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Management Curriculum

Management Core (Required) Courses (36 credit hours)

** Unless otherwise noted, all DBH courses are offered in a 7.5-week format ** 

IBC 601 - Models of Integrated Primary Care (previously offered as IBC 701) - This course provides an overview of the primary care environment as well as current models of integrated primary behavioral healthcare. Models of healthcare are reviewed and critiqued based on their success in impacted patient health outcomes and improving physician satisfaction, along with fiscal and care delivery systems for each. (3 credits)

IBC 611 - Population-based Health Management (previously offered as 712) - Epidemiology and trends in medical/behavioral utilization/cost. Preventions and disease management for chronic conditions. Predictive modeling, clinical decision support, and stepped-care models. Patient engagement and retention strategies. Measurement of medical cost-offset and return on investment. Technology (email, web tools) in disease management. (3 credits)

IBC 614 - Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement and Incentives (previously offered as 714) - Design, implementation and evaluation of health-care research design based on principles of Total Quality Management, performance measurement and value-based medicine. Quality oversight and accreditation. Key quality metrics. Pay for performance incentives in health care. (3 credits)

IBC 626 - Behavioral Health Management (previously offered as 724) - Roles and responsibilities of behavioral healthcare manager. Behavioral health in the Accountable Care Organization. Social, political and business climate forces in management strategy. How to develop, implement and evaluate integrated behavioral health programs in medical settings. Overview of leadership, motivation, organizational behavior, planning, information technology, finance, recruitment and management of healthcare professionals. (3 credits)

IBC 630 - Financial Management in Healthcare (previously offered as 730) - Apply financial, economic and cost-effectiveness analyses in healthcare. Financial management of integrated health management programs in medical settings. Budget planning, processes and outcomes. Healthcare accounting. Capital planning. Third-party rate setting, compliance and reporting. Healthcare reform: Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Pay for Performance (P4P) incentive models. (3 credits)

IBC 660 - Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Health Care - Overview of legal, ethical and professional issues specific to the behavioral clinician in health care. Topics include ethical issues in e-Health, communication in an integrated care setting, and common ethical concerns of integrated healthcare settings. (3 credits)

IBC 684 - Internship - Clinical hands-on internship experience that allows the student to apply management skills in an integrated behavioral healthcare setting. The course is small group format with live video streaming and is designed as a management consultation course. Students typically enroll in a 3-credit hour course in the 15-week semester format that is offered in the fall or spring semester only. Students are required to spend a total of 240 hours dedicated to the internship training experience. A minimum of 120 hours of the required 240 hours must be spent in-person on the internship site. This works out to an average of 8 hours per week in-person. The minimum 120 hours on site should include time spent in consultation, attending and observing meetings, and reviewing and collecting data. Prerequisites: IBC 601 - Models of Integrated Primary Care, IBC 626 - Behavioral Healthcare Management, IBC 793 - Culminating Project (CP) (1st CP credit completed and concurrent with 2nd CP credit). (3 credit hours; 15-week semester format during Fall or Spring semesters only)

IBC 716 - Healthcare Information Management - Overview of the electronic health record (EHR) in medicine. Data mining the EHR for utilization, diagnostic and demographic data. Key quality indicators and predictive modeling. Integrating eHealth and mHealth behavior change resources in practice management. Behavioral health outcomes management. (3 credits)

IBC 718 - Healthcare Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Economics - Understanding of health-care systems, policy, economics and finance. Focus on hospitals, primary and ambulatory care. Effective consultation within complex, multi-tiered organizations with diverse stakeholders. Principles of strategic consultation incorporating clinical, business, psychological, interpersonal and organizational factors. (3 credits)

IBC 720 - Behavioral Health Business Entrepreneur - Characteristics and psychology of successful entrepreneurs. Writing and presenting a business plan. Basic accounting/finance. Business law and government regulation. Venture capital and investment. Small business start-up. Return on investment/medical cost offset. (3 credits)

IBC 740 - Cost Offset and ROI - Survey of evidence for integrated behavioral interventions that have demonstrated cost savings and return on investment. Epidemiology, cost and population health management model for co-morbid medical and behavioral conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension). Cardiovascular risk factors in prevention, disease management and healthcare costs. Therapeutic lifestyle change and projected cost savings. Role of eHealth and mHealth resources in developing efficiencies in healthcare delivery. Cost, cost-savings, and return on investment analyses. (3 credits)

IBC 793 - Culminating Project - Applied research paper focused on design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical, management, quality improvement, financial or other integrated care management project in a primary care or related medical setting. Focus on clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and evidence-based research. Students are required to enroll in three 15-week, 1 credit sections of this course throughout their tenure of the DBH program to assist in the development, implementation, and completion of their project. (3 credits total; 15-week session)

Management Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

DBH Management students are encouraged to take clinical electives, and/or courses from the online Science of Healthcare Delivery (SCHD) and Masters of Health Innovation (MHI) programs to complete their elective coursework. The course prefixes for the SCHD and MHI programs are HCD and MHI, respectively. Consistent with Graduate College requirements, all courses must be 500-level or higher to be included on the iPOS.

IBC 725 - Effective Consultation in Behavioral Health - How to leverage the role of the behavioral health clinician and manager in medical settings. Problems with current "system of care" for behavioral and co-morbid medical conditions and demand for new models. Models of healthcare integration. Role of the PCP as leader. Role of the Behavioral Care Provider and manager in shaping healthcare delivery. Effective engagement strategies and techniques for interaction with healthcare professionals (e.g., PCP, allied health, supervisors and managers, quality improvement, finance and actuaries, CFO's and CEO's). (3 credits)

IBC 732 - Leadership in Healthcare - Leadership, management and organizational behavior in healthcare settings. Organizational behavior theories and concepts related to leadership. Uniqueness of structures, processes and interactions in integrated care programs and how to adopt these to medical settings. Communication skills, teamwork and collaboration. Current challenges to leadership in Healthcare reform. (3 credits)