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HC 491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management
Fornash, Forrest T.


Course Number: HC 491
Credit: 3.0 semester hours
Course Tittle: Senior Seminar in Healthcare Management
Instructor: F. T. Fornash Jr., PA-C, MPAS
Phone: Office (937) 257-1770 Cell/Home 974-8750
Email: forrest.fornash@wpafb.af.mil
Term: Fall II 2004
Meeting Times: Tuesday @ 5:30 PM
Location: Building 50, Area B Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Capstone course in which students study selected topics on health care administration in depth. It is highly recommended that all major courses be passed before enrolling is this course.
II. GOAL OF THE COURSE: The student will relate major areas of the health care field. Extensive research will be used in preparing a term paper. This is a senior level course in health care management which is an intensive review of concepts in health care. Each student will select a topic to explore in great detail. The student will utilize this research for further development into a term paper. III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. Analyze a specific area of particular attention and interest within the healthcare system and synthesize or formulate a problem statement.
2. Construct a reference list used for review of literature and an outline of a proposed term paper content.
3. Participate in class by presenting the selected research topic of research related to the health care environment or health care administrative subject.
4. Recall past concepts of strategic and objective health care administrative concepts and understand how these concepts relate to subject matter.
5. Recall concepts of health care delivery, budgeting, reimbursement, and other core concepts of undergraduate classes to relate these concepts and their effect upon the topic at hand.

IV. REQUIRED LITERACIES:
Values & Critical Literacies: The student should be sensitive to value questions, aware of differing value systems, in possession of tools for analyzing value questions, and engaged in the process of putting things together into a value system fit for testing life as they relate to concepts of health care administration.

VI. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Futurescan, Healthcare Trends and Implications 2004-2008, ISBN 0-9724337-8-3

Note: Key concepts from other texts used in core health care administrative courses will be revisited. A supplemental reference & resource list will be discussed in class.

VII. CLASS POLICY: Class participation is strongly encouraged. Students are
expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Roll call will be checked at each
class meeting. Students are responsible for staying informed of any announcement or
changes in class schedule or assignments during their absence. Some handouts may
be provided. Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, TDY, or work
requirements are excusable, however the student must make up the class work and it
is the student’s responsibility to arrange this with the instructor. Greater than
two unexcused absences are excessive and will be reported to the administrative
office for action.

VIII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

IX. 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.

X. ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty” is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

XI. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

XII. STUDENT CONDUCT: Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms any students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

XIII. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. Students are expected to come to class prepared and abreast of all reading material. Some handouts may be provided, however you will be required to take notes.
2. Lectures and participation.

3. Assigned reading and research questions.
4. Class participation, attendance, answering questions, researching questions, and group discussion.
5. Each week there will be questions asked in class. The questions will be broad, generalized and from lectures from the preceding class meeting.
6. Presentation and accomplishment of research term paper.


XIV. COURSE OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE:
Orientation
1. 12 Oct 04 Writing papers & term paper format
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
2. 19 Oct 04 Discussion of important Health care challenges
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
3. 26 Oct 04 Submission & review of term paper topic
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
4. 02 Nov 04 Tour & review of term paper & research progress
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
5. 09 Nov 04 Tour & review of term paper & research progress
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
6. 16 Nov 04 Tour & review of term paper & research progress
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
7. 23 Nov 04 Tour & review of term paper & research progress
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
8. 30 Nov 04 Submit Term paper & Oral Presentation
Health Care Administrative Topics of Review.
9. 07 Dec 04 Oral Presentation
Written FINAL EXAM & CRITIQUE


(the above class schedule and subject material is subject to change at the instructor’s judgement and discretion.)


XV. GRADING POLICY: The final grade will be based on the following:
Term Paper 100 points maximum
In Class Questions 50 points maximum
Participation & Presentation 50 points maximum
Final Exam 100 points maximum
Total 300 points maximum



The following scale will be used to assign letter grades:

Total Points Grade
270-300 A
240-269 B

210-239 C
180-209 D
Below 180 F