Health Policy & Management

Introduction to Health Policy, Delivery, and Management

SPH PM 702 (3 credits)

Almost 90 percent of the $2.8 trillion spent on health care in this nation in 2012 was used to provide medical services to individuals. High costs, unequal coverage and access, stresses on many caregivers, tradeoffs among quality and cost and access, and growing political tensions afflict U.S. health care. These problems affect all of us who work in public health. This course analyzes these problems, their causes, and ways to solve them. Specifically, how can our vast human and financial resources be marshaled and managed to improve health care delivery for all Americans? To answer this question, the course examines how people are covered, how care is organized and delivered, how money is raised and caregivers are paid, management, politics, ethics, and more. It considers hospitals, physicians and other caregivers, long-term care, prescription drugs, and mental health. NOTE: This course meets the health policy and management MPH core requirement. It is the prerequisite for most others in the department. Peace Corps/MI students who are not HPM concentrators, students studying on F-1 or J-1 visas, students who are not permanent residents of the U.S. and who are not Health Policy and Management concentrators, and all International Health concentrators may substitute IH704.

2016FALLSPHPM702 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 20th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 8:30 pm BAKS
2016FALLSPHPM702 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 21st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:00 pm 4:30 pm L110
2017SPRGSPHPM702 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 8:30 pm 1078

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.

2016FALLSPHPM714 A1, Sep 30th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 8:00 am 10:00 am L311

Organizational Behavior in Health Care

SPH PM 721 (4 credits)

This course provides a framework for understanding, diagnosing, and taking actions to improve individual, group, and system-wide effectiveness in health services organizations. Concepts from the organizational behavior literature are applied to issues in health services organizations. Some of the topics this course addresses and integrates are leadership, motivation, culture, team dynamics, organization design and coordination, and organizational change. Case studies, brief lectures, student presentations, and experiential exercises are used throughout this course, and working in teams is a large component of the course.

2016FALLSPHPM721 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 20th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L211
2017SPRGSPHPM721 A1, Jan 24th to May 9th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L301

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.

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.

2017SPRGSPHPM734 A1, Jan 20th to May 5th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 5:00 pm L213
2017SPRGSPHPM734 B1, Jan 24th to May 9th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L212

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.

2016FALLSPHPM735 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 19th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 5:00 pm L110
2017SPRGSPHPM735 A1, Jan 23rd to May 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L112

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.

2016FALLSPHPM736 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 19th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L201

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.

2016FALLSPHPM740 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 15th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 10:00 am 1:00 pm L214

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

2016FALLSPHPM755 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 20th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 5:00 pm L210
2017SPRGSPHPM755 A1, Jan 19th to May 4th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 2:00 pm 5:00 pm EB43

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.

2016FALLSPHPM758 A1, Oct 28th to Dec 16th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 5:00 pm L210

Hl Pol Making

SPH PM 760 (4 credits)

2017SPRGSPHPM760 A1, Jan 24th to May 9th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L311

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.

2016FALLSPHPM776 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 21st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L212

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.

2016FALLSPHPM780 A1, Oct 27th to Dec 15th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L210

Ment Health Adv

SPH PM 785 (2 credits)

This course description is currently under construction.

2017SPRGSPHPM785 A1, Jan 23rd to Mar 13th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L214

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.

2016FALLSPHPM802 A1, Sep 12th to Oct 31st 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 109A
F 5:00 pm 8:30 pm L201

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.

2016FALLSPHPM804 A1, Sep 8th to Oct 20th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L212

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.

2017SPRGSPHPM807 A1, Jan 24th to Mar 21st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 5:00 pm L211

Health Services Research and Methods

SPH PM 811 (4 credits)

This course emphasizes an application-oriented approach to the study of health services research with the goal of informing health care policy. Emphasis is on definition of the problem, scale of the study, research methods, and analysis. A foundation is covered among the following possible areas: measurement issues (reliability and validity), secondary data analysis, clinical trials, sampling, survey methods, qualitative methods, and economics (cost-effectiveness). Students are expected to prepare a grant proposal on a contemporary topic of their own choosing with health policy implications.

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.

2016FALLSPHPM814 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 20th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm L202

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.

2017SPRGSPHPM818 A1, Jan 19th to May 4th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:30 pm 9:30 pm