The AIU Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree program combines the required general-education courses that provide a liberal-arts foundation with core concepts in healthcare management, as well as specialized courses designed to help provide students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to pursue opportunities in health-services management for aging populations.
At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree with a specialization in Gerontology Management, your classes may include:
Death and Dying
This course investigates contemporary healthcare management issues involved in death and dying, building upon prior coursework examining ethical and legal issues in healthcare and sociology and aging. Topics include rates and causes of death in the US, terminal illness, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and end-of-life decision-making. Ethical and legal considerations in the provision of care by healthcare organizations including hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals will also be examined.
Sociology and Aging
This course provides an introduction to the psychological aging process. Discussion cover current information and issues related to the aging process. Both theoretical and empirical information are investigated relative to the senior sector of the population. Stages of aging, disorders in the aging process along with perceptual, cognitive personality and interpersonal social human traits are considered. Death, dying and the psychological patterns in patients and loved ones are addressed. Throughout the course the role of the healthcare organization plays in dealing with various stages is addressed.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
This course provides a working knowledge of law and ethics in a wide variety of healthcare topics, enabling students to deal with common legal and practical problems facing patients, their families, practitioners, caregivers, and society within the healthcare industry. Students must possess a basic knowledge of ethics and the law as it applies to their areas of responsibility.
Marketing to an Aging Population
This course applies market segmentation strategies to the aging population and investigates related decision makers with insight on how marketing can influence decisions. Marketing strategies are discussed including those through a variety of public media options as well as internal to the serving organization. Ethics are a component of this course.
Research Methods for Healthcare
This course explores research methods used to determine current performance and forecast demand and probability as it relates to the healthcare industry. Special attention is given to methods of data gathering, sources, and restrictions on the use of data as well as patient rights.
Case Management for Gerontology
This course focuses on the social aspects of aging including financial planning, housing, legal concerns, health issues, and family/spousal relationships. Life altering conditions which shift life styles, independence and dependence are also discussed along with separation of life long partners and the social and physiological implications. Emotional distance created by physical and mental disabilities in patients and partners covered.
Administration Long Term Care I
This course has an emphasis on the trends and developments that are transforming long-term care. It explores the options available in care settings, programs, and services. In addition, it examines aspects of management including leadership, human resources, marketing, regulatory and legal issues, and financing to long-term care. Case studies, exercises, and self-assessment will help students internalize and apply the concepts.
Healthcare Information Systems
This course is designed to assist healthcare students in understanding principles of analysis, design, evaluation, selection, acquisition, and utilization of information systems in the healthcare organization. Sufficient technical detail on computer hardware, software, networks, and data management is included to enable the student to become conversant with modern information technology and its use in healthcare organizations.
Counseling for Gerontology
This course discusses the various medical, mental and physical issues related to aging along with social and financial issues that may evolve with an aging population. Counseling theories and methods are discussed along with a discussion of various counseling services offered. An overview of changes in the aging human body is discussed including cardiovascular and central nervous systems and their impact on mental abilities and behavior patterns.
The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous health specialization courses. This course provides an opportunity for the student to use the assimilated materials in a cohesive approach through challenges that reflect situations they may address in actual practice.