Health Care Studies


HLCR-080 The Business of Health Care

This course considers the effects of social influences and business practices as they apply to health care professions. Through application of theoretical concepts and use of case examples, this course introduces students to a variety of topics in the business of health care. Possible topics include historical and social influences on health care and its delivery; developments in health insurance, including the rise of HMOs; organizational mission and performance objectives; accounting practices; marketing principles and competitive factors; alternative organizational structures; personnel management, including staffing, training and diversity; and managing for organizational change.

HLCR-301 Human Anatomy

This course examines the major organ systems of the human body with an emphasis on structure as it influences function. It is designed to fulfill the entrance requirements of several health fields' post-baccalaureate and graduate training programs. The course is taught in a workshop format with the laboratory integrated into the lecture topics. Included in this workshop are hands-on study of the human skeleton, intensive dissection of the cat and dissection of other pertinent mammalian organs. Students will be required to identify most of the major mammalian anatomical systems and their detailed structures using either human models, isolated mammal organs or a dissected cat. Included in the course will be a discussion of some of the pathologies associated with human anatomy. This course cannot be used as a substitute for those courses in other programs that require cadaver dissection. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-102 or permission of instructor.

HLCR-302 Human Physiology

This class focuses on the complex functioning of the individual organ systems of the body and how changing function may influence or be influenced by structure. The integrated interactions of each organ system with other body systems will be studied in detail within the contextual framework of maintaining homeostasis. Laboratory studies encompass many aspects of physiology, ranging from cell physiology to using humans as experimental subjects. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-102 or permission of the instructor.

HLCR-370 Human Health and Disease

This capstone course builds on the prerequisite courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology by focusing on select mechanisms and how they affect homeostasis and thereby create varying states of human health. These processes will be contrasted with pathological processes involved in the development of human disease. An organ system approach will be used to facilitate the study of pathology, pathophysiology and organic disease states. In addition, this course also addresses the psychological, social and cultural impact of disease and the disease process on patients, their families and their community. It is most beneficial if Bioethics and the Business of Health Care have been taken before this course. This class is not intended to take the place of a formal pathology course as may be required by specific professional programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing and HLCR-301 or HLCR-302 or permission of instructor.

HLCR-400 Independent Study

Study of a particular topic in the health care area under the guidance of an appropriate faculty member.

HLCR-500 Health Care Internship

A minimum of 40 hours of experience is required for each internship. Students may arrange for an internship from a wide range of health care disciplines and clinical settings, depending upon their interests. Typical settings include hospital or clinic-based practice, private practice, public health areas and service-learning opportunities. Internship experiences may range from strictly observational to more hands on, depending upon the actual internship. Students must apply through the Office of the Registrar and submit a Student Learning Contract before beginning their internship.

Course Catalog

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