George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Health Science Course (HSCI)


College of Nursing and Health Science

295 Clinical Nutrition (3:3:0). Introduces the principles of sound nutritional practices in providing nursing care in clinical and community settings. This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of nutrition and how it influences health and disease. Special emphasis is placed on clinical nutrition such as therapeutic diets for cardiovascular, renal, and liver disease, weight control and diabetes, AIDS and other immunodeficiency diseases, the relationship of diet and cancer, and life-cycle nutrition. f,s

505/NURS 505 Case Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of instructor. Open to seniors. Discusses case management program development and delivery for health and human service professionals. Students study and apply the case manager's role in identifying and coordinating cost-effective services. Topics include information management, sociolegal issues, funding, communication, and self-care/independent living.

542/NURS 542 Health Care and the Political Process (3:3:0). Explores the issues of power, and political and legislative action as they relate to nursing. Effects of political establishment on nursing practice are examined. f

543/NURS 543 Global Health: Trends and Policy (3:3:0). Surveys health challenges in the world today; their social, economic, and epidemiological causes; and the role and likely success of high-tech medicine, primary preventive health care, social manipulation, and aid in alleviating the problems. s

571/NURS 571 HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles and Interventions (3:3:0). Provides an overview of all aspects of HIV disease to include retrospective and current concepts and analyses of the epidemic, global, and societal impact, and cutting-edge research. The course examines the development of therapeutic tools and skills to educate, reduce risks, control infection, and affect the care and healing of client, family, and community, as well as issues of increasing dilemma for health care professionals.

603 Advanced Clinical Nutrition (3:3:0). This course explores advanced principles of sound nutrition and the application of these principles in clinical settings. Nutritional assessments will be explored for the adult patients with chronic conditions.

619 Alternative Approaches to Health Care Management (3:3:0). This course explores the proliferation of alternative health care therapies in society and the role of the various professions in collaboration and participation. Cultural traditions and the scientific study of these therapies will be evaluated.

626 Health Care Informatics and Computer Systems (3:3:0). Studies information and data management in nursing and the application of computer systems to solve problems on nursing practice, education, administration and research. The course focuses on generic concepts of information science and the use of computers to manage nursing health care data, incorporating computing skills for using specific software packages.

637 Gerontological Nursing: Normal Aging and Health Deviations (3:3:0). Examines the biopsychosocial aspects of aging. The emphasis is on examining the effects of age changes and health deviations on the functional capacity of older persons, and on interventions and promotion of the elderly's capacity for self-care.

659 Nursing and Health Care of Aging Persons and Persons with Chronic Illness (3:3:0). Focuses on the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging and chronic illness. This seminar and discussion emphasizes examining the functional capacity of persons and capacity for self-care.

670 Quality Management in Health Care (3:3:0). Explores issues, trends, and methodologies in health care quality management within a systems framework with emphasis on law, ethics, principles, tools and techniques, cost, strategic directions, and evaluation. Roles and responsibilities of the various levels of health care managers are addressed.

698 International Health Care: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions (3:3:0). Examines international nursing organizations, programs, and projects in relation to comparative health care systems. Theoretical conceptualization, research approaches, and methodological issues in the development of international nursing are discussed.

699 Practicum in International Health Care (3:1:8). Prerequisite or corequisite HSCI 698. Provides a practicum in a selected international health agency. The nursing programs are analyzed using a health care systems framework.

701 Quantitative Decision-Making in Health Systems Management (3:3:0). A survey course using an epidemiological framework to explore selected quantitative methods in addressing management problems and decisions in health care delivery systems. Managerial applications in the use of analytic techniques as employed to support decision making in health care systems related to cost-benefit analysis, reducing clinical variability, program and decision analysis using system and population based data. Also the application of forecasting, linear programming, network models and selected biostatistical techniques as applied in health systems management.

702 Managerial Accounting in Health Care Organizations (3:3:0). A practical examination of the controllership function in health care organizations and systems (profit and not for profit) with emphasis on policy formulation and evaluation of performance, including cost methods and systems, measurement criteria, and managerial planning, methods and techniques.

703 Financial Management of Health Systems (3:3:0). An examination of the tools and methods of financial management in Health Care organizations and systems with emphasis on allocation and use of funds; costs and constraints of alternative source of funds and the application of financial decision instruments and their effect on operational management and market value.

704 Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Leadership and Management (3:3:0). Analysis of management theory and practice from recently evolving works that identify, analyze and resolve strategic organizational problems and issues in health care systems. Applied leadership strategy to effectively manage a variety of critical issues in health care systems, such as: Organizational development, change management, human relations and diversity, quality management for organizational and clinical effectiveness, technology, competing priorities, conflicting constituencies, delivery system redesign and health services research is covered.

705 Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care (3:3:0). The purpose of this course is to develop executive skills for strategic decision making through the use of marketing based tools and techniques as applied in Health Care Systems: Strategic planning, market research and opportunity/risk analysis, customer assessment, market segmentation and life cycle assessment for health care services in managed care and non-managed care environments.

706 Integrated Health Systems Management (3:3:0). Exploration of emerging structures for financing and delivery of comprehensive health services in integrated health systems. Successful development and management of alliances, provider hospital organizations, and managed care systems with an emphasis on strategies for vertical integration, community partnering, contract negotiation, governance, and management of antitrust situations.

707 Health Care Management Policy, Law, and Ethics (3:3:0). A survey course that prepares health care executives to understand selected legal and ethical principles as applied to complex decision making and policy analysis in the management of health care organizations and systems. Legal relationships (torts and contracts) and ethical references will be used for selective managerial application in the analysis and management of organizational and clinical dilemmas, statutory and regulatory trends and the management of scarce resources and interdisciplinary teams in health systems.

750/NURS 750 Legal Issues Relevant to Health Care Administration (3:3:0). Examines federal, state, and local statutes and regulations that impinge upon the operation of health care agencies and health care education enterprises. s

760/NURS 760 Health Care Financial Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate nursing program or master's degree. Investigates selected theory decision analysis and techniques of accounting and financial management in health care administration. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in a health institution's financial planning and analysis.

762 Aging and Health Care Policy (3:3:0). Prerequisite or corequisite: HSCI 637, SOCI 599, or NURS 659 or at the discretion of the instructor. Focuses on a policy perspective in relation to older adults in the community and in long-term care facilities. Students will analyze policy issues and health care delivery systems as they impact the older adult, through lecture/discussion, field trips, projects and policy analysis papers.

800 Multivariate Statistics and Data Analysis I (4:3:2). Prerequisite: A graduate-level bivariate statistics course. This course will cover, in detail, multiple analysis of a variance (ANOVA, ANCOVA and factorial design), Exploratory Factor Analysis, and multivariate regression analysis. The course emphasizes application and interpretation over formula derivations and mathematical calculations with emphasis on applying multivariate tests to health science data bases using structural packages with an emphasis on SPSS.

801 Multivariate Statistics and Data Analysis II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: HSCI 800 or an equivalent multivariate statistics course. This course examines, in detail, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, structural modeling (LISREL and pathanalysis) and confirmatory factor analysis. Emphasis will be placed on applications and interpretations in the analysis of health science data. The use of SPSS is stressed.

855 Ethics in Health Care Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisite: admission to Ph. D. program or permission of instructor for other (non-Ph. D.) students. The philosophical foundations of health care ethics willanalyze specific ethical dilemmas faced by administrators in health care settings.

866/NURS 866 Health Care Public Policy (3:2:1). Focuses on the process of formulating health care policy and analyzing its implications for nursing administration in nursing and education and nursing service. Current and impending health issues, the legislative process, and program implementation evaluation are examined. s

960/NURS 955 Philosophical Bases of Inquiry (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to nursing doctoral program or permission of the instructor. The philosophical bases of the discipline and practice of health related disciplines will be examined within the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching. Comparison of nursing and health science philosophy with relevant related discipline philosophies also will be examined.


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