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HC 465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev
Robinson, Dashawn

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HC 465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev


F2B 2011 BL


Robinson, Dashawn


adjunct Faculty


M.A. Human Resource Development
Ph.D. Candidate, Business w/Spec. Health Care Administration

Office Location


Office Hours

Before or After Class, or By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 667-8166


Semester Dates

October 17, 2011 - December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Williams, S.J. & Torrens, P. R. (2008). Introduction to Health Services, 7th Edition, ISBN-10: 1418012890/             ISBN-13: 9781418012892

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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:

Mr. Robinson believes that students learn when they are exposed to different ways of understanding the material. Reading, elaboration through lectures and the presentation of diverse visual media, and discussions of the material, in addition to projects that require putting it all together, give every type of learner several ways to synthesize the subject matter. He also understands that it is crucial to promote other kinds of learning than that related to the course material. Students should learn critical thinking through questions posed and class discussions. The structure of projects should lead to improvement of social skills. Projects that require classroom presentations can improve speaking skills and professionalism. As both a teacher and a Ph.D. Candidate, his most satisfying experiences in the classroom have revolved around the powerful impression that, in the strange spell of a discussion or lecture, it is possible to see the world differently. However brief, he continues to believe that it is possible to evoke such uncanny episodes—moments when we think outside our sphere of habits and rituals. In this sense, his teaching philosophy can perhaps best be described as the teaching of philosophy, by which the evocation of different styles of thinking, that allow us to re-consider our own largely unconscious relationship to understanding healthcare management and, perhaps, the world at large. It is with this last point that encapsulates his real philosophy of teaching. In essence, he wants to provoke students to think differently, to see that the subjects that concern us in healthcare management theory and concepts are not hermetically insulated but engage manifold questions in the world to allow us to see with a different theoretical lens. The willingness to make those conceptual leaps, though by no means always successful, ultimately nourishes a form of critical thinking that he believes to be valuable in any capacity or field.  

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:

 Midterm Examination  20 points
 Research Paper  25 points
 PowerPoint Presentation  15 points
 Final Examination  30 points
 Class Participation               10 points
 Total 100 points

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F  = < 59

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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to act in a mature and professional manner at all times. Students are expected to arrive on time for class and be prepared for the lecture/lesson as outlined. Cell phones will be turned off during class time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

10/18/ 11-

Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description, requirements, and introductory comments. Discussion of APA format and research paper requirements. Chapter 1. Understanding Health Systems: The Organization of Health Care in the United States.


Chapter 2. Technology in the U.S. Health Care System.

Week 2


Chapter 3. Population and Disease Patterns and Trends.

Chapter 4. Financing Health Systems.


Chapter 5. Private Health Insurance and Managed Care.

Chapter 6. Public Health: Joint Public-Private Responsibility in an Era of New Threats.

Week 3


Chapter 7. Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations.

Chapter 8. Hospitals and Health Systems.


Chapter 9. The Continuum of Long-Term Care.

Week 4


Chapter 10. Mental and Behavioral Health Services?(Midterm Review)


Midterm Examination

Week 5


Chapter 11. The Pharmaceutical Industry.


Chapter 12. Health Care Professionals.

Week 6


Chapter 13. Understanding Health Policy. (Research Paper Due)


Chapter 14. The Quality of Health Care.

Week 7


Chapter 15. Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services.


Case Reviews & (Presentations)

Week 8


Chapter 16. The Future of Health Services. (Final Review & Synthesis of Course Objectives)


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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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Additional Information:
During the first class meeting, a separate set of instructions will be provided on the content/formatting for the research paper and presentation. 


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