UVa Course Catalog (Unofficial, Lou's List)
Complete Catalog of Courses for the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management    
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PS-Health Sciences Management
PSHM 1010Explorations in Health Care: Issues and Opportunities (3)
Introduces the healthcare literature, structure, delivery systems and challenges facing US healthcare, healthcare economics and research, insurance, policy and the Affordable Care Act; explores the educational requirements and job responsibilities of various healthcare providers and career opportunities; fosters critical thinking and library research skills. Prerequisite: Approved as a SCPS High School Community Scholar.
PSHM 3010Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides an introduction to health care management for allied health practitioners. Integrates theory and practice through course presentations, readings, online discussions, experiential exercises, and written assignments. Emphasizes the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills, within multidisciplinary environments, to both health care practice and professional development.
PSHM 3050Current Issues in Health Care (1)
Provides an introduction to the healthcare and healthcare management literature for allied healthcare professionals, building on the foundational knowledge provided in the concurrent PSHM 3010 Introduction to Healthcare Management. The course emphasizes the application of critical thinking and library research skills.
PSHM 3080Legal and Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care (3)
Provides an overview of the laws governing health care institutions and the ethical dilemmas facing health care managers and providers; reviews ethical principles utilized to examine health care issues. Evaluates the procedures followed by health care organizations in making legal and ethical decisions; addresses such contemporary issues as cloning, euthanasia, and organ donation. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS program.
PSHM 3805Health Information Systems and Applications (3)
Introduces foundational knowledge and emerging trends in health informatics, and examines how information systems can be utilized to improve patient care, health outcomes, efficiency, and quality. Provides knowledge on how health informatics can enhance evidence-based decision making, cost-management, and performance; analyzes key issues in data management, and confidentiality in health informatics. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4020Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides an overview of the management and leadership theories, models and practices used to improve the operations and performance of health care organizations. Students will enhance their ability to analyze the problems of health care organizations and develop strategies to improve decision-making, performance, and quality in health care. Prerequisite: Completion of PSHM 3010
Course was offered Fall 2019, Summer 2018
PSHM 4050Understanding Diversity in Health Care (2)
Offered
Fall 2020
Prepares students to understand the importance of providing culturally appropriate care to diverse populations, and introduces students to the systematic as well as disciplined approaches used to incorporate diversity management and cultural competence in the delivery of healthcare. Explores relevant organizational dynamics and organizational policies that are necessary to effectively manage a healthcare organization.
PSHM 4052Global Health Care (2)
Introduces key concepts of health care in a global context, including the impact of cultural and economic forces influencing health care access in developed and developing nations. Appraises and explores different systems and logistical issues in health care delivery; identifies international actors and roles in health and humanitarian action. Prequisites: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program; and completion of PSHM 3010
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018
PSHM 4200Women's Health Issues: Access, Treatment and Policy (3)
Approaches issues related to women, gender, and health from various interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Examines the role of the medical profession, public health professionals, activists and social institutions in constructing discourses and knowledge about women and health; emphasizes the biological, social, economic, behavioral, and political factors associated with women's health. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Course was offered Summer 2020, Summer 2018, Summer 2017
PSHM 4300Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology (3)
Examines health issues from a population health perspective of policy and programs; introduces students to principles of population health practice with emphasis on history, philosophy and scope. Examines how health care delivery systems, public health agencies and community organizations work together to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the various communities they serve. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4400Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences (3)
Provides an intro to the research process for the allied healthcare professional. The purpose, conduct and eval. of research will be discussed using examples from the health sciences literature. At the conclusion of the course, students will possess the skills to propose and present a basic health sciences research proposal and critically eval. the sources and substance of health related sources and literature. Prereq: PSHM 3010 & PSHM 3050
PSHM 4600Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service (3)
Explores the concepts and organizational factors that impact service delivery and quality in health care. It emphasizes service excellence and resources to improve customer service and quality of services. It will also focus on the concepts, theories, practices, tools, and strategies for quality improvement and quality management in health care organizations and in service delivery. Prerequisite: Completion of PSHM 3010
Course was offered Spring 2020, Fall 2018, Fall 2017
PSHM 4650American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides foundational overview of the structure and function of the US health care system. Promotes critical discussion of history and current status of organizations and delivery systems. Examines challenges facing providers, patients, and policy makers, as health care becomes more complex. Utilizes current events and media to explore controversies related to labor, finance, access, and health disparities. Req: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
PSHM 4700Economics and Finance of Health Care (3)
Provides basic overview of economic and financial management concepts in health care. Introduces important economic concepts and issues in health care including market factors, production, costs, labor issues, and economic evaluation. Provides an overview of basic financial management principles, capital planning, financial statements, and budgeting in health care organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Course was offered Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2017
PSHM 4750Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Care (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations, and an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and enhance the quality of employees' work life. Through the examination of leadership topics, explores the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment in a variety of situations. Prerequisites: Admission to BPHM Program; and completion of PSHM 3010
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018
PSHM 4800Health Sciences Management Internship I (2)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides opportunity for students to apply knowledge & skills in health care management, administration, research and policy in real-world health care setting. Exposes students to other health care organizations & professionals, and various pressures that affect decision-making in the field. Challenges students to identify and develop new skills, alongside their personal career path & goals. Prerequisite: Final year of BPHM Program.
Course was offered Summer 2019
PSHM 4801Health Sciences Management Internship II (1)
Offered
Fall 2020
Provides opportunity for students to apply knowledge & skills in health care management, administration, research and policy in real-world health care setting. Exposes students to other health care organizations & professionals, and various pressures that affect decision-making in the field. Challenges students to identify and develop new skills, alongside their personal career path & goals. Prerequisite: Final year of BPHM Program.
Course was offered Summer 2019
PSHM 4900Capstone I: Development of the Health Sciences Management Project (2)
Offered
Fall 2020
Introduces the development of the health sciences management capstone project; students select a relevant project or research question and a focused topic of investigation, conduct a comprehensive literature reivew of the topic, engage with a project mentor, plan out the research project and complete a capstone project proposal. Prerequisites: Completion of PSHM 4400.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018
PSHM 4950Capstone II: Health Sciences Management Project Implementation (2)
Focuses on the successful completion of the student's capstone project proposed in PSHM 4900 Capstone Course I. Integrates the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired in the BPHM degree program and applies them to a problem or opportunity for improvement in the healthcare management field. Students conduct a project in a real world healthcare management setting. Prerequisite: PSHM 4900
Course was offered Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018