May 17, 2022
In the Fall of 2019, the Healthcare Supervision and Management Area of Concentration was terminated. Students who were enrolled prior to the Fall 2019 term have the option to stay in the Healthcare Supervision and Management Area of Concentration or transfer to a new major. The last term that a student can be admitted to the ARCO is Fall 2019 and the inactivation term is Fall 2021.
Health Care Supervision and Management (HSM), a concentration in the Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program, is housed in the Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). Pitt and SHRS are currently ranked the #1 college in the US to student health professions according to College Factual as listed in a recent article in USA Today.
The Health Care Supervision and Management (HSM) concentration provides health professionals an opportunity for career advancement. Qualified students with interests in administration and supervisory management in health care, long-term care, and rehabilitation may pursue a 41-42 credit concentration in Health Care Supervision and Management. Students enrolled full-time normally complete program in 5 consecutive semesters.
This program is designed for professionals in health care who wish to attain knowledge and skills at the graduate level to prepare for a supervisory management position or to upgrade competencies developed earlier in his/her career.
Students with a special interest in long-term care for the aging or disability studies may pursue additional courses offered within SHRS and/or the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH).
All students enrolled in the Health Care Supervision and Management concentration are required to complete 41-42 credits. Courses are chosen with the advisor and a Plan of Study will be developed to enable each student to design an in-depth study of Health Care Supervision and Management taking into account student’s previous academic preparation and experience.
Most of our courses are only offered once per academic year. Please also note that you will have a required class that is offered during Summer. If a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation.
HSM Curriculum and Course Descriptions
The Health Care Supervision and Management curriculum allows students to choose from required core courses and elective courses. Elective courses can be chosen from SHRS or other academic programs within the University.
Foundation & Core Coursed (17 credits)
- HRS 2434 - BUSINESS ISSUES AND DATA ANALYTICS IN HEALTH CARE *
- HRS 2435 - FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE *
- HRS 2445 - HUMAN RESOURCE MGT/LABOR RELTN *
- HRS 2465 - LEADERSHIP SKILL DEVELOPMENT *
- HRS 2421 - SECURITY, PRIVACY, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE *
- HRS 2920 - ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP *
Health Informatics Courses (select 6 credits)
- HRS 2420 - INTRO TO HEALTH INFORMATICS
- HRS 2490 - ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS *
- HRS 2423 - CLOUD COMPUTING, HL7 AND ANALYTICS IN HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2424 - DATABASE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2432 - TELEMEDICINE, TELEREHABILITATION, AND E-HEALTH
* Required Course for All Students
Electives (select 12-13 credtis - selected with advisor from SHRS and other departments within the University)
- HRS 2431 - EVALUATION METHODS IN HEALTH INFORMATICS
- HRS 2454 - LEAN SIX SIGMA AND OTHER IMPROVEMENT METHODOLOGIES IN HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2901 - INTRO TO RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
- HRS 2903 - ISSUES IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM
- HRS 2902 - TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2910 - STATSTCL APPLCS/HEALTH & REHAB
OR (BIOST 2011, 2041, 2042,; PSYED 2018)
- HRS 2905 - ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2428 - CONCP SOFTWR PROJ ENGR HLTH CARE
- HRS 2482 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE
- HRS 2480 - DIMENSIONS OF AGING: CULT & HLTH
- HRS 2708 - INDIVIDUAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE OF DISABILITY
- LAW 5339 - LAW OF DISABLTY DISCRIMINATION
- HRS 2425 - DATA ANALYTICS: APPLICATION IN GENOMICS AND PERSONALIZED CARE
- HRS 2426 - EVALUATION OF CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS, REFERENCE TERMINOLOGIES & DATA CAPTURE TECHNOLOGIES IN HC
- HRS 2457 - QUALITY MANAGEMENT
- HRS 2924 - GRADUATE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
- HRS 2925 - GRADUATE RESEARCH
Students are required to take six credits in an area in which they want to further develop their professional skills, selected from the following lis of electives or from other offerings within the School and University.
Please note: All students are required to take at least 30 credits within SHRS
** A comprehensive examination is required and should be scheduled by the advisor and student **
Internships for Graduate Students
Graduate students in the Department of Health Information Management in the areas of Health Information Systems and Health Care Supervision & Management are required to complete an internship as part of their curriculum. The overall goal of the internship is to provide students with practical experiences to apply their knowledge and skills that they learn in their respective graduate programs.
The HIM department has affiliation agreements with approximately 200+ clinical sites for student internships. The following list provides a sample of these sites:
- Center for Connected Medicine
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - IS Department
- Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
- Excela Health
- Oman HIM Institute
- United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh
- University of Pennsylvania Health System
- UPMC CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute)
- UPMC Department of Radiology
- UPMC eRecord
- UPMC Health Track
- UPMC Interface Development
- UPMC Physician Services Division
- UPMC Radiology Division
- UPMC Technology Development Center
Prerequisites for Graduate Internships
The following are required in order for students to be eligible to participate in an internship. The student’s advisor will provide detailed information and time guidelines for completion of the requirements once the student matriculates into the graduate program.
- Physical examination including proof or completion of specific immunizations
- TB test, 2-step
- Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance
- FBI Background Check (includes fingerprinting)
- HIPAA Training and Certification
- Students must carry personal health insurance while participating in an internship
- Students must carry professional student liability insurance coverage while participating in an internship. This coverage is provided by the SHRS group insurance plan and will appear as a charge on the students’ tuition bill.
- Some sites may have additional requirements (i.e. drug screen, influenza vaccine, or orientation programs specific to their organization).
- Internship sites may not allow a student to participate in an internship at their site if the background check reports that they have been convicted of a misdemeanor; a felony; or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.
- Travel to internship sites is the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to have a car or to provide their own transportation to all remote sites; no exceptions will be made. Not all sites are accessible by public transportation.
- All expenses for transportation, parking, meals, and costs of prerequisites associated with clinical education are the responsibility of the student.
- Approximate cost for clearances is $100, and costs for physical exam and immunization status are dependent on health insurance coverage and provider costs.
- Approximate cost for drug screen is $40.
- The internship is 3 credits, and requires a minimum of 180 hours of student participation.
For more information on internships students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor.