Current Term Classes - BPHM

Spring 2018

Class registration opens on December 1. Registration in BPHM classes is open to students enrolled in the degree program. Others may register with program permission as Community Scholars.  

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies may cancel, modify, or make substitutions for any published class or program, may change instructors, and may change the dates and times a class is offered. The information published here and in the catalog is subject to change.  For the most up-to-date and complete information, please use the SIS Class Search

PSHM 4050: Understanding Diversity in Health Care
Online Asynchronous | Jan 17-May 1
Prepares students to understand the importance of providing culturally appropriate care to diverse populations, and introduces students to the systematic as well as disciplined approaches used to incorporate diversity management and cultural competence in the delivery of healthcare. Explores relevant organizational dynamics and organizational policies that are necessary to effectively manage a healthcare organization.
Rashida Biggs | 2 UG credits

PSHM 4300: Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology
Online  Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | Jan 23-May 1 | Restricted to BPHM Students & HCM Concentration Students
Examines health issues from a population health perspective of  policy and programs; introduces students to principles of population health practice with emphasis on history, philosophy and scope. Examines how health care delivery systems, public health agencies and community organizations work together to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the various communities they serve.  Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Rashida Biggs | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4400: Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 23-May 1 | Restricted to BPHM Students
Provides an introduction to the research process for the allied healthcare professional.  The purpose, conduct and evaluation of research will be discussed using examples from the health sciences literature. At the conclusion of the course, students will possess the skills to propose and present a basic health sciences research proposal and critically evaluation the sources and substance of health related sources and literature. Prerequisite: PSHM 3010 and PSHM 3050.
Ana Abad-Jorge | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4700: Economics and Finance of Health Care
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:30pm | Jan 18-Apr 26 | Restricted to BPHM and HCM Concentration Students
Provides basic overview of economic and financial management concepts in health care. Introduces important economic concepts and issues in health care including market factors, production, costs, labor issues, and economic evaluation. Provides an overview of basic financial management principles, capital planning, financial statements, and budgeting in health care organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4950: Capstone II: Health Sciences Management Project Implementation
Online Synchronous| Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 | Restricted to BPHM Capstone Students
Focuses on the successful completion of the student’s capstone project proposed in PSHM 4900 Capstone Course I. Integrates the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired in the BPHM degree program and applies them to a problem or opportunity for improvement in the healthcare management field. Students conduct a project in a real world healthcare management setting. Prerequisite: PSHM 4900.
Maria Kronenburg & Ana Abad-Jorge | 2 UG credits | Required

ACCT 2010: Introductory Accounting I
Online Asynchronous* | Available Jan 22-Apr 30  | *Synchronous sessions TBD. 
Designed to introduce students to the language of business, the course begins with the role of financial data in contemporary society, proceeds to develop the accounting model for capturing financial data, and finishes with the problems of measuring and reporting income, assets, liabilities, and equities.
Marshall Kasten | 3 UG credits | Elective 

HR 4030: Organizational Change and Development
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 17-May 1  | *Synchronous sessions TBD.
Analysis of the key concepts and theories in organizational behavior and organizational development. Focuses on the student’s development of the diagnostic skills necessary to effectively manage organizational change. Deals with specific issues such as downsizing, up sizing, mergers and acquisitions, and the inclusion of an international workforce into a “new” corporate culture. Prerequisite: HR 4010 or with instructor or program director permission.
David Penkrot | 3 UG credits | Elective

HR 4050: Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Resources
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 17-May 1  | *Synchronous sessions TBD. 
Addresses employment laws and issues including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, selected immigration laws, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and other issues of gender and racial/ethnic equity. Also deals with business ethics issues as they relate to HR. Prerequisite: HR 4010 or HR 4020
Paul Weatherhead | 3 UG credits | Elective

IT 3220: Strategic Business Value of Information Technology
Online Asynchronous* | Available Jan 17-May 1 | Synchronous Sessions, Thursdays 7-8pm.
Focuses on how to assess the value of IT investments and align technical strategies with business strategies. Introduces Porter’s Five Forces Model, the value chain, technology payoff metrics, and risk analysis. Explores ways to leverage disruptive technologies for competitive advantage. 
Lisa Wentzel | 3 UG credits | Elective


BPHM students may take these online BIS courses to meet their general education requirements in Humanities and Social Sciences. 

ISBU | ISSS 3880: Data Analytics and Decision Making
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 17-May 1
Introduces the analytics process from question formulation to data gathering, processing, and decision making; highlights and explores differences among methods using large data sets, and case studies from various industries to illustrate and understand concepts. Utilizes statistical software; applies analytical methods through exercises, case study examination, and a final project. Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required.
Mary Dunaway | 3 UG credits

ISBU | ISSS 3888: Looking Through the Philosophic Lens of Technology
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 18-Apr 26
Explores ways in which the history and philosophy of technology can inform today’s liberal arts students about the role of technology in our society.  Covers current and historical topics as well as explores and develops a personal philosophic approach to the application of technology.
Yitna Firdyiwek | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3061: Sacred Paths: Introduction to World Religions
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 23-May 1
Introduces six major religious traditions deeply rooted in different cultures including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Examines the historical evolution, the doctrines, beliefs, practices, institutions, and cultural expressions of these religious traditions.
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3183: Writing the Story of Your Life:  Creative Nonfiction
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 18-Apr 26
Student learns how to bring together the imaginative strategies of fictional story telling with new ways of narrating true, real-life events. Explores how Creative Nonfiction writing allows you to share your stories in compelling ways, helps you write effectively in professional and personal situations, and provides new ways for you to document real-life experiences as they occurred.
Karen Hufford | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4130: Film Noir
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25
Focuses on the genre of film noir, styles noir has brought into mainstream cinema, themes, and characters throughout the genre. Includes class, gender, and the historical context of noir.
George Andrews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4190: Writing Strategies
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25
Explores non-fiction writing. Develops and hones skills needed to write stories and essays that readers are compelled to read. Learn the power of personal narrative and begin to grasp how that power affects a reader by understanding the difference between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’.
Robert Henry | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences - Introduction to European Studies
NVCC Loudoun | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 23-May 1 | In person class dates: 1/23, 4/3 & 5/1. All other sessions held synchronously online.
Explores several centuries of European history and traditions through different social scientific approaches including demography and ethnicity, politics, economics, and law. Provides background for understanding major developments (the welfare state, end of empire, Cold War, migration, and the EU) in European civilization in the 20th and 21st centuries
Richard Floyd | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities - God and Darwin: Friends or Foes?
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25
Studies scientists’ and philosophers’ rigorous arguments that God and Darwin are logically irreconcilable, that the idea of a world-creating monotheistic god is mutually exclusive with the idea of evolution by natural selection. Discusses the fact that other scientists and philosophers have argued God and Darwin are complementary, that they in no real sense conflict at all.
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3620: Ritual and Becoming in the Arts of Africa
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 23-May 1
Examines the traditional arts produced on the African continent such as painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, and body modification as they are incorporated into age-grade initiation, fertility ceremonies and curative rituals.
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3262: Globalization, Liberalism, and Reform in the 19th Century
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 22-Apr 30
Surveys major trends in 19 century world history.  Explores a representative sample of peoples and cultures of the period. Considers how societies in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia coped with similar problems and innovations.  Introduces students to theoretical frameworks for world and comparative history.  Explores the processes of cultural interaction and globalization. Introduces students to a broad range of sources.
Richard Floyd | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3401: Smart Cities Enabling Sustainability
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 23-May 1
Introduces smart cities within the context of sustainability: economic, environmental, and equity. Provides a multidisciplinary look at innovative smart city approaches to solve complex problems on the local level with global impact; includes topics from environmental studies, information technology, data science, engineering, & social science.
Angela Orebaugh | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3411: Introduction to Personality Psychology
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 18-Apr 26
Explores major theoretical approaches to understanding personality and interpersonal functioning.  Discusses psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, humanistic, and cognitive approaches.
Fan Gao | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3830: Critical Issues in American Foreign Policy
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 17-May 1
Examines the critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States in the 21st century.  Explores the principal challenges and opportunities for American policymakers, such as: the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental issues, and human rights and democratization.
Peter Ronayne | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4458: The Cold War
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 18-Apr 26
This course examines both Russian and American foreign policy at several critical points during the conflict.  Through major scholarly works, primary documents, films, class discussions, papers, and lectures students will work together to better understand the Cold War and gain a fuller understanding of its political, military, cultural, economic, and ideological impact at home and abroad. The following questions will be explored: 1) How did the Cold War start?; 2) What were some of the important decisions made during the conflict, and why?; 3) Why did the Cold War end the way it did?
Paul Pitman | 3 UG credits