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Academic Programs


Fall 2017

HCDS 7973: The Science of Health Care Delivery
3 credit hours
Tuesdays, 6 – 8:45 p.m.
To enroll, contact the Graduate Admission office at or 918-631-2336.

This introductory course provides learners with core knowledge about the way health care is delivered across the U.S., and how shifting regulatory, financial and political pressures are affecting care patterns. Key topics will include: appreciating regional variation, the social determinants of health, organizational ethics and understanding community health. Students will draw upon best practices and actual cases from around the country, studying ways to improve the value of health care – by enhancing access, affordability, equitability, quality and patient satisfaction. The course will be taught by Institute Director Jeffrey Alderman, MD, MS.


Coming spring 2018: More details to be posted soon

What will health care look like five years from now? How will patients, providers and payers respond to an ever-changing delivery system? How will shifts in disease patterns, technology and governmental polices shape the future of health and health care?

These are among many questions we ask every day in TU’s Oxley College of Health Sciences. Seeking answers, we established the Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences – charged with studying present and future trends in health care across our community, our region, and the nation. Our mission is to provide research, service and educational programs that reflect issues in health care delivery for populations rich and poor, healthy and sick, urban and rural, etc.

Beginning in 2018, we will offer a Certificate Program in Health Care Delivery Sciences: a sequence of five courses plus a capstone project (15 total credit hours) designed to provide foundations in this emerging field. We seek to educate current and future leaders hoping to gain knowledge and skills in health care delivery science. But more importantly, we hope to attract students looking to chart the future for hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations, insurance companies, government, legal practice and anyone else working in or with the health industry.

Courses will include:

  • The Science of Health Care Delivery (introductory course)
  • Quality Improvement Science in Health Care
  • Population Health
  • Strategic Planning in Health Care
  • Essentials in U.S. Health Care Policy
  • And the self-directed Capstone Project

We anticipate that certificate students will hail from across many sectors of the health industry, including clinicians, nonprofit service providers, public health scientists, health administrators, insurance providers, policy makers, advocacy experts, philanthropists and those in the legal, pharmaceutical, device and health information technology fields, among others.

One course will be offered each semester in the “flipped classroom” format – students will independently view course materials asynchronously, then bring their insights to a weekly synchronous online discussion session with faculty and their peers. Course faculty will include those from the TU community and beyond, each with subject matter expertise in health care delivery sciences. Prior to beginning each semester, we will host a two-day ‘on-the-ground’ session and team-building orientation in Tulsa. Most students will complete their certificate within approximately 18 months.

Please check back soon for complete details on the program.