Special topics


Spring Quarter 2015

T NURS 590 / Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)

Introduces core concepts and practices of informatics technologies applied to healthcare organizations, clinical research, and public health. Includes terminologies, data standards, evidence-based medicine, decision support systems, and legal issues with use of health data. Introduces the acquisition, use, storage, and analysis of information in the healthcare domain. Applies analytical approaches to solve problems of patient care and safety within the environment of healthcare organizations.

Summer Quarter 2014

T NURS 590 / Organizational and Systems Leadership (3 cr)

Demonstrates how leadership and decision making skills influence healthcare. Focuses on understanding influence of changes strategies, systems theory, and economic factors on complex healthcare environments. Describes role of nurses in designing and implementing new models of care and participating in interprofessional teams.

Spring Quarter 2014

THLTH 490 / Healthcare Informatics I: Fundamentals (5 cr)

Introduces core concepts and practices of health informatics, technologies applied to healthcare, research, public health. Includes terminologies, data standards, evidence- based medicine, and decision support systems. Considers the viewpoints of information technology from medicine, computer science, nursing, public health, patients/consumers, exploring opportunities and emerging trends in the field.

T NURS 590 / Nursing Health Assessment (3 cr)

This course provides a holistic framework for systematic collection, organization and communication of health related data that reflects the health status of individuals throughout the lifespan. Physical examination skills, specific to each population, will be addressed. Focus on analysis of developmental, psychosocial, and cultural factors will be explored. In addition, selected pathophysiologic and psychopharmacology concepts will be emphasize specific to clinical populations.

Autumn Quarter 2013

THLTH 490 / Special Topics in Health:  Integrative Wellness Coaching (5 cr)

Examines integrative wellness coaching, a collaborative partnership between the professional coach and the client/healing partner to assist the client to identify their own health goals and how to best achieve them.  Prevention across the wellness-illness continuum, healthy lifestyle and integrative modalities merge with coaching individuals/groups to support optimal health.

Spring Quarter 2013

THLTH 490 / Special Topics in Health:  Introduction to Healthcare (5 cr)

Introduction to healthcare systems. Course will emphasize the evolution of the US healthcare system and analyze current dilemmas including financing, access, quality, safety, technology and health policy.

Winter Quarter 2013

T NURS 590 / Special Topics:  Quality and Safety in Health Care Settings*

Examines the various strategies used in health care settings to improve quality and safety.  Emphasis is on the identification, implementation, and evaluation of quality and safety initiatives that impact healthcare outcomes.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  [Course now taught as T NURS 556]

Autumn Quarter 2012

T HLTH 490 / Special Topics in Health Management, a management class with a strong focus on the human side of management. Content will include employee conflict resolution, just culture, manager influence to support change management, recruitment and retention, employee evaluation, discipline and satisfaction. This is a hybrid class that will meet both electronically and in a classroom. Students will participate in the presentation of course topics through group work.

Summer Quarter 2012

T HLTH 490 /HIV- AIDS: Global & National Issues

Examines historical and contemporary issues related to HIV/AIDS form local, national, and global perspectives. Focuses on HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations worldwide, prevention efforts, the history of the pandemic, treatment protocols and advances, and psychological impacts on both infected and affected individuals.

Spring Quarter 2012

T HLTH 490 / Knowing Health and Illness through the Arts (VLPA), a class that will offer an opportunity to analyze how life, vitality, health and wellness, as well as illness suffering and death are depicted in literature, poetry, music, photography, and sculpture. The power of the aesthetic experience of the arts will facilitate the cultural understandings of health and illness. [Course now taught as T HLTH 455]