Program Details

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Program Outline

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Healthcare Management with a specialization in Gerontology Management can prepare students for administrative roles in healthcare services with a special interest in the aging population. Added focus is placed on the management of teams that interact with patients who have special medical, social and financial conditions associated with advanced aging.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Interpret and explain concepts effectively in various healthcare organizations and situations
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the aging services industry including nursing care, home healthcare services, retirement communities, delivered services, rehabilitation and therapy facilities, memory care services and assisted living
  • Apply principles of economics and finance to make effective decisions in various healthcare settings for various contemporary healthcare practices and functions
  • Analyze the relationships between costs, quality, and access to healthcare in the U.S.
  • Formulate current operation’s management practices and principles used in the current healthcare environment
  • Evaluate the types of information and information systems capabilities/technology needed by healthcare organizations
  • Evaluate potential ethical and legal conflicts in healthcare related to legislative and regulatory issues affecting healthcare
COURSES

General Education

BUSN 125Applied Business Mathematics

4.5

COMP 101Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

ECON 224Macroeconomics

4.5

ENGL 106English Composition I

4.5

ENGL 107English Composition II

4.5

HUMA 205Art Appreciation

4.5

HUMA 215Topics in Cultural Studies

4.5

PRES 111Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 210Sociology

4.5

SCIE 206Biology

4.5

SCIE 207Biology Lab

1.5

SCIE 210Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211Environmental Science Lab

1.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program
Total Credit Hours:36

Lower Division Core

ACCT 205Principles of Accounting I

4.5

BUSN 150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

4.5

HLTH 215Introduction to Healthcare

4.5

HLTH 225Health/Public Policy

4.5

Total Credit Hours:18

Upper Division Core

FINA 310Financial Management

4.5

HLTH 310Survey of Healthcare Management

4.5

HLTH 315Risk Management in Healthcare

4.5

HLTH 325Quality in Healthcare

4.5

HLTH 330Healthcare and Human Resources

4.5

HLTH 335Research Methods for Healthcare

4.5

Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization

Gerontology Management Specialization

HLTH 318Case Management for Gerontology

4.5

HLTH 320Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare

4.5

HLTH 322Sociology and Aging

4.5

HLTH 333Administration Long Term Care I

4.5

HLTH 340Marketing to an Aging Population

4.5

HLTH 430Healthcare Information Systems

4.5

HLTH 450Counseling for Gerontology

4.5

HLTH 455Death and Dying

4.5

HLTH 499Program Capstone

4.5

Total Credit Hours:40.5
CLASSES OVERVIEW

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree with a specialization in Gerontology Management, your classes can 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.

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Accreditation

AIU's Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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