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2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2006-2007 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Health Care Management



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The Department of Management and Economics at Springfield College offers graduate programs in Health Care Management and Health Care Management in Long-Term Facilities, both of which lead to the degree of master of science. The programs provide the student with the academic preparation and the practical skills required for, and an opportunity for personal growth in, challenging career opportunities in this still-growing sector of the American economy. The programs emphasize preparation for and/or advancement in the broad field of health care management. This includes supervisory and administrative work in a variety of health-related organizations and service systems. With the core courses designed to enhance the management skills and the detailed specifics of the health care industry, these programs will train the dedicated health care professionals required in today’s market.

Program Requirements

The program in Health Care Management requires fifty semester hours for the degree of master of science. A second track within the program is designed to prepare students more specifically to manage long-term health care facilities; this track involves a longer internship and requires fifty-four semester hours. The curriculum consists of core courses and elective credits. The courses chosen will complement and assist students in achieving their career goals.

The programs include courses in management and health care. Because the programs culminate in the degree of master of science, each student is required to complete several research and computer courses, and one additional graduate core course. Students will also complete an internship and a research project. The number of academic credits assigned to the fieldwork/internship component varies according to the track selected by the student. The elective component includes traditional three-semester-hour electives and a variety of one-semester hour graduate seminars which focus on current topics in health care management.

Health Care Management


CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Research requirements (8 credits)


Internship/Fieldwork experience (3 credits)


Electives (15 credits)


Chosen in consultation with academic advisor.  See information on Health and Management selectives.

Health Care Management in Long-term facilities


CORE Requirement (3 credits)


Research requirements (8 credits)


Internship/Fieldwork experience (6 credits)


Electives (9 credits)


Chosen in consultation with academic advisor.  See information on Health and Management selectives.

Fieldwork projects


Fieldwork projects are planned to involve students in gaining experience in their chosen field and are selected with reference to the individual student’s interests and needs. Fieldwork placement is not limited to Massachusetts facilities and may take place at facilities such as hospitals, long-term health care organizations, mental health clinics, continuing care retirement communities, health insurance organizations, ambulatory care facilities, day care facilities for the elderly, nursing homes, acute care rehabilitation centers, hospices, physician group practices, walk-in medical facilities, home health organizations, regulatory agencies, and other health care or health care-related organizations.

Health selectives


Choose one from among the following three credit selective offerings:

Management selectives


Choose one from among the following three credit selective offerings:

Management Special Topics Courses


Choose three from the following one-credit courses.  These represent topics of current interest offered on a variable basis.  The following are among the one credit offerings included as choices:

  • Home Health Care
  • Health Insurance
  • Death and Dying
  • Issues Related to Managing a Continuing Care Retirement Community
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Current Issues in Long-Term Health Care
  • Managing an HMO
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Managed Care
  • Multihospital Systems and Academic Medical Centers
  • Health Policy
  • Alternative Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Facilities Planning
  • Governance and Board Effectiveness
  • Professional Skill Development
  • National Health Reform Alternatives

Industrial/Organizational Psychology


This program is offered as a concentration of the Psychology and Counseling program.  Students enrolled in this program will be considered psychology majors.

This is a multifaceted program offered in cooperation with the Management Department.  Combining course work from management, counseling, organizational psychology, and computer science with a fieldwork placement in business, industry, government, or not-for-profit institutions, students develop competencies in the application of both business and psychological principles and practices. Focusing mainly on organizational settings, Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology applies the science of psychology to the solution of a wide array of human and organizational problems ranging from employee selection to team building and organizational development.  Graduates find career opportunities in human resources management, training and development, consumer research, workplace health and safety, recruitment and employee counseling, organizational development, management consulting, and employee relations.

The I/O Psychology program provides students with the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate organizational research projects.
  • Translate psychological information into non-technical terms.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate training programs.
  • Assess the impact of motivation, job stress, leadership and other constructs of work behavior.
  • Build effective work groups through job analysis, group development and worker participation.
  • Develop and implement performance appraisal and compensation/ benefits systems.
  • Analyze and design organizational change strategies.
  • Effectively develop employee selection and job placement criteria.
  • Help individual employees develop to their full potential.
  • Design healthy and safe work environments.
  • Mediate employee and labor disputes.

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