Health Policy & Management

Healthcare Management as a Profession

SPH PM 714 (0 credits)

This seminar will provide students with an understanding of the scope of current healthcare management practices and challenges, an introduction to case-based analysis, and the professionalism skills necessary to engage with healthcare managers in practice-based projects and other applied educational activities.

2017FALLSPHPM714 A1, Sep 29th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 8:00 am 9:50 am EVN EB43

Health Program Management

SPH PM 733 (4 credits)

This course associates the role of a leader and manager in provider and payer health care settings with real-world business knowledge and skills. It aims to better equip present and future health care managers in order to lead, plan effectively, anticipate challenges and marshal resources. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexities of management and leadership in challenging health care situations. Concepts will be discussed briefly with the greater emphasis on the development of the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in today's changing health care environment. This course will make significant use of case study and requires class participation. Topics include differentiating leadership from management, patient and process flow, the importance of organizational culture, and managing change. In addition, one session is devoted entirely as a workshop on provider-payer health care negotiations. PM733 is a summer-long course.

2017FALLSPHPM733 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 201

Principles and Practices in Non-Profit Health Care Accounting

SPH PM 734 (4 credits)

This course combines didactic and case study approaches to the fundamentals of nonprofit accounting, with emphasis on health care institutions. Topics covered include accrual accounting, fund accounting, budgeting, and cost concepts. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements for decision making by the nonfinancial manager are stressed.

2018SPRGSPHPM734 A1, Jan 19th to May 4th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 210
2018SPRGSPHPM734 B1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 301
2018SPRGSPHPM734 C1, Jan 24th to May 9th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 209

Health Care Finance: How Policy-makers and Managers Can Use Money as a Tool to Improve Health Care

SPH PM 735 (4 credits)

This course describes how money works in health care. It examines how policy-makers and managers view and use money. It presents a variety of useful analytic techniques, and then explores alternative methods of employing money to shape more accessible, affordable, and effective health care. We examine current financial crises and managerial problems in health care along with alternative ways to remedy them. No financial or accounting background is assumed.

2017FALLSPHPM735 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 311
2018SPRGSPHPM735 A1, Jan 22nd to May 7th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 8:50 pm BAKST

Human Resource Management in Public Health

SPH PM 736 (4 credits)

This course provides students with a skills-based orientation to human resource management, especially in a public health or human services setting. Core human resource management activities such as staffing, training and development, compensation, and employee relations are explored via readings, cases, and experiential activities. Using case examples that illustrate basic principles, students develop strategies to improve human resources practices through job analysis, selection, training, compensation, and employee relations, while developing an awareness of the unique aspects of the health care workforce that affect human resource management in such settings.

2017FALLSPHPM736 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 13th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 311
2018SPRGSPHPM736 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 311

Comparative Health Systems and Policy in Industrialized and BRIC Countries

SPH PM 740 (4 credits)

This course examines the population and individual health systems of industrialized and emerging countries, exploring each system's historic, cultural, political, economic and demographic antecedents. There are significant variations in organization, finance, structure, operations and population level outcomes. Since the US health system performs at the top of cost and the low end of outcome measures there are lessons to be learned from other systems, but it is essential first to understand why differences among systems developed and persist.

2017FALLSPHPM740 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 14th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 10:00 am 12:50 pm INS 212

Health Care Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations

SPH PM 755 (4 credits)

This required intermediate course in the Health Policy Management concentration is designed as a hands-on introduction to the complex organizational and delivery aspects of many levels of health care--primary care, mental health, long term care and hospital-based care. Students are introduced to concepts such as Patient Centered Medical Home, the Chronic Care Model, patient-centered care, care coordination, team-based care (teamlets), the Institute of Medicine's six aims for improvement and the IOM's 10 Rules for Redesign, and implementation science frameworks. Students select a health care problem/policy of their choice to research and potentially solve. This will involve students' examining the barriers and facilitators to achieving quality health care as described in this policy, and conducting field-based interviews with experts in this area to learn more about their perspectives on this health care problem. Using the Chronic Care Model, students will describe a new policy that meets the IOM's Six Aims for Improvement or 10 Rules for Redesign. Then, using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research, students will discuss the steps needed to bring their new policy into action. Written and group work, self-reflections, peer review, a professional presentation, and a final policy brief compose the graded assignments during this course

2017FALLSPHPM755 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 210
2018SPRGSPHPM755 A1, Jan 18th to May 3rd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 2:00 pm 4:50 pm EVN EB43
2018SPRGSPHPM755 B1, Jan 18th to May 3rd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 109AC

Introduction to Mental Health Services

SPH PM 758 (2 credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop a basic understanding of the mental health service delivery system and its relationship to public health and to the health care delivery system. Topics include a description of mental health services, epidemiology of mental health disorders, the current delivery system, mental health managed care, innovations in mental health services, and mental health policy, financing, and standards of treatment. Other issues such as parity, consumer and family advocacy movements, and issues relevant to children and adolescents are also discussed.

Hl Pol Making

SPH PM 760 (4 credits)

2018SPRGSPHPM760 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 110
2018SPRGSPHPM760 B1, Jan 24th to May 9th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 303

Managerial Skills for Problem Solving

SPH PM 776 (4 credits)

Students explore a variety of problems that they face as managers and leaders, learn self-discovery and interpersonal skills useful in solving these problems, and have opportunities to practice applying those skills, through the analysis of their own experiences in organizations. The aim of the course is to provide skills and confidence that students can use to face and solve interpersonal problems. The class also introduces students to systems thinking as a way to map and manage the underlying dynamics that produce managerial problems. Specific skills relevant to the case problems are developed through reading assignments, written case analysis, interactive class exercises, real-world practice, and lectures.

Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Leaders

SPH PM 780 (2 credits)

This course will focus on the differences between financial and managerial accounting, and how to apply financial data to everyday decision making in a health care organization. Students will develop skills in: creating financial reports that project both revenues and expenses into the future; evaluating such reports as the basis for operational and strategic decisions; and understanding the relationship between cost measurement and behavior.

2017FALLSPHPM780 A1, Oct 26th to Dec 14th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 210

Ment Health Adv

SPH PM 785 (2 credits)

This course description is currently under construction.

2018SPRGSPHPM785 A1, Jan 22nd to Mar 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 214

Pharmaceutical Management, Policy and Practice in the 21st Century: A Case Study Approach

SPH PM 802 (2 credits)

This course, formerly PM742, gives an overview of the pharmaceutical industry domestically and internationally in a public health context. The course will synthesize and integrate key pharmaceutical topics with a focus on health policy and management. Topics include the functions of the FDA, research and development of drugs, government regulation and patents, access to drugs, vaccines, Medicare Part D, Accountable Care Act and the use of large pharmaceutical datasets to investigate the effectiveness of drugs. This course will use a case study approach targeted to real world decision making problems raised by the pharmaceutical industry.

2017FALLSPHPM802 A1, Sep 11th to Oct 30th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 4:50 pm INS 109AB

Digital Disruption In Health: The Effects Of Health Information Technologies On Polices, Delivery, Patient Engagement, And Health Outcomes

SPH PM 804 (2 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to health information technologies (HIT) and how they are changing delivery of care in the US--- including effects on efficiency, equity, effectiveness and patient satisfaction. Students explore issues related to electronic medical records, standards for meaningful use, personal health records, public health information systems, interoperability of HIT, and mHealth. Students examine the impact of federal government intervention to increase HIT adoption, and compare the use of HIT in the US with other industrialized countries. Students apply their knowledge by working through an in-depth case study of an implementation of HIT in a health care delivery organization or public health department. Readings introduce theoretical frameworks related to HIT, including the Technology Acceptance Model. Assignments include a policy memo, an individual case analysis, and in-class quizzes.

2017FALLSPHPM804 A1, Sep 7th to Oct 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 311

Introduction to Cost Effectiveness Analysis

SPH PM 807 (2 credits)

This course examines the use of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) in health policy and medical decision-making. Students gain a working knowledge of theoretical and practical issues encountered in conducting and applying CEA, i.e. identifying costs and relative effectiveness and consequences of health care interventions (e.g., pharmaceuticals), prevention programs, and policies. Approaches to formulating the problem, adopting a perspective for the analysis, measuring costs, evaluating consequences, discounting, and reflecting uncertainty are discussed. Emphasis is on acquiring skills necessary for becoming informed consumers of CEA, learning to appraise published literature, and developing simple cost-effectiveness models. Case studies demonstrate the use of CEAs. Exercises highlight methodological issues and the development of models in several in-class computer lab sessions. The computer lab sessions offer hands-on experience with the design of models in TreeAge and Microsoft Excel. The class is appropriate for students in the Pharmaceuticals Program. Students who take PM855 may not take PM807.

2018SPRGSPHPM807 A1, Jan 18th to Mar 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 213

Contemporary Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Health Services Research

SPH PM 814 (4 credits)

This cornerstone course for the MS and PhD programs in Health Services Research provides an introduction to the issues, policies, and research questions in the field. Namely, how do institutions, organizations, and policy decisions, as well as the actions of people whose needs are to be served, affect the quality, quantity, and availability of health care? How is research informing changes in health services? Readings are drawn from research reports and articles. The course challenges students to formulate research questions and consider evidence within the evolving, multidisciplinary context of the health services research field of inquiry.

2017FALLSPHPM814 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 19th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 202

Health Information Technology

SPH PM 818 (4 credits)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage information technology in heath care organizations. In particular it focuses on the role of IT in driving organizational change and supporting quality improvement and elimination of medical errors. Topics include electronic health records, computerized provider order entry, interoperability, management decision support, and provider pay for performance. The perspective of the course is that of the chief information officer (CIO) and other managers and users of health care information systems, not that of the technical specialist. The course will consist of a series of lectures, cases, and discussions, some of which will be led by guest lecturers who are experts in the field of health care information technology and systems. Course requirements include a quiz, a 10-page paper, and a class presentation. The class meets at the Charles River Campus with GSM HM817 on the GSM schedule.

2018SPRGSPHPM818 A1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:30 pm 9:15 pm HAR 302

Advanced Health Services Research Methods

SPH PM 821 (3 credits)

This course builds on SPH PM811 by providing advanced methods and their applications to studies of health care outcomes, quality, and economics. Methods covered include: advanced measurement techniques such as item response theory and applications through computer adaptive testing, selecting the research design, meta-analysis, advanced statistics applied to grant proposals, and econometric methods using instrumental variables. Students develop an original paper based upon a secondary data analysis.

Theory & Research on Organizations

SPH PM 824 (4 credits)

The purposes of this course are first to develop the students' understanding of major theoretical perspectives on health care organizations, and second to develop their abilities to apply these theories to conduct theory-based research on health care organizations. The course achieves this understanding through an in-depth review of contemporary literature addressing each major theoretical perspective and through written assignments and discussions of the contrasts among the major theoretical perspectives on organizations. To develop their abilities to apply the theories, students also design organizational research based upon the different theories.

2018SPRGSPHPM824 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 4:50 pm HOU R110

Health, Illness, and the Use of Health Services

SPH PM 826 (4 credits)

This course provides an introduction to social science research relating to patients' engagement with health services. Its goal is to develop critical understandings of how people perceive a need for health services, seek them, engage in transactions with health care providers as "patients" and live with the outcomes of care. The central theme is patient-centered health care as a basis for inquiry in health economics (e.g., consumer behavior, decision making) and health care quality and outcomes (e.g., approaches to chronic illness care, shared decision making).

2018SPRGSPHPM826 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:50 pm INS 201