This course introduces the students to the different employment possibilities for a Health Care Studies graduate. Seminars will feature invited speakers to discuss how their company works and what positions they might have for a graduate in Health Care Studies. In addition Students can visit different facilities to see first-hand how their studies in Health Care can be applied to different job settings through virtual tours.
This course will introduce the students to the health care industry, and will consist of lectures, readings, discussions, and visiting professionals. While the principal goal will be to inform students of the necessary skills needed to succeed in the health care field, a secondary goal will have the student be able to articulately describe the background to almost any article relating to the challenges of national health care.
This course introduces students to the language used in describing and coding of clinical visits, medical procedures and on medical forms. The ability to understand complex medical terms will be gained by the analysis of prefixes, word roots and suffixes. Coding of diseases (ICD-9) and medical insurance language will also be emphasized.
This course is an introductory overview of the U.S. Public Health System with an emphasis on the core areas of public health, challenges and strategies for working with communities, and specific health issues that impact the health of the population. We will look at environmental and behavior factors associated with health promotion and disease prevention and view different national programs and programs going on in Maine.
This course will introduce junior year students to the complexity of healthcare organizations and how they are managed. An overview of the historical development of the modern healthcare organization, as well as the contemporary management roles and functions within them, will be reviewed. Measuring performance and quality improvement will also be taught. The importance of the roles of physicians, nurses, as well as other professionals and support staff will be highlighted. Theories of healthcare leadership will also be explored.
This course is a summation and integration of Ethics and Law within the context of healthcare delivery. The class will be introduced to the ethical and moral considerations of the healthcare professions by exploring their historical development. Students will also discover how the law influences the healthcare profession and be introduced to our complex legal structure through exposure to case law and regulations.
This course is designed as a continuation of HS 121 (medical terminology) and MI 214. Students will learn about and contrast different types of electronic medical records systems. They will learn how to transfer and share data with people from same clinics to people outside of the system and learn about the ethical and legal issues of sharing data.
This course will introduce senior Health Care Studies students to beginning healthcare economics and its influence on health policy. The course will emphasize the economic issues of scarcity, choice, supply and demand, marginal analysis, substitutes, and externalities as they relate to health care policies. National health insurance, as a rapidly evolving idea for the future, will also be analyzed and evaluated.
This course combines students past course work into one research project. Each student will be required to plan and carry out an investigation into some health area of interest and write-up and report their experiences and results to the whole class. In addition they will put together a portfolio, resume and cover letter for a job of their choice.
This course offers the students experiences in a work and/or research environment dedicated to health care or public health. Each student chooses and contacts a hospital, clinic, health center, public health department or health care business and spends a total of 100 hours in that setting. Activities will include training/orientation, work on projects relevant to the mission of the agency, observation of agency work processes, and other assigned work from the site liaison. Students keep daily journals and meet three times during the semester for training and to share their experiences.