HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1AA 2011

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HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process


S1AA 2011 LC


Epling, Brent A.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. - Chapman University
M.B.A. - Chapman University

Office Location

San Antonio, TX

Office Hours

M-Th (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

Monday, January 10, 2011 - Sunday, March 06, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Health Policymaking in United States

Author:  Longest, Beaufort B.

Edition/Copyright: 5TH 10

Publisher: Assoc. of Univ. Programs in Health Administration

ISBN-10: 1-56793-354-8

ISBN-13: 978-1-56793-354-3

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Course Description:

Course Description: HC451 Health Care and the Political Process: 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 (From catalog 2010-2011)

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, Examinations, Research Papers, Article Reviews, Case Studies and Discussions

Learning Outcomes:
  Core 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 of demanders and suppliers of health policies .
  4. Explain the current and future 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 health policy decisions and organization and delivery of health care.
  6. Evaluate the roles of local, state, and federal politics on the current and future developments of health care delivery.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Class participation will constitute 20% of your course grade. This includes homework assignments, article summaries, and discussions.
A midterm and final examination will be given on the textbook readings. The midterm examination will constitute 20% of your course grade.  The final examination will constitute 30% of your course grade.
 A current issues in health care informational paper and class presentation will constitute 30% of your course grade.  The prescibed format and length will be provided separately.


Participation = 20%
Mid-term Examination = 20%
Final Examination = 30%
Paper/Presentation = 30%
Total = 100%

90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
59% and Below = 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:

There are only 3 acceptable reasons for late submission, and all require documentation to me:

1. Death in the immediate family

2. Illness preventing you from completing your work

3. Power failures


Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, late work will NOT be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The classroom is a professional environment and should be a safe place for everyone to interact, learn, and explore the relevant topics to be discussed. Your contributions should be respectful and substantive. Disagreements should center only on the ideas, and not the individuals. Violations of basic respect and decorum will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session #




Course Introduction

Administrative announcements, discussion of the syllabus



Chapter 1 - Health and Health Policy



Chapter 2 - The Context and Process of Health Policymaking



Chapter 2 - Continued



Chapter 3 - Policy Formulation: Agenda Setting



Chapter 3 - Continued



Chapter 4 - Policy Formulation: Development of Legislation



Chapter 4 - Continued


Midterm Examination

Chapter 5 - Policy Implementation: Rulemaking



Chapter 5 - Continued



Chapter 6 - Policy Implementation: Operation



Chapter 6 - Continued



Chapter 7 - Policy Modification



Chapter 7 - Continued


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 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

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