Current Term Classes - BPHM

Fall 2017

Class registration opens on August 7. 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

ISSS 3760: Issues in Leadership
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 24-Nov 30 | Restricted to BPHM & BIS students | Required for BPHM 2015 Cohorts
Designed to serve as an overview and exploration in the ever-growing field of leadership studies, the purpose of  this course is to learn about leadership- to be better at leadership, whether in an organization, community, family, or some other context. A wide-range of topics and issues will be examined through historical and modern conceptions, case studies, moral and ethical sides of  leadership, and focused looks at crisis leadership.
Rashida Biggs | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 3010: Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice
Online Synchronous* | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm |  Aug 22-Dec 5 | *In-Person Session: Saturday, 10/14, 9am-1pm.
Provides an introduction to health care management for allied health practitioners.  Integrates theory and practice through course presentations, readings, online discussions, experiential exercises, and written assignments. Emphasizes the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills, within multidisciplinary environments, to both health care practice and professional development.
Ana Abad-Jorge and Rashida Biggs | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 3050: Current Issues in Health Care
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 22-Dec 8
Provides an introduction to the healthcare and healthcare management literature for allied healthcare professionals, building on the foundational knowledge provided in the concurrent PSHM 3010 Introduction to Healthcare Management. The course emphasizes the application of critical thinking and library research skills.
Rashida Biggs | 1 UG credits | Elective, but highly recommended for new students

PSHM 4600 Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 22-Dec 5
Explores the concepts and organizational factors that impact service delivery and quality in health care.  It emphasizes service excellence and resources to improve customer service and quality of services. It also focuses on the concepts, theories, practices, tools, and strategies for quality improvement and quality management in health care organizations and in service delivery.
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Elective

PSHM 4650: American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 23-Dec 5 | In-person class to be held on Saturday, 10/14, 9am-1pm 
Provides foundational overview of the structure and function of the US health care system. Promotes critical discussion of history and current status of organizations and delivery systems. Examines challenges facing providers, patients, and policy makers, as health care becomes more complex. Utilizes current events and media to explore controversies related to labor, finance, access, and health disparities. Required: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Required

HR 4020: Human Resource Management
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9pm | Aug 28-Dec 4
Survey of individual (as opposed to systemic) topics in HR management.  Topics include employee relations, job satisfaction, personnel selection and placement, job analysis and design, interviewing techniques, performance appraisal and training, and wage and salary administration.
Stephen Oliver | 3 UG credits | Advanced Restricted Elective 

HR 4030: Organizational Change and Development
Online Asynchronous* | Available  Aug 22-Dec 5 | *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 | Advanced Restricted Elective 

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

ISHU 3456: History of Western Architecture from Antiquity to the Present
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 22-Dec 5
Examines the tradition of Western architecture from its inception in Greece and Rome to the present. Focuses on aesthetic, cultural, and political ideas framing the design, uses, and meanings of these celebrated buildings. Provides tools for visual analysis using a variety of methods from text analysis to visits of buildings.
Julia May | 3 UG credits | Elective  


ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences - The Atlantic World: 1500-1820
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 22-Dec 5
An interdisciplinary examination of exploration and colonization of the New World, 1300-1700, and the Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans who shaped it. Students will be introduced to and employ historical methodology and research, anthropology, and literary analysis in an examination of primary sources, literature, artifacts, and current scholarship to gain a deeper understanding of social sciences and the roots of our modern world.
David Corlett | 3 UG credits | Elective

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities - Renaissance to Radical Islam
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 23-Nov 29
Examines the “human” through works of drama, literature, philosophy, history and film. Explores the sub-theme of war to demonstrate how studying the ‘human’ exposes changing attitudes of Western Culture from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Considers the transmission of ideas across cultures and historical periods, and how the traveling of texts through the press and translations contribute to the production of the “human.”
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits | Elective

ISLS 3360: The Role of Memory and The Human Condition
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4
Focuses on the human condition and uses literature to examine the role of memory.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 3045: Science and Practice of Mindfulness
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 24-Nov 30
Considers the latest scientific findings about the mind-body connection, offers students the opportunity to experience them through direct mindfulness meditative practices. Explores formal and informal mindfulness practices, the contextual background of mindfulness, and applies them to a variety of professions and settings. Covers a range of contemplative exercises that cultivate emotional balance and the ability to cope with stress.
Susanna Williams | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 4000: The Experience of the Great War: Life and Literature
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 24-Nov 30
Drawing on histories and literature, including autobiographies, poetry, and novels, this course focuses on the experiences and mentalities of those who fought in World War I, as well as those who remained on the home front. The realities and myths of the Great War are explored. An emphasis is placed on British, French, and German writings about the Western Front as well as some consideration of the fighting on the Eastern Front and in Turkey.
Ann Plunkett | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 4420: Speaking with Numbers: The Effective Use of Statistics
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 22-Dec 5
Provides a basis for evaluating the claims of others while also choosing the best analysis methods for supporting ideas. Examines how quantitative analysis can inform decisions, how to select the appropriate tools for the situation, how to interpret the results, and how to effectively communicate the results.
Diana Perdue | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 4430: Topics in Developmental Psychology
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays & Thursdays,12-1:15pm | Aug 22-Dec 5
Studies how psychological abilities grow and change over time. Introduces students to topics in both cognitive and social development. Addresses how we become who we are; how we learn to think about ourselves and our environments; how we learn to communicate; and how we relate to others.
Fan Gao | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 4455: Social Inequality
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 23-Nov 29
This course explores systems of social inequality: feudalism, caste and slavery, class, and status groups, primarily in American society, but with reference to Europe and the Indian sub-continent as well. Starting with the fundamental concepts of Karl Marx and Max Weber, students will discuss the theoretical constructs that define systems of inequality, consider some historical examples, and then examine “social stratification” in our own country. Does the United States have a class system? If so, what are its characteristics?  Joining the scholarly debate on this issue, students will consider the meaning of equal opportunity and social mobility for achieving the “American dream.” The course also explores the empirical consequences of social inequality for every day life: in health and wellness, housing, education, and family structure.
Kathryn Wood | 3 UG credits | Elective 

ISSS 4456: Russian-American Relations
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 23-Nov 29
Focuses on the post-1945 period and the evolution of Russian-American relations since the fall of the Soviet Union, through an interdisciplinary lens based on contributions from international relations scholars and practitioners as well as historians, economists, philosophers, and political psychologists in historical and contemporary perspectives.
Yuri Urbanovich | 3 UG credits | Elective