COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Healthcare Mission Leadership

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Introduction to Healthcare Mission Leadership (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 500*
Instructor (s): M. Therese Lysaught, PhD
This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the history and role of mission leadership in Catholic health care.  Students will be introduced to the CHA Competencies for Health Care Mission Leadership in order to understand the scope of the position and how the various competency areas interact.  The course will introduce students to the five main competency areas: theology/ministry, spirituality, ethics, organizational management/finance, and leadership.  Guest faculty lecturers will share experiences working in mission integration in Catholic health care.
*MA program requirement 

Clinical Bioethics (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 401
Instructor(s): Mark Kuczewski, PhD; Katherine Wasson, PhD, MPH; Patrick McCruden, D.Bioethics, MTS
This course will provide an overview of the major areas of clinical biomedical ethics. Participants will gain familiarity with the terminology, resources, and major frameworks of ethical analysis in biomedical ethics. Issues that will be examined and analyzed include problem-solving methods, the theory and practice of informed consent, end-of-life decision making, physician-assisted suicide, pediatric ethical dilemmas, spirituality in clinical encounters, the injustice of health care disparities, and the role of ethics committees. Extensive use of case discussion and analysis will help to develop the participants’ ethical problem-solving skills.

Ethics Across the Care Continuum (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 403
Instructor(s): Mark Kuczewski, PhD; Patrick McCruden, D.Bioethics, MTS
This course will prepare students to identify biomedical ethical issues in a setting such as long-term care, rehabilitation care, psychiatric care, dentistry, and alternative medicine and to develop moral frameworks for addressing these issues.  These objectives will be met by considering the current literature on ethical issues in these settings, analyzing cases and issues from these health-care delivery sites, and exploring theoretical questions concerning how the principles and frameworks of biomedical ethics can be adapted to apply in these settings. 

Social Determinants of Health and Bioethics (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 407
Instructor(s): Lena Hatchett, PhD
This course will review the theoretical work on social science (anthropology, sociology) and moral reasoning as it pertains to the discipline of bioethics, its philosophical roots, and the body of social science work in bioethics. This class will critically examine a number of current bioethical issues in the United States and internationally. The course considers how both bioethical dilemmas, and the values, principles, rights, etc. that serve as their foundation, are shaped by patients' and health professionals' cultural values and beliefs about concepts of self/personhood, body, life, and death. This course will also explore how broader, socio-cultural factors relating to power, economics, gender, science, and the media influence bioethical dilemmas and their resolution. Students will learn how to use the technique of self-reflexivity to understand cultural values. Click here for course introduction video on YouTube. 

Religion & Bioethics (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 409
Instructor(s): Michael McCarthy, PhD
This course is a thematic exploration of religion and bioethics with a specific concentration on its implications at the end of life. The course will consist of three parts. The first-third of our course will consider the current state of the question of the control exercised through the medicalization of the dying process. Life expectancy over the last century has increased exponentially, and within recent decades the ability to pro-long one’s life through the use of medical technologies has shifted the role of health care at the end of life. The second part of the course considers whether various religious traditions offer an alternative approach to understanding suffering and death, and how it might inform bioethical considerations at the end of life. The final component of the course, will allow for an in-depth exploration of Christian practices at the end of life. This is a reading intensive course aimed to assist students in establishing familiarity with scholarly reflection on some of the larger questions of suffering and death, and meaning that underlie these issues in bioethics and the practice of healthcare at the end of life. 

Organizational Ethics I: Business, Professionalism, and Justice (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 412
Course Prerequisites: None
Instructor(s): Mark Kuczewski, PhD; Lena Hatchett, PhD
This course examines ethical issues in health care from the vantage point of decision makers who shape the system, e.g., physicians within a group practice, administrators within a health system, or advocates within a community. In particular, issues of balancing fidelity to the mission of a health-care organization with limitations emanating from its operating or profit margin will be considered in detail. The social and economic context of health care in the United States will be overviewed as the background for considering the responsibilities social justice entails to self, one's profession, the various institutions of which a healthcare profession is a member, one's patients, and the underserved.

Organizational Ethics II: Ethical Leadership for a Changing Healthcare Environment (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 419
Course Prerequisites: None
Instructor(s): Mark Kuczewski, PhD
This course examines the theory, role, and elements of leadership that effectively serve non-profit healthcare systems. In particular, the nature of leadership is examined. Questions of leadership style and theories of what constitutes effective leadership are considered. Communication strategies and methods of organizational change key focuses. The combination of the online and on campus environments represent an opportunity for heightened interaction and a rich learning experience that taps many resources not easily available in either environment. 

Moral Theology for Bioethics (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 414
Instructor(s): Michael McCarthy, PhD
This course seeks to offer a substantive introduction to Christian ethics with particular focus on its application to bioethics. The course has two foci. First, it will offer a historical survey of the development and progression of Christian ethics from the ancient Greeks and biblical times to the 21st century. Second it will consider the Christian vision of what it means to be a person and how that vision shapes an approach to bioethical reasoning through a consideration of themes including creation in God’s image, the gift of human freedom, the relationship of the body to the soul, sin, grace, the mystery of death, and the hope of bodily resurrection. Readings will range across the Christian traditions, Protestant and Catholic alike, with attention paid to similarity and divergence in these approaches. No prior theological training or faith commitment is presumed as this course is designed as an introduction to the field and its pertinence to bioethics.  

Catholic Bioethics in Clinical Practice (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 415
Instructor(s): Michael McCarthy, PhD
This course offers a topical survey of bioethical issues pertinent to clinical practice in the Catholic context. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' document, Ethical and Religious directives for Catholic Health Care Services, 5th Edition, serves as the guiding document of the course. Topics and concepts considered include abortion, contraception, sterilization, nutrition and hydration, withdrawal of life support, care of the dying, cooperation, conscience, human dignity and personhood. This course aims to assist students in establishing a substantive familiarity with the positions and moral reasoning of the Catholic tradition in clinical bioethics through a consideration of Church documents, scholarly texts and articles and formative debates within contemporary Catholic bioethics. 

Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 416
Instructor(s): Michael McCarthy, PhD; M. Therese Lysaught, PhD
This course involves an historical study of the development of the body of official Catholic Social Teaching (CST) specific to its impact on healthcare delivery in the United States.  Current developments in select key social issues and movements are also addressed insofar as those issues and movements influenced healthcare delivery. The pastoral letters of the U.S. Bishops, especially their teachings on healthcare reform, also receive attention.  The interface between religious faith and public policy debates is a constant concern throughout the course.  Practical strategies for fostering a social justice consciousness in healthcare settings are also considered.  Extensive use of case discussion and analysis will help to develop the participants’ understanding of the principles of CST and their application to the healthcare context. 

Advancing Health Equity Practice (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 418
Instructor(s): Lena Hatchett, PhD
This is a two-month long blended course of online learning and a two-day intensive experience on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL).  This course will introduce the frameworks and practice health equity as it pertains to the field of bioethics. The tools and materials help students more effectively incorporate health equity into all aspects of their work. Topics include community health, multisector community engagement, and innovative approaches to clinical and community work to improve population health. 

Ignatian Spirituality and Medicine (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 426
Instructor(s): Michael McCarthy, PhD
This course in will explore the roots of Ignatian Spirituality as presented in the Spiritual Exercises and implications that these themes have in health care. The Spiritual Exercises, written by St. Ignatius Loyola, develop through four movements. These movements, or weeks, can both form and inform personal and institutional practices. Themes that will be explored focus on: the limitation of humanity, freedom and sin, discernment and discipleship, suffering and compassion, mission and hospitality. The course will explore these themes through various readings on Ignatian Spirituality and an invitation to incorporate some of these practices into your own life. After the course, students should have a substantive understanding of Ignatian spirituality and ideas about its implication in the practice of health care.  

Writing and Scholarship Skills (3 credits)
Course Number BEHL 428*
Instructor: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
In an online program, writing skills are an essential form of communication not only between the instructor and students but also among and between the students themselves.  Moreover, a requirement of the Master’s and Doctoral programs is a scholarly writing project. Therefore, developing writing skills is an essential component of the Bioethics Program. This course will provide a review of basic writing skills as well help students develop analytical and communication skills that are critical to scholarly writing in the multidisciplinary field of bioethics. The topics covered will include: Academic Integrity; Grammar; Resource Development/Citation; Clarity/Formality; Development of a Thesis and Writing of a Thesis Statement; Organization and Outlining; Critical Thinking/ Analysis/Reasoning; and Development of a Conclusion.
*This course does not count toward HCML degree requirements 

Practicum in Organizational/Public Health Ethics (3 credits)
Course Number BEHL 422 (Doctoral Course)*
Instructor(s): Organizational Ethics - Mark Kuczewski, PhD; Public Health Ethics - Lena Hatchett, PhD
The overarching objective of the practicum is to enable the student to work on a project which translates both general and discipline-specific information into organizational ethics and mission practice. The student must demonstrate the capacity to utilize knowledge and make evidence-based decisions regarding organizational ethics/mission issues, and exhibit leadership, creativity, and the ability to work well with others. The goal of the mission leadership practicum is to provide students the opportunity to use knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program in a professional setting (e.g. community hospital or academic medical center), under the direction of a preceptor at that setting. The practicum also affords an opportunity to develop and apply certain competencies studied in academic coursework. Students will be required to identify an appropriate mentor who will precept the students during the course of a semester. A faculty member will provide feedback and guidance during the course of the semester.
Course Prerequisite:  Organizational Ethics I or Organizational Ethics II
*MA program requirement or BEHL 492 

Church and Mission (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 501 (IPS 402)
Instructor(s): Michael Canaris, PhD
In the 21st century the Church is a concept best understood within a global context.  We will explore the biblical and apostolic concept of Church progressing through Vatican II. We will also examine the four marks of the Church from both historical and contemporary perspectives.  Outcomes: Articulate a vision of Church, evaluate and critique different ecclesiologies, and understand the development and structure of the Church from biblical times through Vatican II to contemporary times. 

Christian Doctrine (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 502 
Instructor(s): John Hardt, PhD
The course covers the historical evolution of Christian doctrine and its theological interpretations through Vatican II, as well as the development of doctrine in the post-Vatican II era. Particular attention is given to applications to questions in contemporary healthcare ministry.  Outcomes: Students will discover the tools of historical theology, the theological significance of changed historical-cultural contexts and the hermeneutical task of translating theology into present contexts. 

Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 503 (IPS 545)
Instructor(s): Scott Kelley, PhD
Christian spirituality (the lived experience of Christian faith) is a separate but partnered academic field with theology today.  Key issues are: defining spirituality, methods in the field, spirituality vs. institutional religion, Jesus Christ (christology), major figures and movements in Christian spirituality's 2000-year history, and classical and contemporary themes. Outcomes: Facility defining spirituality and Christian spirituality, and an informed understanding of the person Jesus Christ, the history of Christian spirituality, and the relationship of spirituality to theology and the practice of Catholic healthcare. 

Advanced Concepts in Health Systems Management (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 505
Instructor(s): Patrick McCruden, DBE, MTS
This course is structured around the unique management and strategy skills needed by a Mission executive in Catholic healthcare. Areas covered include: current strategic challenges, innovation vs transformation, leadership, team building, strategy implementation, resource management, budgeting, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements and ecclesial relations. Outcomes: analyze major strategic management processes, describe how Catholic ministerial identity impacts major strategic and operational processes, and integrate a framework for pragmatically applying theological reflection to key business and ministerial decisions. 

Fiscal Management for Healthcare Organizations (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 506 (CMAN 533)
Instructor(s): William Duffy
The course explores the relationship between the national economic environment and the financial context for current models of health care delivery.  A variety of fiscal concepts and techniques such as cost accounting, cost behavior, budgeting, cost benefit/cost effectiveness analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost variance analysis, and performance budgeting are explored.  Outcomes: Students will develop a framework for understanding key issues in health care financial management.  Students will develop a quantitative approach to decision making in health care administration through application of concepts. 

Integrated Doctoral Seminar in Ethics, Theology and Health Care (variable topics) (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Therese Lysaught, PhD; John Hardt, PhD; Michael McCarthy, PhD
The Integrated Seminars in Ethics, Theology and Healthcare (ISETH) are the core of the Doctorate in Healthcare Mission Leadership (D.HMCL) degree program. Students in the DHCML program are required to complete three of these seminars, which will be offered every Fall and Spring term with variable topics, as part of their degree program. These courses are designed to build on and integrate students’ prior graduate coursework in theology and bioethics with their ongoing work in Catholic healthcare. These courses will be primarily theoretical and methodological in focus, rather than practical.

*Spring 2021
Integrated Seminar Topic: "Theology, Race, and Catholic Healthcare"
Instructor: M. Therese Lysaught, PhD

White privilege masks many things—one of which is the historical complicity of Christian theology and institutions in the construction, justification, and maintenance of racism. The story of racism and Catholic healthcare…well, what is that story? Is there one? The literature is almost silent. This course examines the history and practice of Catholic healthcare with attention to the never-healed wound of racism. It spans topics of structural racism; race, medicine, and healthcare; race and Christian theology; contemporary anti-racism literature; and will engage students in an examination of the histories and practices of their own institutions through the lens of race. This term, the course will be open to interested MA and doctoral students in both mission leadership and bioethics.

Mission Leadership and Ministry Formation (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 511
Instructor: Michael McCarthy, PhD; Sarah Reddin, D.HCML (cand.)
This course explores the theology, traditions, and current practices foundational for understanding and achieving formation as an essential offering of Catholic health care ministries. By examining a variety of methods and models of formation programs of Catholic healthcare in the United States, students will cultivate personal practices that enhance their ability to design and operationalize experiences for persons in various roles within the ministries they serve - from new associate orientation to senior leadership. Outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of and practical ability to ensure the programs, resources, and encounters they design and facilitate are grounded in the traditions of Catholic ministry, inviting to diverse participant populations, and support the achievement of specified outcomes. In so doing, students will be able to understand and develop the skills necessary to implement integrative, professional, and valued programs of formation. 

Canon Law, Sponsorship, and Church Relations (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 512
Instructor: M. Therese Lysaught, PhD, Rev. William Grogan, JD
This two-month course explores the theology, traditions, and practical applications of canon law in the context of Catholic health care. The course will provide an overview of canon law, the emerging theology of sponsorship and ministerial juridic persons, and review a variety of models of church relations current in contemporary Catholic health care. Outcomes: Students will gain fluency in canon law, gain knowledge of the particular canons in Catholic health care, and develop a deeper understanding of sponsorship in order to understand the specific sponsorship model applicable to their own healthcare context.

Doctoral Capstone I (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 423*
Instructor(s): Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
This course is an opportunity for doctoral students in our program to further develop a paper from their practicum experience and/or another course and revise it into a manuscript of publishable quality. The coordinator for this course will serve as the faculty advisor to work with in reviewing the paper and providing critical feedback. In the first weeks of the course the student will identify a paper topic and the relevant journals in which the student may publish that paper. During the early part of this course, the student will revise and hone a thesis statement and write a first draft of the manuscript. After receiving feedback from the course coordinator the student will proceed to writing another draft of the manuscript. Finally, the student will revise the manuscript one last time, formatting it in the style of the journal identified, and submit it for a grade. The manuscript will also be submitted to the journal earlier identified.  
*Doctoral program requirement 

Doctoral Capstone II (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 424*
Instructor(s): Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
This course is an opportunity for doctoral students to further develop a paper from their practicum experience and/or another course and revise it into a manuscript of publishable quality. This course builds upon Doctoral Capstone I (BEHP 423). The coordinator for this course will serve as the faculty advisor to work with students in reviewing papers and providing critical feedback. In the first weeks of the course students will identify their paper topic and the relevant journals targeted for submission. During the early part of this course, students will hone a thesis statement and submit a draft of the manuscript. After receiving feedback from the course coordinator students will submit another draft of the manuscript. Finally, the student will revise the manuscript one last time, formatting it in the style of the journal submitted to, and submit it for a grade. The manuscript will also be submitted to the journal earlier identified. 
*Doctoral program requirement 

Master's Research Capstone (3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 492*
Instructor(s): Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
The capstone course is typically the last course a student takes in the master's program. It provides an opportunity for the student to work with the capstone director to develop a paper of publishable quality from an existing work from another course.  The resulting paper must be single-authored and suitable for a peer reviewed journal. The focus of the paper should be on a bioethics topic. Students will spend time identifying a topic and suitable journal, conduct a literature review, and develop a thesis statement.  Manuscript draft(s) will be reviewed and provided feedback.
*MA program requirement or BEHL 422 

Independent Study (variable, 1 - 3 credits)
Course Number: BEHL 493
Instructor(s): Neiswanger Faculty 

*HCML students may also select additional electives in healthcare leadership and management from the Quinlan School of Business or in theology and spirituality from the Department of Theology. These electives will be selected in conversation with the student’s academic advisor.