Health Care Management Course Descriptions


Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management

ORBH 307 Adult Development and Life Assessment
Introduction to adult development theory, linking concepts to life experiences through a process of individual reflection. Classical and contemporary adult development theory are examined to provide paradigms for self-analysis and life assessment.
ORBH 301 Group and Organizational Behavior
The study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed upon decision-making and conflict resolution. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or by individuals.
ORBH 304 Organizational Communications
Investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. Aids students in developing and strengthening their communication skills by focusing on interpersonal, group, and presentation skills.
ENG 242 Writing for Applied Research
This course introduces students to the theoretical principles and practical applications of academic research with a focus on business. Students learn to form initial inquiry questions, locate and evaluate print and electronic sources, and summarize, paraphrase, and incorporate source material in written presentations using the APA citation format.
ORBH 303 Organizational Concepts
Students examine the formal and informal functions of organizations and analyze an agency or organization based upon a systems model. Students also explore and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to students’ research proposal, which is typically work-related.
ORBH 312 Introduction to Applied Research
This course introduces students to the research design process and hones analytical thinking skills. It includes one on-campus meeting devoted to library orientation, investigation of campus resources, and an introduction to the writing center. Students begin their research project with a literature review and receive assistance in establishing topics for their research proposal. Students create a research problem statement and consider basic research design elements.
ORBH 320 Introduction to Research and Analysis
An introduction to research and its tools with specific emphasis upon helping students complete the requirements of their research proposal. Content includes research design, descriptive and inferential statistics using Microsoft Excel. Students are given the opportunity to critique business research studies and to discuss managerial decision-making.
ORBH 390 Research Methodology
In this course students formulate a research problem statement, identify a hypothesis, propose a research design and suggest possible interventions and analysis. Provides students with the opportunity to conduct a professional presentation on their own research topics.
HCM 302 Contemporary Issues in Health Care
This course introduces the challenges facing the contemporary health care system and its managers. It focuses on the increasing complexity of the health care system, the underlying forces affecting health care outcomes, and the rapid proliferation of health care resources.
HCM 340 Legal and Social Aspects of Health Care
Students become familiar with the legal and ethical issues in the delivery of health care services and the social environment in which health care is provided. In addition to aspects of the law pertaining to negligence, contracts, consents, confidentiality, risk management and medical research, students investigate the implications of demographics, the socioeconomic status of patients, and health insurance/payment policies.
HCM 311 Health Care Information Systems
This course provides the foundational knowledge needed to participate in the design, selection, implementation and use of clinical and administrative information systems. It familiarizes the students with new and emerging software applications in the health care field.
HCM 306 Human Resource Management in Health Care Settings
Conveys the principles of human resource management in the health care environment. Emphasizes management techniques such as interviewing, training, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits. Addresses trends in human resource management in the health care arena.
PHI 384 Organizational Ethics
A study of ethical choices in organizations, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and responsibility for contemporary life choices. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and analysis of situations in organizations.
HCM 312 Budgeting and Finance in Health Care Settings
This course explores financial management functions at the department level. It focuses on budgeting and cost analysis for department-level operations and the accounting for capital expenditures.
HCM 321 Leadership in Health Care Settings
Students explore various concepts and theories of leadership and how these might be applied to and impact management functions in health care settings. Discussed are leadership versus management skills, team development, systems theory, organizational culture, and the role of the middle manager.
CCS 341 Cultural Modes of Expression
An exploration of the nuances of intercultural expression for awareness and sensitivity needed for mutual understanding in international affairs.
HCM 326 Community Relations in Health Care
This course delineates the dual role of the health care industry as a provider of a public “good,” while, at the same time, functioning as a business enterprise. Students discuss outreach to underserved populations, health education and information, neighborhood activism, as well as marketing principles and strategies, market research, advertising and public relations.
THE 381* Foundations of Spiritual Freedom
This course explores the foundations of morality and adult spiritual formation. Through study of the biblical roots of holiness, a focus on Christ as model, and an analysis of virtue, the student will come to know the path to authentic freedom.

*Note: IU Online program students take THE 335 Christian Faith in Action.