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HC 465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev
Wilson, Lesly S.


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Course

HC 465 Basic Issues in Community Based Health Care Delivery

Semester

S1T 2009 DL

Faculty

Wilson, Lesly S.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

PhD in Organization and Management concentration in Leadership
Master of Public Administration specialization in Healthcare Admininstration
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Office Location

Virtual

Office Hours

9-10 PM Easter Standard Time Monday-Friday

Daytime Phone

1-888-439-4334

E-Mail

lesly.wilson@park.edu

Semester Dates

1/12/09-3/08/09

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Stephen J. Williams and Paul R. Torrens (2008). Introduction to Health Services, 7th ed., Delmar Thomson Learning, Albany, NY.  ISBN 1-4180-1289-0

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Publiciation Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed., American Psychological Association. (2001). Washington, DC:  Author.

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Course Description:
Historical and philosophical factors defining the functions and scope of current community and public health based health care delivery. Introduction to the concepts of epidemiology, ecology, community needs assessment, and social and cultural influences on utilization of health care by community aggregates. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, interviews, peer reviews, examinations, internet research, discussions and writings

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline the philosophical and historical background of public health issues.
  2. Analyze the social, political, cultural, technological, ethical and economic forces affecting health care.
  3. Distinguish among various health financing strategies for provision of care and postulate future changes in these systems.
  4. Categorize the basic services and practices of public health care system.
  5. Assess the current and future issues in the public health care and the role of government.
  6. Interpret the relationship of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on health policy decisions and organization and delivery of health care.
  7. Evaluate current priorities and future developments in health issues as they relate to social, political, cultural, technological, ethical and economic forces in health care delivery.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The student will be evaluated by his/her performance on a mid-term examination, a final examination, a term paper and other assignments.

Grading:

Grading:

Assignments = 280 points

Discussion Threads= 120 points 

Quizzes= 700 points

Mid-term = 200 points 

Final examination = 250 points

Term paper = 150 points

Letter grades associated with total point values as follows:
A = 1700 - 1522 points
B = 1521-1352 points
C = 1351- 1182 points
D = 1181-1114 points
F =  1113 points and below

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, work is considered late if submissions are received 24 hours after due date with no prior communication or authorization concerning late submission.   Students will be penalized 1 point  for late submission assignments.
After five days the work will not receive any credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to act in a mature and courteous manner in the online course environment.  A review of Netiquette definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette and some core rules  http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html  or posting and email communication is encouraged. Students will come to be prepared for the days lesson.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (1/12-18/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 1 
 
Week One Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the social, political and economic forces affecting healthcare delivery.
2). Explain the impact of technology in the shaping of healthcare.
3). Analyze the role of the government on healthcare services.
4). Apply three analytical models in examining health care systems in the U.S. and abroad.
5). Describe a health care system in terms of its impact on the health status of the population being served.
6). Explain how all parts of a health care system are related to each other and have a major impact on one another.


On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate. Also, please post your e-mail address, along with a brief work and/or educational background to the Discussion Area.

Homework: Select a topic for the individual term paper related to community based health care delivery.  Topics must be approved by instructor.


Week 2 (1/19-25/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 2 and 3
 
Week Two Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe a framework for understanding and assessing technology.
2). Assess the impact of a selection of cutting-edge technologies on health care delivery.
3). Explain issues related to access of healthcare in the U.S.
4). Discuss lifestyle, behavior and social patterns and their influence on health.


On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: List sources available to assist in writing paper on approved topic and post in the discussion thread by the end of the week. Interact with classmates as appropriate.


Week 3 (1/26-2/1/09) Activities:


Readings

Text: Read Chapters 4 and 5
 
Week Three Learning Outcomes:
1). Discuss the major health care financing issues in healthcare.
2). Describe the principles of insurance and apply them in evaluating health insurance plans.
3). Distinguish among various health financing shemes for provision of care and postulate future changes in these systems.
4). Describe the underlying mechanisms of managed care.
5). Analyze the appropriate role of managed care in the nation's health care system.
6). Identify the impact of managed care on private health insurance.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete article summary related to term paper topic by the end of the week and post the article summary in dropbox area.

Week 4 (2/2/-08/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 6, 7, and 8
 
Week Four Learning Outcomes:
1). Explain the roles and duties of each level of government in providing public health services.
2). Outline the organizational role and control mechanisms of ambulatory care services.
3). Assess the allocation of responsibility for coordination, integration, appropriateness, and rationalization between ambulatory care and other sectors.
4). Describe the internal organizational structure of hospitals
5). Explain the impact of competitive pressures and other developments on the structure and operation of hospitals and health systems.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete the Introduction to the topic portion of your term paper and post it in the document sharing area by the end of the week.

Midterm Test: The midterm test is located in Week 4. The test will need to be completed before the end of the week.

Week 5 (2/09-15/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 9 and 10
 
Week Five Learning Outcomes:
1). Articulate how long-term care services are organized, operated, financed and integrated.
2). Evaluate model delivery systems approaches to long-term care for the future.
3). Describe national policy issues pertinent to long-term care.
4). Describe the various settings and arrangements for delivery of mental health services.
5). Assess the financing and personnel issues in mental health delivery.
6). Evaluate the policy alternatives in mental health.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete the 2nd article summary on your term paper topic and submit the article along with the article summary in the dropbox area by the end of the week.


Week 6 (2/16-22/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 11 and 12
 
Week Six Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the role of government an public policy with regards to pharmaceuticals.
2). Explain the role of pharmaceuticals in promoting health.
3). Analyze the various trends and changes in dentistry, public health, nursing, and pharmacy, and the forces affecting these health professionals.
4). Discuss the various major transitions occurring in the health care workforce, with particular emphasis on the impact of managed care.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete an outline of your term paper and submit it in the document sharing area by the end of the week.


Week 7 (2/23-3/1/09) Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 13 and 14
 
Week Seven Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the impact of health policies on health care.
2). Explain the political pressures between public and private forces in health care.
3). Define how quality of care is assessed and assured.
4). Discuss how measuring and monitoring quality of care can result in improved outcomes.


On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete a rough draft of your term paper and submit it into the document sharing area by the end of the week.


Week 8 (3/2-08/09) Activities:


Readings

Text: Read Chapters 15 and 16 
 
Week Eight Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the central role of public health ethical concerns in health policy and management.
2). Explain ethics issues with regard to the development and distribution of, and payment for, services, and with regard to the organization, management, assessment and delivery of services.
3). Acquire a framework for ethical analysis of issues within health services systems.
4). Explore the future issues in Health Care Delivery.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Sunday evening. Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete the final draft of your term paper and submit it to the dropbox area for grading by the instructor by Sunday of the eighth week.


Homework assignments are assignments that pertain directly to the writing of the term paper. Points for homework are given for completion of discussion questions that pertain to the term paper. In week three and five, homework points are granted for article summaries if they are completed. Additional participation points are given for participation in course discussions each week.


Article Summary (week 3 & week 5): 
You will be writing a paper specifically related to the different health issues that will be discussed in your term paper. These are basically reaction papers to articles that you will need to locate for your term paper. The summary should be about a different aspect of your approved topic for your term paper. Guidelines for completion of the article summary are as follows:

1. Locate a current article that examines a health issue topic that is relevant to the forces affecting the delivery of health care such as political, economical, technical, cutlural, social and ethical components. (A Website is not an acceptable resource, BUT journal articles found on the Internet are). Articles can be found at your local library, a college library, or from Internet sources. The article must show a correlation between the health issue and concepts discussed in your textbook. Textbooks are not an acceptable resource for this assignment.

2. Write a two-three page paper that include the following components:
a. A summary of the article in your own words: DO NOT COPY from the article!
b. Your own personal reaction to the article: What did you learn? What did you think of the information provided?
c. Your analysis of how the article demonstrates a correlation between what we have been discussing in class (and in the text and lecture materials) about an issue.

In other words: What aspects of the article demonstrate how this particular issue impacts health practices, structure of, government role in, and financing of health care?

3. Submit the summary along with the copy of the article by the due date listed by Midnight on Sunday night of this week. Papers should be submitted to the drop box area.



GRADING CRITERIA
TOTAL POINTS

Summary of Article
10 Points

Reaction to Article
10 Points

Analysis of Article: Correlation to Course
10 Points

College Level Writing Skill, Format/Neatness
05 Points

Source Material
05 Points

 
TOTAL POINTS
40 POINTS



There are two article summaries in the course worth 40 points each. One is during Week 3 and the other is during Week 5


A midterm exam and a final exam will be given over current issues presented in class, readings and the content of papers developed by students.

The term paper presented in prescribed format and is expected to be approximately no more than 5 double spaced pages in length not including the reference and title pages.

Term paper (week 8):
Write a paper about a current issue in Community Based Healthcare. Include in the paper: social, political, cultural, technological, ethical and economic forces affecting this healthcare issue. Describe any strategies and recommendations made to resolve this current issue. Include any specific interests in the health care industry that would have an effect on health policy decisions. Finally, discuss how this current issue could affect future initiatives in community based health care delivery.

GRADING OF PAPER:

200 Points

Approved Topic by the Instructor: 5 points

Title Page: 5 points

Introduction of Topic: 10 points

Body of Term Paper includes:

a) social forces: 15 points

b) political forces: 15 points

c) cultural forces: 15 points

d) technological forces: 15 points

e) ethical forces: 15 points

f) economic forces: 15 points

Strategies and Recommendations for addressing healthcare issue: 30 points

Effect of current issue on future initiatives in healthcare delivery: 30 points

Sources of information in body of paper are cited using APA style format: 15 points

Reference Page: 15 points

TOTAL POINTS: 200 points

Topics should be selected, submitted and approved by the end of Week One, but not later than the end of week Two.

The entire term paper will be submitted at the end of Week Eight, for grading.

The final exam must be completed and submitted Saturday of Week Eight by Midnight. Please check your calendar dates and arrange to complete the final accordingly.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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