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Health Services Administration Foundations

Course Details

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Fall 2014
Martin Hall
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Online Course

Dr. Roe Roberts (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:


1. Describe the major federal, state and local health care institutions that impact on health care delivery in the U.S.

2. Understand the dynamic tensions that may exist between federal, state and local health care governments.

3.  Describe the contemporary environment within which health care delivery takes place in the U.S.

4.  Identify some of the basic problems in the distribution and financing of health services in the U.S.

5.  Embark on an understanding of the role of an administrator in health care.

6.  Demonstrate competence in critical writing skills and analysis.

7. Summarize basic research methods using correct grammar and the APA format.


Required Texts:

Aaron, J. E. (2013). Little Brown Handbook (Brief)(Tabbed Ed) 5th Ed. Longman Publisher. ISBN: 9780321872562

Amer Psychol Assn.(2010). Publication Manual of APA. 6th Ed.  ISBN: 9781433805615

Paul, R. and Elder, L. (NA). Thinker's Guide...How to Study & Learn. Foundation for Critical Thinking. ISBN 9780944583111

Paul, R. and Elder, L. (NA). Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking. Foundation for Critical Thinking. ISBN 9780944583104


Course Functions

This course provides an overview of health care history, major health agencies, grammar and APA writing format by means of lecture notes, videos, discussions, and written assignments designed to help the student understand the health care system including its advantages and shortcomings. Some of the major issues facing health care institutions may be discussed in terms of their administrative, legal, and ethical implications. The course will be conducted by means of internet notes, lectures, discussions, exams, quizzes, and written assignments.

Course Expectations


Traditionally there are three levels of participation: active, moderately active and passive.   An active participant is prepared and contributes to the general learning of the class, asks pertinent questions, actively listens, asks relevant questions when confused by course content, and shares relevant insights.  I hope you all will strive to be active learners.


Student Assignments


All WAs must be in Microsoft WORD and when submitted must show as a .doc or .docx document.   The instructor is not responsible for trying to open documents which are not in this format. If the instructor can’t open the document it is the same as if you didn’t submit it.


All WAs must have student name, class, and WA number in the header of the word document.


The WAs must be written using the APA style (see the APA manual or OWL for more explanation), double-spaced, and typed in Times Roman 12 Font.  


Quotations should never be used, put them into your own words so that it’s obvious to the reader that you understood what you read.


Uncited and/or unnoted quotes are never acceptable and can result in an automatic  “F” for the assignment.


ALL assignments must be turned in on time or you will receive a grade of zero.  If you have an emergency arise, you must ask for permission to turn your work in no later than 3 days prior to the due date of the assignment.  Work doesn’t count as an emergency. So, DO NOT WAIT until the last hour to turn in your work. This is especially important if you’ve had prior difficulties uploading your documents. 


Do not email the instructor if you have a technical difficulty such as being unable to upload a document. If you have difficulty uploading a file email tech support for help immediately, they are online after normal campus work hours and can help you upload it.  If the problem is on our end and the distance education tech support can’t fix it quickly, they will let the instructor know.




  • WA :

Each module will have one WA, the goal of the WA is to focus on a particular aspect of the module.  Each WA must have a minimum of two referenced peer reviewed articles from an academic journal, this does NOT include the textbook, commercial, or government websites. The professor will review each WA, point out its strengths and offer suggestions for improvements.


Each module will contain a variety of questions that will be explored during the WA and the discussions.

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposesThe university makes Turnitin available to the professor for the purpose of verifying the originality of a student’s work.

  • Discussions

You must answer the instructor posed questions and respond to at least one of your classmate's comments.  Saying “I agree” or “That’s a great point.” doesn’t count as a response.  The response must be carefully thought out, and draw upon the readings or other appropriate outside sources. 


  • Final Exam

The final exam is cumulative, online, and will be timed.  Exams in this class must be proctored.  A proctor simply observes you while you are taking the exam. For a proctor to be considered as acceptable they must complete the form located on the homepage.  Some proctors charge for their services, if this is the case, it’s up to you and your proposed proctor to negotiate any fees they will charge you. See the class homepage for more details.


Exam Opens at 8AM on 12/4           Exam Closes at 12/5 8:00PM


Grading Standards



Students will be graded in several ways.  They will receive a total course grade which will appear on the student transcript.  Students will also receive a grammar, APA and mathematics grade.  These grades are for internal department when evaluating the need for any additional leveling course work use for individual students and will not be displayed on the student transcripts. 


Modules                                                                                              98 points

            Writing Assignment (WA)                              70

                        40% of WA grade is based on grammar

                        40% of WA grade is based on Content

                        20% of WA grade is based on APA style

                        Discussion (MD)                                             28

            Exam (FE)                                                                                           25 points


Total Points                                                                                                     123


(Short statistics/math exam – not counted toward final course grade.)


A= 95-123 points                                B=80-95 points                       C= 70-80 points         

D= 60-70 points                                  F= below 60 points


The MWA MUST be done in APA style.  This includes third person, double-spaced, and typed in Word with Times Roman 12 Font.  All MWA and Cases must be attached as a Word file in the appropriate area in D2L.  All work must be turned in on time, late work will not be accepted unless permission is given asked. Permission must be requested at least 3 days prior to the due date and will only be given if very unusual circumstances arise.  Work doesn’t count as an unusual circumstance, and as you have about two weeks to complete each module, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your assignments.

Final Exam 12/04/2014 8:00AM- 8:00PM
Submission Format Policy

All MWAs MUST be done in APA style.  This includes third person, double-spaced, and typed in Word with Times Roman 12 Font.  All MWA and Cases must be attached as a Word file in the appropriate area in D2L.  All work must be turned in on time, late work will not be accepted unless permission is given asked. Permission must be requested at least 3 days prior to the due date and will only be given if very unusual circumstances arise.  Work doesn’t count as an unusual circumstance, and as you have about two weeks to complete each module, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your assignments.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Late work will only be accepted due to extreme circumstances and IF permission is asked for at least 3 days prior to the due date and given.  OTHERWISE a grade of zero is given without exception

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Please sign into the class at least every other day and read whatever is posted in the discussion areas, along with anything else that is posted.

Other Policies


I assume that the written work you turn in reflects your own ideas and your own words, unless you specifically attribute them to another source. Restrict your use of quotations and paraphrasing, putting the original author’s ideas into your own words shows the reader that you understood and can apply what you learned to your situation.  However, appropriate acknowledgement of any ideas, works, writings, or opinions that you make use of in your WA must be shown through the use of citations and references.  Academic dishonesty is not acceptable and is a breach of the student code of ethics.  Dishonesty includes, but not limited to: 1) plagiarism*, 2) submitting work that was not prepared by you (fraud), and 3) helping another student with their work when such assistance is not expressly allowed (cheating).  

*Plagiarism:   Includes using direct quotes or sections of writing from other author’s (this includes follow students) without the appropriate notations and/or citations OR rewording portions of another author’s paper without appropriate citation.  All written assignments for this class will be submitted to a computer-based review to assess it for evidence of plagiarism.  Go to for more info.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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