Health Care—Leadership of Healthcare Organizations
For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2013–14, please contact the department for more information.
LHCO 202. Organizational Dynamics and Change Management (4)
This course examines principles and applications of management and organization theory as applied to healthcare organizations. It covers methods for assessing key features of organizational environments and internal structures and identifying, developing, and implementing strategies for improved performance.
LHCO 203. Using and Managing Information and Information Technologies (4)
Designed to familiarize health administrators and professionals with the principles of information systems design and management for health care. Provides an understanding of current trends in information technologies for health care and management issues unique to it. Includes hands-on computer lab.
LHCO 204. Managing People and Teams (2)
This course studies key management concepts and roles of management and how they apply in successful, dynamic organizations. It also examines competencies of effective managers in developing customer focus, planning, selecting and developing individuals and teams, communicating, managing resources, using technology and being adaptable.
LHCO 206. Topics in Financial Management and Decision Making (2)
This course presents real-life applications in healthcare provider organizations of financial management and decision-making. Topics include budgeting, uses of financial reports, development of long-range financial forecasts, benchmarking, business plan development, and actuarial analysis in projecting health care delivery costs.
LHCO 207. Health Law and Medical Liability (4)
This course provides an introduction to the relationship of law to health care, including liability, government regulation, financial and ethical issues, contracting and negotiation and dispute resolution.
LHCO 209. Patient Outcomes and Quality of Care (4)
This course provides a critical overview of the tools used to measure outcomes and quality of care, development and use of practical guidelines, advantages and disadvantages of various methods, and the use of such analysis in administrative decision-making.
LHCO 212. Statistics and Applied Decision Making (2)
Students will learn statistical methods and their most common applications in healthcare management. Topics covered include data presentation, sampling, the development and use of confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and simple regression. We will also explore elementary probability theory and decision making under uncertainty. Students who have taken LHCO 208 may not receive credit for LHCO 212. Prerequisites: admission to MAS in LHCO or consent of department.
LHCO 213. Financial Accounting and Analysis (2)
Students will learn the use of financial information within a healthcare organization. Topics covered will include capital structure, working capital and cash management, the time value of money, and capital budgeting. Students who have taken LHCO 208 may not receive credit for LHCO 213. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 214. Practical Business Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals (2)
This course focuses on developing effective business communication skills for professionals in managerial/senior roles in healthcare. Writing scenarios include: preparing briefings and updates using presentation software and/or briefing packets; organizing data; constructing proposals and reports; solicitations; coordinating projects via email; and drafting and editing group documents. On-the-job examples from the student’s workplace are used throughout the course. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 215. Modern Health Care (2)
Describes and analyzes the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. Participants gain understanding of the health policy process and how health care is financed. Organizational structures of institutions and professional groups are assessed. Actions taken by employers, insurers, consumers, and government and the effects on physicians and provider organizations are analyzed. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 216. Healthcare Leadership (4)
Describes the critical knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment. Sessions cover conflict resolution, leadership and negotiation skills, strategic planning, and ethics. Guest speakers include business leaders and entrepreneurs from the local healthcare industry. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 217. Project Management for Healthcare Professionals (2)
Covers core body of knowledge and skills of project management specific to the healthcare industry. Students learn how to define, plan and execute a project on time, on budget and within performance specifications. Topics include project life cycle, definition, and charter creation; assembling high performance teams; risk analysis; and project closure. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 218. Professional Development Seminar: Mentorship and Assessment (2)
Faculty member directs a student’s study in development of mentorship and leadership skills as related to student’s research interest. Readings, assignments and formalized career assessment and mentoring sessions designed to integrate course work with the development of the student’s ISP proposal on an applied research topic. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Program or consent of department.
LHCO 298. Independent Study Project in the Management of Health Care (4)
The Independent Study Project (ISP) is the cornerstone of the MAS Program. Students will be involved in a high-level applied research project that integrates what they have learned in their formal course work. The ISP will be an independent and creative scholarly activity in an area related to one or more of the topics covered in the formal curriculum. Students’ work will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty and, when appropriate, industry advisors.
Students choose one two-unit elective course:
LHCO 211. Healthcare Leadership and Political Advocacy (2)
Within the context of healthcare advocacy, the course examines the organizational and individual issues that impact success in promoting and advocating for a healthcare agenda. The course aims to provide clarity to that process and assist students with understanding how to navigate the political landscape. Students learn about the legislative process, lobbying, the impact of political campaigns, the involvement of the media, and how healthcare economics impact politics.
HLAW 208. Influencing Public Policy (2)
Students will learn the basic policy framework in the U.S. (i.e. the “legal process”) and points at which this framework can be influenced to formulate public policy in health care. Prerequisites: admission to the MAS in Health Law program or consent of department.
LHCO 201A-C. Topics in Healthcare Management and Innovation.
Weekly discussions with healthcare entrepreneurs and managers will expose students to real life experiences. How are solutions to healthcare delivery identified and implemented? How are solutions brought to the marketplace?