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Certificate of Professional Achievement in Health Analytics


For busy health industry professionals, the Colorado School of Public Health’s series of integrative courses in Health Industry Analytics at CU South Denver provides the suite of analytics skills necessary for today’s changing healthcare market. These courses are tailored for health industry professionals and managers who want to acquire enhanced analytic skills for data-driven decision making and seek an applied, case-based learning environment.

The Certificate of Professional Achievement in Health Industry Analytics is designed as a 9-credit sequence, and courses can be transferred toward a Graduate Public Health Certificate or Master in Public Health (MPH) degree. Current and prospective students can also take individual courses. 

The Health Industry Analytics sequence is tailored for busy health industry professionals living and working in south Denver and provides: 

  • Immersive, case-based learning with real-world application
  • Modular, hybrid courses (online and in-person) for greater choice and flexibility 

Students begin by learning about the organization, management and financing of the U.S. health care system with a particular focus on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it has changed the incentives built into the health care system. Students will also receive an introduction to decision analysis with an emphasis on the use of economic tools to make optimal choices in addition to the basics of economic evaluations of health care interventions or technology. Finally, students will learn about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and best practices for comparative effectiveness analysis. The emphasis will be on the types of decision tools that can be used to satisfy the various requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

 
 REQUIRED COURSES: 

  • HSMP 6641 - The Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Health Care System (Fall 2014) - 1 credit
    Students will learn about the organization, management and financing of the U.S. Healthcare System.  There will be a particular focus on the Affordable Care Act, and how it has changed the incentives built into the health care system.  Other topics will include provider reimbursement (hospital, physician, pharmaceutical, and other); insurance and health exchanges. 

  • HSMP 6642 - Principles of Decision Analysis in Health Care (Fall 2014) - 2 credits
    This course provides an introduction to decision analysis, with an emphasis on the use of economic tools to make optimal choices.  This class will also introduce students to the basics of economic evaluations of health care interventions or technology, such as cost effectiveness analysis, cost utility analysis, cost benefit analysis and return on investment (ROI). Economic evaluations provide a method to assimilate different cost and health outcomes associated with medical treatments into a common metric. Students will learn about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and best practices for comparative effectiveness analysis. The emphasis will be on the types of decision tools that can be used to satisfy the various requirements of the Affordable Care Act. 

  • HSMP 6643 - Data-Driven Quality Improvement (Spring 2015) - 1 credit
    This class introduces students to principles of real-time performance-improvement measurement in healthcare.  Leading metrics, such as the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), data sources and methodologies, and emerging trends (such community health score cards) will be covered.  Students will be introduced to the Colorado All-Payer Claims Database and its use for identifying opportunities for improving health care quality and containing costs. 

  • HSMP 6644 - Applied Financial Decision Making in Health Care (Spring 2015) - 2 credits
    This class is designed to equip students with skills in financial decision-making and budgeting to ensure the financial viability of an organization and enable it to meet its long-term goals. Financial management concepts, such as time value analysis and financial risk and required return, will be discussed and applied to capital markets with a focus on debt and equity financing of capital acquisition.  Students will also learn to interpret income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow.  The culminating experience involves performing a financial analysis for a new healthcare product or service and presenting business recommendations. 

  • Strategic Health Care Marketing and Metrics (Summer 2015) - 2 credits
    This course provides students with the core concepts of marketing as applied to the U.S. healthcare sector and its unique regulatory and legal environment.  Students will gain an understanding in: identifying customer segmentation and targeting, developing a customer-focused strategy, and the use of qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform marketing decisions.  The culminating experience will be the development of a strategic marketing plan for a healthcare product or service.

  • Population Health Impact (Summer 2015) - 1 credit
    This class introduces students to the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on population health and new requirements affecting the healthcare industry.  The use of the Triple Aim framework emphasizes the importance of population health improvement and the role of the healthcare system in bringing about that improvement.  The course will discuss the role of community health needs assessments and innovations being tested by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid, including the model of the accountable care organization (ACO). 

Apply Today 

Apply to be a non-degree student at the Colorado School of Public Health's CU Anschutz Medical Campus or at the CU South Denver extension. 

Courses at ColoradoSPH may not be audited. However, a student may register for a course for no credit and pay the full tuition and fees. Students must designate “No Credit” by the appropriate deadlines as set forth by the Registrar’s Office. No Credit forms are available from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office.​​

 
 
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