HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S2B 2013

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HC 451 healhtcare & the political process


S2B 2013 BL


Dube, Carlos A.


adjunct faculty



Office Location

3280 Joe Battle blvd

Office Hours

9 am to 5 pm

Daytime Phone

915-832-2882 OFFICE

Other Phone

fax 915-832-2016




Semester Dates

S2FB March 18 throught the May 12 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5pm to 10pm

Credit Hours



Longest, health policy making in the United States, 5th edition.

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

ISBN-10: 1-56793-354-8.
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Course Description:
HC451 Health care and the political process: Review, understand and analyse the process of establishing healthcare policy. Review all the steps and process that have been established to correct, or change the delivery of healthcare; changes that will need to meet higher demands in the near future. Understand the health policy role in determining all variables of public health, private healthcare sector and its impact of new changes with new laws. 

Educational Philosophy:

I hope to create a learning environment in which you engaged and empowered to show your understanding of healthcare political process, not only as an individual student, but as a class.  The assignments and discussions that are presented are designed to encourage you to work as a team and an individual to get a better understanding of the political process that matches today's needs and learn how to analyze the new trends that have sweeping impact in its application to the health care industry.

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. The financial impact on healthcare based on the new laws, and how the known structure of delivery of care will have to adjust.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is below. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing Discussion questions each week
  • Completing the reading each week.
  • Completing an open book exam in Week Four.
  • Presenting a powerpoint assignment to class on todays events in the political process 
  • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, referred to as a Paper.
  • All work must contain appropriate formatting, grammar, and spelling.
  • Proctored closed book Final Examination.


You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is below. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

 Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89% 
C = 70-79% 
D = 60-69% 
F = < 60% 

 Grading Criteria


Point Value

% of Grade

Week Due

  Introduction & class participation



 Week 1-8

Class Participation on reading assignments



Week 1-8

Weekly question Discussions



Week 1-8

Mid-Term Exam



Week 4

Power Point presentation   12    12%  Week 5

Paper & discussion



Week 7

Proctored Final test comprehensive



Week 8






Paper Grading Guidelines

Your paper is due on Friday, the end of week 7, at 5 pm in the Mountain Time Zone. You must pick a topic related to health care politics and then email it to me or bring to class by the end of week 2. You must have a total of at least 3 sources. Your paper should include an outline, 3 to 4 edited pages with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of your sources (a works cited page or a bibliography). Your paper should be double spaced.

The outline should be brief. For example,


I. Introduction.

II. Point One.

III. Point Two.

IV. Point Three.

V. Conclusion.

For writing tips and information on the APA style, go to the Writing Resources category in the Webliography.


Point Distribution


                                                Content                                    4

                                                Organization                             3

                                                Citation                                    1

                                                Clarity and Grammar                2

                                                Sources                                    2

                                                Total possible points:    12 points of the final class grade

Warning:  Any paper submitted without documentation will receive a grade of zero.


Class Participation Grading Guidelines
Class participation and the Weekly Discussion , are worth 34% of your final grade and the Paper Discussion, counts for a total of 12% of the total class grade.  There are also 8 Focus Topics that count for total grade.  Each of these assignments are to be completed by the end of the week assigned.  Your participation in each of these activities will be graded on content, knowledge of the subject and understanding.     



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:
Submission of Late Work:    Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to and will not be near a computer for the entire week). 

For the paper that is due in week seven, papers that are one day late will receive a grade no higher than a B; papers that are late by two days will receive no grade higher than a C, past 2 days late will receive a 0. What does late mean? If your assignment is due by 10 pm and the time is 10:01, it is late.

Final Exam: You can't take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or deployment to Iraq during exam week are excellent reasons to take the final late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

According to Park University guidelines, this course is divided into eight weeks with the first week beginning on the first day of the semester, a Monday, and ends midnight the following Sunday. Weeks Two through Eight also begin on Monday and end on the following Sunday.  All work and formal papers should be completed and successfully emailed so that they are in by the due date.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Health and Health Policy chapter 1/The context and process of health policymaking chapter 2
Leaning Objectives:
Discuss the definition of health.
Describe the different health determinants and who they are.
Define health policy.
Define laws
understand and define operational decision, judicial decisions.
Define the catergory of policy
Discuss Ferdral And State Governments
Explain the political market place
Conceptualize the public policymaking process
Study chapters 1, 2.       

Week 2: Policy Formulation chapter 3/ Development of Legislation chapter 4
Learning Objectives:
Discuss Phase agenda setting
Explain who are the interest groups and their impact
Discuss the nature of health policy agenda
Explain the originating and drafting of legislative proposal
Define what the house and senat do on proposal of legislation
Explain Development of budgets at State and Federal levels
Study chapters 3-4 

Week 3 Policy formulation development of legislation chapter 4 continued/review mid term test
Learning Objectives:
Will discuss appendix 3 chronological list of selected U.S. federal laws pertaining to healthcare
From formulation to implementation discussion of chapter 4
Review of Mid Term test on Chapter 1 through 4

Week 4: Mid-Term test
Learning Objectives:
Review of all legislative rules of implementation at State and Federal level.
Mid Term exam chapter 1 through 4
Week 5: Policy Implementation: rule making chapter 5/Policy Implementation Operation chapter 6
Learning Objectives:
Explain policy implementatin
Define the beginning of implementatin
Discuss the organizations that use implementation of policy making
Explain the effect of policy design or construction,define their managers
Study chapters 5-6.

Week 6: Policy modification chapter 7
Learning Objectives
Distinguish policy modification from policy initiation
The cycle of policy making
Mechanics of modification phase
Key structual features of policy modification
  • Study chapter 7
Week 7: Developing competence in the policymaking process Chapter 8
Learning Objectives: 
Define and explain health policy and poeple organizations and interest groups
explain concept of competence
Analyze public policy enviornments
explain how to influence public policy environments
Define the human element in analyzing and influencing public policy environments
  • Study chapters 8
  • discuss paper submission 
Week 8: Recap appendix 8, 11, 15/final 
Learning Objectives:
Discuss Congressional budget office
Discuss Reducing Medical erros, cost and effect
Explain types of groups involved in financing political campaigns.
Comprehensive 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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