HEALTH SCIENCE

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Division of Health Sciences

 

 

Bachelor of Science (Single Field Major)

Community Health Option

Health Care Management Option

Radiologic Technology Option

 

Minor

 

Master of Science

Orthotics and Prosthetics Option

 

Faculty

Pamela C. Krochalk, Division Chair

WH A-330B, (310) 243-2690

Cheryl Jackson-Harris, Coordinator, Clinical Science Option

WH A-330F, (310) 243-3798

Scott Hornbeak, Coordinator, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Paula D'Amore, Mark Muller, Enrique Ortega, Paul Oswald, Anthony Ung

Program Office:  WH A-330, (310) 243-3748

Student Services Center - Advising: WH A-300, (310) 243-2120 or (800) 344-5484

Emeriti Faculty

Amer El-Ahraf, Ellen Hope-Kearns, Chi-Hua Hsiung

 

Division Mission

The Division of Health Sciences programs are designed to:

Strengthen students' intellectual capacities and abilities to develop and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health needs of diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Educate students in developing and implementing evidence-based assessment and intervention models that improve the biopsychosocial health of diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Prepare scholar-practitioners to engage in multidisciplinary scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in the health disciplines.

Prepare graduates who will be leaders in their fields and professions to inform and influence professional dialogues on key health issues affecting diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Prepare scholar-activists who -- with global consciousness and ecosystemic perspectives -- are committed to attaining health equity and collective well-being through the promotion of human development, universal human rights, and social justice.

Program Description

Health Science offers a variety of programs including a major with different options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

The Community Health Option is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and perspectives to function as effective community health workers and educators in an urban population that is diverse ethnically, economically and demographically.  Students will gain knowledge and understanding of health behavior and strategies for change, health disparities among diverse populations, and the development of programs that increase access to healthcare and related services. 

A student in this option will acquire oral and written communication skills needed to develop health education materials and gain a basic understanding of public health problems and methods commonly used in studying and addressing these problems. Registered nurses and allied health care workers will be able to serve their patients more effectively by becoming knowledgeable about community health service agencies and public health policy at all levels of government. Upon completion of the Community Health Option, students will qualify to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

The Health Care Management Option is designed to provide students with a general foundation in the principles and theories of management, the skills needed by frontline or middle level supervisors in a health care unit, an understanding of the organizational structure of the health care system, the financing of health care services in the United States, and knowledge of current health policies at local, state and federal levels.

The Radiologic Technology Option is designed to accommodate the entering undergraduate or transfer student. The program is offered in collaboration with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, which is currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technologists and approved by the State of California Department of Education for Radiologic Technology training. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the certification examinations given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Certification Board of the California Department of Health Services.

A separate application to the Radiologic Technology Option is required. Refer to the Radiologic Technology Option section for further information on the application process and eligibility for consideration as a candidate. Refer also to the Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology website.

Features

The Health Care Management and Community Health options are designed for practicing health professionals and future community health and healthcare personnel. Students may also apply to Radiologic Technology. Since many students work during the day, many health science courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening and on weekends, and many meet only once a week. To keep the health science programs contemporary, most of the health science courses are taught by practicing professionals.

Academic Advisement

All students are urged to consult with advisors throughout their matriculation at CSU Dominguez Hills. At the very least, advisors should be consulted for the following:

  • Admission
  • Career plans and choices
  • Selection of options
  • Variation in programs and/or "course substitution"
  • Pre-registration advisement
  • Filing for graduation

Advisement is available through the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing Student Services Center at 1-310-243-2120 or 1-800-344-5484.

Preparation

Students interested in healthcare management or community health may complete their lower division general education, preferably with an associate of science degree, before coming to CSU Dominguez Hills. Those students who are interested in the clinically related options should have a strong science background in high school and should have completed most of the lower division prerequisite courses for the option before entering the Health Sciences Program. For clinical options, some direct care experience is required.

Credit for Prior Health Education

If students have completed a clinical program for which they did not receive academic credit, they may be granted credit for that education. Please consult the health science office for details. The credits obtained for a clinical program may be applied as lower division elective credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science only.

Procedures and Admission Criteria

Only a limited number of students can be accommodated in the clinical options. In addition to filing a completed application to the university, students must also complete the desired option application form to be considered for admission. Admission to these clinical options is not automatically ensured by meeting academic requirements, nor does admission to CSU Dominguez Hills as a Health Science Major guarantee acceptance into individual clinical options.

Graduation with Honors in the Major

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with honors in Health Science provided s/he meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Health Science faculty.

Students who achieve honors in Health Science will have the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas.

Radiologic Technology Option

Health Science students cannot declare themselves in the Radiologic Technology option until they have been formally admitted into the program. Admission is highly competitive, and the number of students accepted is very limited. Therefore, until formally admitted into the Radiologic Technology option, which includes acceptance into the School of Radiologic Technology at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, students must select either the Community Health or Health Care Management option and proceed with required courses in one of these areas. Students who are not admitted to the Radiologic Technology option will receive their Health Science baccalaureate degree in one of these options.  

To be eligible for consideration as a candidate in this option, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of all lower division required courses. A grade of "C" or better in each course is required. The completion of 56-70 units of lower division course work is highly recommended before application to the program.
  2. Applicants meeting the above requirements must be willing to be interviewed by Harbor-UCLA faculty and Health Science program faculty.
  3. Applicants must submit two separate applications, with supporting documents, to Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology and to CSU Dominguez Hills.
  4. Applications and supporting documents to Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology must be received by March 1 of each year. Applications received after March 1 will be considered for the next year.

Applications to the Radiologic Technology program may be obtained by writing or calling the School of Radiologic Technology at Harbor-UCLA, with completed applications returned to:

Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
School of Radiologic Technology
1000 West Carson Street  Box 27
Torrance, CA 90509
(310) 222-2825

Note: Deadlines are subject to change without notification.  Contact the Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology for deadlines.

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses required for the Health Sciences major.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required

Major Requirements, Community Health and Health Care Management Options (51 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for the degree focusing on the Community Health or Health Care Management option.

A major in Health Science in one of these two options consists of lower division required core courses, upper division required core courses and lower and upper division courses corresponding to the option.  The core courses are common to both of the options. The lower and upper division option courses vary with option chosen.


A.  Lower Division Required Courses (6 units):

HEA 201. Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3)

MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

NOTE: Students are advised to take MAT 131 and HEA 201 to meet General Education requirements and the Health Science lower division requirement.

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (45 units):

HEA 312. Introduction to Public Health (3)

HEA 313. Introduction to Biostatistics (3)

HEA 314. Health Behavior (3)

HEA 315. Interpersonal Skills in Health Communication (3)

HEA 316. Introduction to Epidemiology (3)

HEA 318. Health Services Management (3)

HEA 319. Leadership in Healthcare (3)

HEA 466. Environmental Health Problems (3)

HEA 467. Health Policy Issues and Analysis (3)

HEA 468. Multicultural Health (3)

HEA 470. Legal Issues in Health Science (3)

HEA 474. Seminar in Health Care Ethics (3)

HEA 490. Health Science Senior Seminar (3)

HEA 479. Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)

HEA 496. Internship in Health Sciences (3)

 

In addition to the common core requirements, all health science majors must choose one of the following options:

Community Health Option (24 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (3 units):

BIO 102. General Biology (3)

*Note: Students may take BIO 102 to meet General Education requirement in Natural Science.

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (21 units):

HEA 320. Contemporary Health and Disease (3) or

CLS 308. Pathophysiology for Health Professions (3)

HEA 460. Community Health Agencies (3)

HEA 461. Community Health Needs Assessment and Program Planning (3)

HEA 462. Methods in Community Health Education (3)

HEA 463. Health Program Implementation and Evaluation (3)

HEA 464. Health Educator as Community Resource and Advocate (3)

HEA 465. Introduction to Global Health (3)

 

Health Care Management Option (21 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (6 units):

ACC 230. Financial Accounting (3)

ECO 210. Economic Theory:  Microeconomics (3)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (15 units):

HEA 472. Survey of Healthcare Finance (3)

HEA 475. Human Resources Management in Healthcare (3)

HEA 476. Managing Health Information Systems (3)

HEA 477. Long-Term Care Administration (3)

HEA 478. Strategic Management in Healthcare (3)

 

Major Requirements, Radiologic Technology Option (51 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for the degree focusing on Radiologic Technology Option.

A Major in Health Science consists of lower division required courses, upper division core courses and lower and upper division courses in one of the options listed below.  The upper division core courses are common to all Health Science Majors for those options listed below.  The lower division required courses and the lower and upper division option courses vary with the option chosen.

 

Common Core Requirements (24 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (9 units):

CSC 101. Introduction to Computer Education (3)

HEA 201. Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3)

MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

NOTE: Students are advised to take MAT 131 to meet both the General Education quantitative reasoning requirement and the Health Science lower division requirement.

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (15 units)

1.  Required Course (3 units):

HEA 479. Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)

2.  Select four courses from the following (12 units):

HEA 312. Introduction to Public Health (3)

HEA 314. Health Behavior (3)

HEA 315. Interpersonal Skills in Health Communication (3)

HEA 318. Health Resources Management (3)

CLS 308. Pathophysiology for Health Professions (3)

 

Radiologic Technology Option (42 units)

A.  Prerequisites or equivalents:

BIO 250. Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)

BIO 251. Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1)

ENG 110. Freshman Composition I (3)

ENG 111. Freshman Composition II (3)

PSY 101. Understanding Human Behavior (3) or

SOC 101. The Individual in Society (3)

ANT 100. Introduction to Cultures (3)

PHY 100. Patterns in Nature (3) or

PHY 106. Physical Science (3) or

PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4)

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

 

B. Lower Division Required Courses (3 units):

HEA 280. Orientation and Elementary Radiation Protection (1)

HEA 281. Medical Terminology: Radiology (1)

HEA 287. Clinical Practicum I (1)

 

C. Upper Division Required Courses (39 units):

HEA 380. Darkroom Chemistry and Techniques (1)

HEA 381. Patient Care Procedures Related to Radiology (2)

HEA 382. Principles of Radiographic Exposure (3)

HEA 383. Common Radiographic Procedures Using Contrast Media (2)

HEA 384. Topographic Anatomy & Positioning I (3)

HEA 385. Radiation Protection (3)

HEA 387. Clinical Practicum II (3)

HEA 388. Clinical Practicum III (3)

HEA 480. Radiologic Physics (2)

HEA 481. Topographic Anatomy & Positioning II (3)

HEA 482. Special Radiographic Procedures (2)

HEA 483. Subspecialties in Radiology (2)

HEA 485. Departmental Administrative and Office Procedures, Computer Literacy (1)

HEA 487. Clinical Practicum IV (1)

HEA 488. Clinical Practicum V (3)

HEA 489. Clinical Practicum VI (3)

HEA 499. Senior Research Project in Radiology (1,1)

 

Minor in Health Science (15 units)

The minor in Health Science is designed for students majoring in another field that can be strengthened with a solid background in health science.

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (3 units):

HEA 201. Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3)

 

B.  Additional Required Courses (12 units)

1.  Select four courses from the following (12 units):

HEA 312. Introduction to Public Health (3)

HEA 313. Introduction to Biostatistics (3)

HEA 314. Health Behavior (3)

HEA 315. Interpersonal Skills in Health Communication (3)

HEA 316. Introduction to Epidemiology (3)

HEA 318. Health Services Management (3)

HEA 319. Leadership in Healthcare (3)

HEA 466. Environmental Health Problems (3)

HEA 467. Health Policy Issues and Analysis (3)

HEA 468. Multicultural Health (3)

HEA 470. Legal Issues in Health Sciences (3)

HEA 474. Seminar in Health Care Ethics (3)

CLS 308. Pathophysiology in Health Professions (3)

 

Master of Science in Health Science

Orthotics and Prosthetics Option (64-66 units)

Orthotics and prosthetics is a specialized health care profession, which combines a unique blend of clinical and technical skills to care for patients who have neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders and/or patients who have a partial or total absence of a limb. Orthotists and prosthetists provide treatment that allows these individuals to lead more active and independent lives by collaborating with other members of the health care team. This work requires substantial clinical and technical judgment.

The principles of biomechanics, pathomechanics, gait analysis, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology are crucial to the practitioner's ability to provide comprehensive patient care and a positive clinical outcome. Patient assessment, treatment and education are part of the practitioner's responsibility and require collaborative communication skills.

In addition to performing orthotic and prosthetic procedures, the orthotists and prosthetists are involved in clinical decision-making and patient education. The scope of practice for orthotists and prosthetists includes, but is not limited to:

  • Patient Assessment- Perform a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patient's orthotic/prosthetic needs.
  • Formulation of the treatment plan- Create a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient.
  • Implementation of the treatment plan- Perform the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which include fabrication of the devices required.
  • Follow-up treatment plan- Provide continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis.
  • Practice management- Develop, implement and/or monitor policies and procedures regarding human resource management, physical environment management, business/financial management and organizational management.
  • Promotion of competency and enhancement of professional practice- Participate in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research and organizational affiliations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration as a candidate in this option, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university, preferably in an allied health or related major and a GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of upper division coursework may apply.
  2. Facility with hand tools, light duty power equipment, and knowledge of materials used in Orthotics and Prosthetics; prior working or volunteer experience is an important selection criterion.
  3. Successful completion of all orthotic and prosthetic option prerequisite courses with a grade of "B" or better. The prerequisites are listed in the requirements for the M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Option.
  4. Has met the TOEFL requirement with a minimum score of 550 on the paper test or a minimum score of 80 on the Internet test.

Admission Procedures

  1. Submit a complete graduate admission application to the University at www.csumentor.edu.
  2. A subsequent interview by a panel consisting of orthotics and prosthetics faculty.
  3. Submit directly to the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program:
    1. M.S. in Health Science, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Application is available at http://portal.opcas.org. (Common Application System) Applications to the program are accepted one time each year. Students planning to seek admission should submit both applications including all supporting materials no later than January 31 preceding a summer semester admission to the program;
    2. a copy of official transcripts;
    3. GRE Test scores;
    4. a letter of intent;
    5. three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to the Common Application System.
Send completed O & P applications to:

CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Program
10641 Calle Lee, Suite 185
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Please note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Check with the O&P Program for the deadlines of the current application cycle.

Program Requirements 

Students must complete the program with an average GPA of at least 3.0. All other university requirements for the master's degree in this University Catalog must be met (see the Graduate Degrees and Post baccalaureate Studies section of University Catalog). 
HEA 445, Material Science and Laboratory Skills (2 units) and HEA 455, Applied Anatomy (1 unit) must be passed prior to Fall semester of year 1 to continue in the program sequence; if not passed, the student will have one additional chance to retake the course with a passing grade, and restart in Fall semester of the following year.

All graduate students are required to satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) within the first 9 semester units of coursework in accordance with the established policies of the University as described in the Graduate and Postbaccalaureate section of the University Catalog. Upon completion of the second semester after admission, or 22 units of approved coursework, the student must complete the Graduation Advisement and Advancement to Candidacy Form.

To be Advanced to Candidacy, the student must have:

  1. achieved Graduate Classified Standing;
  2. maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all graduate coursework to be used for the degree;
  3. completed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  4. completed the Graduation Advisement and Advancement to Candidacy Form in consultation with the graduate coordinator; and
  5. applied and paid graduation fees.

Capstone Activities 

Degree students must complete a series of comprehensive exams/activities. The Capstone Activities involve creative application of theory and practice with real life clients who require orthotic or prosthetic intervention. The comprehensive exams are given over a 4-week period. They involve patient interaction and treatment, laboratory practical, written simulation, oral defense, gait analysis and written exams. Failure to achieve a passing score, after the third attempt, will result in a dismissal from the program.

Incomplete Courses

Students will not be permitted to enroll in new courses if they have two or more incomplete courses on their record. All other university rules about incomplete courses also apply.

Location and Registration

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Option is conducted off site at a CSUDH annex in Los Alamitos, CA. An established clinical affiliation exists with the nearby Veterans Administration Health Care System in Long Beach, CA. All courses in the Option are offered at the CSUDH Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics at the Los Alamitos annex.

Prerequisites and Course Requirements

The Prerequisites and Course Requirements conform to the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics, published by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE):

College-level Prerequisites: (Semester Units)

  • Biology/Life Sciences - lecture with lab - (4 units)
  • Chemistry -lecture with lab - (4 units)
  • Physics - lecture with lab -(4 units)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology -lecture with lab - (4 units)
  • Introductory Psychology -lecture - (3 units)
  • Psychology: (Either) Human Growth and Development or Abnormal Psychology (3 units)
  • Statistics -lecture - (3 units)
  • GRE- the GRE General Test scores provide a common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants. Admission to the M.S. Option is not solely based on GPA and GRE scores; it also includes letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and the student's background and knowledge of the orthotic and prosthetic profession.

In addition, the following courses are recommended but not required:

  • Ethics
  • Business Administration

 

Degree Requirements

A. Upper Division Courses (3 units)

HEA 445. Material Science and Laboratory Skills (2)

HEA 455. Applied Anatomy (1)

 

B. Core Courses (18 units)

HEA 500. Health Care Leadership and Management (3)

HEA 501. Advanced Research Methods in Health Science (2)

HEA 508. Clinical Pathology for Orthotists and Prosthetists (3)

HEA 516. Clinical Evaluation Tools in O&P (2)

HEA 535. Practice Management for O&P (1)

HEA 536. Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (1)

HEA 545. Normal Gait and Biomechanics of Movement (2)

HEA 547. Gait Analysis and Pathomechanics for O&P (1)

HEA 580. Applied Technologies in O&P (1)

HEA 598. Directed Research in Health Sciences (1, 1)

 

C. Clinical Courses (29 units)

HEA 435. Soft Goods Fitters Course (1)

HEA 540. Orthotic Management of the Upper Limb (3)

HEA 541. Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb I (4)

HEA 542. Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb II (5)

HEA 544. Orthotic Management of the Spine (4)

HEA 551. Prosthetic Management of the Upper Limb (3)

HEA 552. Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb I (4)

HEA 554. Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb II (5)

 

D. Clinical Rotation (9 units required, 2 units optional)

HEA 596. Clinical Practicum (repeatable 1-4 units, up to 11 total)

 

E. Capstone Activities (5 units)

HEA 592. Subspecialties in O&P (2)

HEA 593. Capstone Activity for O & P (3)

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Health Science

Lower Division

HEA 100          Health and Lifestyles (3).

To familiarize the student with relationships among the physical, social and psychological aspects of health, which include: self-care, prevention and analysis of personal health problems through participation in self-assessment techniques. Topics include the relationship of lifestyles to nutrition, stress, physical fitness, death and dying, and mental illness.

HEA 201         Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3).

Examination of healthcare delivery systems and personal health as integrated physiological, social, psychological processes. Topics include role of healthcare providers; major healthcare organizations; contemporary healthcare issues; interactions of healthcare and physical environmental changes which influence health of the whole person.

HEA 280          Orientation and Elementary Radiation Protection (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Orientation to applied medicine, hospitals and radiology departments. Introduces students to overall view of radiology and ethical principles. Basic radiation protection instruction to allow students to begin the clinical practicum.

HEA 281          Medical Terminology: Radiology (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Programmed approach to general medical terminology with emphasis on radiology and applied specialties. Review of common medical terms, prefixes, suffixes and roots.

HEA 287          Clinical Practicum I (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised Clinical rotations through support areas of radiology department: filerooms, darkrooms, patient transport and scheduling. Introduction to hospital environment and health care team. Film critiques. Practicum 280 hours.

Upper Division

HEA 300          Health in Public Education (2).

Prerequisite: HEA 100 or equivalent is recommended.

Health education required course for the professional multiple or single-subject, clear credential teaching applicants. Covers all topics designated in the Health Framework for California, including personal health, family health, nutrition, the physiological and sociological effects of substance abuse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and child abuse.

HEA 312          Introduction to Public Health (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Nature, transmission, and control of disease from a public health perspective: Historical background, current problems, trends in prevention and control, and applications to health care planning. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 313          Introduction to Biostatistics (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201 and MAT 131.

Introduction to the basic concepts of biostatistics and their applications and interpretation.  Topics include descriptive statistics, graphics, diagnostic tests, probability distributions, interference, tests of significance, association, linear and logistic regression and life tables.

HEA 314          Health Behavior (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Current concepts of the behavioral sciences in the health field with specific application to ethnically and culturally diverse urban communities. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 315          Interpersonal Skills in Health Communication (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Fundamentals, principles, and skills of interpersonal and group processes in health related occupations. Special emphasis on theory and techniques of interviewing, small group dynamics, crisis intervention and interpersonal management skills in ethnically and culturally diverse urban settings. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 316          Introduction to Epidemiology (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 313.

Principles of epidemiology are introduced in the context of interpreting studies of health in human populations within their socio-cultural setting and diverse environments.  Concepts addressing the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological studies are covered.

HEA 318          Health Services Management (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Concepts, issues, and skills in administration and management of a healthcare unit, including personnel, finances, equipment, supplies, and facilities. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 319          Leadership in Healthcare (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Focuses on leadership theory and its application to the healthcare setting.  Leadership concepts include traits, situations, communication, power, vision, integrity, emotional intelligence, and courage.  Provides an understanding of theory and research, and as well as skills and self insight to become effective leaders.

HEA 320          Contemporary Health and Disease (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201 and BIO 102.

Through the natural and social sciences, addresses infectious and non-infectious diseases across the lifespan, their causative factors, disease occurrence patterns, risk factors, symptoms prevention, control, and treatment methods as well as education implications for achieving optimal community health.

HEA 371          Radiologic Technology Legal Perspectives and Review (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to Radiologic Technology Option - CRT.

Explores the foundations of the radiologic technology profession from legal perspective and coordinates study of current issues, theories and techniques related to health care delivery; principles of dark room technology and radiation protection, and medical terminology.

HEA 372          Radiologic Technology Historical and Philosophical Perspective and Professional Review (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to Radiologic Technology Option - CRT.

Explores the foundations of the radiologic technology profession from historical and philosophical perspectives and coordinates study of current issues, theories and techniques related to concepts and practice of fundamental patient care, radiologic exposure and routine radiologic procedures.

HEA 373          Radiologic Technology Ethical Perspectives and Professional Review (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to Radiologic Technology Option - CRT.

Explores the foundations of the radiologic technology profession from an ethical perspective and coordinates study of current issues, theories and techniques related to radiographic procedures using contrast media, topographic anatomy and positioning, and routine fluoroscopic procedures.

HEA 374          Radiologic Technology Political and Social Perspectives and Professional Review (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to Radiologic Technology Option - CRT.

Explores the foundations of the radiologic technology profession from a political and social perspective and coordinates study of current issues, theories and techniques related to radiation protection and federal and state regulations, radiologic physics, topographic anatomy and positioning, and routine exams in pediatrics, surgery and genitourinary room.

HEA 375          Radiologic Technology Future Perspectives and Professional Review (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to Radiologic Technology Option - CRT.

Explores the future of the radiologic technology profession from a technological, as well as professional perspective and coordinates study of current issues, theories and techniques related to special radiologic procedures, sub-specialties, and departmental and administrative procedures, and senior research topics.

HEA 380          Darkroom Chemistry and Techniques (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Darkroom construction, hand and automatic processing, film artifacts, processing aspects, and prevention. Quality control and darkroom chemistry.

HEA 381          Patient Care Procedures Related to Radiology (2).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Introduction to fundamental patient care procedures and principles in radiology departments: patient care/handling, body mechanics, aseptic technique, emergency procedures and use/care support equipment in preparation for patient contact.

HEA 382          Principles of Radiographic Exposure (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Basic radiographic principles: image formation, intensifying screens, factors affecting quality, calibration, equipment design/function, filters, electromagnetic radiation and exposure factors. Teaches mechanics of performing examinations.

HEA 383          Common Radiographic Procedures Using Contrast Media (2).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Positioning and exposure techniques for contrast studies (esophograms, barium enemas, etc.) fluoroscopic techniques. Introduction to the uses, contraindications, and pharmacology of contrast media.

HEA 384          Topographical Anatomy & Positioning I (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Introduces topographic anatomy and positioning procedures necessary to produce diagnostic radiographs of the entire body (except the skull). Exposure control techniques and exam indications.

HEA 385          Radiation Protection (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Principles of radiation safety, biological effects, x-ray production, and radiation detection devices. Emphasis on federal and state regulations.

HEA 387          Clinical Practicum II (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised rotations through routine diagnostic rooms. Perform radiologic examinations on patients under direct supervision of a technologist. These will include x-rays and film critiques of the thoracic and appendicular skeleton. Rotation through emergency rooms, orthopedics, and portable radiography. Practicum 580 hours.

HEA 388          Clinical Practicum III (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised rotation through routine radiographic/fluoroscopic rooms, including surgery. Perform routine diagnostic examinations (except skull), fluoroscopic and intra-operative exams. Weekend rotations begin. Film critiques. Practicum 580 hours.

HEA 395          Special Topics in Health Sciences (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of a topic of interest to students pursuing a career in the health professions. Topic will vary as announced. One to three hours of lecture per week.

HEA 435     Orthotics Soft Goods Fitters Course (1).

Prerequisites: BIO 250 and BIO 251, or equivalent Anatomy and Physiology with Lab.

Comprehensive study of short-term, custom-fitted orthoses for the management of the spine, upper and lower limbs. It includes evaluation, assessment, treatment plan formulation, implementation of the plan, and follow-up. Fittings of selected orthoses are included.

HEA 445     Material Science and Laboratory Skills (2).

Prerequisite: BIO 250 and BIO 251, or equivalent.

Study of various chemical and physical properties of materials and the relationship and implications of those properties in orthotic-prosthetic design and fabrication. Development of specific laboratory competencies on O&P tools, techniques, and materials.

HEA 455     Applied Anatomy (1).

Prerequisites: BIO 250 and BIO 251, or equivalent Anatomy and Physiology with Lab.

A focused course in human anatomy that uses a combined regional and systemic approach to examine the relationships and organization of the major structures within the body as they relate to Orthotic and Prosthetic application and design.

HEA 461          Community Health Needs Assessment and Program Planning (3).

Prerequisite:   HEA 314, HEA 316, HEA 462 and HEA 479.

Examination of approaches for conducting community health needs assessments and planning of health intervention programs.

HEA 462          Methods in Community Health Education (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Introduces principles and theories of learner-centered education to promote community health.  Includes assessment of learning environment; development of curriculum and teaching plans; teaching/learning strategies, methodologies, resources; selection of aids and materials; evaluation of effectiveness.  Students will plan and present lessons.

HEA 463         Health Program Implementation and Evaluation (3).

Prerequisite:  HEA 461.

Focuses on strategic approaches to implementation of community health promotion and disease prevention programs and evaluation of program processes and outcomes.

HEA 464          Health Educator as Community Resource and Advocate (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Emphasizes role of community organizing in engaging diverse communities to advance conditions in which people can be healthy. Examines role of health educators, grassroots activists, and others in stimulating social, political, and economic approaches to promote community health.

HEA 465          Introduction to Global Health (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Contributors to global burden of disease that constrain health and wellbeing around the world, inter-relationships of socio-cultural, technological, economic, and political factors at local, regional, national, and international levels that influence health, policy development, and interventions at all levels.

HEA 466          Environmental Health Problems (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Impact of human activities on environmental quality and resulting environmental health problems, especially local issues, public and private responses to them. Design, carry out, and analyze a study and prepare a written report of results. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 467          Health Policy Issues and Analysis (3).

 Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Examination of the major current health policy issues in the U.S. with emphasis on the application of conceptual and procedural policy analysis tools useful for defining policy problems, assessing alternative solutions, and examining effects of health policies.

HEA 468          Multicultural Health (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201. SOC 101 and ANT 100 are recommended.

Study of social, cultural, psychological, and biological factors affecting the distribution of health, wellness, and illness in various ethnic, cultural, and racial groups. Special attention is given to health issues of groups with special physical and mental health needs, including underserved and immigrant populations residing in California.

HEA 469     Management Sciences in Healthcare Organizations (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210, HEA 313, HEA 318.

Drawing on economics, statistics, operations research, decision analysis, systems analysis, and operations management, provides an introduction to selected quantitative techniques and analytical tools applicable to improvement of management problem solving and processes, and the organizational delivery of health services.

HEA 471     Law, Ethics and Social Values in Healthcare (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Overview of legal and ethical issues faced by society, healthcare consumers, providers, and administrators within the context of social values. Introduction to legal and ethical decision-making at the governmental, institutional, and practitioner levels.

HEA 472          Survey of Healthcare Finance (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 210, ACC 230, ECO 210.

Concepts and issues in financial management of healthcare organizations. Use of tools for cost effective decision-making and learn to recognize and deal with financial components of decision-making in healthcare organizations. Student must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 476          Managing Health Information Systems (3).

Prerequisite:  HEA 201 and HEA 318.

Conceptual and practical aspects in the analysis, development, and utilization of health information technology and systems having clinical and business applications with the focus being on improving organizational performance. 

HEA 477          Long-Term Care Administration (3).

Prerequisite:  HEA 201.

History, development, trends; major policy issues; organization of systems; principles and techniques of administration, including managing the environment of care and client/resident care services; management of institutional and community-based programs.

HEA 478          Strategic Management in Healthcare (3).

Prerequisites:   HEA 318 and HEA 472.

Methods for strategic planning and marketing of health services organizations. Techniques for determining strategies for unique services, integration of strategy, structure, and administrative systems.

HEA 480          Radiological Physics (2).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Emphasis of health and safety on electric circuits, generators, x-ray circuits, x-ray physics.

HEA 481          Topographic Anatomy and Positioning II (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Introduces topographic anatomy and positioning procedures necessary to produce diagnostic radiographs of the skull. Exposure control techniques and exam indications included.

HEA 482          Special Radiographic Procedures (2).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option or consent of instructor.

Radiographic anatomy and physiology, positioning, film evaluation and specialized equipment applying to highly technical exams (interventional radiography, tomography, CT and MRI). Management of acutely ill patients. Fee required.

HEA 483          Sub-Specialties in Radiology (2).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Introduction to principles of pediatric radiography, intraoral radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Image formation, equipment, techniques and handling of radiation and radionucleotides.

HEA 485          Departmental Administrative and Office Procedures, Computer Literacy (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Introduction to organization and budgeting of a radiology department; use of computers in radiology and basic computer principles.

HEA 487          Clinical Practicum IV (1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised rotations through routine radiographic/fluoroscopic, pediatric, surgical and genitourinary rooms. Performs routine exams and film critiques (except skull) in all areas. Practicum 280 hours.

HEA 488          Clinical Practicum V (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised rotations through all areas of routine radiography, with student performing all routine diagnostic fluoroscopic and radiographic exams and film critiques, including skull radiography. Student will
be able to perform radiologic procedures independently. Practicum 580 hours.

HEA 489          Clinical Practicum VI (3).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Supervised rotations through special radiographic procedures, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, mammography and ultrasound. Continued application in routine radiography, fluoroscopy and film critique. Perform radiologic procedures independently. Practicum 580 hours.

HEA 490          Health Science Senior Seminar (1-3).

Prerequisites: Senior Standing, HEA 479. Community Health Option: HEA 461, HEA 463*, and HEA 468. Health Care Management Option: HEA 467 and HEA 478. Co-requisites: Community Health Option: HEA 463* (may be taken as a co-prerequisite)

Undertake in-depth study employing concepts and principles learned in Health Science core and options. Must demonstrate analytic thinking skills and ability to synthesize disparate area knowledge in the development of an original research project. Proficiency in written and oral English language required.

HEA 494         Independent Study in Health Sciences (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

In-depth study of a health sciences topic under the supervision of a health sciences instructor. Requires independent study contract to be completed before enrollment. Repeatable course.

HEA 495         Special Topics in Health Sciences (1-3).

Prerequisites: HEA 201; Consent of instructor.

Intensive study of a Health Sciences topic of special interest to students pursuing a career in the health professions. Topic will vary as announced. One to three hours of lecture per week.

HEA 496         Internship in Health Sciences (1-6).

Prerequisites: Health Science major, senior standing, acceptance into an internship, consent of instructor. Final semester is recommended. Co-requisite: HEA 497.

Students will be directed to health care facilities to serve as interns. Regular meetings are scheduled with a faculty internship supervisor to assess student progress. Up to forty hours per week. CR/NC grading.

HEA 497     Internship Seminar in Health Sciences (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; final semester is recommended. Co-requisite: HEA 496.

Students discuss and conduct in-depth analyses of their personal and professional growth and problem-solving skills in relation to their internship experiences.

HEA 498         Directed Research in Health Sciences (1-3).

Prerequisites: HEA 201 and consent of instructor.

Advanced topics and research on specific subjects in Health Sciences. Topics of research to be approved and directed by an instructor.

HEA 499          Senior Research Project in Radiology (1,1).

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Option.

Individual research in radiology with student class presentation: learn presentation skills, use of A-V methods, oral skills, and written presentation. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments. One hour of seminar activity per week. Repeatable for credit for up to one unit.

Graduate

HEA 500         Health Care Leadership and Management (3).

Examines the structure, management and interrelationship of health care organizations across the spectrum of care in light of classical and contemporary management theory, and provides understanding of the unique relationship within and between health care organizations and professionals.

HEA 501         Advanced Research Methods in Health Science (1-3).

Prerequisites: HEA 479 or equivalent and MAT 131 or equivalent.

Theory and practice of experimental, correlation and descriptive research. Computer application of statistical packages to data sets. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

HEA 508          Clinical Pathology for Orthotists & Prosthetists (3).

Prerequisites: HEA 455, or consent of instructor.

Examination of the etiology, clinical signs and symptoms, treatment, prognosis and social implications of pathological conditions associated with numerous diseases and traumatic injuries that require orthotic and/or prosthetic intervention. Includes introductory Neuroscience and neural disorders encountered in practice.

HEA 516         Clinical Evaluation Tools in Orthotics and Prosthetics (2).

Prerequisites: HEA 455, or consent of instructor.

Examines the variety of standardized clinical assessment tools to be appropriately used in concert with the clinical examination as well as evidence from the literature, to determine the need for orthotic-prosthetic services and design optimal intervention strategies.

HEA 535         Practice Management for Orthotics and Prosthetics (1).

Prerequisites: HSC 500, or consent of instructor.

This course will address general business practice within orthotic-prosthetic practice, including its role in clinical decision making, documentation, time management and compliance with regulatory agencies, reimbursement and human resource management.

HEA 536         Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (1).

Prerequisites: HSC 500, or consent of instructor.

Application of psychological concepts to illness and disability. Awareness of social supports and constraints, activities across the lifespan, and integration of these factors into clinical practice. Strategies for dealing with patients in distress, and symptoms
requiring referral to other professionals.

HEA 540         Orthotic Management of the Upper Limb (3).

Prerequisites: HEA 508, HEA 516, HEA 545.

Comprehensive study of short- and long-term upper limb orthotic patient management. It includes evaluation and assessment, treatment plan formulation, implementation of the plan, and follow-up. Fabrication and fitting of finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, humeral, and shoulder orthoses.

HEA 541         Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb I (4).

Prerequisites: HEA 508, HEA 516, HEA 545.

A comprehensive study of lower limb orthotic patient management distal to the knee. It includes evaluation and assessment; treatment plan formulation, follow-up and patient education; as well as biomechanics, gait analysis and motor disability. Fabrication and fitting of foot and ankle-foot orthoses.

HEA 542         Orthotic Management of the Lower Limb II (5).

Prerequisites: HEA 541.

Comprehensive study of lower limb orthotic patient management proximal to the knee. It includes evaluation and assessment; treatment plan formulation, follow-up and patient education; as well as biomechanics, gait analysis and motor disability. Fabrication and fitting of selected orthoses.

HEA 544         Orthotic Management of the Spine (4).

Prerequisites: HEA 508, HEA 516, HEA 545.

Comprehensive study of spinal orthotic management. It includes evaluation, assessment, treatment plan formulation, implementation of the plan, and follow-up. Fabrication and fitting of selected orthoses is included. Also, presentation of Wheelchair Seating and Cranial Remolding Helmets.

HEA 545         Normal Gait and Biomechanics of Movement (2).

Prerequisites: HEA 455, or consent of instructor.

Primary areas of study will include applied anatomy, anthropometry, kinematics, and kinetics, normal human locomotion, force vectors, observational and instrumented gait analysis.

HEA 547         Gait Analysis and Pathomechanics for O&P (1).

Prerequisites: HEA 545, or consent of instructor.

Examination and assessment of how and why an individual's gait deviates from normal human locomotion when they are utilizing an orthotic or prosthetic device designed specifically for application below the knee.

HEA 551         Prosthetic Management ofthe Upper Limb (3).

Prerequisites: HEA 508, HEA 516, HEA 545.

Comprehensive study of upper limb prosthetic management, including transradial, transhumeral, partial hand, elbow and shoulder disarticulation amputations. Includes evaluation; assessment; treatment plan formulation, implementation and follow-up to promote positive outcomes utilizing evidence-based practice.

HEA 554         Prosthetic Management of the Lower Limb II (5).

Prerequisites: HEA 552.

Management of amputations proximal to the knee, including Knee Disarticulation, Trans Femoral and Hip Disarticulation. Includes all aspects of patient assessment, formulation of treatment plans, and implementation through measurement, casting, fabrication and fitting to promote positive outcomes.

HEA 580         Applied Technologies in Orthotics and Prosthetics (1).

Prerequisites: HEA 500.

Integration of non-traditional techniques in the measurement, fabrication, and delivery of devices in contemporary O&P practice. This includes knowledge of computer aided design, electrical circuitry, and biomechanical and biomedical engineering concepts.

HEA 592         Subspecialties in Orthotics and Prosthetics (2).

Prerequisites: HEA 541, HEA 542, HEA 551 and HEA 552 or consent of the instructor.

Student driven course in areas of advanced skills, infrequently used devices, or unique goals in O&P. Lecture and demonstration with pediatric, geriatric, recreational and special use clients. Development of evaluation, assessment, and treatment plans through case studies and live interaction.

HEA 593         Capstone Activity for Orthotics and Prosthetics (3).

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy.

MS in health Science, O & P Option requires a portfolio as the culminating experience. The portfolio is an accumulation of a directed research paper, practical exams, written and written simulation exams, oral exams, gait analysis and clinical patient scenarios.

HEA 596         Clinical Practicum in Orthotics and Prosthetics (1-4).

Prerequisites: HEA 508, HEA 516 or consent of the instructor.

Fieldwork and in-depth study of discipline related topics under the direction of Division of Health Sciences faculty member. Repeatable for credit for up to a maximum of eleven units.

HEA 598         Directed Research (1).

Research on a subject related to the option which is suitable for professional presentation or publication. Specific topic of the research must be approved and directed by an instructor. A maximum of 2 units may be applied toward the master's degree. Repeatable course.

HEA 599         Graduate Capstone Activity (1-3).

Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and completion of all core courses and HEA 598.

Writing and presentation of a research project under supervision with assigned faculty.

 

Infrequently Offered Courses

HEA 460          Community Health Agencies (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Examination and evaluation of state, federal, local and community health agencies and programs. Survey and analyze community level drug, alcohol, communicable disease, and mental health problems and programs. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 470          Legal Issues in the Health Sciences (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Examination of new legislation, exploration of various health law issues that impact hospitals, individuals and groups within the health care sector; including informed consent, regulation/antitrust, licensure and credentialing, and medical ethics. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by successfully completing oral and written assignments.

HEA 474          Seminar in Health Care Ethics (3).

Prerequisites: HEA 201; HEA 470 and HEA 472 are recommended.

Intensive study of ethical issues raised in provision of health care and health care administration. Current and historical arguments surrounding ethical issues will be discussed and analyzed. Students will learn to recognize ethical dilemmas, apply ethical principles and resolve the dilemmas.

HEA 475          Human Resources Management in Healthcare (3).

Prerequisite:  HEA 201.

Emphasis on key concepts of human resources management, identifying importance of human resources in healthcare organizations, establishing need for relating strategic planning of organizations to their human resource planning, and on examining role of organizational culture in behavior and productivity.

HEA 479         Research Methods in Health Sciences (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 313 is required; CSC 101 is recommended.

Overview of research methods in health sciences, including study design, sampling, data collection and analysis, statistical techniques, and report writing. Application of research methods to development of research proposal. Critical analysis of literature. Examination of relevance of data to decision making.

 

Division of Health Sciences

Upper Division

HSC 491         Management Skills in the Health Sciences (3).

Prerequisite: HEA 201.

Presentation and discussion of current concepts and trends in the administration and management of the health sciences. Educational/instructional methodologies. Student projects, written and oral.

Infrequently Offered Courses

HSC 502         Principles of Epidemiology (3).

Overview of principles and methods of epidemiology and application to distribution of health and illness in society. Examines risk factors associated with incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic diseases in diverse populations.

HSC 503         Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3).

Study of health behaviors and evaluation of community intervention strategies for the promotion of health and prevention of disease in diverse populations.

HSC 504         Health Policy and Administration for Health Professionals (3).

Examination of current health policy issues and health care administrative practices for health professionals. Emphasis on health care reform, managed care, case management, personnel management, financial management, the health care team, Patient Focused Care, Continuous Quality Improvement.

HSC 505         Teaching Strategies for Health Professionals (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Study of effective teaching and evaluation methods in health sciences, including principles of teaching and learning, curriculum development, problem-based learning, competency-based outcomes assessment, group dynamics, and instructional media.

HSC 506         Critical Assessment of Health Science Literature (3).

Prerequisites: HSC 501, or completion of HEA 479 or equivalent and MAT 131 or equivalent, and consent of instructor.

Critical assessment of health literature in terms of research methods, application of research findings, and policy implications.

HSC 507         Measurement and Assessment in Health Professions Education (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

The course focuses on issues of measurement and assessment in teaching in the health professions. Emphasis is placed on approaches to testing, types of instruments, validity, reliability, and item analysis. Examines methods and approaches to evaluation of scientific research.

HSC 508         Ethical Issues in Health Care Management (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500 is recommended.

Review of ethical decision-making theories and moral principles related to health care organizational management, biomedical advances, end-of-life criteria, access to care, and the establishment, composition, and responsibilities of medical ethics committees and ethical codes of conduct.

HSC 509         Communication and Group Dynamics in Healthcare (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500 is recommended.

Assists students in understanding and improving interpersonal communication skills through structured exercises in professional presentations, scientific writing, skill development in health information technologies, and interacting with health personnel and practitioners in healthcare organizations.

HSC 512         Principles of Managed Care (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Analyzes the implications to providers, consumers, and payers of managed care including the financial and operational values of capitation and other reimbursement mechanisms, medical group formation and valuation, risk assessment, and contractual issues of price, service, and payment.

HSC 515         Organizational Theory and Behavior in Health Sciences (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500; completion of core requirements is recommended.

Reviews organizational design, behavior and theory as an interdisciplinary approach to understanding health service organizations. Issues of workforce diversity, organizational development, reengineering and the use of teams to improve efficiency are analyzed.

HSC 518         Finance and Cost Accounting (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Presents principles and perspectives of financial and cost management of profit and not-for-profit health care organizations with specific emphasis on the integration of contractual allowance, capitation management, cost-center accounting and reimbursement policy impact on financial management.

HSC 521         Compliance, Health Law and Research (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Covers legal theories, issues, and government regulations as they pertain to management of and compliance with recognized standards of medical research and clinical trials.

HSC 524         Health Science Research and Funded Projects (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Analysis of funded research projects in the health sciences, including study design, sampling, data analysis and significance of the research proposal in preparing a grant application. Critical analysis of the literature and identification of appropriate funding opportunities for grant projects.

HSC 530         Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing (3).

Prerequisite: HSC 500.

Presents the principles and theoretical foundation of health care strategic and tactical planning, marketing, business development, managed care contract maximization, and financial analysis and modeling of alternative short and long-range strategies across the continuum of health care.

HSC 594         Independent Study (1-3).

Independent study, including research or field experience under supervision of a faculty member. Independent study contract required. Repeatable course.

HSC 595         Special Topics (1-3).

Advanced course of interest to graduate students in the health sciences. Specific topic and content will vary as announced. Repeatable course.

HSC 596         Practicum in Professional Studies (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of core courses.

Fieldwork and in-depth study of a discipline related topic under the direction of Division of Health Sciences faculty member. Graded CR/NC only. Nine hours of laboratory per week. Repeatable for credit for up to a maximum of six units.

HSC 600         Project Continuation Course (0).

Students who have completed all coursework except HSC 599 Graduate Capstone Activity may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate coordinator is required.

GRN 514         Introduction to Social Gerontology (3).

Presents the framework and essence of aging from a social gerontological perspective. It covers the multifaceted issues of attitudes towards aging, family, social policy, healthcare system and the older adult, living arrangements and housing in old age, etc.

GRN 541         The Older Woman: Aging and Health Issues (3).

Explores how the aging process affects women socially, emotionally, physically, and economically. Focuses on the diversity and social status of aging women. Examines widowhood, menopause and sexuality, divorce and remarriage in old age, alternative lifestyles, etc.

GRN 543         Lesbian and Gay Aging and Health Issues (3).

Presents an overview of current developments and research trends in lesbian and gay aging. Selected health care areas include mental health and wellness, AIDS, death and dying, attitudes of health care professionals toward aging lesbians and gays.

GRN 550         Seminar in Theories of Gerontology (3).

Functions, goals, and development of theory; discussion and critical examination of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of aging. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 552         Seminar: Organizational Administration (3).

Clarification of organizational goals, initiating fund raising, marketing, and the administration of organizations to provide needed community services. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 555         Seminar in Social Policy and Economics of Aging (3).

Overview of existing programs and funding resources emphasizing major legislation affecting older adults, e.g., social security, Older Americans Act, Medicare and MediCal. Economic implications for individuals, communities and the nation. Demands for goods and services and consumer patterns for the aging population. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 558         Seminar in Life Options and Retirement Planning (3).

Study of techniques of advising individuals and groups about adjustments to retirement and sharing of information about options in later life including changing personal and social relationships, financial planning, housing, government benefits, pensions, legal issues, e.g., wills, medical forms. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 562         Counseling the Older Adult (3).

A study of basic counseling skills and specific techniques from the area of family therapy, which will be applied to the older adult population. Covers history, characteristics, problems and needs of aging, and treatment plans for counseling.

GRN 563         Seminar in Community Services for the Older Adult (3).

Assessment of changing needs and special issues for communities. Identification of community resources and their mobilization and organization. Action strategies such as establishment of nonprofit corporations, lobbying, advisory councils, volunteers, peer counseling, and development of professionals and new careers. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 564         Nutrition and the Mature Adult (3).

Examines nutritional concepts and scientific findings in maintaining health throughout the aging process. Addresses environmental factors necessary to safeguard food safety as well as their role in designing sound nutritional programs for the mature adult.

GRN 565         Seminar in Long-Term Care for the Older Person (3).

Overview of programs and facilities available for aged and frail elderly population. Special issues, present patterns, and future trends in this field are explored. Assessment models for individuals and groups requiring special attention will be presented. Three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 567         Perspectives on Death and Dying (3).

Personal and social attitudes toward death, reactions of the terminally ill, grief, the funeral, effects of war and holocaust, implications of life prolonging advances in technology from psychological, sociological and cross-cultural perspectives.

GRN 595         Seminar: Special Topics in Gerontology (1-3).

Study of a current topic in Gerontology. Repeatable for total of six units. One to three hours of seminar per week.

GRN 596         Internship in Gerontology (3).

Students will be directed to appropriate agencies and centers to work as interns within their chosen area of specialization. Regular meetings scheduled with a faculty internship supervisor to assess student progress. Repeatable for credit up to six units. One hour of seminar per week in addition to internship.

GRN 597         Directed Reading in Gerontology (3).

In consultation with a faculty member, completion of readings to prepare for the comprehensive examination; or for orientation to a little known topic; or as background for writing a research, thesis, or project proposal. CR/NC grading. Repeatable for total of six units.

GRN 598         Directed Research in Gerontology (3).

Conduct of pilot studies, development of research instruments, or similar independent research in preparation for the project or thesis, under the supervision of a faculty member in Gerontology or any other area of Health Science. CR/NC grading. Repeatable for total of six units.

GRN 599         Thesis or Project in Gerontology (3).

In consultation with a faculty member, writing of a masters thesis or completion of a project in Gerontology. Choice of area requires prior consent of advisor. Repeatable for credit up to six units. CR/NC grading.

GRN 600         Graduate Continuation Course in Gerontology (0).

Graduate Gerontology students who have completed their course work but not their thesis, project, or comprehensive examination, or who have other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.