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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6161
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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-02
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): New course title: PHC 6161 Health Finance Applications New course description: The development and application of skills in finance, costing, and capitol decision making relevant to health care management.
Comments: Form received; not signed by COPH. Emailed 5/10/16. Recd 5/10/16. Approved 5/12/16. To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16 apprd eff 8/2/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-02-12
  2. Department: Health Policy and Management
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640400
  5. Contact Person: Somer Burke
  6. Phone: 8139746606
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6161
  10. Full Title: Health Care Finance and Costing
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Healh Care Finance and Costing
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PHC 6102 and PHC 6160, or CI
  23. Corequisites: NA
  24. Course Description: This is an advanced course in the application of financial management techniques to decision making for health care professionals.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course:
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal degree in topic area; credentialed to teach the course
  29. Objectives: In addressing the types of financial decisions that health care executives are most likely in which to be involved, the course objectives are to apply the underlying precepts of (1) accounting information, (2) the health care industry financial needs and requirements, and (3) the principles of economics. Quantitative decision analysis techniques, costing methods, and financial policy analysis skills are emphasized.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Learning Objectives:

    The course is meant to provide students with an appreciation of the relevant principles of financial and managerial accounting as well as financial management. Also, students will demonstrate an understanding of the complexities and nuances of financial decision-making, planning, and control. To achieve the goal of the course, there are several outcomes that need to be met. The course is designed for each student to:

    1. Identify & explain (recall) the GAAP-based concepts for reading & understanding financial statements;

    2. Prepare & compute (interpretation) financial statements from provided financial information;

    3. Define & describe (recall) the common formulas used in ratio analysis;

    4. Apply & calculate (interpretation) ratio analyses to financial situations with provided data;

    5. Develop (interpretation) pro forma financial statements using accounting knowledge and data;

    6. Define & discuss (recall) the role and application of accounting principles and financial management techniques in addressing managerial problems in business settings in general and in health care organizations specifically;

    7. Describe & identify (recall) the concepts in the medical billing & coding process;

    8. Compute the requirements for revenue determination & infer (interpretation) conclusions;

    9. Interpret financial scenarios to apply the concepts of financial mathematics to solve (interpretation) time value of money and capital budgeting problems;

    10. Describe managerial accounting concepts and calculate solutions to basic financial scenarios: (recall/interpretation) CVP, Cost Allocation, and Operational Budgeting.

    11. Apply and demonstrate (interpretation) the ability to perform business-level professionalism in demeanor and scholastic approach.

  31. Major Topics: This course builds on the topics examined in both financial accounting and the introductory health care financial management courses. The purpose of this course is to immerse students in the aspects of modern hospital & health care organization financial management to better prepare students for supervisory and management roles.
  32. Textbooks: Gapenski LC, Understanding Healthcare Financial Management, 5TH Ed., AUPHA/HAP, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1-56783-264-5 ISBN-10: 1-56793-264-9
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Supplemental readings will be made available during the semester.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. 9 In-class Quizzes (2 points each) 18 points

    2. 9 Topic Assignments (2 points each) 18 points

    3. 6 Topic Cases (12 points each) 72 points

    4. 1 Group-based Presentation (100 points) 100 points

    5. 1 Midterm Exam (100 points) 100 points

    6. Attendance/Participation (3 points/session) 42 points

    7. HMSA Monthly Sessions (8 points) 8 points

    . TOTAL 358 points



    320 – 358 A 280 – 319 B 240 – 279 C

    200 – 239 D 0 – 199 F

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: COURSE REQUIREMENTS & ASSESSMENTS:

    To gauge the students’ understanding and comprehension of achieving the goals of the course, there are several outcomes that need to be accomplished. The course has 7 major assessment and activity strategies to gauge student performance:

    1. 9 Topic Quizzes – primarily announced and planned [1 point each for taking and 1 point for scoring 2/3rds correct/18 maximum points]:

    Based on video lectures, other online videos, readings, class discussion

    Recall-based: M/C, Fill-in, short answer, matching

    Given at start of session for 20 minutes

    2. 9 Topic Assignments – in-class discussions and submissions [1 point each for completing and 1 point for scoring 2/3rds correct/18 maximum points]:

    Not all assignments require written submissions, but all require preparation outside of class

    Assignment content and approach will be discussed in class

    3. 6 Topic Cases (2 smaller cases may be used on a Topic) [6 points for each submittal and 6 points for scoring at least 70%/72 maximum points]:

    Case work requirements vary and will be addressed when assigned

    4. 1 Group-based Case Presentation [maximum 100 points]:

    Case presentations given in a group but submitted individually with an LOT

    5. 1 Midterm Exam – written take-home [maximum 100 points]:

    Material from the first 3 Topics with one-week to complete; students may be asked elaborative questions in class after submittal but no scheduled individual orals

    6. Attendance [1 point for each session/14 maximum points] and Participation [up to 2 points per night for insightful and thoughtful involvement/28 maximum points] [42 maximum points]:

    Students will be asked questions on Topics and from problems, cases and exams. Strong responses will yield points toward final grade.

    7. Attending HMSA sessions [4 points each/8 maximum points and up to 8 extra points]:

    2 sessions are required; not attending will subtract 4 points each [-8 points maximum]

  36. Attendance Policy: 1. Students are expected to check the course site each week.

    2. Participation in class is required at a minimum with weekly attendance, but

    students should be actively engaged.

    3. Deadlines not specified in the syllabus will be made during the course.

    Students need to adhere to the deadlines to receive full credit for submitted


    4. Students should feel free to contact the instructor both on the phone and on


  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Plagiarism will not be tolerated and is grounds for failure. Review USF Academic Dishonesty and Disruption of Academic Process Policy at:



  38. Program This Course Supports: MHA
  39. Course Concurrence Information: NA

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