HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1B 2012

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HC 451, Health Care & The Political Process


S1B 2012 BLA


Sims, Phillip L.


Senior Adjunct Professor


Bachelor of Science, Management Health Care
Master of Arts, Health Care Administration

Office Location

Ft. Bliss Campus

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Other Phone





Semester Dates

January 16, through March 11, 2012

Class Days

Monday and Wednesday

Class Time

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Credit Hours



B.B. Longest, Jr., Health Policymaking in the United States, 5th Edition, Health Administration Press, 2010,
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:
Lectures, overheads, readings, examinations, and writings.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will understand and be able to discuss the determiants of health.
  2. Students will understand the three branches of government and their role in making policies that affect health care delivery.
  3. Students will understand how policies that affect health care become law.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Mid-term exam, final exam , research paper (APA format), and oral presentation of research paper. 
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
*   Eight (8) page minimum research paper (APA) format     =    30%
*   Oral research paper presentation                                     =   10%
*   Mid-term exam                                                               =   30%
*   Final exam                                                                      =   30%

The following will be used to assign course grades:  90 - 100 = A, 80 - 89 = B, 70 - 79 = C, 60 - 69 = 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 class assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones are to be in selent mode or turned off.   Sidebar conversations will not be allowed during lectures/ presentations.  Common courtesy should be observed at all times!


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1   Administrative announcements. Discussion of syllabus. Chapter 1.
Week 2   Chapter 2
Week 3   Chapters 3 and 4
Week 4   Continue with Chapter 4. Review for mid-term exam. Mid-term exam.
Week 5   Chapter 5
Week 6   Chapter 6. Student presentations.
Week 7   Chapters 7 and 8. Student presentations. Review for final exam.
Week 8   Chapter 9. Research paper due. Final exam. Discuss final exam. [Make-up student presentations (if any)]

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:
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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