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Course Descriptions

IHCM 300: Transition to Management in Healthcare

Credits: 3.0

Essential skills in the direction and management of operations and people for those new to a supervisory role. Includes decision making and communication, best practices for managing diversity in the workplace. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Differentiate the role of the supervisor from that of a peer, set expectations and establish appropriate boundaries.
  2. Identify opportunities and barriers to success for new managers, develop a plan to leverage those opportunities, lessen the impact of the barriers.
  3. Summarize the basic functions of management and describe how they support a healthy work environment.
  4. Propose organizational changes and build high performance teams.
  5. Buildcommunication, meeting coordination,and negotiation expertise.

IHCM 305: Principles of Human Resource Management in Healthcare

Credits: 2.0

Principles of HR compliance in the healthcare environment including employment law, written documentation and how to use the tools of employee performance management and development. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key Human Resource issues.
  2. Developleadership, coaching, performance feedback and disciplinary skills to stimulate staff development and performance.
  3. Apply employee performance management measures.
  4. Explain key legal responsibilities of managers as they relate to HR management inhealthcare facilities.

IHCM 310: Financial Management in Healthcare Facilities

Credits: 3.0

Financial management in healthcare organizations and its impact on patient outcomes and long-term viability of the organization. Coversvarious financial tools and analysis used to guide decision making at the departmental and institutional level. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM-BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Evaluate the changing role of healthcare financing including the role of federal intervention and third party payers.
  2. Utilize the tools of budget development, analysis and reconciliation to make informed decisions around departmental staffing, supply/inventory management and capital equipment purchasing.
  3. Analyze revenue versusoperating expenses to inform short term and long term strategic financial planning that supports organizational goals.
  4. Develop knowledge related to the effective management of grant funding and contracts.

IHCM 315: Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

Credits: 2.0

Framework for deliberately working together with other health professionals to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values in today's complex health care environment, with the common goals of providing person-centered care and improving patient outcomes. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Discuss the concepts and principles of interprofessional health care and collaboration.
  2. Explain the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies framework that guides interprofessional practice and initiatives.
  3. Develop awareness of the diversity of expertise that underpins effective interprofessional collaborative teams.

IHCM 320: US Health Systems

Credits: 5.0

Introduces and examines the main features of the delivery of healthcare in the US. Covers the relationship between health and healthcare, private and public health insurance, providers and services, provider reimbursement, health care reform, and factors affecting health policy. Includes emerging delivery models and shifting trends to interdisciplinary, person-centered care models. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the size and complexity of the US healthcare system and its impact on healthcare reform efforts.
  2. Explain the basic components of the US healthcare system including care delivery, financing, quality and management challenges.
  3. Summarize the different types of organizations, services, and personnel and their relationships across the healthcare delivery system.
  4. Discuss the role of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) in clinical and operational management.
  5. Explore current trends and prospects for the future of healthcare in the US.

IHCM 325: Trauma Informed Management

Credits: 2.0

Managing through challenges and crises. Focus on interdepartmental and intradepartmental workflow to facilitate optimal patient care, manage patient surges and minimize the trauma impact on staff and patients. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Incorporate the concepts of trauma-informed care into organizational crisis management and disaster planning.
  2. Assess current interdepartmental workflow, identify areas such as communication, staffing and supply management that can impact care delivery and draft a plan to manage issues to maintain optimal care and reduce potential harm.
  3. Implement strategies, resources, and practices to minimize the physical, psychological, and emotional stresses that can overwhelm staff and patients.

IHCM 330: Population Health and Community Wellness

Credits: 3.0

Examines how multiple determinants of health (i.e., socioeconomic status, physical environment) impact thehealth outcomes of populations. Integrates principles of population health, community collaboration, behavior change, and cultural competency, to improve regional health outcomes and address clinical prevention at the individual level. Focus on person-centered care with inclusion of family and community based organizations in decision making. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the emergence of the population health perspective on the US Healthcare system and its implications for the practice of medicine and medical education.
  2. Identify and analyze racial, ethnic, class and other health disparities, their origins, and their remediation.
  3. Identify the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations, particularly as related to rural health.
  4. Investigate the current health of thelocal community and develop a plan to make a difference to overall community wellness.

IHCM 335: Behavioral Health for Primary Care Providers

Credits: 3.0

Overview of common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related and substance use disorders presenting in the primary care environment. Explorestheuse of quick screening tools to assess mental health status and referrals to behavioral health services as needed. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Summarize the importance of a holistic approach to assessment, prevention and treatment of disease across the health professions.
  2. Describe common behavioral health issues encountered in the primary care environment and apply appropriate interventions at the time of care as necessary.
  3. Incorporate behavioral health assessment tools designed specifically for primary care providers to integrate into their day-to-day practice.
  4. Communicate with their counterparts in the behavioral health field to ensure appropriate support and continuity of care.

IHCM 340: Care Coordination and Navigation

Credits: 2.0

Examines the ways in which care coordination can support positive health outcomes, promote the quality of care, and improve cost efficiencies. Overview of healthcare models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Special emphasis on coordination needs in senior services and behavioral health. Prerequisite(s): Admission to ICHM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the purpose of care coordination/care management and its correlation to patient outcomes.
  2. Assess current systems that create challenges in access to health services and compliance with care plans and develop strategies to work with community partners to overcome them.
  3. Identify methods to coordinate services and care transitions to meet client needs in general populations as well as special populations such as seniors and behavioral health clients.

IHCM 345: Interprofessional Education and Practice Simulation:Lab

Credits: 2.0

Apply the concepts of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork to real-world situations using case studies and tools in a simulated environment. Students work in interprofessional groups with facilitators guiding the discussions/collaborations to create care plans that cross disciplines.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Diagram the relationships among professional roles in the healthcare industry by classifying the core functions of various professional roles within their cohort.
  2. Appraise the importance of interprofessional collaboration by correlating the effect of those collaborations to their impact on desired health outcomes and healthcare performance for patients, communities, and healthcare organizations when given case studies.

IHCM 350: Transition to Practice:Practicum I

Credits: 3.0

Observe, study and participate in the day-to-day management activities in a healthcare organization. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities associated with the day-to-day work of a manager in a healthcare setting.
  2. Apply knowledge and concepts learned in the classroom to management functions and problem-solving inreal-world environments.
  3. Develop interpersonal skills and the professional mindset associated with management level personnel.

IHCM 400: Leadership/Management in Health and Human Service Organizations

Credits: 5.0

Examines the nature, function, and techniques of administration and leadership in HHS organizations. Topics include the ever-changing healthcare environment, trends impacting leadership competencies, and specific healthcare factors that influence the organization of varying health systems such as hospitals andambulatory care facilities. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Distinguish between the concepts of leadership and management and identify the contributions that each make to the success of the organization.
  2. Analyze different leadership styles, and translate self-assessment into personal plans for improvement of leadership and management skills.
  3. Alignindividuals, systems and resources toward a common vision, mission and purpose.
  4. Identify a leader's role in change management including how leaders evaluate the need and plan for change, and sustain change over time.
  5. Leverage data analytics and turn data information intoeffective project management forteam success.
  6. Manage organizational relationships.

IHCM 405: Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Credits: 3.0

Covers the benefits of integration ofbehavioral (mental) health into primary healthcare to improve access to mental health services and treatment of comorbid physical conditions. Includes issues related to treatment planning, reducing the stigma commonly associated with mental health disorders, medication management, and supervision and support of primary healthcare staff across the disciplines. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

Course Level Objectives


    IHCM 410: Managing Interdisciplinary Teams

    Credits: 2.0

    Effectively lead interdisciplinary teams by using knowledge of various health care professions, principles of teamwork pertinent to any setting, and knowledge of teams as they function specifically in health care. Includes strategies to deal with obstacles such as frequent changes in team composition and role conflict or blurring. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM-BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Transform a multidisciplinary group into an interdisciplinary team through leadership, microsystem functioning, conflict management, hand offs and communication.
    2. Incorporate evidence-based frameworks to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. (i.e. TeamSTEPPS)
    3. Analyze the positive and negative aspects of interactions between health professionals and patients, families and communities.
    4. Integrate the guiding principles of person-centered care by including the person and family in decision making as the care plan is developed and implemented.

    IHCM 415: Health Systems Research and Information Literacy

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduces research design, methods and skills essential to translate evidence into interprofessional practice, leadership and policy. Includes a critique of the scientific and practical merit of research studies including elements of design, sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, metrics, and interpretation of findings. Covers use of the EHR as a data source to manage both clinical care and organizational operations. Prerequisite(s): Admission to ICHM-BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of research design and methodology and outline effective strategies for accessing information and performing library-based research.
    2. Identify, define, and explain key concepts of healthcare specific methodologies used to design a research project in a scientific manner
    3. Analyze and critically evaluate research presented in professional journals, texts, and presentations. Apply relevant information to work in addressing contemporary healthcare issues. .
    4. Evaluate how to incorporate best practices and evidence-based interventions into programming and planning in integrated primary care and behavioral health settings.

    IHCM 420: Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement

    Credits: 3.0

    Broad overview of the principles and tools of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare with an interprofessional approach. Includes the history of the quality improvement process in healthcare, quality databases and improvement process tools and programs Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM-BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Describe the terms and the relationships among quality management patient safety, risk management, peer review, patient experience and satisfaction, and performance management and improvement in the healthcare industry.
    2. Summarize common quality improvement programs and tools including Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, Six Sigma and Lean Production processes.
    3. Assess healthcare practices and identify factors that contribute to medical errors and impact patient safety.

    IHCM 425: Quality Improvement in Healthcare Simulation:Lab

    Credits:

    Working in interprofessional teams, apply the principles and tools of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcarethrough completion of a simulated quality improvement project in a healthcare organization. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM-BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Identify and/or select a quality improvement opportunity from current practice or list of opportunities provided by faculty.
    2. Develop specific project objectives including, but not limited to, the use of appropriate tools, identification of measurable aims and evaluation methods.
    3. Present sustainable recommendations for process improvement and document acomprehensive report of findings and recommendations.

    IHCM 430: Health Equity, Disparities and Social Justice

    Credits: 3.0

    Concepts of health equity with a broad overview of health disparities in the United States. Analyzes the relationship of health disparities to the structure of the health system in the United States and examines historical issues, theories and data that inform health equity and disparities in today's healthcare environment. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM-BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Evaluate the cultural factors of a society that contribute to health disparities and identify frameworks to examine health disparities.
    2. Describe and analyze the determinants of health disparities for particular groups using social epidemiology methods.
    3. Appraise the components of programs and interventions to determine their systematic effectiveness in addressing health disparities and cultural factors.
    4. Generate ideas for programs and policies that promote health equity.

    IHCM 435: Health Equity, Disparities and Social Justice Simulation:Lab

    Credits:

    Working in interprofessional teams, students will complete a simulated intervention targeted to promote health equity and reduce a health disparity. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Summarize the evidence regarding a specific health disparity (topic and population of their choice) and develop an intervention proposal to promote health equity.
    2. Obtain and evaluate evidence to support the intervention proposal.

    IHCM 440: Transition to Practice:Practicum II

    Credits: 5.0

    Capstone experience that provides the opportunity to exercise hands-on responsibility for a project that is: a) representative of a current healthcare issue (s) and b) relevant/of value to the site organization. Students may choose to apply knowledge across the broader IHCM framework or select target areas of professional/career development interest. Prerequisite(s): Admission to IHCM - BAS program.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Develop a project targeted to improving a process and/or solving a work issue, and present project design to practicum site stakeholders.
    2. Workwith site personnel to design and execute an intervention/performance improvement.
    3. Analyze the outcome of the intervention in a formal report to stakeholders and faculty advisor.

    IHCM 300 - Transition to Management in Healthcare (3 credits)

    Essential skills in the direction and management of operations and people for those new to a supervisory role. Includes decision making and communication, best practices for managing diversity in the workplace. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs):

    • Differentiate the role of the supervisor from that of a peer, set expectations and establish appropriate boundaries.
    • Identify opportunities and barriers to success for new managers, develop a plan to leverage those opportunities, lessen the impact of the barriers.
    • Summarize the basic functions of management and describe how they support a healthy work environment.
    • Propose organizational changes and build high performance teams.
    • Build communication, meeting coordination, and negotiation expertise.

    IHCM 305 - Principles of Human Resource Management in Healthcare (2 credits)

    Principles of HR compliance in the healthcare environment including employment law, written

    documentation and how to use the tools of employee performance management and development.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

    • Demonstrate an understanding of key Human Resource issues.
    • Develop leadership, coaching, performance feedback and disciplinary skills to stimulate staff development and performance.
    • Apply employee performance management measures.
    • Explain key legal responsibilities of managers as they relate to HR management in healthcare facilities.

    IHCM 310 - Financial Management in Healthcare Facilities (3 credits)

    Financial management in healthcare organizations and its impact on patient outcomes and long-term viability of the organization. Covers various financial tools and analysis used to guide decision making at the departmental and institutional level. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

    • Evaluate the changing role of healthcare financing including the role of federal intervention and third party payers.
    • Utilize the tools of budget development, analysis and reconciliation to make informed decisions around departmental staffing, supply/inventory management and capital equipment purchasing.
    • Analyze revenue versus operating expenses to inform short term and long term strategic financial planning that supports organizational goals.
    • Develop knowledge related to the effective management of grant funding and contracts.

    IHCM 315 - Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (2 credits)

    Framework for deliberately working together with other health professionals to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values in today’s complex health care environment, with the common goals of providing person-centered care and improving patient outcomes. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

    • Discuss the concepts and principles of interprofessional health care and collaboration.
    • Explain the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies framework that guides interprofessional practice and initiatives.
    • Develop awareness of the diversity of expertise that underpins effective interprofessional collaborative teams.

    IHCM 320 - US Health Systems (5 credits)

    Introduces and examines the main features of the delivery of healthcare in the US. Covers the relationship between health and healthcare, private and public health insurance, providers and services, provider reimbursement, health care reform, and factors affecting health policy. Includes emerging delivery models and shifting trends to interdisciplinary, person-centered care models. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Describe the size and complexity of the US Healthcare system and its impact on healthcare reform efforts.
    • Explain the basic components of the US healthcare system including care delivery, financing, quality and management challenges.
    • Summarize the different types of organizations, services, and personnel and their relationships across the healthcare delivery system.
    • Discuss the role of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) in clinical and operational management.
    • Explore current trends and prospects for the future of healthcare in the US.

    IHCM 325 - Trauma Informed Management (2 credits)

    Managing through challenges and crises. Focus on interdepartmental and intradepartmental workflow to facilitate optimal patient care, manage patient surges and minimize the trauma impact on staff and patients. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Incorporate the concepts of trauma-informed care into organizational crisis management and disaster planning.
    • Assess current interdepartmental workflow, identify areas such as communication, staffing and supply management that can impact care delivery and draft a plan to manage issues to maintain optimal care and reduce potential harm.
    • Implement strategies, resources, and practices to minimize the physical, psychological, and emotional stresses that can overwhelm staff and patients.

    IHCM 330 - Population Health and Community Wellness (3 credits)

    Examines how multiple determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic status, physical environment) impact the health outcomes of populations. Integrates principles of population health, community collaboration, behavior change, and cultural competency, to improve regional health outcomes and address clinical prevention at the individual level. Focus on person-centered care with inclusion of family and community based organizations in decision making. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Explain the emergence of the population health perspective on the US Healthcare system and its implications for the practice of medicine and medical education.
    • Identify and analyze racial, ethnic, class and other health disparities, their origins, and their remediation.
    • Identify the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations, particularly as related to rural health.
    • Investigate the current health of their local community and develop a plan to make a difference to overall community wellness.

    IHCM 335 - Behavioral Health for Primary Care Providers (3 credits)

    Overview of common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related and substance use disorders presenting in the primary care environment. Explores the use of quick screening tools to assess mental health status and referrals to behavioral health services as needed. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Summarize the importance of a holistic approach to assessment, prevention and treatment of disease across the health professions.
    • Describe common behavioral health issues encountered in the primary care environment and apply appropriate interventions at the time of care as necessary.
    • Incorporate behavioral health assessment tools designed specifically for primary care providers to integrate into their day to day practice.
    • Communicate with their counterparts in the behavioral health field to ensure appropriate support and continuity of care.

    IHCM 340 - Care Coordination and Navigation (2 credits)

    Examines the ways in which care coordination can support positive health outcomes, promote the quality of care, and improve cost efficiencies. Overview of healthcare models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Special emphasis on coordination needs in senior services and behavioral health. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Explain the purpose of care coordination/care management and its correlation to patient outcomes.
    • Assess current systems that create challenges in access to health services and compliance with care plans and develop strategies to work with community partners to overcome them.
    • Identify methods to coordinate services and care transitions to meet client needs in general populations as well as special populations such as seniors and behavioral health clients.

    IHCM 345 - Interprofessional Education and Practice Simulation Lab (2 credits)

    Apply the concepts of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork to real world situations using case studies and tools in a simulated environment. Students work in interprofessional groups with facilitators guiding the discussions / collaborations to create care plans that cross disciplines.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Diagram the relationships among professional roles in the healthcare industry by classifying the core functions of various professional roles within their cohort.\
    • Appraise the importance of interprofessional collaboration by correlating the effect of those collaborations to their impact on desired health outcomes and healthcare performance for patients, communities, and healthcare organizations when given case studies.

    IHCM 350 - Transition to Practice: Practicum I (3 credits)

    Observe, study and participate in the day to day management activities in a healthcare organization.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Describe the roles and responsibilities associated with the day-to-day work of a manager in a healthcare setting.
    • Apply knowledge and concepts learned in the classroom to management functions and problem-solving in real-world environments.
    • Develop interpersonal skills and the professional mindset associated with management level personnel.

    IHCM 400 - Leadership/Management in Health and Human Service Organizations (5 credits)

    Examines the nature, function, and techniques of administration and leadership in HHS organizations. Topics include the ever-changing healthcare environment, trends impacting leadership competencies, and specific healthcare factors that influence the organization of varying health systems such as hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Distinguish between the concepts of leadership and management and identify the contributions that each makes to the success of the organization.
    • Analyze different leadership styles, and translate self-assessment into personal plans for improvement of leadership and management skills.
    • Align and motivate individuals, systems and resources toward a common vision, mission and purpose.
    • Identify a leader’s role in change including how leaders evaluate the need for change, plan for change, initiate change, communicate the need for change, gain support of others for change, and sustain change.
    • Leverage data analytics and turn data information into the action of effective project management for your team’s success.
    • Manage organizational relationships.

    IHCM 405 - Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care (3 credits)

    Covers the benefits of integration of behavioral (mental) health into primary healthcare to improve access to mental health services and treatment of comorbid physical conditions. Includes issues related to treatment planning, reducing the stigma commonly associated with mental health disorders, medication management, and supervision and support of primary healthcare staff across the disciplines.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Explain the rationale and need for integrating behavioral healthcare in primary care settings particularly in rural settings.
    • Identify the behavioral health services that must be integrated into health services delivery to achieve success in population perspectives and develop strategies to embed them into their practice.
    • Describe the program components that operationalize and facilitate successful primary care integration, and demonstrate how these elements are applied to population segments with differing needs for behavioral healthcare involvement.
    • Integrate the guiding principles of person-centered care into programs and care plans.

    IHCM 410 - Managing Interdisciplinary Teams (2 credits)

    Effectively lead interdisciplinary teams by using knowledge of various health care professions, principles of teamwork pertinent to any setting, and knowledge of teams as they function specifically in health care. Includes strategies to deal with obstacles such as frequent changes in team composition and role conflict or blurring. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Transform a multidisciplinary group into an interdisciplinary team through leadership, microsystem functioning, conflict management, handoffs and communication.
      Incorporate evidence-based frameworks to improve communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals (i.e. TeamSTEPPS).
    • Analyze the positive and negative aspects of interactions between health professionals and patients, families and communities.
    • Integrate the guiding principles of person-centered care by including the person and family in decision making as the care plan is developed and implemented.

    IHCM 415- Health Systems Research and Information Literacy (5 credits)

    Introduces research design, methods and skills essential to translate evidence into interprofessional practice, leadership and policy. Includes a critique of the scientific and practical merit of research studies including elements of design, sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, metrics, and interpretation of findings. Covers use of the EHR as a data source to manage both clinical care and organizational operations.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of research design and methodology and outline effective strategies for accessing information and performing library-based research.
    • Identify, define, and explain key concepts of healthcare specific methodologies used to design a research project in a scientific manner.
    • Design and implement a research project addressing a contemporary healthcare issue.
    • Analyze and critically evaluate research presented in professional journals, texts, and presentations.

    IHCM 420 - Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement (3 credits)

    Broad overview of the principles and tools of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare with an interprofessional approach. Includes the history of the quality improvement process in healthcare, quality databases and improvement process tools and programs.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Describe the terms and the relationships among quality management ̧ patient safety, risk management, peer review, patient experience and satisfaction, and performance management and improvement in the healthcare industry.
    • Summarize common quality improvement programs and tools including Plan-Do-Study- Act (PDSA) cycle, Six Sigma and Lean Production processes.
    • Assess healthcare practices and identify factors that contribute to medical errors and impact patient safety.

    IHCM 425 - Quality Improvement in Healthcare Simulation Lab (2 credits)

    Apply the principles and tools of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare through completion of a simulated quality improvement project in a healthcare organization.

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Working in interprofessional teams, Identify and / or select a quality improvement opportunity from current practice or list of opportunities provided by faculty.
    • Develop specific project objectives including, but not limited to, the use of appropriate tools, identification of measurable aims and evaluation methods.
    • Present sustainable recommendations for process improvement and document a comprehensive report of findings and recommendations.

    IHCM 430 - Health Equity, Disparities and Social Justice (3 credits)

    Concepts of health equity with a broad overview of health disparities in the United States. Analyzes the relationship of health disparities to the structure of the health system in the United States and examines historical issues, theories and data that inform health equity and disparities in today’s healthcare environment. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Evaluate the cultural factors of a society that contribute to health disparities and identify frameworks to examine health disparities.
    • Draw upon methods from social epidemiology to describe and analyze the determinants of health disparities for particular groups.
    • Appraise the components of programs and interventions to determine their systematic effectiveness in addressing health disparities and cultural factors.
    • Generate ideas for programs and policies that promote health equity.

    IHCM 435 - Health Equity, Disparities and Social Justice Simulation Lab (2 credits)

    Working in interprofessional teams, students will complete a simulated intervention targeted to promote health equity and reduce a health disparity. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Summarize the evidence regarding a specific health disparity (topic and population of their choice) and develop an intervention proposal to promote health equity.

    IHCM 440 - Transition to Practice II: Practicum (5 credits)

    Capstone experience that provides the opportunity to exercise hands-on responsibility for a project that is: a) representative of a current healthcare issue (s) and b) relevant/of value to the site organization. Students may choose to apply knowledge across the broader IHCM framework or select target areas of professional / career development interest. 

    Course-level Learning Objectives (CLO’s)

    • Develop a project targeted to improving a process, solving a work issue and present project design to practicum site stakeholders.
    • Working with site personnel, design and execute an intervention / performance improvement and analyze the outcome.
    • Submit a formal report to stakeholders and faculty advisor.