Health Policy Studies (HPS)

HPS 501     Health Policy St Internship     3 Credit Hours

The Health Policy Studies Internship is an academic, curriculum-based practical work experience in a health care setting, health insurance firm, or health policy agency that provides students with hands-on experience to enhance understanding of issues relevant to health policy and health service delivery. The internship is normally unpaid and , when taken as a three credit hour course, consists of 8 hours per week of field work over a 14-week semester. Students are required to attend an internship seminar that meets weekly and includes a series of lectures on organizational, ethical, and administrative topics, intended to link the work experience with students' prior coursework. (F,W)

Prerequisite(s): HPS 440 or HPS 540

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 502     Graduate Seminar     3 Credit Hours

Seminar focuses on current issues and practical problems in health care organization, delivery, and financing. The Case Method (where appropriate) is used to demonstrate and discuss real problems and approaches in functioning health care institutions in Southeastern Michigan. The course is primarily from the point of view of individuals responsible for administering or advising institutions. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 402 and HPS 502. (F)

Prerequisite(s): HPS 440 or HPS 540

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 503     Medical Information Systems     3 Credit Hours

Medical Information Systems deals with how information is created, stored and used in health care settings. Areas to interest for this course include fundamentals of computers and data management, medical information documentation in the form of paper and electronic medical records, health data privacy issues, disease classification and scoring systems, quality assurance in health care delivery, commonly used health care statistics, reimbursement methodologies, health care monitoring by internal processes and external review agencies, and vital statistics and disease surveillance systems. The course also includes some hands-on computer applications instruction to familiarize students with commonly used software platforms utilized in health care administration. Student cannot receive credit for both HPS 403 and HPS 503.

Prerequisite(s): HPS 440 or HPS 540

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Program is MS-Psychology, MPP-Public Policy

HPS 504     Financing Health & Medical Sys     3 Credit Hours

The American health care system faces two great problems: access to health services and high and rising costs. This course looks at the problems of uninsured citizens as well as the strains placed on health care facilities in providing services for them. Europeans have dealt with problems of access and cost controls through universal health care coverage and the course takes up various models in use today. The course also looks at American health insurance and "managed care" programs such as HMOs and PPOs as methods of providing health coverage as well as controlling costs. The course introduces students to services provided by the government including Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP. Students will learn the basics of creating a budget under constraints such as contractual limitations and Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs). Offered once a year, ordinarily in the Winter semester. Students cannot receive credit for more than one of the following: HPS 404, HPS 504, HPS 451, HPS 551, or PADM 451. (W)

Prerequisite(s): ECON 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Graduate

HPS 505     Healthcare Administration     3 Credit Hours

FULL TITLE: Concepts of Healthcare and Human Services Administration. This course introduces students to administrative models and skills that can be used at a supervisory level. These conceptions include strategic planning, marketing, organizational communications, quality assurance, project management and team skills, supervision and evaluation, conflict resolution and office cultures and politics. A critical and historical perspective is used to understand the origins and meanings of these conceptions and the extent to which they correspond with the service mentality of health and human services. Applications to the health and human services will be central to the course.

Prerequisite(s): HPS 440 or HPS 540

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Graduate
Can enroll if Program is MS-Psychology, MPP-Public Policy

HPS 510     Quantitative Research     4 Credit Hours

An introduction to methods of data collection and analysis. Also a discussion of research design and the philosophy of social sciences. Additional reading assignments or projects will distinguish this course from its undergraduate version HPS 410. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 410 and HPS 510. (F, W, S).

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 512     Principles of Epidemiology     3 Credit Hours

The study of the frequency and distribution, as well as the causes and control, of disease in human populations. Using data analysis tools, one can identify causes of disease and the effects of prevention and treatment. This course is an application of research design to determine the extent to which environment (toxins, for instance), heredity, childhood development, and lifestyle influence morbidity and mortality rates. Graduate students? work will include re-analyzing original data in a confirmatory, in contrast to exploratory mode.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Program is MS-Psychology

HPS 530     Health Behavior & Health Educ     3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of social and behavioral science theories that guide the development of health education and promotion interventions aimed at preventing, reducing, and eliminating public health problems. Part one of the course describes the relationship between behavior and health, through a review of several current health problems faced by people in the United States. Part two presents a survey of health behavior theories ranging from those aimed at individual behavioral change to community health education promotions. The final part of the course looks at the application of theory to real-world health promotion and education interventions. Students will learn how social and behavioral theory informs intervention design, implementation, and evaluation.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 535     Obesity and the Lifecourse     3 Credit Hours

This course aims to introdcue students in the fundamentals of the lifecourse perspectives on health, while using "obesity" as a unifying example to illustrate its theoretical linkages to individual and population health, the practical implications for the administration and financing of the health care system, and for framing policy options. The course highlights the differential impact of obesity on (1) the health and socioeconomic achievement of individuals at various stages in the lifecourse; (2) the population health and economic needs or opportunities, as derived from the lifecourse profile of a specific population (i.e., age distribution and aging trends) and in the context of a changing structure of society; and (3) the demand for healthcare services and other stressors on the healthcare system. The course identifies the rationale, goals, scope, design, and potential for successful implementation of obesity-reducing policy interventions at different points during the lifecourse. (W)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Graduate

HPS 540     Medical Sociology     3 Credit Hours

An analysis of health and illness behaviors from the point of view of the consumer, as well as the medical professionals, the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the medical care delivery system in the U.S.; the impact of culture and personality on illness behavior; and a study of the institution of medicine and activities of health care professionals. Additional reading assignments or projects will distinguish this course from its undergraduate version HPS 440. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 440 and HPS 540. (F).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 542     Medical Ethics     3 Credit Hours

Issues in medical ethics are among the most exciting and most urgent facing the world today. This course will explore some of these issues: the relationship between patient and health caregiver (truth-telling, informed consent, the right to refuse treatment, confidentiality); assisted suicide and euthanasia; treatment of defective newborns; scarce resources, social justice and the right to health care; cloning and genetic manipulation; new reproductive technologies; and others. We will discuss issues from the standpoint of patients, medical professionals, and citizens who shape policy in a democratic society. Ethical theories and concepts will be stressed. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 442 and HPS 542. Prerequisite(s): any previous course in Philosophy or permission of instructor. (F, W, S).

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 100 or PHIL 120 or PHIL 233 or PHIL 234 or PHIL 240 or PHIL 301 or PHIL 302 or PHIL 303 or PHIL 304 or PHIL 305 or PHIL 310 or PHIL 315 or PHIL 320 or PHIL 340 or PHIL 350 or PHIL 355 or PHIL 365 or PHIL 369 or PHIL 370 or PHIL 371 or PHIL 375 or PHIL 380 or PHIL 390 or PHIL 441 or PHIL 445 or PHIL 485 or PHIL 490

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 548     Comparative Health Care System     3 Credit Hours

An introduction and overview of the English, Swedish, and People's Republic of China health care systems. Focus on cultural and other organizational characteristics, unique features, approaches and ability to solve problems. Emphasis on how the three systems help us understand the American health care system. Additional reading assignments or projects will distinguish this course from its undergraduate version HPS 448. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 448 and HPS 548. (F, W, S).

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HPS 556     Health Care and the Law     3 Credit Hours

A sociological study of legal issues in health care, including regulation of hospitals, consent for treatment, confidentiality, experimentation, family planning, children's rights, access to health care. The emphasis will be on the organizational and personal consequences of legal requirements. Junior/Senior standing is a requirement. Students cannot receive credit for both HPS 456 and HPS 556. (W).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally