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Health Services Core Courses

  • HPRS 3301 Introduction to the Evolving Healthcare System
    Introduces the student to the organizational structure of the U.S. Health Care system. Provides historical perspective to the system evolution from institutional-based to population based and cost-unaware to cost-aware values. Describes the financing mechanisms, primary providers and secondary providers, and consumers of health care. Discusses how technology affects the politics of the system. Discusses the health care system along the Texas-Mexico borders and how cultural influences impacts health care delivery.
  • HPRS 3302 Medical Law / Ethics for the Health Professional
    Describes the laws and ethical standards that apply to allied health practitioners. Uses case presentations and develops methods for solving legal and or ethical and cultural dilemmas. Discuss pertinent legal cases involving allied health practitioners.
  • HPRS 3309 Leading and Managing the Health Care Team
    Discusses the concepts of leadership within the context of allied health. Prepares the learner to use problem-solving methods to effectively supervise and lead subordinates in a health care setting. Focuses on the economics of managed care; how continuous quality improvement relates to cost-effective care. Develops skills and values necessary for effective teamwork.
  • HPRS 3313 Physical & Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan
    This course provides concepts central to the growth, development and mental health through the human stages of prenatal, birth, childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood, old age and death. Focus is on on biological/genetic and environmental influences on the cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional/psychological developmental areas. An observation and interaction project is provided to demonstrate the application of principles and theories. Discussions on current lifespan issues in human development and mental health can demonstrate the student's grasp of the concepts. Discussions are based on current research findings, chapter questions and case studies.
  • HPRS 3316 Nutritional Concepts for Allied Health Practitioners
    This course is designed for students that are not nutrition majors. The goal of the course is for students to understand that their knowledge of nutrition will allow them to evaluate and personalize nutrition information. This course brings nutrition down to a personal level. The overall emphasis is the importance of understanding one’s food choices and modifying one’s diet to best meet personal needs. Topics are explained in a simple straightforward manner and go beyond basic nutrition to include topics such ethnic diets, eating disorders, supplements, alternative therapies, vegetarian diets, diets for athletes, and fad diets. The emphasis of understanding one’s personal dietary needs includes a fun final project, in which students analyze their own diets and areas in which they can improve for long term healthy food choices.
  • HPRS 3320 Patient Education in Health Sciences
    This course will cover adult learning theories and concepts to develop appropriate teaching materials and materials and programs for patients and their families that enhance client knowledge and skills for health promotion and recovery.
  • HPRS 3324 Teaching in the Health Sciences
    In a health care professional’s education experience, the clinical component is probably the most important part of the student’s education. It is during the clinical practice phase that a student develops the skills and attitudes necessary to become a competent health care practitioner. Since most health care practitioners encounter students in the clinical setting, as part of their workload, this course is beneficial to all health care professionals. This course will provide an introduction to the characteristics of a good instructor, learning styles, developing objectives, teaching methods and evaluations in health sciences courses.
  • HPRS 4300 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
    This course is designed to provide concepts central to the study of pharmacology, the interaction between chemical substances and living tissues as these relate to the allied health professionals' clinical settings. The human systems with common pathophysiological diseases will be presented for review and use of common medication regimens. Each student will be able to apply pharmacological principles and processes toward required discussion topics. A group discussion and presentation on an identified case study will help the student demonstrate their grasp of the concepts inherent in pharmacological treatments within the clinical arena. Discussions are based on current research findings, chapter questions, web-site research and case studies.
  • HPRS 4301 Introduction to Health Data Utilization
    In today’s climate of constantly rising healthcare costs, all health care professionals need to be aware of the importance of understanding as much about costs as they possibly can. This course covers the essentials of cost accounting from a health care perspective. Students will learn about the generation of useful cost information to aid managers in making decisions. Topics such as budgeting, inventory, productivity, performance evaluation and incentive compensation will also be covered. This is not a “numbers crunching “course. The student will learn the practical concepts on how to use the data to make management decisions. Any health care professional interested in management should take this course.
  • HPRS 4302 Continuous Quality Improvement
    This course presents the principles of continuous quality improvement and the application of these principles to the health care workplace. The learner will develop policies, procedures, and performance improvement plans, and apply the techniques learned in other courses in implementing CQI.
  • HPRS 4309 Research in Evidenced-based Healthcare
    This course is designed as an introduction to research for evidenced based health care. Each student will be able to apply the principles and procedures toward a chosen problem that demonstrates use of the scientific research methods. Research articles will be reviewed; quantitative and qualitative methods shall be discussed as well as types of data analysis and collection; basic statistical measures will be practiced; and clinical data shall be utilized to assess patient outcomes related to research studies. Information obtained from this course shall help the student interpret scientific medical literature and research presentations with greater accuracy. It is our hope that with these skills, our students can be consumers of well-developed evidence based health care methods to direct their future practice. For students who wish to pursue a higher level degree, this course can be an effective precursor to developing their own research plans and participating in medical research grants.
  • HPRS 4312 Applied Pathophysiology
    This course is about the basic medical science concerned with diseases. The primary goal of this course is to teach the basic concepts underlying various pathological processes. The student will study the pathogenesis of diseases, learn their mechanisms, and understand how they develop. The etiology of pathologic changes and causes of many diseases will be covered. Pathophysiology is the basis of all medical practice. This course uses an excellent textbook and many external links to supplement the reading assignments and online lessons. The instructor firmly believes that students can have fun while learning, so even though the subject matter is serious it is presented in a very student friendly manner. This is a great refresher course for any health care professional.
  • HPRS 4316 Applied Medical Microbiology
    Students in Medical Microbiology study the morphology and physiology of microbes and the relationship between microbes and health maintenance. Emphasis is placed on the role of microbes in infectious diseases. Prerequisites: BIOL 1316 Biological Principles I and BIOL 2301 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Or permission of the instructor.
  • HRPS 4330 Independent Study
    This course will offer the student the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of a topic or a clinical skill in the health sciences. May be repeated twice for credit.
  • HPRS 4334 Issues and Trends in Health Care
    This course is designed to broaden the student's awareness on how current issues and trends in the field of health and healthcare are addressed and how these issues are affected by the social, ethical, political, economic, cultural and technological climates in the nation. The health care industry is constantly changing and evolving and our communities are becoming culturally diverse. National, local and global trends in the health care environments will be identified that can help explain the complex interactions and current issues that are shaping the industry. Opportunities for consumers, providers of health care and global markets for future directions will also be identified. Assignments will address opposite sides of the issues which affect the direction and shifts in the healthcare trends. It is our hope that by the end of this course, the student will be able to critically examine the professional and public issues of health and healthcare, to develop critical and creative thinking skills to evaluate the many facets of an issue and utilize these skills to develop recommendations that address a more effective use of heatlh care resources and promote improved healthy behaviors within their local and state communities. Prerequisites: Three credits of upper-division coursework.
  • HPRS 4360 Practicum in Health Services
    Students will spend time in a clinical area appropriate to their field to practice the skills learned in the theory coursework. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAT-HST program.
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