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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are ready to prepare for a career in the healthcare field or to move up to a senior leadership position if the student is a healthcare professional.

Major Requirements

A. UIW Core Curriculum (42-46 hours)

B. Health Sciences Core (25 hours)

BIOL 1401
Diversity of Life and Laboratory
Course Description

This course studies the diversity of living organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, ecology, and evolution. It is designed for non-majors and serves as a laboratory science requirement for the core curriculum. Fee.

HSCI 2310
Health Sciences I
Course Description

This course is a survey of math and chemistry concepts as related to the health sciences. The first half of the course will emphasize basic mathematical definitions and concepts. The second half of the course will emphasize chemistry topics related to the health sciences to include the basics of inorganic, organic, and selected biochemical concepts.

BIOL 1401

HSCI 2320
Health Sciences II
Course Description

This course is a survey of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for the health sciences. The topics include: the language of medicine, organization of the body, cellular foundations, and tissues and membranes. The body systems include: skeletal, muscular, integumentary, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, nervous, sensory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive.

HSCI 2310

HSCI 3330
Legal Issues in Healthcare
Course Description

This course provides the student with an understanding of law, regulation, and court decisions that affect healthcare organizations as well as the ethical underpinnings and principles that healthcare organizations follow in the delivery of services. A review of contemporary key federal and state laws is provided, including regulatory; scope of practice for practitioners; privacy and confidentiality of patient information; patient protection including advanced directives, right to die, informed consent, malpractice, content of and access to patient records; organizational liability; apparent agency liability; fraud and abuse; safe harbor; conflict of interest legislation; anti-trust law; contract law governing relationships with employed physicians and other providers; risk management; and organizational governance issues. Key ethical principles underpinning healthcare organizations will be considered as will recent court decisions that impact healthcare organizations and management roles.

HSCI 3350
Epidemiology and Public Health
Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiologic research. Emphasis is placed on understanding epidemiological information, the concept of risk, and the tools used to evaluate health problems and policies at a population level. Topics include the calculation, interpretation and application of measures of disease frequency, association and public health impact; epidemiologic study design and analysis (including the role of chance, bias and confounding); direct standardization of rates, statistical inference and principles of screening. This course also teaches students how to apply epidemiologic methods to critically analyze and interpret public health literature. This is an introduction to the broad concepts of public health practice including the mission, core functions, structure, policy role, program activities, and collaborative endeavors of public health agencies. Theoretical and practical perspectives are studied to illustrate contemporary strategies for health promotion and disease prevention at local, state, and national levels. The course addresses public health issues in the management of various ways a population acquires a disease including water quality, wastewater, municipal and hazardous waste, vector control and air quality.

HSCI 4310
Healthcare Policy
Course Description

This course is an introduction to healthcare policy issues in the U.S. This course will explore the three branches of government and how each of the three shape healthcare policy. The student will also learn to, objectively, score legislation to determine whether it meets the goal of the legislation. We will explore the anticipated and unintended consequences of legislation and look at the political motivations of each party when a healthcare bill is introduced.

HSCI 4320
Biostatistics and the Health Sciences
Course Description

This course introduces students to research method techniques and common statistical applications of importance to healthcare managers. Emphasis is placed on the study of statistical techniques for problem-solving and decision-making including the theoretical and applied statistical and quantitative skills required to understand, conduct and evaluate managerial research. Students will learn to distinguish between types of research (quantitative and qualitative) with an emphasis on the use of quantitative analysis in healthcare organizations. Basic research methods are described, including surveys, observational studies, experimental and quasi-experimental design; and the use of primary and secondary data sets. Statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting data will include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, probability, sampling, t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square analysis, correlation, and linear regression.

HSCI 4330
Health Sciences Research Methods
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to basic methods for undertaking research and program evaluation within health services organizations and systems. In addition to basic methods, the course also provides an overview and emphasis of survey design and evaluation. Students will review completed studies to assist in their understanding of survey methods. This course will aid the student in carrying out policy research, social science research, or program impact evaluation within health delivery systems.

30 hours from the following:

HSCI 2312
Medical Terminology
Course Description

Medical Terminology is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine. The components of medical terminology are highly beneficial for any individual with a healthcare employment objective. The course presents the components of medical words including word roots, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. Using medical terminology as a focal point, the systems of the body are discussed.

HSCI 2315
Medical Coding
Course Description

This course provides entry-level training in medical coding. Students will develop and understanding of Current Procedural Terminology 4 (CPT-4), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM) Volumes I and II, HCFA Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as they are used in medical claims processing and record management.

HSCI 2317
Medical Insurance Practice
Course Description

This course teaches procedures for completing insurance claims and various financial methods used in medical offices for insurance billing, collecting, and records processing.

HSCI 2327
Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
Course Description

This course will provide students with an overview of all the information entered into and extrapolated from an electronic health record (EHR). Students will examine specific sections of the EHR in relation to health information management. Topics included in this course are information storage and imaging, organizing data exchanges through web databases, and real-time data collection.

HSCI 2330
HIPAA Compliance and Certification
Course Description

This course provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules and compliance tasks. The student will be able to summarize the analysis, training, and technology needed to properly plan and implement privacy and security policies. Some of the topics discussed in this course are information on what HIPAA is, what is required, what the student can do to work toward compliance, and how the student can maintain compliance on an ongoing basis.

HSCI 2340
Information Technology and Systems
Course Description

A foundation of electronic health record terminology and the information systems life cycle is explored. The important basis upon which successful HER implementation must rely - project management, strategic planning, and migrations from the current state are discussed. Skills in selecting, negotiating for, implementing and operating the electronic health record and its corresponding databases are developed. The use of data dictionary, data models, database management and design for electronic health records are introduced.

HSCI 3305
Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation
Course Description

Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation is designed to enable students to interpret basic cardiac rhythms in healthcare related settings. Heart anatomy, physiology, dysrhythmia interpretation and treatment will be presented

HSCI 3310
Healthcare Organizations and Administration
Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn leadership competencies and identify opportunities in public and private healthcare sector. The course is designed to introduce students to the medical personnel, institutions, and health care delivery systems that they will inevitably encounter while practicing in a variety of types of actions, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers , products liability, and age and disability discrimination. The course provides an introduction to the competing needs of the providers and the payers and how these two systems interact with one another. The student will be engaged in discussions of various common practice structures (including fee for service, RBRVS, Capitation, HMOs, PPOs and Medicare/Medicaid), and a summary of antitrust constraints on medical providers. This course also includes a policy-oriented discussion of the future of health care delivery and financing.

HSCI 3315
Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting
Course Description

Topics include the history and development of the medical profession and its specialties; the role and function of the medical assistant and medical assisting organizations; principles of interpersonal relationships; professional attitudes; medical ethics and law; interactions with patients; and overview of basic functions carried out in a medical office, e.g., medical records, patient appointments, billing for services.

HSCI 3317
Healthcare Communication
Course Description

This course presents theory and research in health communication. Topics include interaction between parties and providers, communication in health care organizations, privacy and confidentiality, health care campaigns, and cultural meanings of health and illness.  Include the history and development of the medical profession and its specialties; the role and function of the medical assistant and medical assisting organizations; principles of interpersonal relationships; professional attitudes; medical ethics and law; interactions with patients; and overview of basic functions carried out in a medical office, e.g., medical records, patient appointments, billing for services.

HSCI 3320
Healthcare Data Management
Course Description

Analysis of healthcare data management theories focusing on the role of the Health Information Manager will be covered in this course. Managing processes for health data structure and content for compliance with standards, regulations, and accreditation is covered. Developing strategies for changing from a paper-based to electronic record is practiced.

HSCI 3340
Third Party Payment Systems
Course Description

This course includes the history of healthcare systems in the United States. The emphasis is on insurance systems including quasi insurance systems like PPOs. Emphasis is placed on the history of various payment systems such as FFS, RBRVS, DRGs, and how each of these systems impact traditional insurance systems, HMOs, PPOs, and POS systems. This course will also explore the differences between fully-funded insurance and self-funded insurance systems. Students will also learn about various public insurance systems including Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare systems. Discussion on how health insurance systems impact the providers systems like hospitals and physicians by employing peer review, utilization management and other systems to influence behavior changes. Discussion will center on how a various insurance systems interact with various stakeholders including regulatory, employers, individuals and healthcare providers. We also will explore the current healthcare regulatory environment and the impact of the new healthcare reform program on various healthcare insurance organizations.

HSCI 3355
Healthcare Ethics and Law
Course Description

This course is designed to explore the theories, models and principles that serve as guides for ethical behavior within the healthcare context. Ethics is an integral part of every aspect of health careers and this course is encouraged for any individual with a health career objective. The student will explore the complexities created by science and technological advances, the variety of health care settings, and the diversity of patients in their care, all while emphasizing the importance of principled behavior in personal and professional situations. Global issues such as health policy, economics, social, gender, transcultural and spiritual considerations will be addressed.

C. Concentration (Choose one)

General Studies (21 hours)

General Studies Degree Profile

Students who have 18 or more credits in the allied health field can transfer those credits into this degree program with the general studies concentration. These credits may also come from appropriate military training.

Administration (21 hours)

Administration Degree Profile

This concentration provides the option to sit for the following nationally accredited certifications: Cardiac Rhythm Analysis Technician, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant. 

Completion of the core classes will satisfy the minimum certification examination requirements. Certified testing centers not affiliated with UIW will offer the exam and award the certification upon successful completion. 

ACC 2311
Financial Accounting
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting as prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as applied to transactions and events that affect business organizations. Students will examine the procedures and systems to accumulate, analyze, measure, and record financial transactions. Students will use recorded financial information to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity to communicate the business entity’s results of operations and financial position to users of financial information who are external to the company. Students will study the nature of assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity while learning to use reported financial information for purposes of making decisions about the company. Students will be exposed to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

BLW 3317
Legal Aspects of Business
Course Description

The course provides the student with foundational information about the U.S. legal system and dispute resolution, and their impact on business. The major content areas will include general principles of law, the relationship of business and the U.S. Constitution, state and federal legal systems, the relationship between law and ethics, contracts, sales, torts, agency law, intellectual property, and business law in the global context.

FIN 3321
Business Finance
Course Description

Basic financial concepts employed by management. Emphasis is on the decision-making processes followed by corporate financial managers. Students will understand and apply the topics include the time value of money, financial planning, capital budgeting, cost of capital. The course is designed to introduce students to theories and practices of financial management, specifically: analyzing financial statements, time value of money, stock and bond valuations, and capital budgeting.

ACCT 2312, ECN 2301, ECN 2302, and MATH 1304

MGT 3340
Concepts and Functions of Management
Course Description

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.

MGT 3354
Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
Course Description

Theories and concepts used in managing business personnel. Topics include personnel planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, separation and retirement. Student will get a clear understanding of human resource management concepts, and the opportunity to develop skills important to the performance of human resource management activities.  Cognitive elements emphasized include Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, and Analysis.

Prerequisite: MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

MGT 4340
Applied Management Practice
Course Description

Course provides students with fundamental skills and insights necessary for success. Course design is based on learning through experience, and is directed toward student involvement in developing and practicing job-relevant managerial skills.

MGT 3340

MGT 4355
Organizational Behavior
Course Description

Presentation of theory and research in OB combined with experiential exercises to develop students’ ability to take responsibility for making and living with decisions about their behavior.  Awareness of the realities of organization interdependencies and their consequences for individuals.  Focus is on modifying behavior and predicting the effects upon productivity, satisfaction, and development of individuals as members of the business unit.

MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

D. Elective Coursework

Remaining hours needed to meet 120 hour requirement are selected by student. Transfer credit may be used to fulfill these hours.