Health Care Administration Courses at Ashford University

Explore many facets of the rapidly expanding health care industry with these online health care administration courses offered at Ashford University. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration, your course work encompasses subjects such as managing health care workers, community and public health, and health issues' social implications. In addition, you will also find curriculum geared toward the managerial and administrative scope with course themes like finance, planning and human services. Browse the courses and course descriptions below to learn more.


Health Care Administration Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HCA 205 Introduction to Health Care

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This is an introductory course that explores the historical evolution of health care in the United States, its financing sources, technology, delivery of care and the stakeholders who comprise the health care system. The structure of the health care system, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will be discussed along with the various components that influence health care such as legal, ethical, regulatory, and fiscal forces. Students will also explore other health care systems and examine the potential future of health care in the United States. 

HCA 281 Accounting Concepts for Health Care Professionals

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is designed as an applied managerial and financial accounting course, designed to provide health care decision-makers with fundamental concepts of health care accounting practices and procedures. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Mathematical and Information Technology competencies. 

HCA 305 The U.S. Health Care System

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This is an introductory course that explores the historical origins, foundations, values, and resources of the U. S. Health Care System. Other national health care systems are discussed in a comparative discourse with that of the United States. Throughout the course, the health care service component is integrated with market place, legal, ethical, regulatory, and financial factors as forces influencing the continued evolution of the U.S. Health Care System and the resulting opportunities.

HCA 312 Health Care Finance

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to health care’s fundamental financing concepts. The interaction of funding resources among government agencies and the private sector in the funding of health services is explored. Political and social policies contributing to the demand for health services are discussed. Cost control strategies such as managed care, fee for service and specified contractual arrangements provide the foundation for analyzing health care financing. Health services financing and disbursement systems are presented across the domains of for-profit, non-profit, public, grant funding and managed care. Focused attention is given to discussion of government financing of health services including, Medicare, Medicaid, and specific entities such as veterans administration and other categorical funding. 

HCA 322 Health Care Ethics & Medical Law

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course presents the ethical and legal implications of health care administration. The unique legal aspects encountered in the provision of health services are analyzed. Concepts of access, affordability, health care interventions and human rights are interfaced with legal and ethical issues challenging the provision of health care services. Concepts of risk management, continuous quality assurance, guardianship, Institutional Review Boards, and needs of special and diverse populations provide discussion points in the course. The overlapping domains of ethics and medical law are examined. Case studies and discussion of ethical and legal precedent setting decisions are used to link theory with reality. 

HCA 331 Introduction to Health Education

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a foundational course designed to provide an introduction to health education and the health education profession. Health educators are often responsible for developing and implementing health education programs that aim to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. The roles, responsibilities, skills, settings, and professional networks of health educators will be reviewed in this course.

HCA 333 Introduction to Long-Term Care

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an overview of the long-term service delivery continuum. Course topics include: the concept of patient-family-centered services, introduction to theories of adult development and aging, modalities of the long term care delivery system, organizational culture, introduction to regulatory agencies, financial resources, and assurance of quality.

HCA 340 Managing in Health & Human Services

Credits
3 Credits
Description

An upper-level management course providing basic management theory for the beginning manager. Management challenges, human service environments, management theories, organizational design, program planning and implementing supervisory relations, managing finances program evaluation, leadership theories and teams in organizations are explored. 

HCA 352 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course explores the major legal and ethical issues central to the implementation, application, and utilization of health information across the spectrum of health care settings. Key topics include liability, confidentiality, risk, quality, and utilization management. In addition, the legal and ethical ramifications of federal legislative mandates pertaining to health information management are reviewed. Case studies are utilized throughout the course to help students apply course concepts.

HCA 375 Continuous Quality Monitoring & Accreditation

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides a foundational exploration of the concepts of health care accreditation and continuous quality monitoring. The concept of quality assurance is explored from a perspective of selected accreditation, regulatory, licensing and certification programs. The interface of accreditation and reimbursement is explored. Health information systems are used in the analysis of health care accreditation, government mandates, and regulatory activities as they impact consumer outcomes. Legal implications of quality monitoring are analyzed. Social, political, professional and organizational influences upon health services delivery are explored from a perspective of demand, special populations, financing and service delivery. 

HCA 401 Introduction to Health Care Informatics

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an overview of health care informatics including basic vocabulary, concepts, technology, uses and practices. The history, background, and development of health care informatics are presented, as well as academic, private, and government influences.

HCA 415 Community & Public Health

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This introductory course explores community and public health services in the well-being of a population. Regulatory mandates promoting public and community health are explored. The interface among community and public health services and the overall health care industry is explored. Legal and ethical imperatives emergent in public health services are discussed. Financing options are explored recognizing the role of categorical fiscal resources. Health care promotion and prevention strategies are explored in concert with the role of health care institutions and the public sector. Health information data is utilized in the planning of a community and/or public health project. 

HCA 417 Electronic Health Records

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course begins with an exploration of the evolution of electronic health records (EHRs,) and then delves into the current forces driving the adoption of electronic health records. The components of EHR’s are reviewed and the core functionalities of the EHR are examined. Major consideration is given to HIPAA and confidentiality regulatory requirements in terms of EHR management. In addition, the different methods of data capture and recording of data are reviewed, as well as a comparison of contents for an inpatient versus an outpatient EHR.

HCA 419 Current Topics in Informatics

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course examines trends and emerging technologies involved in health care delivery and information systems/technology management within diverse health care settings. Content includes the following health care applications: process improvement and innovation for computerized provider order entry (CPOE,) telemedicine, imaging systems, bio-surveillance, genomics, bioinformatics (methods used to process data from biological experiments,) robotic surgery, and pharmacogenomics. In addition, ethical and legal considerations /aspects related to the use of computerized technology and information systems in the delivery of health care are reviewed.

HCA 421 Health Care Planning & Evaluation

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course utilizes health care research data, research protocols, and information systems in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health care programs meeting the health care needs of a diverse population. Historical perspectives are discussed in tandem with current health programs and future challenges. The impact of public entities in controlling the demand aspects of health services is discussed in light of regulatory legislation. Planning strategies to meet the needs of a diverse population are explored from both the public and private sector. Discussion of the efficacy and efficiencies of past and current programs provide opportunities for analysis of past and on-going service demand and client outcomes. Development of a health care model applying the concepts of reimbursement, supply and demand, contractual adjustments and patient mix in to the planning and evaluation process.

HCA 430 Special Populations

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This is a topics course that explores health care services for special populations. The populations include: mental health, substance addiction, rehabilitation, geriatrics and selected specialty services. The course is problem focused emphasizing access, cost-quality issues and financing considerations. Health information data is utilized as resources for the analysis of demand, quality and cost-efficiency. Historical perspectives are presented as shaping factors influencing the present models of health services for special populations. Government mandates, categorical services, legal, ethical, and reimbursement issues are presented as driving forces in the provision of special population health services. Multidisciplinary models of special population health service models are discussed. Learners will develop a model program for a self-selected special population. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the majority of major coursework.

HCA 435 Informatics Applications

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of health informatics. Students will learn about the construction and utilization of health care data sets; the use of computerized statistical packages in health care; and the role of health informatics in financial and performance improvement goals. The student will apply common performance improvement models and tools to develop data-driven organizational reports.

HCA 442 Contemporary Issues in Aging

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course presents significant major interdisciplinary aging issues and controversies drawn from biological sciences, medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, gerontology, public policy, and social work. With an emphasis on critical thinking, divergent views and perspectives of aging phenomenology are explored through the reading and research of selected articles and reports covering current topical content.

HCA 444 Long-Term Care: The Consumer Perspective

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course examines the role and impact consumers have in long-term care decision making and provision of care. Factors and challenges influencing consumer choices are explored within the context of long-term care improvement in both institutional and community settings. Current topical issues such as customer/provider relationships and quality of care are overviewed in this course.

HCA 459 Senior Project

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides the learner a format for the integration health care concepts, exploring a self-selected health care topic. The Senior Project may be: 1) problem focused in which the learner identifies a health care problem or issue and conducts research on the topic culminating in a proposed solution; or 2) an observational research project on a self-selected health care topic. Pre- or Co-requisites: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course and majority of major coursework.

HCA 496 Health Informatics Capstone

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, theories, and concepts gained from the study of health informatics. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.

HCA 497 Health Care Studies Capstone

Credits
3 Credits
Description

In this final course students will demonstrate their mastery of program outcomes by reflecting on and synthesizing insights gained from their studies. This will take the form of a focused study of a significant trend or problem in contemporary health care.