Health Care Administration
Summer, Second Session 2002
Monday/Wednesday 6:00–10:00 p.m. TESC
Lab I, Room 2033
Joan Bantz  Office:
Library 3213
Office Hours:  M/W 4:30-5:30 p.m., And By Appointment
Voice Mail: 360-867-5095 Email:
Snail Mail: L3220
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Accepting: Graduate/Undergraduate levels, and CDMS students

Course Description: This course surveys the historical, social, economic, and political context of the U.S. health care system. It will provide students an understanding of health politics as a key component of the environment in which the health care administrator must function. Political processes, the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government relations, the public and private sector, and the political roles that selected health professionals assume in the community will be examined.

Major health care policy participation and development are identified within the political and institutional contextual framework. Current and future health administrators, health policy advisors, those wishing to advance health care reform, or those seeking personal advocacy, will acquire broader perspicacity by exploring agencies, policies, organization, administration and development of public and community health programs. The course seeks to provide practical mechanisms to intervene on behalf of programs or institutions.

Course Objectives: Overall, we will seek to integrate theory and practice. Specifically, this course will enhance students' abilities to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health policies and programs, using rigorous analytical reasoning.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will: Required Materials: (Email and Internet Access are Required)
ISBN: 076560390X 
Sharpe, M.e., Inc., 2000
Patel, Kant; Rushefsky, Mark E. Health Care Politics and Policy in America, 2ND
ISBN:  0787959707 
Jossey-Bass, 2001
Kleinke, J. D. Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System
eHealth Resource on line Robert Woods Johnson Project (don't print, is 300 pages, we will use this online) Adobe Acrobat  scroll down in page to: "The eHealth Landscape (June 2001)"  Link

Subject: Kennedy Legislation Pending 

Performance/Expectation Measurement:
A. Writing Portfolio                                                           30 percent
B. Legislative Briefing paper                                               10 percent
C. Final Group Presentation, Abstract and Bibliography        30 percent
D. Class Participation                                                         30 percent

Description of Performance Measures and Expectations:
The course will be conducted as a seminar with workshops and lectures. When possible,
guest participants from the health professional community will be invited to provide
personal insight into the topic under discussion. Student comprehension of the course
material will be demonstrated by class and Seminar participation, written assignments
and shared intellectual journals. A team project presentation with detailed abstract
and bibliography will be required from selected current health policy areas.

A successful learning community requires that students attend classes regularly, arrive
prepared to critically discuss readings and complete timely all assignments. Please contact
faculty in advance if you must be absent from class by e-mail or phone More than one (1)
absence may result in loss of credit. Work submitted late will be read only under extraordinary circumstances

A. Reflective Written Assignments         Various dates
The assignments will consist of several different types of writing:

"How will we know if you have arrived if we do not know where
  you are going?"

B. Intellectual Journey Reflection Papers     Due each class
Your reflective journal papers are to be completed by the beginning of class and must be
exchanged and discussed with a fellow co-learner prior to the next Seminar. These personal
intellectual journals/reflections or cognitive maps should summarize the major the message
and concepts of the readings in a format that is useful to you and fellow co-learners. Journals
are not a book report, but rather a representation of what is important in understanding the
context of the readings. The intent of the journal/reflection papers is to capture your
thoughts about several particular ideas, facts, or issues presented that warrant seminar
discussion and summarize these concepts and theories in a form that will be useful in
your intellectual journey. The papers should demonstrate your mastery of the course
material and its application in your work life in a thoughtful, clear and well written
narrative. Proper citations should be used.

Written peer comments/critique will be incorporated into your journal before the following class. Submission of journals to faculty is required twice during the session, (8/12 and 8/26.)

B. Legislative Policy Briefing Paper and Presentation Due: 8/14 Note: The list of topics will be explored the first week of class for this exercise. From this list teams will select the policy areas for the group project to complete a complete policy analysis. possibilities Learning Objective: general knowledge, writing skills, analysis and synthesis,
and critical thinking.
 C. Group Project     Due: 8/26, 8/28
Most work in public agencies is done in groups. This course will mirror that reality. You will self-select groups of 2-3 members (8/7).  Selection of topics must be from the policy briefing subjects by 8/14.  Groups will have an opportunity to meet during class time. Each group will maintain a record of their process and will conduct a peer assessment. Teams will make an hour and one half formal presentation to the class. Each member
will be evaluated based on faculty subjective assessment of the content,
presentation and peer assessments. (Peer assessments/feedback should be discussed with your team as well as drafted to faculty).

Due at the time of the presentation will be:

Learning Objective: General knowledge, oral and written presentation
skills, collaboration and assessment skills.
D.  Portfolio  Due: 8/28
Last Self Assessment, Self and Faculty Evaluation

Templates for evaluations are available ON-LINE at

Class Schedule

E. Optional Two Credit Individual Research Module Due: 8/28
The two Credit individual research module requires the writing of a major research paper based on application of course materials and additional study. The topic for the major paper should be approved the first week, an outline for critique and guidance is due 8/5 and a brief meeting with faculty on 8/12 is expected.  Selected subjects can duplicate the policy briefing papers or group project but must contain additional in-depth research.  Further criteria will be provided to enrolled students.

Learning Objective: Enhanced understanding and appreciation, writing skills, research analysis and synthesis, critical thinking and independent study.