HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for U1B 2010

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HC 491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt


U1B 2010 BL


Oliver, Maria


Adjunct Faculty


BS Health Care Services Administration

Office Location

Virtual Office

Office Hours

Monday-Sunday available from 09:00 am - 08:00 pm

Daytime Phone

915 539-2787




Semester Dates

31 May 2010 - 25 July 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Anthony R. Kovner, PhD, Ann S. McAlearney, ScD, Duncan Neuhauser, PhD.  Health Services Mangement: Cases, Readings, and Commentary, 9th Ed.  ISBN:  978-1-56793-324-6.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Bailey, Research for the Health Professional, 2nd Edition, Davis, 1997.  ISBN:  0803601514 
a.  Peer Reviewed Journals and Articles unique to health care administration.
b.  Reports, books, articles or presentations on trends, issues, problems, etc.
c.  Professional association websites:  American College of Health Care Executives, American Hospital Association, American Public Health Association, and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Course Description:
HC491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management: Capstone course in which students study selected topics on health care administration in depth. It is highly recommended that all major core courses be passed before enrolling in this course. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The senior seminar will focus on analyzing current trends and issues in health care.  The students will conduct a formal research paper on one of the trends currently impacting.  In addition, lectures, discussions and examinations will be utilized in this course.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify several important contemporary health care management issues.
  2. Students will be able to analyze an issue, gather information, formulate defensible conclusions, and make recommendations for action.
  3. Students will be able to write a formal research paper in acceptable format, on a contemporary health management issue.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Examinations, discussions, research paper, and presentation.


Objectives Paper               15 Points
Portfolio                            15 Points
Research Paper                 15 Points
Research Presentation        15 Points
Participation                      10 Points
Final Examination               30 Points
90 - 100 points = A
80 - 89   points = B
70 - 79   points = C
60 - 69   points = D
Below 60 = F

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work submission will be discussed and cleared by the instructor. Failure to communicate with the instructor could result in no credit for the work.  Late submission of course work will have 2 points deducted for each day the paper is late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be on time for each class.  If the student will be late or has to miss a class, the student will contact the instructor as soon as possible.  No cell phones in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students in the seminar will summarize their learning and formulate strategies to manage various challenges they will encounter in the health care environment. The students will conduct analyses using skills and tools that have been acquired during the program – moving students from theory application to practice application.

Week One:

                Tuesday: Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course objectives and requirements. Discuss research topics.

                Thursday: Identify professional resources related to the health care management role. Identify professional organizations and resources in the health field. Students will develop a resources portfolio to aid them in future management roles. The portfolio will include future educational opportunities for growth, professional journal articles, professional standard requirements, regulatory standards requirements, ethical theories, principles and/or frameworks, professional organizations, mentors and other course work papers developed during your program.  The students will add to the portfolio weekly and will submit their portfolio week six, July 8, 2010. 

Week Two:

                Tuesday: Research paper topic selection. Topics will be relevant to current issues in health care. Students must demonstrate competency in research techniques. Topics will address ethical issues, societal dilemma, consequences of inaction or actions, and conflict resolution.  

                Thursday: Students will be prepared to discuss their problem/thesis statement, introduction, and the significance of the topic chosen and correlation with current issues facing health care managers.

Week Three:

                Tuesday/Thursday: Focus will be on the manager’s role addressing constant changes and rapid advances in health care requiring managers to respond quickly to the highly enforced regulatory environment, innovations in technology, ethical dilemmas, cultural diversity and outcome-driven care. 

Week Four:

                Tuesday/Thursday: Review health care program objectives in class and develop a 500-700 word paper using APA format on specific ways that coursework has allowed the student to achieve the objectives. The paper will be due Week Five, July 1, 2010.

Week Five:

                Tuesday/Thursday:   Address the use of effective communication, negotiation, problem-solving and decision making skill in professional interactions with the various stakeholders. Objectives Paper due Thursday, July, 2010.

Week Six:

                Tuesday/Thursday: Discuss the economic, legal and regulatory issues that are impacting the utilization of scare recourses and shortages in the health care profession. Portfolio due July 8, 2010.

Week Seven: 

Tuesday: Research paper due July 13, 2010.

Thursday: Begin research presentation

Week Eight: 

                Tuesday: Continue presentations

                Thursday: Final Examination. Students will be given case scenarios for their 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .


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