Undergraduate Program Goals

Students enrolled in The Department of Health Policy and Administration undergraduate program strive through their studies to attain specific goals. Upon graduation from the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organization of the U.S. health service delivery system
    • Identify the various components of the U.S. health care system
    • Identify the similarities and differences among the various components of the U.S. health care system
    • Evaluate the major strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. health care system
    • Compare and contrast the U.S. health care system with those in other developed countries.
  • Understand major concepts of health care financing
    • Identify the different types of public insurance and the populations covered
    • Define major concepts of private insurance, such as risk sharing, moral hazard and adverse selection
    • Distinguish between retrospective and prospective payment systems among the various components of the U.S. health care system
  • Use management theory and professional processes in managing health care organizations and workers
    • Apply organizational behavior theories to situations in health care management
    • Solve organizational challenges using quality improvement tools
    • Synthesize financial and economic information to make decisions in health care organizations
    • Formulate organizational strategies
    • Evaluate ethical issues in managerial decision-making
  • Demonstrate understanding of the government organizations and policy processes involved in health policy
    • Identify and define the various Federal agencies that influence health policy in the U.S.
    • Evaluate ethical issues involved in policy-making decisions
    • Identify current U.S. policies influencing health care delivery
    • Describe the Federal and State legislative processes and explain how each affects the development and implementation of health policy
  • Show knowledge of determinants of individual and population health and risk factors for illness, health behavior and its impact on the health care system
    • Define, give examples and critically evaluate health disparities
    • Recognize anatomy and physiology of each system in the human body and classify diseases within each system
    • Use empirical methods to identify community health problems, develop action plans, and assess their outcome
    • Identify the biological, psychological, social, economic, cultural, and political factors that contribute to health problems and/or impede their resolution