Health Care Management

Program Director:  Bryan K. Breland, Dr.PH, JD, MPA

The undergraduate Health Care Management program was established in 1982 to provide management education opportunities for clinical health professionals.  Currently, the program offers several curriculum options designed to meet the needs of students with differing career interests and academic backgrounds.  The program is designed for aspiring leaders and committed professionals who are interested in mid-level management careers in the healthcare industry.  Job opportunities exist in many types of organizations, including delivery settings such as hospitals, medical group practices, ambulatory clinics, and long-term care; managed care, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms, government agencies, and many others. The Health Care Management degree becomes the terminal degree for some individuals and permits entry to graduate and professional degree programs for others.

The undergraduate degree program in Health Care Management is fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). 

Although we encourage students to participate in the classroom whenever possible, the health care management course delivery formats offer flexibility through daytime, evening, and online class options, including online participation while the class is happening live on campus, or accessing a recorded version at a later time convenient for the student.

Admission options include Freshman entry, the student’s previous academic work, current professional status, and personal interests. Curriculum tracks include Pre-Professional, Clinical Manager, Long Term Care Administrator, MSOT Fast Track, and General Manager. Students who plan to seek admission to graduate level health professions programs may apply to the Pre-Professional option. Prerequisites for admission to identified graduate programs can be incorporated into the program of study for this track in the Health Care Management degree. The Clinical Manager option is restricted to individuals who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline. The Long Term Care Administrator track prepares graduates to work in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. The MSOT Fast Track provides freshman year acceptance to the Master of Science in  Occupational Therapy Program and includes articulation of coursework between the two degrees. All other students should consider the General Manager option.

Qualified UAB freshmen whose academic goal is the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at UAB may apply for competitive admission to the HCM-OT Fast Track. Eligibility requirements include a high school GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0), an ACT score of 24 or greater, and qualified for enrollment in EH 101 and MA 105 (or higher). Acceptance into the HCM programs is required for student admission to the Fast Track.

Admission Requirements

For all tracks other than the MSOT Fast Track, the candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • For the Clinical Manager option, be a graduate of a certificate and/or associate degree health professions program or the equivalent, including associate degree or diploma registered nursing program, and be licensed, registered, or certified in the health specialty (not required for the other tracks).
  • For the Clinical Manager or General Manager options, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0); for the Pre-Professional or Long Term Care Administrator options, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0).
  • Have a minimum grade of C in all previous professional coursework to be applied to the degree.
  • Have a minimum grade of C in all core curriculum coursework before enrollment in 400 level major courses.
  • If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
  • If accepted, a background check and drug screening will be required at admission and again prior to clinical placement.

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 a program director/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. Pam Paustian, 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: packa@uab.edu ♦ Web address: http://www.uab.edu/hcm

Major Requirements For 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 MSOT Fast Track; grade of B required in all prerequisite coursework for the MSOT Fast Track.
  • Internship required during final semester, after all didactic coursework is completed (additional elective required if 3 semester hour internship).
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
AC 201Principles of Accounting II3
or BUS 310 Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors

Health Care Management Curriculum Track Requirements

The Health Care Management Program offers curriculum tracks in the following areas:  general manager, clinical manager, pre professional, long-term care administrator, and MSOT Fast Track.  It is imperative that students meet with the program manager/advisor to map out specific requirements within the selected track.  The program manager/advisor will map out curriculum requirements with students within each track.

A minimum grade of C is required in each course in the HCM Professional Curriculum. A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for graduation, including at least 40 semester hours in courses at the 300-level or above. Courses are available online using distance education technology. No more than 14 semester hours of clinical education (clinical rotations or clinical practice) may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree.

Minors

Three minors are available in the areas of: Clinical Coding and Reimbursement, Health Care Management, and Health Information Management.

General Electives

Students may need to take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 

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 3303
Core Curriculum Area II: Literature3Core Area II Literature3Elective 3
Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3Elective3
Core III Natural Science 4Electives3 
 HCM 3203 
 13 15 9
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
HCM 3253HCM 4014HCM 4023
HCM 3503HCM 4163HCM 4034
HCM 3603HCM 4353HCM 4503
HCM 3753HCM 4603HCM 4803
 12 13 13
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
HCM 4054HCM 4813,6 
HCM 4073  
HCM 4213  
HCM 4253  
 13 3-6
Total credit hours: 118-121
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
Minor in Health Care Management
Minor in Health Information Management


Minor in Clinical Coding and Reimbursement

The minor in Clinical Coding and Reimbursement requires completion of 24 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.

Minor Requirements for 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.

 Minor Requirements for 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 minor in Health Information Management requires completion of 18 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.

Minor Requirements for 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 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 109 [Min Grade: C] or MA 110 [Min Grade: C] or MA 125 [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]) and AHS 320 [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]) and (AHS 360 [Min Grade: C] or HCM 360 [Min Grade: C]) or MA 180 [Min Grade: C] or PY 214 [Min Grade: C] or PY 216 [Min Grade: C] or QM 214 [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: (HIM 415 [Min Grade: C] or AHS 320 [Min Grade: C]) and (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]

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: HCM 318 [Min Grade: C] and 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]

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]

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 421 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 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 421 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 330 [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.

Research Methods.
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 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]

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

Supervised experience in managerial functions in selected long-term care health care organizations.
Prerequisites: HCM 401 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 403 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 405 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 407 [Min Grade: C] and HCM 408 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

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
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