Public Health Administration – HLTH 507

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a study of health policy and management concerns regarding the delivery, quality and cost of healthcare for individuals and populations. It reviews the structure, process and outcomes of health services including costs, financing, organization and accessibility to care.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course provides the foundational understanding for the organization and function of the public health and health care delivery systems in the United States. As a core requirement in the study of public health, it presents the public and private sector entities that impact both individual and population-based aspects of health care, including health policy and planning, legal and ethical issues, and safety and preparedness. The course will emphasize critical examination of the health care delivery system as it currently exists, and of contemporary efforts to improve its efficiency.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of planning, budgeting, and management to efforts to assure the public’s health, safety, and preparedness.
  2. Articulate an evidence-based policy process for reducing disparities and improving the health of populations.
  3. Develop public health programs and policies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities served
  4. Compare roles and relationships in the public and private sectors supportive of a systems approach to the delivery of essential public health services.
  5. Describe the major components of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services by public health systems in the U.S. and selected countries.
  6. Articulate the history, philosophy, and values of public health.
  7. Describe quality and performance management principles for personnel and organizational improvement.
  8. Describe the legal and ethical basis for public health and health services delivery.
  9. Describe a systems approach for addressing key public health concerns.
  10. Define a biblical basis for public health practice.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread of a 400–500 words to the provided prompt for each forum. The student will then submit replies of 200–300 words to at least 2 classmates. AMA style formatting, in-text referencing with a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed resources is required on all posts and replies. Please review carefully the “Instructions for DB Forums” document.

The student will research the support services available to them at the LU Career Center and engage with a Career Coach. The student will create a Cover Letter and CV and submit it for critique at the LU Career Center. Please review carefully the “Instructions for CV Assignment” document.

A policy brief describes the rationale for choosing a particular policy recommendation or course of action in a current policy debate. The public health issue will be of the students choosing. Please review carefully the “Instructions for Policy Brief” and the "Guide to the Policy Brief" documents.

There will be a quiz in each module/week that covers the reading and study pertaining to that module/week. Each quiz is 10 questions with a time limit of 30 minutes. The quizzes are open-book and open-notes.