COURSE DESCRIPTION

ADSS 6525 (3) (only for students in MHSA program)
Introduction to Healthcare Management
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a conceptual and applied vision of the organization theories and the inherent administrative processes to the field of the administration of health services.  Likewise, the impact in the dynamics of the health sector and the impact on the administration of the system of health care services. The administrative process is presented from a theoretical/practical perspective, considering that the essential of a certain system of health constitutes the group of services that you provide and how these services satisfy the necessities and the population’s demand to serve. The objectives of the course will be achieved through a series of lectures, case studies, presentations and selected readings. At the end of this course, the student will review the major aspects of management and the skills necessary to be successful as an executive in the healthcare system.

ADSS 6548 (3)
Hospital Administration (elective)
The hospital is studied as a complex open system, examining the organizational structure and behavior necessary to solve its problems effectively and efficiently. Problems of the hospital industry and their possible solutions are presented.

ADSS 6568 (3)
Special Topics (elective)
Under the supervision of faculty members, students undertake the study of specific administrative problems in the field of public health, particularly those in the hospital setting. This course requires approval by Program Coordinator, or Dr. Mario H. Rodriguez Sánchez (Co-Coordinator), or the Head of the Department of Health Services Administration.  The Program allows only a maximum of 2-3 of the  electives in this course modality.

ADSS 6571 (3)
Budgeting Theories and Practice (elective)

Modern budgeting concepts are examined as instruments for programming and planning activities in the health field.  The various stages of the budgeting process are analyzed.  Budgeting theories are adapted to practices geared to designed and manage a budget.

ADSS 6591 and ADSS 6592 (8)
Quantitative Methods I & II
This course has its fundamental purpose the introduction of students to research techniques, probability theory, probability distributions and their characteristics, and parametric methods of estimation. Topics such as the following are also presented: decision theory under uncertainty, analysis of queuing systems, and some techniques for short and long term predictions. Emphasis is given to applications in the health field.  The student will use computerized statistical programs for the solution of practice exercises.

ADSS 6579 (4)
Organizational Behavior
The course addresses the nature and dynamics of organizational behavior affecting health services administration and individuals. The course aims at developing students’ awareness of their own behavior and how it can affect their work within health services organizations. Behavioral patterns and models are studied in order to guide students in the decision making process within health organizations and in their role as health administrators.

ADSS 6583 (3)
Legal Aspects in Health Services
This course is designed to offer students of the health professions the fundamental knowledge on the structure, organization, and operation of the legislative process, regarding the approval of legislation and regulation that apply to the health care field.  The course familiarizes the students with the application of legislation and regulation both in the commonwealth as well as federal scenario, and enables them to employ the experience and knowledge gained in their specific employment.

ADSS 6584 (3)
Health Politics and Policy
This course is designed to introduce students pursuing a career in the health care field to public policy formulation, and its impact on the organization, financing, and delivery of health services.  The course examines the role of major actors and institutions, including government, providers, consumers and insurers as well as professional polices.  Topics are presented from the perspective of the health care environments of Puerto Rico and the United States, with a comparative approach in each topic.  Also, the policy decision process at different levels will be presented and discussed using political, social, and economic frameworks.  The latter part of the course addresses specific issues that are currently being debated.

ADSS 6585 (3)
Health Economics
This course has the main purpose of providing the student with analytical tools of economic theory to better understand the economic forces shaping the health care sector.  Emphasis is given to issues related to demand, and supply of health services cost containment measures, the role of health insurance, provider reimbursement, and theories regarding health care cost inflation.

ADSS 6586 (3)
Health Systems
Methods or modes of health services delivery are critically analyzed against parameters derived from general concepts of administration and organization theories, ecology of health; and against standards of good health services such as accessibility, quality, efficiency, continuity and comprehensiveness.

ADSS 6606 (3)
Capstone Seminar
The Capstone Seminar enables students to build linkages between the different curriculum content areas, by testing their level of knowledge and analytical skills through two different learning strategies. During the first part of the course, the instructor will conduct an assessment of student’s professional development needs using the Program’s Curriculum Description Matrix. This exercise will provide valuable feedback from the students, regarding content areas that were not addressed in specific courses. The results of this exercise will enable the instructor to organize these content areas into specific topics, and identify the appropriate teaching strategy that will fulfill these unmet learning needs. The teaching strategies will consist of teaching sessions from selected Program faculty, guest lectures from industry experts, case studies, and practical workshops. Students will present a written and oral report of the recommendations on how the curriculum will address Program competencies. The second part of the course consists of a research project designed to develop analytical skills in the students through an applied field research experience in groups.

ADSS 6594 (4)
Planning, Development and Evaluation of Health Services
Planning is viewed as a dynamic and continuous process aimed toward the implementation of programs and projects necessary to achieve goals and objectives established in policies adopted by public and private entities.

ADSS 6597 (0)
Administrative Residency
This residency is a logistically planned extension of the previous academic quarters.  It provides and integrates experience for the application of theoretical concepts and principles in real life situations.  Each student will be under the supervision of a preceptor.

ADSS 6598 (3)
Information Systems in Health Services Administration
This course is an introduction to the basic principles underlying the design and operation of information systems, including the organizational and behavioral aspects of implementing them.

ADSS 6607 (3)
Health Care Cost Accounting
This course provides the student enrolled in the health services administration program the necessary analytical tools to determine the cost of the different components that intervene in the delivery of health services.  The student will acquire skills in determining the human, technical, and capital resources that comprise the production of health services.  These skills are of special importance in the new health care scenario, in which resources are limited, and managed care arrangements rely heavily on cost data to meet extensive demands for multiple health priorities.  The course will be taught through lectures and discussion.

ADSS 6609 (3)
Health Care Financial Management
This course is designed to develop health care financial management competencies in the health services administration student, to be applied in different health care settings.  The course focuses specifically on investment and financing decisions in the health care corporate and institutional levels.  The course includes topics in capital budgeting, uses of capital financing, evaluation of investment projects, financial reporting and statement analysis, rate-setting and negotiation, and the effect of managed care on financial management.  The course will be offered principally through lectures and class discussions.

ADSS 6610 (3)
Principles of Health Insurance and Managed Care
The course is designed for students seeking a working knowledge of health insurance and managed care at a time when the United States and Puerto Rico are facing a major health care reform.  Students will acquire a working knowledge of managed care concepts as it relates to the Puerto Rico and United States health insurance industry.  Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to apply the concepts of managed care to their work environment and evaluate the performance and outcomes of health care organizations.

ADSS 6625 (4)
Human Resources Management
The course is designed for students undergoing graduate level training to assume executive positions in the health care field.  The course provides the student the opportunity to become familiarized with the managerial and labor legislation activities in the field of human resources management and methods from this field to the healthcare scenario.  It also has the purpose of generating interpersonal and organizational skills that are critical to human resources management.

ADSS 6535 (3)
Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services Organizations

The course is designed to provide the health services administration students with a conceptual framework of the continuous quality improvement movement and its application to healthcare.  If examines the philosophy of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Total Quality Management (TQM) and provides guidelines for its implementation in healthcare organizations.

ADSS 6589 (1)
Bioethics in Healthcare Management
The purpose of this course is to provide the student a framework for addressing bioethical issues in business, medicine and health care delivery with emphasis on the role of the manager.  The course approaches bioethical issues in health care from societal, institutional and individual, and clinical perspectives.  To achieve the objectives of the course the students will analyze case studies from the medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases and examine the decision processed involved.  Students will be encouraged to use the available institutional resources in bioethics, located at the Medical Library of the Medical Science Campus.  There will be case studies discussion, guest lectures, and a final, short-essay exam designed to explore the concepts.

ADSS 6555 (3) (elective)
Legislative Process
Este curso se ofrece como parte del currículo para el Grado de Maestría en Administración de Servicios de Salud y como electiva durante el período de verano (36 horas/mes).  Su objetivo primario es proveer a los estudiantes un trasfondo y conocimiento básico del Proceso Legislativo según establecido en la Constitución del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.  Se llevarán a cabo cuatro conferencias que atenderán aquellos tópicos de mayor relevancia e interés inherentes al proceso legislativo y además recibirán una conferencia por un legislador.  Para asegurar la aplicación de lo aprendido en clase, el estudiante presentará como requisito final del curso una propuesta de legislación relacionada con el campo de la salud que se discutirá previamente.  Los aspectos éticos serán atendidos dentro de cada uno de los tópicos discutidos.  La última clase se dedicará a la discusión de cualquier tópico de interés de los estudiantes, para clarificar dudas y contestar cualquier pregunta relacionada con el tema.  Se requerirá una evaluación del curso.

Note: Syllabus Course descriptions have been updated as a result of the Self Study 2012-2013. Website descriptions will change as soon as the University Authorities approval is received.

Updated July 2013