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Health Care Administration

Summer, Second Session 2003
Monday/Wednesday 6:0010:00 p.m. TESC
Lab I, Room

Joan Bantz, Office:    Lab I, 3011
Office Hours:     M/W 4:30-5:30 p.m., and By Appointment
Voice mail: 360-867-5095
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Course Description:

This course surveys the historical, social, economic, and political context of the U.S. health care system. It provides students an understanding of health politics as a key component of the environment in which the health care administrator must function. We will examine American health care visions and values and how key actors are often at odds with one another. The purpose of this course is to enhance students' abilities to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to the tension between health and health care. As a key component of the environment in which the health care administrator must function, the political processes and roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government in health policy will be examined.

Major health care policy participation and development are identified within the political and institutional contextual framework. Those seeking to advance health care reform will acquire broader perspicacity by exploring agencies, policies, organization, leadership challenges, administration, consumerism and development of public and community health programs. 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.

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

         Required Text
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 2nd edition April 2002

ISBN: 0801868467

Weissert, Carol S., William. G. Weissert Governing Health: the Politics of Health Policy
W.E. UpJohn Institute for Employment Research Edition Number: 1 2001

ISBN 0-88099-223-9 /2001

Zhou, Huizhong (Ed.) The Political Economy of Health Care Reforms
New Press 2002

SBN: 156584582X

Kawachi, Ichiro, Bruce P. Kennedy The Health of Nations: Why Inequality Is Harmful to Your Health
Michigan State University 1992

ISBN 0-88099-118-6

Goddeeris, John H, and Andrew J. Hogan, Eds Improving Access to Health Care: What Can the States Do?

Performance/Expectation Measurement:

A. Written Work                                                             30 percent
B. Legislative Briefing                                                      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 an intensive 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 coursematerial will be demonstrated by class and Seminar participation, written assignmentsand 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:

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 in person or by email with a fellow co-learner prior to the next Seminar. These personal intellectual journals/reflections or cognitive maps should summarize the major messageand 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 thecontext 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 seminardiscussion, and summarize these concepts and theories in a format that will be useful inyour intellectual journey. The papers should demonstrate your mastery of the coursematerial and its application in your work life in a thoughtful, clear and well-writtennarrative. Proper citations must be used. One Page written peer reviews will be incorporatedinto your journal before the following class. Submission of journals, with peer reivews to faculty are required twice during the session. (8/11 and 8/25.) Learning Objective: Critical thinking and expression, reflective thinking and
shared responsibility for co-learning community opportunity.
B. Legislative Policy Briefing Paper and Presentation Due: 8/13 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 indepth policy analysis. Learning Objective: General knowledge, writing skills, analysis and synthesis, practice brevity with persuasion, constructive feedback
and critical thinking.
 C. Group Presentation Project     Due: 8/25, 8/27
Most public agency deliberation is done within groups. This course will mirror that reality. You will self-select groups of 2-3 members from interests discovered during the policy briefings.   Teams will have an opportunity to meet during class time. Each team will maintain a record of their process and will conduct a peer assessment.
  Each Team will make a 60 minute formal presentation to the class. Each member will be evaluated based on content, analysis, presentationand peer assessments. Due at the time of the presentation will be: Learning Objective: General knowledge, critical analysis, oral and written presentation skills, assessment and collaboration. D. Portfolio: Last Self Assessment, Self and Faculty Evaluations    Due: 8/27

Templates for evaluations are available ON-LINE at

E. Optional Two Credit Individual Research Module Due: 8/27
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 8/4 and a brief meeting with faculty on 8/11 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.