Managing Human Resource Simulation In Health Administration


  • David R. Rahn California State University, Chico


The name of the game is Managing Human Resources Simula-tion in Health Administration. This simulation is a set of con-nected case studies situated within the Human Resources func-tion, and occurring over time in a Health Administration envi-ronment of a hospital. This approach corresponds to the learn-er-centered model referred to as “Problem-Based Learning” or PBL. Participants learn to analyze information, solve problems by applying what they’ve learned in the course, and then assess their results. This means that while they are making decisions and analyzing outcomes, participants are “discovering” the cause and effect relationships that are true for HRM and the organization in the simulated company.
This simulation may be used effectively in a university course that surveys HRM in Health Administration, a capstone integra-tion of an Health Administration major or minor, or a graduate course that surveys HRM in Health Administration. The game can be played in-class, entirely online, or with a combination of in-class and online approaches.