Health Care Management

Program Director: Bryan K Breland, DrPH, JD, MPA

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (HCM) was established at UAB in 1982. The program prepares graduates to be effective leaders in mid-level management positions in all types of health care organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician practices, long term care facilities, home health care agencies, and more. The curriculum serves as a foundation for success in graduate-level academic or professional degree programs, from the masters in health administration or health informatics to clinical professional programs, such as occupational and physical therapy, medicine and dentistry.

The HCM program and course of study can be adapted to the student's interests and strengths in the dynamic and evolving healthcare industry. The HCM General Manager track prepares students for leadership positions managing health operations, developing a vision and strategies for growth, and to ensure patients receive high quality and efficient care. There are specialty and fast tracks available to students based on previous academic work, current professional status, personal interests, and future goals.

Concentration Tracks

HCM concentration tracks focus a student's time and attention on defined area of interest throughout the course of study when he or she has more specific objectives, such as executive leadership that may require professional school, clinical management that will require licensure or certification, or one of the many growing areas of specialty in long term care administration. Concentration tracks may have higher admissions criteria - more information below.

Clinical Manager track is restricted to graduates of certificate and/or associate degree programs who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline. Graduates of this track typically apply their management and leadership skills in facilities or organizational units that provide services in their clinical discipline.

Pre-professional track is designed for undergraduate students whose academic goal is completion of a master’s level graduate or professional degree program such as health administration, health informatics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biotechnology, surgical physician assistant, medical school, dental school or other graduate level health professions programs. Prerequisites for admission to identified graduate programs can be incorporated into the program curriculum.

Long Term Care Administration track is for individuals intending to pursue a career in long-term care, including those who will manage resident care facilities. The curriculum prepares students to test for licensure as a long term care administrator.

Fast Tracks

HCM Fast Tracks offer students a rare advantage in higher education - savings, both in terms of time and money. Students earn a bachelor's and master's degree in less time by taking advantage of the thoughtfully integrated curriculum. We have available fast track programs that accelerate your potential in Occupational Therapy, Health Informatics, and Healthcare Quality and Safety. Fast tracks may have higher admissions criteria - more information below.

Occupational Therapy (OT) Fast Track allows qualified students entering UAB as a freshman to complete the BS in Health Care Management and the MS in Occupational Therapy in five years. This option will benefit those students who plan to test for licensure as occupational therapists by reducing the number of courses and time required to obtain the BS and MS degrees separately.

Health Informatics (HI) Fast Track allows qualified students to complete the BS in Health Care Management and the MS in Health Informatics in 12 semesters; that's four years, including summers - less time than the average student takes to complete the BS degree alone.

Healthcare Quality and Safety (HQS) Fast Track prepares qualified students to complete the BS in Health Care Management and the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety in 13 semesters - just over 4 years if the student takes summer courses while in the program. UAB is one of only a few universities to offer a graduate program in this field.

Program Admission

Applications to the HCM Program are accepted by the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions at any time. Students may begin the program at the start of any full academic term. Information and the online application for freshman, transfer, returning, and non-traditional admissions is available at https://www.uab.edu/students/admissions/apply.

Students intending to enroll in the Health Care Management program must meet all undergraduate admission and academic requirements for UAB and the School of Health Professions.

Entering freshmen are admitted directly to the HCM program through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions and designate concentration or fast tracks through the program's dedicated academic advisors. Admission to the program from high school requires graduation from of an accredited high school with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Transfer admissions from another college or university and UAB students changing their declared major to HCM must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher, if applicable.

Eligibility for HCM Tracks

Eligibility for the HCM concentration and fast tracks further requires the following:

• Clinical Manager track is restricted to graduates of certificate and/or associate degree programs who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline. Satisfactory evidence of the credential must be provided to the HCM program office.

• Pre-professional and Long Term Care Administration Tracks require a high school, overall, and institutional (as applicable) GPA of 2.75 or higher.

• The HCM Fast Tracks require a high school, overall, and institutional (as applicable) GPA of 3.0 or higher.

• The HCM Fast Tracks require applicants have or be eligible for placement in EH 101 or MA 105 or higher.

• The HCM Occupational Therapy (OT) Fast Track requires an ACT Composite Score of 24 or higher.

• Admission to the HCM Fast Tracks is subject to the approval of Program Director for the associated graduate program. The process for approval will be coordinated by the HCM academic advisors in advance of the student's acceptance and notification.

• Admission to the HCM Fast Tracks may be denied on the basis that the applicant has previously earned credit hours toward the bachelor's degree to prevent the coordinated matriculation into the graduate program. Application to the OT Fast Track should be made prior to accruing 30 hours toward the bachelor's degree. Application to the HI and HQS Fast Tracks should be made prior to accruing 60 credit hours.

Drug Screen and Background Check

Students are required to complete a background check and drug screening upon admission to the program and again prior to internship placement. Instructions for requesting the background check and appropriate consent forms are provided at the time of the program admission. A positive drug screen or unfavorable background check may prevent the applicant from completing the program requirements and will be evaluated in accordance with the academic policies of the school and university.

Academic Requirements

The minimum overall and institutional GPA required for admission to the program and designated concentration or fast track must be maintained for continued enrollment throughout the program. A student whose GPA falls below the minimum will be allowed two semesters to recover before dismissal from the major. A student who is dismissed from the HCM major in such a manner may reapply once the student has raised his or her overall and institutional GPA to the program or track minimum. A letter grade of C or higher is required for each course in the program curriculum. A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for award of the BS degree, including at least 40 semester hours in courses at the 300-level or above. No minor is required. Students may take general electives to reach the required minimum semester hours. No more than 14 semester hours of clinical education (clinical rotations or clinical practice) may be applied toward the degree. A management internship (with an organization whose service or function is related to the HCM curriculum) is required in the student's final semester of baccalaureate work. Students in the Clinical Manager Track will complete a 3-credit hour (120 contact hours) internship. All other tracks will complete a 6-credit hour (240 contact hours) internship.

Contact Information

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, contact 
Susan Packa, HCM Program Manager - packa@uab.edu

Health Care Management
Department of Health Services Administration
Telephone: (205) 975-5173 
Email: hcminfo@uab.edu 
http://www.uab.edu/hcm

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Care Management

The Bachelor of Science Health Care Management prepares students for more than a career in management and leadership in an industry that is more than a good place to work. Students in this degree will grow to appreciate the complex and distinctive nature of health care and acquire the critical thinking and discerning skills needed for today's evolving healthcare market. The General Manager Track provides a strong foundation for mid-level management in health care and related organizations, as well as graduate studies in health administration, public health, and other health-related programs.

RequirementsHours
Required Prerequisite Courses
HRP 101Experience the University Transition2
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra ((or higher. MA 110 is accept for the Clinical Manager Track))3
or MA 110 Finite Mathematics
CMST 101Public Speaking3
Students must have BUS 310, or HCM 316, or both principles of accounting courses3-6
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Accounting and Finance for Health Care
Required Major Courses * *Does not include graduate-level coursework for the fast track curriculums
HCM 320Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HCM 360Statistics for Managers3
HCM 375Managerial Epidemiology3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 402Economics for Healthcare Managers3
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 416Financial Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 421Introduction to Long Term Care Administration3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HCM 435Clinical and Administrative Information Systems3
HCM 450Quality Management in Health Care3
HCM 460Research Methods3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
HCM 481Health Care Management Internship3,6
or HCM 483 Long Term Care Health Care Management Internship
Electives
HRP 300Survey of Health Professions2
HCM 302Principles of Management in Health Care3
HCM 305Effective Communication and Professionalism in Health Care2
HCM 475Special Topics in Health Care Management1-4
HCM 482Current Issues in Health Care3
HCM 550Healthcare Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Seminar2
HCM 590Leadership Skills for Health Professionals
Total Hours84-93

BSHCM Program Concentration Tracks

 

The Clinical Manager Track is designed for early-career and seasoned clinical professionals who are motivated to manage clinical units and services. The concentration allows for consideration of the student's past or concurrent clinical education in meeting degree requirements. The required internship is abbreviated, recognizing the student's familiarity with the environment while providing an opportunity to demonstrate newly-acquired management and leadership skills.

The Pre-professional Track customizes the student's academic plan to include the specific requirements of a professional graduate program identified as the student's intended course of study. Whether medical or dental school, occupational or physical therapy, this academic track will ensure that you get everything you need for a strong foundation and competitive application.

The Long Term Administration Track provides instruction and experiential learning in the continuum of health care and social services provided to those living with health issues that impede their ability to perform everyday activities. This concentration fulfils the academic and internship requirements to sit for licensure in Alabama as a Nursing Home Administrator.

HCM Occupational Therapy Fast Track

Requirements Hours
OT Prerequisite Courses (All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 8 years with a grade of "B" or better).  
Biology with Lab (UAB Equivalent BY 123+L) 4
Human Anatomy with lab (UAB Equivalent BY 115+L) 4
Human Physiology with lab (UAB Equivalent BY 116+L) 4
Physics (UAB Equivalent PH 201) 4
Abnormal Psychology (UAB Equivalent PY 218) 3
Developmental or Lifespan Psychology (must be birth through death) (UAB Equivalent PY 212) 3
Sociology Elective (UAB Equivalent SOC 101) or Anthropology Elective (UAB Equivalent ANTH 101) 3
RequirementsHours
HRP 101Experience the University Transition2
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra ((or higher. MA 110 is accepted for the Clinical Manager Track))3
or MA 110 Finite Mathematics
CMST 101Public Speaking3
Students must have BUS 310, or HCM 316, or both principles of accounting courses3-6
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Accounting and Finance for Health Care
HCM Required Courses ** HCM coursework while in the fast track is insufficient to grant the BS degree withough additional courses in MSOT program. If a student elects not to continue the fast track curriculum, additional HCM coursework will be needed to award the BS degree.
HCM 320Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HCM 360Statistics for Managers3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 416Financial Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 421Introduction to Long Term Care Administration3
HCM 450Quality Management in Health Care3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
Total Hours53-56

HCM Health Informatics Fast Track

RequirementsHours
HRP 101Experience the University Transition2
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra ((or higher. MA 110 accepted for Clinical Manager Track))3
or MA 110 Finite Mathematics
CMST 101Public Speaking3
Students must have BUS 310, or HCM 316, or both principles of accounting courses3-6
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Accounting and Finance for Health Care
HCM Required Courses ** HCM coursework while in the fast track is insufficient to grant the BS degree withough additional courses in MSHI program. If a student elects not to continue the fast track curriculum, additional HCM coursework will be needed to award the BS degree.
HCM 320Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HCM 360Statistics for Managers3
HCM 375Managerial Epidemiology3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 402Economics for Healthcare Managers3
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 416Financial Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 421Introduction to Long Term Care Administration3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HCM 450Quality Management in Health Care3
HCM 460Research Methods3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
HCM 481Health Care Management Internship3,6
Total Hours68-74

HCM Health Quality and Safety Fast Track

RequirementsHours
HRP 101Experience the University Transition2
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra ((or higher. MA 110 accepted for Clinical Manager Track))3
or MA 110 Finite Mathematics
CMST 101Public Speaking3
Students must have BUS 310, or HCM 316, or both principles of accounting courses3-6
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Accounting and Finance for Health Care
HCM Required Courses ** HCM coursework while in the fast track is insufficient to grant the BS degree withough additional courses in HQS program. If a student elects not to continue the fast track curriculum, additional HCM coursework will be needed to award the BS degree.
HCM 320Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HCM 360Statistics for Managers3
HCM 375Managerial Epidemiology3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 402Economics for Healthcare Managers3
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 416Financial Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 421Introduction to Long Term Care Administration3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HCM 435Clinical and Administrative Information Systems3
HCM 450Quality Management in Health Care3
HCM 460Research Methods3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
HCM 481Health Care Management Internship3,6
Total Hours71-77

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Health Care Management

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
EH 1013EH 1023 
MA 105 or 1103CMST 1013 
HRP 1012Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science4 
Core Curriculum Area II: Fine Arts3Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3 
Core Curriculum Area IV: History13  
 14 13
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
HCM 3163Elective3HCM 3503
Core Curriculum Area II: Literature3Core Area II Literature3HCM 3603
Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3 
Core III Natural Science 4HCM 3203 
 HCM 3303 
 13 15 6
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
HCM 3253HCM 4014HCM 4034
HCM 4023HCM 4163HCM 4503
HCM 4603HCM 4353 
HCM 4803HCM 3753 
Elective3Elective3 
 15 16 7
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
HCM 4054HCM 4816 
HCM 4073  
HCM 4213  
HCM 4253  
Elective 2  
 15 6
Total credit hours: 120
1

A six semester hour sequence in literature or history is required; if a second literature is chosen it will apply as three of the elective hours  in Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities and Fine Art; if a second history is chosen it will apply as three of the elective hours in Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Health Care Management program offers minor options for undergraduate students upon approval from the HCM program director.

 

Minor in Clinical Coding and Reimbursement

The Clinical Coding and Reimbursement minor requires completion of 24 semester hours of course work.  Students must contact the Health Care Management program office for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HIM 318Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology for Coding3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HIM 417Pathology for Coders3
HIM 418Documentation Standards for Health Data3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HIM 441Diagnostic Coding for Health Care Organizations3
HIM 460Coding/Classification Systems3
Total Hours24

 

Minor in Health Care Management

The minor in Health Care Management requires completion of 21 semester hours of course work.  Students must apply to the Health Care Management program for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
Total Hours21

 

Minor in Health Information Management

The Health Information Management minor requires completion of 18 semester hours of course work.  Students must contact the Health Care Management program office for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HCM 435Clinical and Administrative Information Systems3
HIM 418Documentation Standards for Health Data3
HIM 475Electronic Health Records3
Total Hours18

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: (MA 105 [Min Grade: C] or 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])

Faculty

Breland, Bryan, Assistant Professor, 2009, DrPH, JD, MPH, MPH, Community and Organizational Emergency Preparedness, Healthcare Policy
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
Trimm, Jerry "Mickey", Associate Professor, Health Care Management, 2006, Ph.D. (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