Course Title and Number
HAP 730 Decision Analysis in Healthcare (3:3:0)
Students integrate scientific evidence, patients' preferences, and experts' opinions to analyze managerial decisions and identify optimal alternatives. Included are applications to analysis of practice patterns, benchmarking, probabilistic risk assessment, cost analysis, conflict analysis and measurement of severity of illness. Decision analytical tools such as Multi-Attribute Value Models, Bayesian Probability Networks, and Decision Trees are covered.
We live in a fast changing society where analysis is of paramount importance. Our hope is to help students solve pressing problems in our organizations and society. Good decisions based on a systematic consideration of all relevant factors and stakeholder opinions and values lead to good outcomes, both for those involved in the decision making process, and for the customers who are directly impacted by the consequences and effects of such decisions. At the conclusion of the course participants should be able to:
Students are expected to use subjective opinions of experts to construct analytical models that could help managers make important organizational decisions.
Learning analytical tools is difficult, especially for students with limited background in mathematics. To facilitate the learning process, this course is taught based on the concepts of “learn one, do one, teach one.” First the concept is taught by the instructor. Then the student does a rapid analysis project. Next the student using a rubric provided by the instructor comments on the work of others and suggests improvements to other students. In this fashion, the student learns not only by listening to lectures and reading but by doing analytical work and teaching the ideas to others.
Advanced learners such as you learn the underlying concepts better if they teach these concepts. In order to help you do so, you will review three or four students' bi-weekly projects and provide feelback to authors. In making your comments, please be positive and follow the recommended structure. Detailed instructions on how to obtain and review projects will be provided.
A prior graduate course in statistics or a college level course in algebra is required. To benefit from this course you need to have the following:
If you are taking this course as part of a graduate level course, you will
receive a grade. Your grade will depend on your participation, quality of your
project work and your team work. Participation is key to making the experience of everyone a pleasant one. Internet
courses are not only distance learning but also interactive learning. These courses
benefit from student participation. Class participation along with assignments are worth 20% of
your grade. Class participation means that in each section, you should
either ask a question, complete the minute evaluation for the session
and rate the session, or interact with the instructor in other way (i.e., email).
If you ask a question, your question will be answered on the same web page within 48 hours and the question and the answer would be available for all students to read and benefit from. You can also ask questions by sending email to the instructor.HIMSS, ACHE, IHI or other local or national organizations focused on your career. You should attend a meeting (conference, seminar, local chapter meeting, etc.) and write about a page description of what you learned and how the membership and the attended event relates to this course. It is not sufficient to simply pay the membership fee and do not participate in the organization in any way.
Selecting a project, gathering data, and conducting the analysis takes significant amount of time. Please plan well ahead of time and ready the chapter on rapid analysis within the book. It has a great deal of advice on how to complete your work on time. In general, delay in turning in assignments reduces the grade for the assignment by 80%.
You are asked to complete 5 bi-weekly projects. In each project you are asked to interview an expert or a decision maker and construct a model of them. These interviews are time consuming and you should arrange for them as soon as possible. In completing these tasks please note the following:
The schedule below is approximate and may be changed to adapt to students' needs and requests, new material, closing of the university and for other reasons. In the beginning of each week, you will receive detailed instructions about the material to be covered, assignments, etc. Specific due dates for all assignments and projects will be provided with assignments.
If you are enrolled in this course, you will receive communications from the course faculty. Please send a confirmatory email to your instructor. You may loose up to 5% of grade if not checking your email daily. Please use your GMU email address. Also, check SPAM folder as some class related emails may be incorrectly classified as spam.
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If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see Debbie Wyne and contact the Disability Resource Center at 703 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the Disability Resource Center.
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