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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


College of Health Sciences


Health Care Administration


The Health Care Administration (HCA) major is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in health care management. Our program also includes a minor in business administration. Graduates are employed in hospitals, health insurance companies, federal agencies, long-term care facilities, and medical equipment companies. The Health Care Administration program is a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Full membership in AUPHA represents programmatic accreditation for undergraduate health administration programs.

Course of Study. The Health Care Administration program offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Health Care Administration. The curriculum includes all necessary requirements for a minor in business administration. Students begin by taking freshman- and sophomore-level foundation courses in the biological and health sciences, health information administration, as well as the liberal arts. This coursework provides a solid basis for the advanced study of health care administration which follows. Successful completion of a faculty-supervised, semester-long internship (typically 15-16 weeks) at an approved health care agency is required in the senior year.

Admission to the Major. The Health Care Administration program will consider applications to the major at the end of each semester, as long as the student's cumulative UWM GPA is 2.50 or above, the student has completed the admission prerequisite courses, and the student has met the grade requirements for required courses. Students are encouraged to apply to the major as soon as they meet these requirements and have achieved sophomore status.

Application forms for admission to the major in HCA can be accessed online or can be requested from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) Office of Student Affairs. Completed application forms and copies of transcripts of previous college work can be submitted to the CHS Office of Student Affairs. The following courses are prerequisites for admission:

Commun 103: Public Speaking

English 102: College Writing and Research or completion of the UWM English competency requirement.

Econ 103: Principles of Microeconomics
or
Econ 104: Principles of Macroeconomics

Math 105: Intermediate Algebra
or

a Math placement level C on the proficiency test

HS/HCA 102: Health Care Delivery in the U.S.

HCA 220: Leading Health Professionals

Students are required to earn a grade of C+ or higher in all HCA and HS courses, and a grade of C or higher in all other required courses. Students who twice earn a grade lower than these requirements in any required course will not be admitted, and if previously admitted, will be dismissed from the HCA major. Such students can submit an appeal to remain in the HCA major.

No student applying to the program with a cumulative UWM GPA lower than 2.50 will be admitted. A student whose cumulative UWM GPA falls below 2.50 will be placed on probationary status and will not be able to graduate with the degree in Health Care Administration until his or her cumulative UWM GPA is 2.50 or higher. Students remaining on probation for more than two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Requirements for Internship. The internship is an integral component of the Health Care Administration major. Students under the supervision of a preceptor are given opportunities for management experience in local, national, and international health care organizations. Students must be admitted to the major and complete the internship application form by October 1 for spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester. Prior to internship, students must complete a background check and health screening requirements.

Graduation Requirements. The following requirements must be met to graduate.

1. Completion of the required 128 credits;
2. A cumulative UWM GPA of 2.5;
3. A grade of C+ or better in all Health Care Administration courses (HCA & HS) and a C or better in all other required courses; and
4. Completion of all University General Education Requirements.

Curriculum for the Health Care Administration Major

Freshman Year – Semester I

Cr.

     

BIO SCI 202

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

PSYCH 101

Introduction to Psychology

3

HS 101

Introduction to Health and Disease

2

HS 105

Survey of the Health Professions

3

Electives

 

3

Total

 

15

Freshman Year – Semester II

Cr.

     

BIO SCI 203

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

COMMUN 103

Public Speaking

3

HS 222

Language of Medicine

3

HS 224

Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions

3

MATH 211

Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry

4

Total

 

17

Sophomore Year – Semester I

Cr.

     

HS 102

Health Care Delivery in the United States

3

HCA 220

Leading Health Care Professionals

3

HS 301

Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals

1

HS 302

Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I

1

HS 303

Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II

1

KIN 270

Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice

3

ECON 103

Principles of Microeconomics

3

Electives

 

2

Total

 

17

Sophomore Year – Semester II

Cr.

     

HS 304

Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III

1

HS 305

Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV

1

HCA 203

Human Life Cycle

3

HCA 307

Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

3

ECON 104

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Electives

 

5

Total

 

16

Junior Year – Semester I

Cr.

     

BUS ADM 201

Introduction to Financial Accounting

3

BUS ADM 330

Organizations

3

HS 250

Allied Health Information Methods

2

HCA 537

Introduction to Health Care Databases and Technologies

3

HCA 450

Health Care Quality Management

3

Electives

 

3

Total

 

17

Junior Year – Semester II

Cr.

     

HCA 333

Health Organizations Professional Practice Standards

2

HCA 340

Health Care Process Measurement

3

HCA 541

Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design

3

HS 311

Law for Health Care Consumers and Professionals

3

BUS ADM 350

Principles of Finance

3

Total

 

14

Senior Year – Semester I

Cr.

     

HCA 542

Health Care Database Design and Management

3

HCA 421

Operations Management in Health Care Organizations

3

HCA 422

Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations

3

BUS ADM 370

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

3

HCA 521

Advanced Systems Thinking for Health Care Leaders

3

Electives

 

2

Total

 

17

Senior Year – Semester II

Cr.

     

HCA 502

Health Care Delivery Systems: National and International Perspectives

3

HCA 580

Health Care Administration Internship

3

BUS ADM 360

Principles of Marketing

3

HCA 460

Health Care Reimbursement Systems

3

Electives

 

3

Total

 

15

Minor in Health Care Administration

The minor in Health Care Administration consists of 17 credits and may be declared once a student has completed a minimum of 45 credits and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. To obtain the minor, a student must complete at UWM the 17 credits on which a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is also required. Declaration forms for the Health Care Administration Minor are available in the College of Health Sciences, Office of Student Affairs, NWQ Building B, 6th Floor. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, please call (414) 229-2758.

HS 102 Health Care Delivery in the United States (3 cr.)
HCA 220 Leading Health Care Professionals (3 cr.)
HS 311 Law for Health Care Consumers and Providers (3 cr.)
HCA 333 Health Organizations Professional Practice Standards (2 cr.)
HCA 537 Introduction to Health Care Databases and Technologies (3 cr.)
HCA 422 Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations (3 cr.)

Certificates in Health Care Informatics

(Offered cooperatively by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences and School of Information Studies.)

UWM recently launched the MS Health Care Informatics and the PhD Medical Informatics programs. This new certificate will provide undergraduate students with the educational foundation to pursue health informatics graduate studies. Students may work towards the certificate concurrently with any undergraduate major or as a post-baccalaureate certificate.

Health care organizations employ a vast and complex array of information systems. In order to utilize and maintain these systems, many more knowledgeable and skilled employees are needed.

The objectives of the program are to prepare students to understand, analyze and evaluate information technology used to perform administrative and clinical tasks in a health care organization.

The program will be of value to students in the health professions, information studies, and related areas of study who are seeking professional employment with hospitals, clinics, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as with vendors who have designed, developed, and installed health care information systems.

The purpose of the certificate is to provide an introduction and basic foundation for health professional, information studies, and other students in the emerging practice of health care informatics.

Coursework will focus on:

1. Introduction to information technology theory and application, with a special emphasis on Internet communication;
2. Analysis and design of information systems in a health care environment;
3. Design, creation, and management of health care database systems; and
4. Legal aspects of information products and services.

Curriculum. The following requirements must be successfully completed to obtain a Certificate in Health Care Informatics. Complete each course with a minimum grade of C and a cumulative GPA for the certificate program of 2.5.

HS 222

Language of Medicine

3

HS 224

Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions

3

OR

 

 

L&I SCI 110

Introduction to Information Sciences

3

L&I SCI 230

Organization of Knowledge

3

L&I SCI 250

Internet Communication and Information Transfer

3

HCA 537

Introduction to Health Care Databases and Technologies

3

HCA 541

Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design

3

OR

 

 

L&I SCI 340

Information Architecture II

3

HCA 542

Health Care Database Design and Management

3

L&I SCI 465

Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services

3

Total

 

24


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