HC465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev

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HC 465 Bas Is in Comm Based Hlth Cr Dev


S1Z 2012 MLH


Small, Steven


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Public Administration (Government Contracting)
Master of Science in Management (Healthcare)
Bachelor of Science in Management (Marketing)



Class Days

--T-R-- (Blended Format)

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Williams, Stephen & Torrens, Paul.  Introduction to Health Services, 7th Edition, 2008.  ISBN: 1-4180-1289-0

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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 student interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

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:
The student's grade will be based on a 1000 POINT SCALE.  Point distribution is as follows:

Class Participation (18%) – 180 Points / 30 points (for weekly classroom and online participation) X 6 weeks 
Students will actively participate in classroom activities. This includes completion of the relevant readings prior to class, interactive discussion, and detailed and supported responses to discussion threads posted on the e-companion.

In-Class Activities

Students are expected to be actively involved, providing substantial contributions to classroom discussion.  Students who contribute in this manner will receive full participation points for the weekly in-class activities.  Students who miss class can opt to provide an outline of covered chapters to receive full points.  Students who choose not to accomplish chapter outlines will not receive participation points for the missed session (details can be discussed with the instructor).

Online Discussion Activities

Due no later than 11:59PM CST on Thursday of the respective week, the student will post a complete response for each discussion question.  A complete response will be supported with the appropriate depth and will include academic references (online or from the text) to support your answer, as appropriate.

Due no later than 11:59PM CST on Sunday of the respective week, the student will post two additional peer responses to each discussion thread.  A complete response will be supported with the appropriate depth and will include academic references (online or from the text) to support your answer/position (e.g. simply responding with a single sentence of, "Good post...I agree..." will result in little or no points).

Article Analysis (4%) - 40 Points

During the first week of class, each student will pick a week to present an article analysis.  The selected topic should correspond with a topic discussed during the respective week of class and examine a health issue topic that is relevant to the forces (whether political, economical, technical, cultural, social, or ethical) affecting the delivery of quality health care.  The article analysis will be 1 to 2 pages long and referenced in APA format.  Only one article should be reviewed and cited.  DO NOT review multiple articles and provide multiple references.

References should be from academic sources (e.g. academic journal articles, or reputable periodicals such as Time, Newsweek, etc.).  Information from Wikipedia, About.com, etc., are NOT academic sources and should never be used (students will not receive credit for using these sources).  

The student will summarize the article in their own words (DO NOT simply copy the article) and include their own personal reaction to the article.  Your analysis of the article should correlate to what we are discussing in class for the respective week (How does it tie in to what we are discussing?). 

Mid-Term Examination (20%) – 200 points

The Mid-Term examination will cover the first four weeks of class.

Final Examination (30%) – 300 points

The Final examination is a closed book assessment. The exam is comprehensive and will include material covered throughout the entire course.

Research Paper and Presentation (28%) – 280 points

Details of research paper will be discussed/disseminated during the first week of class.


Grading will be based on student classroom participation, mid-term exam, final exam, research paper, and article analysis. The mid-term exam and final exam will cover assigned readings and lectures. Students who do not attend class regularly or who do not participate regularly should not expect to perform as well as those who do. The method of evaluating the total points earned and grades awarded will be based on the following scale:

900 – 1000 =   A

800 – 899 =     B

700 – 799 =     C

600 – 699 =     D

0 – 599 =         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:
To stay on track, it is paramount that students submit assignments in a timely manner.  As such, assignments that are submitted late, without prior approval from the instructor, will receive a grade penalty of ten percent for each day it is late (e.g. an assignment submitted two days late will be penalized an additional twenty percent).  Any assignments that exceeds three days overdue will receive a grade of zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
As this class is in a blended format, students will have a combination of both an in-class and on-line agenda.

Week #1 (17 Jan - 22 Jan)

Syllabus Overview
Chapter 1: Understanding Health Systems: The Organization of Health Care in the United States
Chapter 2: Technology in the U.S. Health Care System
Chapter 3: Population and Disease Patterns and Trends
Discussion Threads

Week #2 (24 Jan - 29 Jan)

Chapter 4: Financing Health Systems
Chapter 5: Private Health Insurance and Managed Care
Discussion Threads

Week #3 (31 Jan - 5 Feb)

Chapter 6: Public Health: Joint Public-Private Responsibility in the Era of New Threats
Chapter 7: Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations
Discussion Threads

Week #4 (7 Feb - 12 Feb)

Chapter 8 : Hospitals and Health Systems
Mid-Term Examination

Week #5 (14 Feb - 19 Feb)

Chapter 9: The Continuum of Long-Term Care
Chapter 10: Mental and Behavioral Health Services
Discussion Threads

Week #6 (21 Feb - 26 Feb)

Chapter 11: The Pharmaceutical Industry
Chapter 12: Health Care Professionals
Chapter 13: Understanding Health Policy
Discussion Threads
Paper Presentations

Week #7 (28 Feb - 4 Mar)

Chapter 14: The Quality of Health Care
Chapter 15: Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services
Discussion Threads
Paper Presentations

Week #8 (6 Mar - 11 Mar)

Chapter 16: The Future of Health Services
Final Exam

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

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