems and eliminating health disparities and inequalities. This course will provide an overview of biopsychosocial factors that influence health status and outcomes. Community engagement and service learning is an essential component of this course.

CDS 450. Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the proper way to elicit a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination, and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.

CLS-Clinical Laboratory Sci Courses

HA-Health Administration Courses

HCM-Health Care Management Courses

HCM 302. Principles of Management in Health Care. 3 Hours.

Basic management concepts in context of health care organizations; oral and written communication; planning and goal setting; decision-making and problem solving; personnel selection; performance appraisal.

HCM 305. Effective Communication and Professionalism in Health Care. 2 Hours.

Professional traits, behaviors, skills, and attitudes needed to perform in a professional, ethical, and competent manner in the health care environment.

HCM 316. Accounting and Finance for Health Care. 3 Hours.

Introduction to financial accounting in health care organizations; reasoning and methods of financial accounting in for-profit, not for profit and government entities; and health care industry characteristics affecting financial management.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or (HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] and MA 105 [Min Grade: C] and MA 110 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 318. Law for Health Care Professionals. 3 Hours.

Principles of law and U.S. legal system as applied in health care organizations; documentation, privacy, security, and release of health information; liability, consent, and malpractice.

HCM 320. Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals. 3 Hours.

Word Processing, spreadsheet, database, file management, information systems, internet, and presentation applications in managerial functions.

HCM 325. Healthcare Law and Ethics. 3 Hours.

Principles of law and ethics in the U.S. healthcare legal system as applied in health care organizations; patient's rights, privacy, security confidentiality, informed consent, documentation and release of health information, liability, and malpractice.

HCM 330. Health Care Systems. 3 Hours.

Overview of U.S. health care system; implications of environmental trends and health care policy on health care organizations; introduction to financing of health care.

HCM 350. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Systematic study of medical terminology with emphasis on constructing, understanding and using medical terms. Content includes diseases, symptoms & signs of disease, diagnostic, and clinical procedures and treatment modalities.

HCM 360. Statistics for Managers. 3 Hours.

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics as applied in managerial processes; computer-based graphic analysis of data; use of computer-based statistical software; application of statistical process control tools. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.
Prerequisites: MA 105 [Min Grade: C] or MA 106 [Min Grade: C] or MA 107 [Min Grade: C] or MA 110 [Min Grade: C] or MA 125 [Min Grade: C] or MA 225 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 375. Managerial Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

Methods and applications of managerial epidemiology; measurement and epidemiological tools that inform health care management decisions.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 401. Organizational Studies in Health Care. 4 Hours.

Behavioral science concepts including leadership, managing change, negotiating and conflict resolution, team building, organizational assessment, marketing, and entrepreneurship in the context of health care organizations.
Prerequisites: (AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 402. Economics for Healthcare Managers. 3 Hours.

Principles of economics of the health care system on the basis of incentives, risk management, asymmetrical information, and moral hazards; practical application of economic principles, including supply and demand, market structure and forecasting.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 403. Operations Management in Health Care Organizations. 4 Hours.

Operational functions of mid-level managers in health care organizations including work design and re-engineering; systems theory; development, planning, and analysis; ergonomics and work environment; quality improvement techniques.
Prerequisites: (AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 405. Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations. 4 Hours.

Managerial activities in health care organizations related to job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, firing, orientation, benefits, appraisal, discipline, and developing clinical and non-clinical personnel.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 407. Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations. 3 Hours.

Overview of strategic management process; strategic planning in health care organizations from perspective of mid-level manager; emphasis on operational level implementation and control.
Prerequisites: AHS 403 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 403 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 409. Personnel Management in Long-Term Care. 1 Hour.

Planning for staffing and staff development of clinical and non-clinical personnel in long-term care facilities.
Prerequisites: AHS 405 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 405 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 410. Long Term Care Facilities Management. 3 Hours.

Overview of administrative responsibility for physical facilities; environmental safety; emergency preparedness and response; interdependence and functioning of medical, nursing, social, dietary, and other key resident services.

HCM 411. Biological, Psychological, and Sociological Issues of Aging. 3 Hours.

Overview of current gerontological-geriatric information; special needs of the elderly in receiving health care services.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 415. Ethics for Health Care Professionals. 3 Hours.

Overview of major ethical theories; ethical decision making models; application to patients rights, confidentiality, informed consent, professional relationships, and allocation of scarce resources. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.
Prerequisites: (AHS 318 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 318 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 416. Financial Management in Health Care Organizations. 3 Hours.

Overview of financial management functions at the department level; budgeting and cost analysis for department-level operations and capital expenditures. Fulfills the requirements in Quantitative Literacy.
Prerequisites: (AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]) and (AC 200 [Min Grade: C] and AC 201 [Min Grade: C]) or BUS 310 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 316 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 417. Financial Management for Long Term Care Administrators. 2 Hours.

Overview of financial management practices and reimbursement issues and methodologies in long term care facilities.
Prerequisites: (AHS 416 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 416 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 421 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 421 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 418. Legal and Regulatory Issues in Long Term Care. 3 Hours.

Governance and administrative responsibilities for compliance with LTC licensure laws, government and accrediting regulations, and facility policies.
Prerequisites: (AHS 318 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 318 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 325) and (AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 420. Long Term Care Resident Care and Quality. 2 Hours.

Planning, managing, and evaluating programs that enhance resident quality of life in long-term care facilities.

HCM 421. Introduction to Long Term Care Administration. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the long term care industry and nursing facility operations through seminars, independent media research, and experiential learning.
Prerequisites: HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 425. Healthcare Reimbursement Methods. 3 Hours.

Review of diverse financial systems within American healthcare, focus on reimbursement methods and payment systems and how they affect providers and payers. Review of major insurance programs, federal health care legislation, legal/regulatory issues, diagnosis and procedure coding systems, and the impact of coding on reimbursement, compliance and fraud and abuse.
Prerequisites: (AHS 350 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 350 [Min Grade: C]) and (HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 430. Documentation Requirements in Long Term Care. 2 Hours.

Overview of clinical documentation requirements in long term care facilities, including the Resident Assessment Instrument, Minimum Data Set, and Patient Care Plan. Additional Focus on information privacy and security.
Prerequisites: (HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C]) and (HCM 421 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 431. Planning and Implementing HE. 3 Hours.

Content and process planning, implementing, and evaluating programs in health education and health promotion. Sociological, psychological, and epidemiological foundations of health promotion programs. Development of practical skills for school, occupational, clinical, and community settings. A comprehensive program planning assessment will reinforce quantitative literacy in the profession. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.

HCM 432. Continuum of Long-Term Care. 3 Hours.

Survey of providers of long term and elder care, including scope of services provided, review of reimbursement methodologies, clientele served, and political issues affecting their operational practices.
Prerequisites: (HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C]) and (HCM 421 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 421 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 435. Clinical and Administrative Information Systems. 3 Hours.

Overview of information systems and applications in health care organization; issues and challenges in system design and implementation.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 450. Quality Management in Health Care. 3 Hours.

Concepts of monitoring and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of patient care and services provided in health care organizations; overview of regulatory guidelines and industry standards; current issues in quality measurement and outcomes.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 460. Research Methods. 3 Hours.

Introductory research methods course for the design and conduct of interdisciplinary health services research, including study design, research ethics, descriptive and advanced statistics, and research reporting.
Prerequisites: (AHS 360 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 360 [Min Grade: C]) or MA 180 [Min Grade: C] or QM 214 [Min Grade: C] or PY 216 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 474. Service Learning in Health Care Management. 2 Hours.

Classroom and experiential learning through designed community based or clinically related service experiences. Students work with community partners to monitor patient health and welfare while gaining insight into the barriers to healthcare access, costs, and quality.

HCM 475. Special Topics in Health Care Management. 1-4 Hour.

Exploration of current issues in Health Care Management.

HCM 480. Health Care Policy and Reform. 3 Hours.

Identification and discussion of health policy issues facing the U.S. and economic implications of health policy and health care reforms over time.
Prerequisites: AHS 330 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 481. Health Care Management Internship. 3,6 Hours.

Capstone course places students in selected healthcare setting supervised by experienced preceptors. Students are exposed to day-to-day managerial functions and participate in organizational projects. Students draw upon, synthesize, and apply classroom learning to healthcare organization environments. Activities focus on the development of problem solutions, effective communications and research skills. Projects focus on Service Learning and students also explore the culture, ethical issues and community impact of the organization.
Prerequisites: (AHS 401 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 401 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 403 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 403 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 405 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 405 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 407 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 407 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 480 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 480 [Min Grade: C])

HCM 482. Current Issues in Health Care. 3 Hours.

Identification of current issues in the health care industry, with an emphasis on analyzing organizational impact.
Prerequisites: HCM 330 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 330 [Min Grade: C]

HCM 483. Long Term Care Health Care Management Internship. 6-10 Hours.

Supervised experience in managerial functions in selected long-term care health care organizations.
Prerequisites: (AHS 401 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 401 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 403 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 403 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 405 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 405 [Min Grade: C]) and (AHS 407 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 407 [Min Grade: C])

HI-Health Informatics Courses

HQS-Hlthcare Quality & Safety Courses

Faculty

Breland, Bryan, Assistant Professor, 2009, DrPH, JD, MPH, MPH, Community and Organizational Emergency Preparedness, Healthcare Policy
Brown, Michelle, Assistant Professor, 2000, M.S. (UAB), Transfusion Medicine and Interprofessional Education
Carpenter, Randy, M.S.H.I., Adjunct Professor (Health Services Administration)
Chen, Dongquan, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor (Health Services Administration)
Chiasera, Janelle, Professor, Chair, and Interim Program Director (Clinical Laboratory Sciences), 2006, Ph.D. (Ohio State), Diabetes Mellitus and its complications
DeCarlo, Thomas E., Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 2007, B.S. (N. Carolina State), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Dorsey, Amanda D., M.S.H.I., Instructor & Assistant Program Director (Health Services Administration)
Flammini, Steve, Credit Course Instructor (Health Services Administration)
Friday, R. David, M.S.H.I., Adjunct Instructor (Health Services Administration)
Golightly, Beverly, M.S.H.A., Credit Course Instructor (Health Services Administration)
Grimes, Gary J., Ph.D., Professor (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Grostick, Sara S., M.A., Associate Professor (Health Services Administration)
Hamilton, Denise, Instructor (Health Services Administration): Health Care Finance
Hammack, Glenn G., O.D., M.S.H.I., Assistant Professor (Health Services Administration)
Hardin, J. Michael, Ph.D., Credit Course Instructor (Health Services Administration)
Hernandez, S. Robert, Professor and Program Director, Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services , 1972, DrPH (UNC - Chapel Hill), Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations, Health Care Organization Theory, Human Resources Management
Herzig, Terrell W., M.S.H.I., Credit Course Instructor (Health Services Administration)
Hicks, Joan C., M.S.H.I., Assistant Professor (Health Services Administration)
Kennedy, Karen, Associate Professor (Marketing), Cognitive Research, Diversity, Services Marketing, Organizational Culture, Interpersonal Trust Development, Qualitative Research Methods
Mehta, Tapan, Assistant Professor, 2013, PhD (UAB)
Miller, Brianna, Assistant Professor, 2004, M.S. (UAB), Transfusion Medicine
Oliveira, Anna, Assistant Professor, 2011, DrPH (UAB), Infectious Diseases, Global Health, Food Safety
Paustian, Pamela E., Assistant Professor and Program Director, Health Care Management Program, 2001, PhD (UAB), Leadership Resilience, Managerial, and Operational Practices in Healthcare, Technology Driven Approaches to Education
Quintana, Jose B., Associate Professor, 1989, PhD, Outcomes Management and Process Improvement, Quality
Slovensky, Donna J., Professor; Associate Dean, School of Health Professions, 1976, PhD (UAB), Information management to support quality improvement in healthcare; healthcare technology applications
Terndrup, Thomas E., M.D., Professor (Emergency Medicine)
Trimm, Jerry "Mickey", Associate Professor, Health Care Management, 2006, Ph.D. (UAB)
Webb, Tera, Teacher, 2013, M.S. (UAB)
Williams, Jessica, Assistant Professor, 2005, PhD (UAB), The Role of Patients' Unconscious Bias in the Delivery of Healthcare, Health Disparities
Zengul, Ferhat, Assistant Professor, 2014, PhD (UAB), Financial and Quality Performance of Healthcare Organizations