Course Descriptions

Descriptions for selected courses follow. The USC Catalogue provides descriptions of all USC Price and university courses, and students are encouraged to refer to the latest USC Catalogue for official updates to courses and their descriptions. A number of courses have prerequisites that, in some cases, may be waived for EMHA students with departmental approval.

Healthcare Management (HMGT)

Open to EMHA students only

520 CORE: Leading People and Health Care Organizations (4,Fa) An exploration of contemporary work force issues and skills development in organizational design, performance measurement, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership, and change management.

540 CORE: Health Economics, Financing and Reimbursement (2) Provides a framework for the economic analysis of health care issues and provides students with an opportunity to apply economic methods to a number of actual healthcare problems.

550 Law, Regulation, and Ethics (4) An intensive introduction to business and health care law, ethics and regulation; gives executives practical knowledge regarding legal consideration in business transactions.

560 The Customer-Focused Health Care Organization (2) Strategies for gaining and using customer-derived data in planning, marketing and managing health care organizations.

565 CORE: Managing the Organization’s Financial Health (4, Fa) Executives confront and solve problems requiring use of accounting, finance, and management control principles; provides core financial skills for non-finance professionals.

570 CORE: Strategic Management (4, Sm) Provides skill development and application in the integrative discipline of strategic management including assessment, strategy formulation, implementation and control.

575 CORE: Managing and Improving Health (4, Sp) Methods for monitoring and improving the health of populations. Topics include outcomes management, risk-adjustment, development and implementation of practice guidelines.

Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD)

ISE/PPD 507 Six-Sigma Quality Resources for Health Care (3, Fa) Comprehensive study of Six-Sigma and Lean metrics, methods, and systems with emphasis on their application to health care services. Offered through Viterbi School of Engineering; online option.

ISE/PPD 508 Health Care Operations Improvement (3, Sp) Improving operations, patient flow, quality and processes. Students will become familiar with methods for implementing change in health care settings such as hospitals or clinics. Offered through Viterbi School of Engineering; online option.

509 Problems and Issues in the Health Field (4, FaSp) Principles of epidemiology; disease trends, treatment efficacy, influences on utilization; health promotion, disease prevention and health protection; intergovernmental relationships; management of public health programs.

PPD 510ab Financial Management of Health Services (4-2, FaSp) a: Accounting principles, financial reports, managerial finance, financial planning, capital investments, working capital analysis; elements of budgeting and reimbursement; performance standards; reporting; developing a management system. Open only to graduate students. Prerequisite: PPD 516x; recommended preparation: PPD 404x or competence in statistics. b: Changing practices, emerging issues, strategies and innovations in financial planning, management, and regulation; federal and state policies and requirements. EMHAs may enroll in PPD510a as an alternative to HMGT565 with departmental approval.

511 CORE: Health Information Systems (2, FaSm) Conceptual framework for data base development; relational data management; use of health statistics; health indicators; confidentiality, security, privacy.

513 CORE: Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery (4, FaSp) Rights of consumers; health-related powers of governments; rights and responsibilities of health care providers; interrelationships of rights, powers, and responsibilities. EMHAs may enroll in PPD 513 as an alternative to HMGT 550 with departmental approval.

514 Economic Concepts Applied to Health (4, FaSp) Relationships between economic characteristics and health status; impact of economy on health services industry; demand and resources for health services; utilization, prices, costs, health insurance.

515 CORE: Strategic Management of Health Organizations (4, FaSp Sm) Application of principles of health administration in several practice settings. Decision-making; strategic management; organizational performance; communications; provider comparisons. EMHAs may enroll in PPD 515 as an alternative to HMGT 570 with departmental approval.

557 Modeling Operations and Research (4, FaSp) Management science methods that support decision making in policy, management, and planning settings. Includes linear programming, queuing theory, decision analysis, and forecasting.

590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the master’s degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8, FaSpSm) Selected topics in public policy, management and planning.

600 CORE: Management of Managed Care Organizations (2, FaSpSm) Managed care arrangements, interorganizational relations, management practices and controls, medical staff relations, strategic planning, marketing, utilization review, quality assurance, outcomes measures.

601 Management of Long-Term Care Organizations (4, Fa) History, development, trends; major policy issues; organization of systems; principles and techniques of administration; management of institutional and community based programs. Offered online only.

602 Strategic and Operational Planning for Health Services (4, irregular) Strategic, institutional, and program planning theory and methods; governmental and legal requirements, certificate of need processes, reimbursement controls; financing and marketing considerations, practices, and methods.

603 Marketing of Health Services (4, Sm) Assessing community needs and organizational service capabilities; evaluating competition; qualitative and quantitative market research methods; market communications and advertising; developing marketing plans.

604 Seminar in Hospital Administration (4, Sm) Hospital systems and functions; managerial processes, theory, and practice; governance structures; legal, regulatory, administrative, and professional requirements; medical and professional staff; multi-institutional arrangements; controls.

605 Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy (2, max 6, FaSpSm) Emphasis on current or emergent issues in the health care industry. Focus on impact of recent health legislation and/or health care system responsiveness. Topic changes each semester.

606 Urban Health Policy (4, Fa) Addresses current U.S. health policy issues and the critical processes that shape them, with an emphasis on urban populations; institutional, economic, social, ethical, and political factors.

607 Introduction to Public Health Policy (4, Sp) Public health policy and analysis methods; evaluation of the public health system and safety net programs.

608 Leadership Symposium in Health Management and Policy (1, max 3, FaSpSm) A forum for leading executives and policymakers to address ways they or their organizations improve healthcare financing, delivery and management, in the U.S. and internationally.

609 Physician Practice Management (2, Sp) Overview of medical practice management issues, structures, systems and strategies for effective clinical and financial performance of physician organizations.

610 Managed Care Contracting (2, Sm) Provides practical and strategic decision-making skills in managed care contracting, including contract types, terms and conditions; financial assessment; proposal development and analysis; and negotiation.

695 Clinical Issues for Managers (1, Fa) Introduces key information and concepts for managers of clinical services. Examines problems and issues facing health care managers and clinician relations.

696 Health Care Venture Development (2, Sp) Focuses on developing the resourcefulness, know-how and decision support skills needed to identify, assess and develop new health ventures. Includes business planning, financing, strategy, entrepreneurship. Recommended preparation: PPD 510a or HMGT565.

697 Cultural Proficiency in Health Management and Policy (2, Sp) Provides an understanding of what social factors contribute to racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in health and the culturally proficient provision of health care.