HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1R 2012

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


S1R 2012 SC


Duncan, Terrence Dwayne


Adjunct Faculty


Doctorate of Business Administration - Walden University (Spring 2012)
MBA - HC/HS Administration - Park University - 2006
B.S. Management - Park University - 2003

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday, Noon - 5 p.m.

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Semester Dates

January 16, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Longest, Health Policy Making in the United States, 5th Edition 2009,
ISBN: 978-1-56793-354-3

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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

Educational Philosophy:
Secondary learning is more than just reporting to class and passing exams/quizzes. I believe that by researching and applying core concepts to this class by mean of discussion and writing enhances the educational and learning process. I further believe that interactive learning between the facilitator and students help develop a deeper and more formative understanding of what is not only expected in this class, but to provide students with the necessary tools into the professional or academic world.

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:

 Classroom discussion, articles summaries and presentations, examinations and final paper. The term paper will be a 10-12 page paper that is due on Week  7 with presentation of your topic prior to submission. Your proposal will be submitted and approved before the conclusion of Week 2.



Classroom Discussion                   100 points

Mid-term                                       200 points

Articles (4 at 50 point each)         200 points

Final Paper                                   200 points

Final Examination                          300 points

                                     Total       1000 points


A = 1000-900

B =   899-800

C =   799-700

D =   699-600

F =   599 and 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:

Students are responsible for ensuring timely submission of their coursework. If circumstances arise, it is the student's responsibility to discuss the issues ahead of time with the instructor. Assignments will be considered late if submitted 24 hours after the due date. Any work submitted late will be deducted one (1) point for each day for up to five (5) days past the due date. Assignment will not be allowed after five (5) days, resulting in zero points for the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will act in a mature and appropriate manner at all times. Students will arrive on time for class and will be prepared for the lesson outlined. Cell phones will be turned off.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 - Introduction/General Housekeeping - Review Ch. 1 and 2. Discuss Term Paper Proposal

Week 2 - Review and discuss Ch. 3 and 4, submit term paper proposal.
Homework assignment one (50 pts) - Research and write a 2 page summary of the article you selected relating to the class material from either Week 1 or Week 2

Week 3 - Review Chapter 4 and Ch. 5.
Homework assignment two (50 pts) - Research and write a 2 page summary of the article you selected relating to the class material from Week 3.

Week 4 - Prepare for mid term/mid term exam (200 pts)

Week 5 - Go over mid term results, Review chapter 6
Homework assignment 3 (50 pts) Research and write a 2 page summary of the article you selected relating to the class material from Week 5

Week 6 - Review Chapter 7 and 8. Answer general questions relating to term paper
Homework assignment 4  (50 pts) Reserach and write a 2 page summary of the article you selected relating to the class material from Week 6.

Week 7 - Review Ch. 9, term paper presentation
Term Paper = 200 pts

Week 8 - Review for final exam, go over questions relating to term paper, final exam
Final Exam: = 300 pts

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 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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