Course Descriptions

AS.410.705 Problem-solving for Innovation in Health Care (4 graduate credit equivalent)
Whether tackling small business challenges in a clinic or creating global initiatives, being a health care provider means being a problem-solver. This course focuses on helping students develop problem-solving strategy and innovation development models necessary for every health care provider to more effectively tackling challenges. Students will develop a working knowledge of design thinking principles and techniques as well as how they can be utilized to create positive change in any context. While evaluating real-world problems, students will consider how these techniques can be utilized to turn an innovative idea into an effective solution. Students will work collaboratively on real-world projects, turn their ideas into practical action, and demonstrate their ability to leverage health care and social innovation to bring change through community-based and global initiatives.

AS.410.706  Building and Leading Teams in Health Care (4 graduate credit equivalent)
In order to provide the best care possible, health care professionals are working together more now than ever before. As a result, strong leadership and teamwork skills are becoming a necessity in joining the health care field. This course will provide hands-on activities to help students develop problem-solving skills, learn basic negotiation and mediation strategies, and understand their own tendencies as a leader and team member. Using real-world examples, students will explore how strong leadership and teamwork can drive innovative solutions to public health issues.

AS.410.707  The Psychosocial Determinants of Health, Implications on Diagnostics (4 graduate credit equivalent)
In this capstone course, students will learn basic diagnostic techniques and use case studies to explore the relationship between physiological illnesses and diagnostic output. Through discussions and guided interviews, students will explore the role of psychology and sociology in patient care choices as well as physician recommendations to patients. Students will practice cultural sensitivity through group activities and discussion of pressing public health issues. Students will undertake final group projects that identify needs in the local community and attempt to create solutions they could feasibly be completed with limited resources.