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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 Healthcare 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 is designed to provide information of the aging process, the physical, psychosocial, and nutritional needs of the elderly. The student will develop skills to provide quality assessment and care for the geriatric client. Also discussed is an introduction to mental health services, careers, history, agencies and current issues, and the difference between functional and dysfunctional behaviors. Students develop an awareness of the factors that affect mental health by exploring traditional and emerging treatment modalities.

HPRS 3316 Clinical Nutrition
This course is designed to emphasize the importance of nutrition in maintaining health and wellness. The effectiveness of the therapeutic diet as related to specific diseases will be explored. In addition to school-based training, this course provides clinical-based learning experiences.

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. Prerequisite: Permission from instructor.

HPRS 3324 Teaching in the Health Sciences
This course will provide an introduction to the principles of teaching to include planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation in health career education. The student will develop an appreciation of the value of vocational/technical education.

HPRS 4300 Pharmacology for Health Professional
This course will provide an overview of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of prescription and nonprescription medications. Course content will emphasize drug classifications, drug action, drug administration, ethical and legal issues, and safety. Students will develop an understanding of pharmaceutics and its impact on the health care industry.

HPRS 4301 Introduction to Health Data Utilization
Surveys the use of computers in the health care industry. The learner will understand the principles of data base management with examples from medical records. Use of computer spreadsheets, graphics programs in managing and presenting data will be taught.

HPRS 4302 Continuous Quality Improvement
Presents the principles of continuous quality improvement and application to the workplace. The learner will develop policy and procedures and performance improvement plans and apply the techniques learned in the other courses in implementing CQI.

HPRS 4312 Pathophysiology
This course allows students to conduct laboratory investigations and fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Students in Pathophysiology study disease processes, and how human systems are affected. Emphasis is placed on prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will differentiate between normal and abnormal physiology.

HPRS 4316 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. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 or BIOL 2301 or departmental approval.

HPRS 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. This course maybe repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Three hours upper level coursework.

HPRS 4334 Issues and Trends in Health Care
This course will address current events, issues and attitudes pertinent to health care. This course maybe repeated twice for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Three hours of upper level coursework.

HPRS 4360 Practicum in Health Services
Students will spend time in a clinical area appropriate to their field practice the skills learned in the theory coursework.

HPRS 4309 Research Methods in Evidenced-Based Healthcare
In this course, students conduct laboratory investigations and fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. The student actively formulates a problem related to health science, designs the research and procedures to be used, and plans a final product that will involve a formal presentation to representatives of the scientific community. The course may be conducted in the classroom settings or as independent seminar.

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