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The Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy offers a variety of courses in each of its academic programs. Courses are offered on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Northern Colorado. Students also have the opportunity to take courses within other schools and colleges at the University of Colorado Denver.


Course Listings

HSMP 6601 | Introduction to HSMP | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring, Summer (HSMP non-majors only)

Provides an introduction to health system, management and policy.  Topics include the financing and organization of the U.S. healthcare system; an introduction to health policy, including stakeholder analysis; and basic managerial skills, including human resources and budgeting. 
HSMP 6602  | Health Equity | 2.0 Credits | Campus:  AMC - Fall
Addresses health inequities affecting the poor, racial and ethnic minorities, prisoners, rural residents, disabled, GLBTI and other populations.  The course studies 1) measurement/data issues in health inequity research; 2) institutionalized, personally mediated and internalized causes; and 3) solutions/challenges.
HSMP 6604 | Health Care Economics | 3.0 Credits | Campus:  AMC – Fall
Uses economic theory to analyze and understand the US health care system. Topics include:  demand and supply of health and health care, health insurance, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, and physicians. Analyzes instuitional and legal incentives that affect physician, patient, and insurer decision making.
HSMP 6605 | Health Policy | 3.0 Credits | Campus:  AMC – Spring
Course focuses on important U.S. health policy issues and the analysis, implementation, communication skills for the practice of health policy. Evaluation is based on in-class labs, group projects, and analysis paper of a health policy case example.
HSMP 6606 | Public Health Administration | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall
Course provides an introduction to public health management and administration.  Components aim to stimulate interactions around important problems and issues including managerial decision-making and increasing practical knowledge, tools, and strategies required by organizational decision-makers. Business plans are produced.
HSMP 6607 | Current Legal Issues in Health Care | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Spring
Course trains students in foundational Constitutional principles that guide public health law at the state and federal levels. It also explores cornerstone public health law problems and encourages analysis of contemporary legal questions in public health and health care administration.
HSMP 6608 | Ethical/Legal Issues - Public Health | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall
This course explores the legal and ethical dimension of public health. It focuses on topics that generate legal and ethical controversies, including governmental duties to protect citizens, the nature and extent of the government’s ability to regulate conduct, and responses to epidemics.
HSMP 6609 | Cost Benefit and Effectiveness in Health| 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring (Prereq:  HSMP 6604 or permission of instructor)
Introduces students to the basics of economic evaluations of health care interventions or technology. Economic evaluations provide a method to assimilate different cost and health outcomes associated with medical treatments into a common metric.
HSMP 6610 | Health Care Financial Management| 3.0 Credits | Campus:  AMC – Fall
Students will acquire the tools to incorporate financial, strategic, and mission-based objectives into capital investment decisions.  The material also enables students to assess financing options and understand asset valuation techniques, create financial statements and perform pro-forma financial analyses.
HSMP 6611 | Strategic Management in Health Care | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Spring
Students will learn the principles of competition, strategic analysis and management, and will develop important skills necessary to analyze the healthcare environment and adapt strategies, systems, products, services and culture to effectively manage healthcare organizational change and renewal.
HSMP 6612 | Principles of Health Care Management | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Spring
Course develops business knowledge and skills to work effectively in healthcare.  Covers staffing/human resource issues along with QA and quality improvement approaches and tools to analyze real world data. Through original cases, the establishment of a healthcare firm is explored.
HSMP 6614| Maternal and Child Health Program Management & Policy Analysis | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall | Maternal and Child Health Program Management & Policy Analysis | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall 
Students will learn and apply program management concepts and policy analysis methods to choose among potential policy and programmatic solutions to improve the health outcomes of pregnant women, infants, children, and children with special health care needs.
HSMP 6615 | Current Issues in Global Health Policy| 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Fall
Students should be able to identify major actors and their roles in global health policy; discuss major policy issues focusing on poverty reduction using case study examples; and write a health policy analysis paper for the assessment of the course.
HSMP 6616 | Introduction to Health Policy Analysis and Communication | 1.0 Credit | Campus: AMC – Fall
Introduces a framework for systemically and critically evaluating the health policy literature.  Reviews effective oral and written communication skills for presenting policy analyses.  Evaluation is based on a written analysis of a policy paper of the student’s choosing.
HSMP 6617 | Interpreting Health Policy and Management Research | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring
This course explores the methods used in health policy and management research.  Students learn to read and interpret research, with an emphasis on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different analytical approaches to become an effective consumer of the literature.
HSMP 6618 | Comparative Health Systems | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring
This course provides a framework for students to analyze the different ways that health care is organized and delivered in settings around the world, undertaking a detailed analysis of health care financing, workforce, quality and access, and population health.
HSMP 6621 | HSMP IPED Development| 1.0 Credit | Campus: AMC – Spring (permission of instructor required)
This IPED course is part one of a two-semester course for students from public health, dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools.  Students work in interdisciplinary teams to improve population health and quality of care, reduce costs and provide patient-centered care.
HSMP 6622 | HSMP IPED Development| 1.0 Credit | Campus: AMC – Fall (permission of instructor required)
This IPED course is part two of a two-semester course for students from public health, dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools.  Students work in interdisciplinary teams to improve population health and quality of care, reduce costs and provide patient-centered care.  Syllabus pending.
HSMP 6630 | Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring
This course focuses on basic skills required to develop, fund and evaluate data-driven, evidence-based public health programs.  The course involves the construction of a 3-step logic model:  need, interevention, and outcomes.  In addition, organization/individual capacity, partnerships, and budget are discussed.

HSMP 6633 | Management of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Health | 2.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Spring
Course introduces nonprofit theory, focuses on nonprofit leadership and management, and explores nonprofit innovation and change within the context of public health.  A highly practical and applied approach for students working in the nonprofit sector or with nonprofit partners.
HSMP 6634 | Management, Budgeting and Public Health Administration| 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Fall (online) 
This course is designed to prepare public health professionals for management and administration of public health programs and community initiatives.  Content addresses program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation.  Syllabus pending.


 HSMP 7010 | Foundations in HSR (seminar) | 1.0 Credit | Campus: AMC – Fall, Spring (permission of instructor required)
Introduces students to the academic health services research literature.  This seminar course requires students to participate in small seminars led by faculty on different health services research topics plus attending larger HSMP departmental seminars.  Evaluation is based on weekly papers.
HSMP 7607​ | Methods in Health Services Research I | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Spring (Prereq:  BIOS 6611)
The first of a two-course sequence in empirical methods in health services research.  The statistical theory underlying basic empirical methods and the thoughtful implementation/practice of these methods are emphasized.  Topics covered include OLS, Gauss-Markov assumptions, logit/probit.  Stata will be used.
HSMP 7609 ​| Methods in Health Services Research II | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC – Fall (Prereq:  HSMP 7607)
Students will learn how to specify and estimate econometric models to test theory-driven hypotheses.  The course builds on HSMP 7607 and covers advanced methods related to panel/longitudinal, multinomial, survival, and count data models. Stata software will be used.


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