Joan Bantz, MPA, RHU L3213, (360) 867-5095 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Room: Lab I, Room 1040 An Intensive Saturday and WebX Class 4 Credit Hours
Class Sessions: Saturdays, Oct 5, Oct 26, Nov 16, and Dec 7, 2002
You MUST be present Oct 5 to
be considered registered. All class sessions are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Computer access for WebX participation is required.
I. Program Description
"Exploring health care from the early roots of medicine and health to the present."
Although it often seems that the current problems we face in health care emerged overnight, they are a direct result of the accumulated cultural constructions, values, beliefs, politics, policy decisions and market choices, etc., made over the last century.
Students will explore how we got to where we are today. We will examine the underpinnings of U.S. health care by looking at historical development and underlying values; viewing through the lenses of functionalism, political economy and social constructionist; and mind/body/spirit and pathways of delivery through alternative and traditional medicine. We will pay special attention to how special interest groups have captured and framed health care policy, reform and other rhetoric.
This foundation course will prepare students for further study in health care policy and promulgation, as well as seeking to, or working in, health care fields.
II. Learning Objectives:
The Objectives of the program are:III. Program Methods:
¨ Develop an awareness of the social, cultural, political and policy areas that influence health care.
¨ Understand how personal and cultural values and beliefs affect our expectations of health care.
¨ Comprehend health care's historical underpinnings and its impact on reform strategies.
¨ Develop proficiency with web-based communication tools.
IV. Required Reading:
Students will receive graduate or undergraduate credit based upon satisfactory and on-time completion of all course requirements and assignments. Decisions to deny credit will be make by faculty. Plagiarism, failing to complete one or more assignments, completing one or more assignments late (without having made special arrangements in advance of the due date), or more than two program absences may constitute automatic denial of credit. (NOTE: More than two (2) program absences requires that you arrange the completion of make up work with faculty).
All students will receive a written evaluation of their academic performance by faculty. Faculty will evaluate students based on their seminar contributions, written assignments, team projects and class participation. Faculty will consider the learning goals/objectives in the "Program Description" in preparing evaluations. Each student is expected to participate in an evaluation conference mid quarter and at the end of the quarter. For the end of quarter conference, each student is expected to complete and bring to the conference a written self-evaluation - a written and signed evaluation of the faculty member must be turned into the program secretary at the same time. These two evaluations are part of the requirements of the course and must be completed to obtain full credit. A Self and Faculty evaluation must be completed prior to the final evaluation appointment.
VI. Covenant within a Learning Community
The class is designed to be an active/experiential learning community. We employ a variety of formats – lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, and other techniques to ensure that the learning environment is one in which all participants play a role in its success. In particular, the content of the program -- exploring health reform options-- especially lends itself to active in class participation.
A successful learning community requires that students attend class, arrive prepared to be engaged in the activities for the evening, and submit assignments when they are due. Students will receive graduate or undergraduate credit based on satisfactory and timely completion of all course requirements and assignments. Credit denial decisions will be made by the faculty. Plagiarism (i.e., using other peoples’ work as your own), failing to complete one or more assignments, completing one or more assignments late (without having made special arrangements before the due date), or multiple absences may constitute denial of total credit. Arriving late or leaving early may be considered as absences.
In turn, students can expect the faculty members to be prepared for classes and seminars, to be available for office hours as posted, to respond to telephone or email messages in a timely manner, and to provide timely feedback on assignments.
In furtherance of our learning community, we expect students and faculty to:
The overall goal
of this class is individual participant fulfillment and learning community
success. Let us strive together for such a balance.
Schedule and Assignments:
!st Class Session – Saturday October 5, 2002
Class Overview - Syllabus Review
WebX Orientation/Training andClass photos
Cultural Workshop and Assessment Assignment
Selecting of Health Policy Areas and Group Assignments
October 6 to October 13, 2002
Read - The Transformation of American Medicine - (Due October 13).
October 14 to October 20, 2002
Post critiques - The Transformation of American Medicine - (Due October 16).
October 21 to October 25, 2002
Post Response to Fellow Student's Critique of The Transformation of American Medicine - (Due October 20).
October 26, 2002 (bring to class)
Saturday October 26, 2002
Health Care Administration Mandates and Culture
Seminar: The Transformation of American Medicine
Guest Lecturer: Larry Mosqueda, Member of TESC Faculty, Political Economy
* First Paper Due (personal health cultural
October 28 to November 3, 2002
Read - Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies - (Due November 3).
November 4 to November 10, 2002
Post Critique Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies - (Due November 6).
Post Response to Fellow Student's Critique of Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies - (Due November 8).
Read - Back to Reform: Values, Markets and the Health Care System - (Due November 10).
November 11 to November 15, 2002
Post Critique of Back to Reform: Values, Markets and the Health
Care System - (Due
Post Response to Fellow - Back to Reform: Values, Markets and the Health Care System - (Due November 15).
November 16, 2002 - (bring to class)
Saturday November 16, 2002
Guest Lecturers: Jehrin Alexandria, Dance and Alternative
Kate Fehsenfeld, Acupuncturist, Acutonics Sound Therapy
Seminar: AM -Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies
PM - Back to Reform: Values, Markets and the Health Care System
Group Project Preparation Time
Evaluation Conferences sign-up sheets
* second paper Due Health Policy Cultural Paper
November 18 to November 24, 2002
Read - Alternative Health Care: Medicine, Miracle or Mirage? - (Due November 24)
November 25 to December 1, 2002
Post critique of - Alternative Health Care: Medicine, Miracle or Mirage? - (Due November 25)
Post Response to Fellow Student’s Critique of - Alternative Health Care: Medicine, Miracle or Mirage? - (Due November 29)
December 7, 2002 (bring
*Group project biblio
* Reflection Paper
Final Class Session - December 7, 2002
Saturday – December 7, 2002
Seminar On: Alternative Health Care: Medicine, Miracle or Mirage?
Speaker: Sharon Parker, Cross-Cultural Workshop
Group Projects Presentations
* Reflection paper due
* Group project outline due
* Self and Faculty Evaluations due
The Evaluation Conferences sign-up sheets will be circulated on, Saturday November 16, 2002.
Each team will explore how US cultural rules and norms have created our
current health care system. The presentation
should include the different lens we view organizational, structural, and political drivers, the delivery systems and
healthcare beliefs. Each team will present to the class an hour in-depth analysis of their selected policy areas addressing
the central question for the quarter. Creativity is encouraged and seminaring or workshops versus lecturing is appreciated.
Visual aids for the class are encouraged, handout are mandatory. The group
will prepare an executive summary, detailed
outline and biblio. of 4-6 pages in length given to faculty prior to presentation.