HC465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev

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HC 465 Basic Issues in Community Based Health Care Delivery


S2B 2007 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

19 March thru 12 May 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Health Care Delivery in the United States,Anthony Kovner, Phd; James Knickman, PhD; 8th Fdition, Springer Publishing 2005

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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:

Lecture, discussion, overheads. At the beginning of each chapter are learning objectives and key words. Athe end of each chapter are questions (some of which might be used in the exams) and internet sources to review for possible sources for the students required research paper. These are all text offerings that will and can be used to aid the student in understanding the objectives of the course.

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:

Examinations, research paper, in class presentation of research paper.


Mid-term examination 100 points, 30% of grade. Final examination 100 points, 30% of grade. Research paper 100 points, 30% of grade. Presentation of research paper 100 points, 10% of grade.

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The research paper must be submitted on or before the night of the review for the final examination (5/2) unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will be marked down one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Roll will be checked at each class

meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are

excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work. The student is

responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence

either prior to or immediately after the absence. Two unexcused absences are

excessive and three unexcused absences will result in an involuntary withdrawal

and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

3/19  Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course

         descriptions/requirements, introductory comments. Discuss Chapter 1. The State of

         Health Care Delivery in the United States.


3/21  Discuss Chapter 2. Measuring Health Status.


3/26  Discuss Chapters 3 and 4. Financing for Health Care. Public Health: Policy,

         Practice, and Perceptions.


3/28  Discuss Chapters 5 and 6. The Role of Government in U.S. Health Care.  A

         Comparative Analysis of Health Systems among Wealthy Nations.


4/2   Discuss Chapter 7 and 8. Acute Care. Chronic care.


4/4   Discuss Chapter 9. Long Term Care.

4/9   Healthy People 2010. Understanding and Improving Health. Review for the

        Mid-term examination. 


4/11 Mid-term Examination.


4/16 Discuss Chapters 10 and 11. Health-Related Behaviors. Pharmaceuticals and

        MedicalDevices. Student presentations.


4/18 Discuss Chapters 12 and 13. The Health Care Workforce. Information. Student



4/23 Discuss Chapter 14. Governance, Management, and Accountability.

        Student presentations.


4/25 Discuss Chapters 15 and 16. The Complexity of Healthcare Quality.Access to Care. 

        Student presentations.


4/30 Discuss Chapter 17. Cost Containment. Student presentations.


5/2   Discuss Chapter 18. Futures in Health Care. Student presentations. Research paper

        due. Review for final examination.

5/7   Final examination. Make-up student presentations if necessary.


5/9   Review of final examination.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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