Executive MS - Population Health Management

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Course Descriptions

  • PHS 700. Essentials of Population Health Science. Introduction to how the multiple determinants of health (e.g., health care, socioeconomic status, genetics, the physical environment and health behavior, and their interactions) have implications for the health outcomes of populations. Characteristics of populations defined by geography, diagnosis, and/or point of care will be discussed. Avenues in which health care systems, public health agencies, community-based organizations, retail health organizations work together to improve local, national, and global communities. Students will also learn how to view problems from a population health and population health management perspective. Descriptions of how clinical and non-clinical data is used to measure health-related outcomes, analyze patterns, communicate results, and develop evidence-based intervention practices to manage of health of populations will be explored. (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 705. Advanced Payment Models. Alternative Payment Models (APMs) are approaches that reward providers for the delivery of high quality and cost-effective care. Advanced Payment Models are a subset of APMs that let clinical practices earn more rewards in exchange for taking on risk relative to patient outcomes. This course will cover the range of alternative payment models in healthcare and the policies that undergird these advances such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Traditional Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 706. Population Health and Consumerism. Hospitals and health systems are re-inventing themselves and working with providers and their communities to position their organizations for success in an environment that demands high-value, lower-cost and efficient health care. But as hospitals and health systems transition to value-based care, they must do so with an eye on the consumer. Patients, and their families, will be more informed and savvy in making health care purchasing decisions. This course will familiarize students with the growing movements in both healthcare consumerism and population health management. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 707. Accountable Care Organizations. Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are designed to provide high quality health care and control costs; two components of the Quadruple Aim. The focus of this course will be to examine different types of ACOs and their various payment characteristics, organizational structures, mixed capabilities, governance structures, and varied contracts, and to explore the interventions conducted within ACOs at both the organizational and patient-levels. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 708. Managing Hlth Across the Care Continuum. Engaging patients and their families is critical to achieving the Quadruple Aim and ensuring that key strategies and practices are implemented reliably and monitored for improvement. This is an important step toward effective patient and family engagement that is critically needed to effectively manage health across the care continuum. This course will present current models utilized to manage chronic health conditions in clinical settings, how electronic tools (EHRs and Telehealth) are used for patient monitoring and engagement, and approaches to addressing health behavior change across the life course. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 710. Clinical Coaching. The purpose of this course is to increase the knowledge and skills of clinicians in coaching patients to make lasting lifestyle management changes. It is envisaged that undertaking this subject will contribute to the professional development, knowledge base and performance of those involved in clinical coaching. Given the evolution of the U.S. health care system, health care providers are incentivized to produce better patient outcomes and to reduce recurring patient visits. Employers are prioritizing health and wellness in the workplace, aiming to cut costs and increase productivity. Given these changes, it is important for clinicians to increase their skill set in the provision of clinical coaching, as well as enhancing their knowledge of evidence-based approaches for motivating behavior change, and understanding of how to incorporate clinical coaching into clinical practice. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 715. Health Disparities Seminar. This course will examine relevant historical issues, theories, and empirical data, emphasizing critical analysis and application of knowledge. Disparities will be discussed relative to race/ethnicity, gender, income, and sexual orientation. Students will gain a better understanding of research on health disparities and interventions to promote health equity through a combination of readings, reflection papers, and in-class exercises. Students will summarize the evidence regarding a specific health disparity (topic and population of their choice). Traditional Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 720. Population Health Informatics. This course will focus on the concepts, theories and practices of the evolving discipline of health informatics. Differentiation between approaches used in this field versus health information technology will be highlighted. Health informatics is defined as the method of acquiring, storing, retrieving, and using healthcare information to foster better collaboration among patients and health care providers. This evolving specialization links information technology, communication and health care to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 hours)
  • PHS 797. Practice Transformation Practicum. This course will guide students through the conduct of a practice transformation practicum is a planned and evaluated work experience that compliments the classroom education, and allows them the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in their course work. The practicum experience is designed to enhance student’s experience in the field of population health, and is key to a comprehensive understanding of population health in clinical settings. Success is defined by the exposure to valuable work experience, improvements in subject matter knowledge and mastery of specific competencies. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1-6 hours)