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Maria A. Kronenburg

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department: SCPS - CP-Instr-Central Virginia
Office location and address
Zehmer Hall
Education
M.B.A., Old Dominion University
Ph.D., Urban Services and Health Services, Old Dominion University
Biography

Maria Kronenburg has a diverse background in health care including administration, program management, cost-management, health care information systems, business analysis, and decision support. Additionally, she has taught both online and hybrid courses in health care management and planning, health economics, health policy and administration, legal/social issues in health care, managed care, and health care administration. Most recently, Kronenburg served as assistant professor of management/health services administration at the Sorrell College of Business, Troy University-Global Campus, and has taught for Old Dominion University. Previously, she  worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC, and as a director/health care administer for AMERIGROUP /Wellpoint Corporation, a large Medicaid managed care organization. Kronenburg holds a Ph.D. in Urban Services-Health Services and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

PSHM 3010: Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice
Credits: 3
Provides an introduction to health care management for allied health practitioners. Integrates theory and practice through course presentations, readings, online discussions, experiential exercises, and written assignments. Emphasizes the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills, within multidisciplinary environments, to both health care practice and professional development.
PSHM 3050: Current Issues in Health Care
Credits: 1
Provides an introduction to the healthcare and healthcare management literature for allied healthcare professionals, building on the foundational knowledge provided in the concurrent PSHM 3010 Introduction to Healthcare Management. The course emphasizes the application of critical thinking and library research skills.
PSHM 3805: Health Information Systems and Applications
Credits: 3
Introduces foundational knowledge and emerging trends in health informatics, and examines how information systems can be utilized to improve patient care, health outcomes, efficiency, and quality. Provides knowledge on how health informatics can enhance evidence-based decision making, cost-management, and performance; analyzes key issues in data management, and confidentiality in health informatics. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4020: Management of Health Care Organizations
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of the management and leadership theories, models and practices used to improve the operations and performance of health care organizations. Students will enhance their ability to analyze the problems of health care organizations and develop strategies to improve decision-making, performance, and quality in health care. Prerequisite: Completion of PSHM 3010
PSHM 4200: Women's Health Issues: Access, Treatment and Policy
Credits: 3
Approaches issues related to women, gender, and health from various interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Examines the role of the medical profession, public health professionals, activists and social institutions in constructing discourses and knowledge about women and health; emphasizes the biological, social, economic, behavioral, and political factors associated with women's health. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4300: Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology
Credits: 3
Examines health issues from a population health perspective of policy and programs; introduces students to principles of population health practice with emphasis on history, philosophy and scope. Examines how health care delivery systems, public health agencies and community organizations work together to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the various communities they serve. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4400: Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences
Credits: 3
Provides an intro to the research process for the allied healthcare professional. The purpose, conduct and eval. of research will be discussed using examples from the health sciences literature. At the conclusion of the course, students will possess the skills to propose and present a basic health sciences research proposal and critically eval. the sources and substance of health related sources and literature. Prereq: PSHM 3010 & PSHM 3050
PSHM 4600: Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service
Credits: 3
Explores the concepts and organizational factors that impact service delivery and quality in health care. It emphasizes service excellence and resources to improve customer service and quality of services. It will also focus on the concepts, theories, practices, tools, and strategies for quality improvement and quality management in health care organizations and in service delivery. Prerequisite: Completion of PSHM 3010
PSHM 4650: American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Credits: 3
Provides foundational overview of the structure and function of the US health care system. Promotes critical discussion of history and current status of organizations and delivery systems. Examines challenges facing providers, patients, and policy makers, as health care becomes more complex. Utilizes current events and media to explore controversies related to labor, finance, access, and health disparities. Req: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4700: Economics and Finance of Health Care
Credits: 3
Provides basic overview of economic and financial management concepts in health care. Introduces important economic concepts and issues in health care including market factors, production, costs, labor issues, and economic evaluation. Provides an overview of basic financial management principles, capital planning, financial statements, and budgeting in health care organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.
PSHM 4800: Health Sciences Management Internship I
Credits: 2
Provides opportunity for students to apply knowledge & skills in health care management, administration, research and policy in real-world health care setting. Exposes students to other health care organizations & professionals, and various pressures that affect decision-making in the field. Challenges students to identify and develop new skills, alongside their personal career path & goals. Prerequisite: Final year of BPHM Program.
PSHM 4801: Health Sciences Management Internship II
Credits: 1
Provides opportunity for students to apply knowledge & skills in health care management, administration, research and policy in real-world health care setting. Exposes students to other health care organizations & professionals, and various pressures that affect decision-making in the field. Challenges students to identify and develop new skills, alongside their personal career path & goals. Prerequisite: Final year of BPHM Program.
PSHM 4900: Capstone I: Development of the Health Sciences Management Project
Credits: 2
Introduces the development of the health sciences management capstone project; students select a relevant project or research question and a focused topic of investigation, conduct a comprehensive literature reivew of the topic, engage with a project mentor, plan out the research project and complete a capstone project proposal. Prerequisites: Completion of PSHM 4400.
PSHM 4950: Capstone II: Health Sciences Management Project Implementation
Credits: 2
Focuses on the successful completion of the student's capstone project proposed in PSHM 4900 Capstone Course I. Integrates the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired in the BPHM degree program and applies them to a problem or opportunity for improvement in the healthcare management field. Students conduct a project in a real world healthcare management setting. Prerequisite: PSHM 4900
PSHM 5010: Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice
Credits: 3
Provides introduction to healthcare management to promote competency development in the field. Integrates theory and practice through course presentations, readings, online discussions, experiential exercises, case studies and written assignments. Emphasizes the application of critical thinking, problem solving and design skills within multidisciplinary environment to healthcare practice. Prereq: Bachelor's Degree
PSHM 5020: Management of Health Care Organizations
Credits: 3
Focuses on the management concepts, theories, responsibilities, functions, and leadership skills for managers in health care organizations (HCOs). Students will evaluate and analyze health care operations, the health care environment, and issues in management and leadership. Students will apply managerial skills and strategies to improve performance, quality and decision-making in HCOs.
PSHM 5300: Population Health: Programs, Policy, and Epidemiology
Credits: 3
Focuses on the unique integration of public health and healthcare systems. Provides students with key knowledge and skills to effectively promote health and prevent disease, while navigating public health and healthcare challenges. Emphasizes the identification of populations at risk; evidence-based care, care coordination, patient and community engagement, and reporting of outcomes. Prereq: Bachelor's Degree
PSHM 5600: Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service
Credits: 3
Explores the concepts and organizational factors impacting service delivery and quality management in health care; examines service excellence processes/resources to improve customer service and quality. Applies strategies to address challenges in quality and service management; focuses on the concepts, theories, and applications to improve decision making in quality and customer service. Prerequisite: Admission to HSM Grad Certificate Program.
PSHM 5650: American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Credits: 3
Provides foundational overview of the structure/function of US health care system including challenges and opportunities to develop competence in healthcare management, promotes critical discussion of history and current status of healthcare delivery systems. Examines challenges facing providers, patients and policy makers, and uses current events to explore healthcare controversies. Prerequisite: Admission to the HSM Graduate Certificate.
PSHM 5700: Economics and Finance of Health Care
Credits: 3
Provides basic overview of economic and financial management concepts in health care. Introduces important economic concepts and issues in health care, including market factors, production, costs, labor issues, and economic evaluation. Provides an overview of basic financial management principles, capital planning and financing, financial statements, and budgeting in health care organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to Grad Certificate Program.
PSHM 5805: Health Information Systems and Applications
Credits: 3
Examines how informatics in the health care industry improves patient care, health outcomes, efficiency, quality & evidence-based decision making; evaluates challenges and strategies for health care managers in implementing health information systems & their costs, benefits, and impacts in health care organizations. Analyzes key issues in data management, security, privacy and confidentiality. Prerequisite: Admission to HSM Graduate Certificate