Healthcare Studies

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Larry Brancazio, Ph.D.
Director
Professor, Health & Movement Sciences
(203) 392-5111
BrancazioL1@SouthernCT.edu

HLS 200 - Health Professions & Medical Terminology

Inquiry of the preparation, credentials, scopes of practice, roles and responsibilities of various clinical and non-clinical medical and healthcare professionals. Elements of medical language related to prefixes, roots and suffixes of body organizations and systems, anatomical structures and common conditions and treatments.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 210 - Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare

An exploration of the concepts and principles of patient centered care as a growing number of hospitals, clinics and continuing care facilities face challenges of providing quality care and exemplary patient experience. Examination of the response to healthcare consumer demands, improvement in care delivery systems, and the advancement of more personalized, humanized experience for the patient.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 240 - Statistics for Health and Clinical Sciences

An introduction to statistical methods used in health and clinical sciences. Topics Include: descriptive statistics; techniques for sampling and experimental control; sampling distributions and principles of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST); calculation and interpretation of t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression; power and sample size estimation; and non-parametric tests. Emphasis on practical understanding of NHST results, and on relevance to health and clinical studies. Includes an introduction to use of software for calculations and data visualization.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of LEP Tier 1 Quantitative Reasoning.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HLS 317 - Community Engagement in Health Research

Engage students in understanding the principles, practices, and importance of community engagement in health research. This course will address the theoretical frameworks, key concepts, and ethical issues involved in community-engaged health research. Topics will include health equity, place-based health, community engagement strategies for study planning, implementations and the interpretation and dissemination of results. Methods and frameworks of community engagement will be reviewed. Students will be exposed to various community and researcher perspectives and students to understand how community engagement works in practice and distinguish between common and best practices in community engagement for health research.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

HLS 400 - Health Informatics

Exploration of health informatics including definitions, theory, technologies, workflow and expectations of health systems and health information exchange. Provides students with fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics and how technology can be used to advance the delivery of health care. Students will gain an understanding of the challenges for a healthcare informatics professional to analyze and deliver usable and accessible systems and solutions.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior status and MAT 107.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 415 - Healthcare Systems, Policy, and Billing

Engage the student in comprehending the history, trend, issues and evolution of the American health care system with emphasis on the evolving nature of healthcare policy and payment. Contemporary issues in America’s health care system are discussed to identify ways that the organization, delivery and payment of health care, Medicare/Medicaid; issues related to health care disparities and the future directions of the provision of care may impact care. A broad investigation of the provision of payment and billing for health services for the insured, the uninsured and the underinsured.

Prerequisite(s): Healthcare Studies major and sophomore status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 427 - Research Data Management

Introduction to the principles, conduct, and ethics of data management. Investigation of the types, formats, and stages of data, the creation and importance of metadata, the best practices for research data storage, backup and security, legal and ethical considerations for data, the sharing and re-use of data, and the archiving and preservation of research data. Additional hands-on data and data management skills and best practices will be demonstrated. Demonstrations of data and data management programs across research contexts. Based on the New England collaborative data management curriculum, designed to meet the national science foundation requirements for data management plans.

Prerequisite(s): HLS 240

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 437 - Clinical Trial Administration and Good Clinical Practice

Introduction to the principles, conduct, and ethics of clinical trial administration and good clinical practice. Clinical trial design, management, regulatory issues, and analysis will be considered. Topics will include research deigns, ethics and regulatory policies, protocol development, treatment allocation, blinding, randomization and stratification, quality control, sample size and statistical power, data management and safety monitoring, interpretation of results, and scientific communication. Alternative study designs (e.g. observational and quasi-experiment) will be considered and sources of bias will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): HLS 240

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 490 - Career Skills for the Healthcare Professional

Discussion of career and interpersonal skills for healthcare professionals; and discussion of issues that arise in the healthcare workplace. Course is centered around a semester-long project that requires the application of acquired knowledge and skills of the Healthcare Studies (HLS) competencies.

Prerequisite(s): HLS major and senior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

HLS 497 - Internship in Healthcare Studies

A supervised internship at a professional Healthcare setting that relates to the students's coursework in healthcare studies and professional interest. 150 hours at internship site.

Prerequisite(s): HLS majors; permission required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

HLS 499 - Independent Study

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020