HC465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev

for S1OO 2011

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HC 465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev


S1OO 2011 WO


Patrick, Marsha


Adjunct Faculty


PhD, Health Services
BS, Microbiology



Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Stephen J. Williams and Paul R. Torrens (2008). Introduction to Health Services, 7th ed., Delmar Thomson Learning, Albany, NY.  ISBN 1418012890

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Course Description:
HC465 Basic Issues in Community Based Health Care Delivery: 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:

Class Participation and Attendance: Each student will share a health care current event and lead classroom discussion on the topic and how it relates to information presented in the textbook and lecture. Students should be prepared with a topic for each class session. Suggested sources include the Wall Street Journal or other newspaper, current health services journal, and other health care association journals.

Article Summary:  Each student will write an article summary specifically related to the health care topic for their term paper. This article should be one of the sources for their term paper. Guidelines for completion of the article summary are as follows:

1. Locate a current article that examines the health care topic for the term paper. Articles can be found at the local library, a college library, or from Internet sources. Please note: A website is not an acceptable resource, BUT journal articles found on the Internet are acceptable. The article must show a correlation between the health care topic and concepts discussed in the textbook. Textbooks are not an acceptable resource for this assignment.

2. Write a one to two page paper that includes the following components:

a. A summary of the article in the student’s own words (DO NOT COPY from the article!)

b. The student’s personal reaction to the article: What did you learn? What did you think of the information provided?

c. The student’s analysis of how the article demonstrates a correlation between what has been discussed in class (and in the text and lecture materials) about the topic. For example, 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 a copy of the article by the due date.

4. Use APA style formatting for article review (less the abstract and title page).  Only one article should be cited or reviewed DO NOT review multiple articles or provide multiple references.  See link for additional information regarding APA style formatting-  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Term Paper:  Students will write a 10-12 page paper (including title page, abstract and reference page) about a current issue in health care. Topics will be submitted and approved by Week 2. Students will include the social, political, cultural, technological, ethical, and economic forces related to their topic, as well as any strategies and recommendations for health policy decisions or future initiatives.  The paper will be graded based on grammar, APA formatting (see the link above), content, depth of knowledge understanding, and logical presentation of material. Students should cite at least 5 relevant and valid sources, one of which will be the article for their article summary. The final paper is due by Week 8. All students will present their paper to the class during the final session.

Class Participation – 50 points (5%)

Article Summary – 150 points (15%)

Midterm Exam – 250 points (25%)

Final Exam – 300 points (30%)

Term Paper and Presentation – 250 points (25%)

Total Achievable Course Points – 1000 points

The above point values achieved will equal the following letter grades:

A = 1000- 895 
B = 894-795
C = 794-695 
D = 694 - 595
F = 594 - 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 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:
Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, grades for late work are deducted 5 points each day for up to five days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit. Assignments are considered late submissions if received 24 hours after due date with no prior communication or authorization concerning late submission. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones will be on silent during class. Readings will be done before each class session. Respect of fellow students and instructor will be expected at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: 1/11/11

Overview of course expectations; Chapters 1 and 2
-The Organization of Health Care in the United States
-Technology in the U.S. Health Care System

Week 2: 1/18/11

Paper Topic due; Chapters 3, 4, and 5

-Population Disease Patterns and Trends
-Financing Health Systems
-Private Health Insurance and Managed Care

Week 3: 1/25/11

Chapters 6, 7, and 8

-Public Health
-Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations
-Hospitals and Health Systems

Week 4: 2/1/11

MIDTERM EXAM; Peer Review exercise of Article Summaries  

Week 5: 2/8/11

Chapters 9, 10, and 11

-The Continuum of Long Term Care
-Mental and Behavioral Health Services
-The Pharmaceutical Industry  

Week 6: 2/15/11

Chapters 12, 13, and 14  

-Health Care Professionals  
-Understanding Health Policy  
-The Quality of Health Care

Week 7: 2/22/11

Chapters 15 and 16

-Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services
-The Future of Health Services

Week 8: 3/1/11

FINAL EXAM; Final paper due; Paper Presentations

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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