In this course, graduate students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions as professionals working in the health services and health informatics field. This knowledge and skills set includes the ability to analyze and conduct health services administration and informatics research. The course is designed to provide graduate students from a variety of backgrounds with the foundations of research methods in health services administration and health informatics. The course is also intended to acquaint students with the conceptual and methodological issues of research design and secondary data analysis widely used in empirical health services research. The course covers an introduction to health care administration and informatics research, the basics of research design and methods in research, including use of literature review, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, research validity, issues of sampling and measurement, and specific approaches to health services administration and informatics research. Topics of research ethics, evaluation of the research literature and proposal development are introduced. This course concludes with the production of a scientific research proposal for health care services administration and informatics to be utilized in the student’s final project of the Program’s Capstone Course. (3 credits)
- HCA 640: Research Methods in Health Care
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Assess leadership skills related to communication within a healthcare organization.
- Analyze health care research data through the use of statistical formulas.
- Analyze what communications, teamwork and leadership skills make an effective health care organization.
- Examine ways to publish research activities.
- Propose ideas for research in the health care administration field.
- Critique scholarly work for validity in the use of health care research.
- Distinguish skills and responsibilities of health care leaders involving community health.
- Consider legal and ethical issues health care leaders face in today’s health care landscape.
- Examine the purpose of strategic planning in a health care organization.
- Critique policies and procedures used in health care organizations.
- Apply business principles to the health care environment.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8) @ 30 points
ACHE Assessment Activities (Weeks 1-8) @ 40 points
Research Proposal (Week 1) @ 40 points
Research Matrix (Week 2) @ 50 points
Research Literature Review (Week 3 and 4) @ 100 points
Research Survey Results (Week 5) @ 100 points
Research Final Paper (Week 6 and 7) @ 100 points
Research Virtual Poster (Week 8) @ 50 points
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
Rocco, T., Hatcher, T., Creswell, J. (2011). The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing. Jossey-Bass. ISBN-13: 978-0-470-39335-2
- ACHE Healthcare Executive 2018 Compentencies Assessment Tool
Copyright © 2018 by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance and the American College of Healthcare Executives
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Communication and Relationship Management and Research Part I
Topics: Business Skills and Knowledge and Research Part II
Topics: Leadership Assessment and Research Part III
Topics: Professionalism Assessment and Research Part III
Topics: Healthcare Environment and Research Part IV
Topics: Community Health and Research Part V
Topics: Healthcare Operations and Research Part V
Topics: Executive Competency and Research Part VI
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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