Human Resource Principles And Practices In Health Care –


(3 credits)

This course examines the complexities and multiple issues involved in human resources management in health care organizations. Students will examine the strategic role of human resource management in response to changes in the health care industry. In addition, issues such as recruitment, retention, performance management, organizational development, and employee relations are examined. Federal, state, and professional regulatory requirements specific to health care are emphasized.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Strategic Role of Human Resources in Health Care

  • Examine human resource management’s role as a strategic business partner.
  • Examine the changing role of human resource management in response to changes in the health care industry.
  • Describe the functional roles of the HR department.
  • Describe the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the workforce.

Employment Laws and Health Care Regulations

  • Describe federal and state employment laws.
  • Examine the regulatory environment in which health care organizations operate.

Recruitment and Selection

  • Identify recruitment strategies and methods.
  • Identify the different components of the selection process.
  • Describe the legal implications of interviewing.
  • Differentiate between job analysis, job description, and job specification.

Employee Relations

  • Discuss the importance of establishing a climate of mutual respect and trust to maintaining employee relationships.
  • Describe the pros and cons of unions in health care settings.

Training and Organizational Development

  • Explain why training and education are vital in health care.
  • Describe the role of continuing education in health care.
  • Explain why measuring competencies is important in the health care profession.
  • Explain organizational development's role in maximizing organizational performance.

Performance Management Systems

  • Explain the importance of performance management in health care.
  • Describe and evaluate performance appraisal methods.
  • Identify barriers and develop guidelines for effective performance appraisals.
  • Differentiate between performance issues and systems issues.
  • Describe the progressive discipline process and methods of correcting performance.
  • Describe the legal risks of terminating employees.

Future Human Resources in Health Care

  • Assess individual and organizational approaches to career management.
  • Describe the role of human resource management in organizational change.
  • Discuss current and future human resource issues in health care.

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