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. Job and career growth opportunities for mid‐level managers in the health care industry are very good. Many changes are occurring in our healthcare delivery system that require well educated and technically trained individuals in operational management positions.

More than 900 individuals have graduated from the program to date, and approximately 450 students are currently enrolled. The HCM degree offers a pathway into entry- and mid-level management careers for some and serves as a foundation for success in graduate-level academic or professional degree programs for others. Career opportunities for HCM graduates exist in acute care facilities, physician practices, long term care, managed care, ambulatory care, corporate health programs, public health, pharmaceutical sales, and numerous companies providing consulting and vendor services in the healthcare industry.

There are six focused HCM curriculum tracks available to students based on the student’s previous academic work, current professional status, personal interests, and future goals:

  • 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. Students in this track complete the professional curriculum courses and electives selected in collaboration with the HCM student adviser.
  • 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.
  • HCM - Occupational Therapy 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.
  • HCM - Health Informatics Fast Track allows qualified students to complete the BS in Health Care Management and the MS in Health Informatics in four years, including summers.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to enroll in the Health Care Management program must meet all UAB undergraduate admission and academic requirements. The following additional requirements also apply for admission and progression in the HCM program.

Program Admission from High School

Entering freshmen are admitted to the HCM-HI or HCM-OT Fast Tracks or the General Manager Track for the first year and may elect to transition to the Pre-professional or Long Term Care Administration Tracks in the sophomore year, if qualified. The Clinical Manager Track requires previous post-secondary work and is not available directly from high school.

General Manager Track

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

HCM Occupational Therapy Fast Track

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have achieved an ACT Composite Score of 24 or higher.
  • Must be eligible for placement in EH 101 and MA 105 or higher.

HCM Health Informatics Fast Track

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be eligible for placement in EH 101 or MA 105 or higher.

Program Admission From Community College or University, Including UAB

General and Clinical Manager Tracks

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have a UAB institutional GPA of 2.5, if applicable.
  • Clinical Manager track is restricted to graduates of certificate and/or associate degree programs who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline.

Pre-professional and Long Term Administration Tracks

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have a UAB institutional GPA of 2.75, if applicable.
  • Students admitted to General Manager track who wish to transfer to Pre-Professional or Long Term Care Administration tracks must meet the minimum 2.75 overall and institutional GPA.

HCM - Occupational Therapy Fast Track

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must be a freshman with less than 30 hours of coursework at the time of transfer.
  • Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have achieved an ACT Composite Score of 24 or higher.
  • Have or be eligible for placement in EH 101 or MA 105 or higher.

HCM - Health Informatics Fast Track

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school.
  • Must be a freshman with less than 60 hours of coursework at the time of transfer.
  • Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have or be eligible for placement in EH 101 or MA 105 or higher.

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 by School policy.  Instructions for requesting the background check and appropriate consent forms are provided at the time of the program admission.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted by UAB at any time.  Students may begin the program at the start of any full academic term. Applicants should submit the following materials:

To the UAB Undergraduate Admissions Office:

  • Completed UAB undergraduate application form, indicating SHP as the school, and application fee, if applicable https://idm.uab.edu/myuab/login?from=ugadmapp
  • Official transcripts from each high school, college, or university attended.

The student should request an appointment with the program manager/advisor prior to the term of initial enrollment. It is essential to have transcripts of previous coursework during the enrollment interview.

Contact for additional information:

Dr. Bryan K Breland, Program Director

Susan Packa, Program Manager/Advisor

Health Care Management Program ♦ School of Health Professions♦ University of Alabama at Birmingham ♦ Telephone: (205) 975-5173 ♦ Email: hcminfo@uab.edu ♦ Web address: http://www.uab.edu/hcm

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Care Management

Grade and Residency Requirements

  • 2.5 G.P.A. (overall and institutional) required for the Clinical Manager and General Manager Tracks.
  • 2.75 G.P.A. (overall and institutional) required for the Pre-Professional and Long Term Care Administrator Tracks.
  • 3.0 GPA required for the HCM OT Fast Track; grade of B required in all prerequisite coursework for the HCM OT Fast Track.
  • 3.2 GPA required for the HCM HI Fast Track; grade of B required in all prerequisite coursework for the HCM HI Fast Track.
  • Internship required during final semester, after all didactic coursework is completed
RequirementsHours
Required Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
Finite Mathematics (Only accepted with approval from the Program Director for the Clinical Manager Track)
Pre-Calculus Algebra ( or higher)
Required Courses 1
HCM 320Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Professionals3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
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
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 Hours76-82
1

Additional courses are required for the LTCA track. Please contact the HCM Program Academic Advisor.

Prerequisites Requirement

RequirementsHours
AC 200Principles of Accounting I3
Choose One of the Following:3
Principles of Accounting II
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Accounting and Finance for Health Care

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
AC 2003AC 2013HCM 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: 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])

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
Slovensky, Donna J., Professor; Associate Dean, School of Health Professions, 1976, PhD (UAB), Information management to support quality improvement in healthcare; healthcare technology applications
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