HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1B 2007

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HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process


S1B 2007 BL


Hacker, Helmut F.


Adjunct Faculty


BA,   St. John's University  (MN)
MLA, Boston University  (MA)  HCA,  Academy of Health Scioences, San Antonio, Texas
Ph.D. Knightsbridge University  (UK)

Office Hours

Before and after class, and anytime with appointment.

Daytime Phone

(915) 595-2322



helmut_f_hacker@yahoo.com  (USE THIS ONE!)

Web Page


Semester Dates

Jan 8 - Mar 4, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM



Credit Hours


Health Policymaking in the United States.  Beaufort B. Longest, Jr.  Fourth Edition.  Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL 2006.  Third Edition is also acceptable.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Will be provided by the instructor.

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Course Description:
Analysis of the process of health policy formation at the federal, state, and local levels from historical and contemporary perspectives. Specific topics will include cost controls, utilization review, methods of changing public and private health policies, and political factors in health care delivery. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is to treat students as adult learners,.  Readings, examinations, and the like contribute to the educational process, however, classroom participation and discussion of real world experiences is very important.  There will be total academic freedom in this class.  We will not engage in any type of academic busy work.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the role of the political process on health delivery in the United States.
  2. Describe how the political process affects cost of health care, human resources, and various health facilities.
  3. Analyze the key roles demanders and suppliers of health policies.
  4. Explain the current and futre issues in health policy and the role of government in the formulation of health policy.
  5. Interpret the role of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on helath policy decisions and organization and delivery of health care.
  6. Evaluate the roles of state, local, and federal policies on the current and future developments of health care delivery.
Class Assessment:

Mid term examination

Final examination

Oral pesentation

Class participation


Mid term examination            40 points

Final examination                  40 points

Oral presentation                  15 points

Class participation                   5 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All material must be turned in prior to the last day of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
No talking when I am speaking or when another student is talking.  Please turn off all cell phones and beepers.  Do not even think of looking at your text messages during class. You must attend every class and remain for the entire class.  If you have an unexcused absence (any absence which I have not approved IN ADVANCE) your grade will be reduced by one grade.  Total academic freedom in the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

First week: Introduction to the course. Administrative requirements. Chapters 1 & 2.

Second week: Chapters 3 & 4.

Third week: Chapters 5 & 6.

Fourth week: Mid-term examination.

Fifth week: Chapters 7 & 8.

Sixth week: Chapter 9 and Medicare/medicaid.

Seventh week:  Student presentations.

Eighth week: Final examination. Feedback on the course. Please complete the on line survey.

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no requirement for a research paper for this course.  The examinations are very challenging.  However, there is a requirement for an oral presentation of 10-15 minutes on a topic dealing with health care and the political process, either at the federal, state, or local level.  You may use any resources you so desire.  DO NOT READ YOUR REPORT.  You may glance at your notes which do not have to be turned in.  You will be graded on the content of your presentation, oral style, correct use of English, and the like.  Topics for the oral preentation will be presented to me by the second week of class for approval.  This will constitute 15% of your final grade.

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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
See assignments above for requirements for the oral presentation for week 7.


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