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Healthcare Management Course Descriptions

The healthcare management major involves courses in communication, management, marketing, accounting, economics and psychology.

COMM 2020: COMMUNICATION DYNAMICS IN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (4 credits)

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to argue with a romantic partner or family member? Have you ever wondered why people who seem to be happy in their relationships have affairs? Do you wish people were better listeners? This course focuses on the interesting dynamics that occur in interpersonal relationships and helps explain some of the strange phenomena we experience when we interact with others. Highlighting communication, this course explores the development of personal identity, intimate relationships, family relationships, friendships, professional relationships and even non-traditional relationships to examine how communication influences the effectiveness and satisfaction of these experiences.

COMM 3090: COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS (4 credits)

Is your boss difficult to get along with? Do you wish your co-worker would leave you alone? Do you wonder why some organizations flourish while others fail? Communication in Organizations examines organization culture and socialization, leadership communication, networks, ethics and communication structures in organizations. While other courses examine the rhetoric of leaders, this course looks at leaders as vision setters. You will have an opportunity to apply theory in exercises, communication analyses and case studies. Individual self-assessment and assessments of communication in organizations help you apply course theories. All types of organizations are examined in this course: for profit, nonprofit, non-government organizations, political organizations, and social organizations. Recommended: COMM 2020 and/or COMM 2090.

CRST 2050: FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL STUDIES OF RACE AND ETHNICITY (4 credits)

This course provides an overview of the key concepts and issues in the interdisciplinary study of race/ethnicity. The course serves as an introduction to the complexity of diverse racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., issues of racial formation, white privilege, individual and institutional discrimination, multiple differences and intersecting oppressions, racial/ethnic identity and collective resistance, as well as the global dimensions of race/ethnicity. Course materials facilitate engagement in critical analysis of textual and statistical information from a variety of disciplinary sources. Offered every term.

ECON 2900: TOPICS IN HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS (4 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of the institutions that provide healthcare and examines some of the economic factors that affect the provision of healthcare in the United States. Government policies toward the healthcare sector and government interventions in the sector are examined. Designed for non-economists who plan to work in the healthcare field or who wish to study the economics of healthcare. A good elective course for economics and/or nursing majors.

PHIL 3400: BIOMEDICAL ETHICS (4 credits)

This course is an overview of normative ethical theory. It has application to topics in biomedicine, such as the concept of health, the provider-patient relationship, informed consent and refusal of treatment, truth-telling and confidentiality, research involving human subjects, life-sustaining treatment and physician-assisted death, reproductive decisions and technologies, genetic screening and interventions, allocation of scarce resources. Offered every semester. Also offered in Weekend College and in the summer. Also offered as CRST. Prerequisites: Recommended: PHIL 2200. Open to students with no prior work in philosophy, but such students should consult with the instructor or department chair before registering.

MGMT 2400: PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (4 credits)

This course provides you with an understanding of effective management practices and structures. It emphasizes leadership requirements for managers, as well as three additional primary functions of management: planning, organizing and controlling. You will explore the ethical foundation for all business practices. Also offered in Weekend College.

MGMT 3460: MANAGING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE (4 credits)

This course provides a hands-on approach to understanding how to work with people from different cultures. You are asked to examine your own values and perspectives, to become aware of your own biases, and through examining different cultural orientations, to work towards greater understanding and acceptance of difference. The course focuses on the impact of diverse cultures on the work environment and management practices that enhance the full utilization of human diversity. You will learn about belief systems, attitudes and conditioning and how these cognitive processes interact with the management of a diverse workforce. The management functions, organization behavior, change and productivity are examined in relation to issues of diversity. Anyone planning to work outside the home, regardless of discipline or field, can benefit from this course. Offered in evening format every other year in the fall.

MGMT 4850: SENIOR SEMINAR IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4 credits)



BUSI 4800: BUSINESS PORTFOLIO

All business majors are required to complete a business portfolio in order to fulfill graduation requirements. (Second major certificate and other certificate students are exempt from this requirement.) The portfolio is the vehicle that enables you to integrate the life skills and knowledge you bring with you and the knowledge, skills and values learned within the courses and field experiences throughout the program. This portfolio allows you to validate you experiences at St. Catherine University. The portfolio is cumulative in nature; most aspects are completed as part of course work. The portfolio must be presented to your advisor no later than September 30 for December graduates or February 15 for May graduates. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

ACCT 2110: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4 credits)

This course is an introduction to accounting, which will enable you to achieve a basic working knowledge of accounting and its uses. Emphasis is placed on the need to read and interpret financial statements. Accounting theory and uses of accounting information are integrated with the conceptual framework and social role of accounting. Problem solving, ethical issues and computer skills are an integral part of the course. A major goal of the course is to develop your critical-thinking skills. Also offered in Weekend College.

ACCT 2130: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (4 credits)

This course emphasizes the use of accounting information to help make managerial decisions. It also covers the basics of cost accounting techniques, budgeting and the use of accounting information for management planning and control. This course helps you develop your critical-thinking and computer-spreadsheet skills. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: ACCT 2110 with a grade of C- or better.

MKTG 2300: PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (4 credits)

This introductory course examines the role of marketing in organizations. You will explore the process of identifying customer needs, segmenting and targeting markets and developing a marketing mix (product, place, promotion, pricing). Also offered in Weekend College.

ECON 2250: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR DECISION MAKING (4 credits)

The course gives an introduction to quantitative decision making, descriptive statistics, data analysis, probability, sampling, estimation, regression, index numbers and forecasting. This course fulfills the liberal arts core mathematics/statistics requirement. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: Appropriate level on mathematics/statistics placement assessment or ACT math score. Credit is given for only one of the following courses: ECON 2200, ECON 2250, MATH 1080 or PSYC 2050..

PSYC 1001: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits)

This course is an orientation to contemporary scientific psychology, including the study of learning and memory, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, biology and behavior, personality, individual differences, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy and developmental and social psychology. As a student in General Psychology in the baccalaureate day program you will participate in weekly laboratories. Offered every semester. Also offered in Weekend College and occasionally in summer.