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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.

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

Provides an introduction to health system, management and policy. Topics include the financing and organization of the U.S. health care 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 | Healt​h Care Economics | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall 2019 (Spring 2021)

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, and 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 | 2.0 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 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 

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 6613 | Addressing Health Equity in Colorado's Safety Net | 1.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Fall

Explores real world health equity challenges as described by today's leaders and features guest lecturers who are leaders of organizations that are actually doing the work in communities across Colorado. Guest lecturers will describe the challenges of providing high quality medical, oral, behavioral and social services to some of Colorado's most diverse populations.

HSMP 6614| Maternal and Child Health Program Management & Policy Analysis | 3.0 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, intervention, 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 for Leadership in Public health students or as an elective for non-HSMP concentration students. The course will 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 7605​ | Managing a Learning Healthcare System: From Theory to Practice | 3.0 Credits | Campus: AMC - Spring

Students will develop knowledge and skills regarding how to implement and manage a Learning Healthcare System (LHS). A healthcare system is broadly defined, incorporating services delivered within traditional healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, clinics) and within community settings that influence the health of the local population. The course will cover the history, current state, and future directions of the field.

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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