QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLGE
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND GEOLOGY
ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY
This course is designed to provide a review of government and private health care administration of the
general population of the United States. It introduces concepts of epidemiology and demographics, as well
as issues of access and ethics, and discusses the roles, responsibilities, training/education and certification
requirements, and employment trends for a wide variety of health professionals.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
Describe the private, governmental, professional and economic contributions to the development and
operation of the health care system.
Describe the types and interrelationships of health care facilities, services, and personnel.
Understand important challenges of public sector health policy making.
Understand the major ethical, economic, professional and legal issues confronting providers, insurers,
Describe the special problems of high-risk populations and health system responses.
Identify and describe the quality control activities of the current health care system and relate service
provider behaviors to legal, ethical, and financial considerations.
Describe the values and assumptions that underlie the changing priorities in health planning resource
Essentials of US Health Care System, Leiyu Shi and Douglas Singh-Jones, Second Edition 2010
(there is a new text available 2012 ed.)
Regular attendance is required and a maximum number of six absences or hours are allowed in lecture. If
you exceed this number, regardless of the reason, you will be asked to leave the course. Many topics are
complex and additional material may be introduced in lecture. Excessive absences will result in significant
gaps in understanding the material.
Policy on Academic Integrity:
Instructors will implement the College policy on cheating on examinations and quizzes. The college catalog
contains a complete list of the standards of academic integrity. A few of the prohibited conducts are:
1. Obtaining answers by looking at notes or another student’s paper during examination periods.
2. Allowing another student to see and copy answers from your papers.
3. Talking or passing notes, information or objects while taking an examination.
4. Writing notes on your tables or desk prior to receiving exam papers.
5. Attempting to obtain or disseminate the content of an examination of any kind prior to
distribution by the instructor.
6. Copying another person’s papers or reports and handing them in as your own.
Disobeying any of the above prohibited conduct will result in:
1. A failing grade (F) on the work in question
2. An F for the course
3. A report sent to the Dean of Students and/or the Faculty-student Disciplinary Committee.
"Plagiarism occurs when one steals or uses the ideas or writings of another and presents these
writings or ideas as his or her own.
Some examples of plagiarism:
Copying information or a paper from a source (text or web) without proper acknowledgment.
Copying materials from a source, even though supplying proper documentation, but leaving out
Paraphrasing materials from a source without using the appropriate documentation.
The internet is an excellent resource to utilize for completing worksheets. Internet search skills are
expected. Your textbook is somewhat superficial in its treatment of some topics. Remember that sources
from nationally respected health care specialty organizations are often the best sources. Sites that end in
.edu, .gov, or .org have the greatest reliability. Be wary of the .com sites. They are often put up by
commercial companies that have a sales oriented perspective. While some information may be reliable it can
also be slanted in favor of the products they might be pushing. Stay away from Wikopedia.com (the
information found on the site is not 100% reliable since anyone can post information there).
Cell Phone Policy:
As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students who are
members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to
respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the use of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or similar communication
devices during scheduled classes is prohibited. All such devices must be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate)
mode and should not be taken out during class. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of
the instructor. Sanctions for violation of this policy are determined by the instructor and may include
dismissal from the class.
Communication and Writing Skills
Communication and writing skills are important for all students. While typos, abbreviations and poor
grammar may be acceptable for informal communications in email, twitter, and facebook, they are not
acceptable for assignment submissions.
Before you submit an assignment please take the time to reread it for completeness and sentence structure.
Please take the time to spell check all work submitted. Faculty should not have to make spelling and
grammar corrections on your assignments. Any assignments with frequent errors will be returned for
corrections. Points will be deducted for returned assignments after the first occurrence.
Grading Procedures and Criteria:
Grading for the Semester:
4 Lecture Exams: 20 points each points = 80
Worksheets (10)-2 points each points = 20
Total points possible = 100
Exams are multiple choice, short answer and essays. Exam dates will be posted. Missed exams without a
valid excuse and proof will be graded as a “zero”, and make-ups are at the instructor’s discretion.
Worksheets are due weekly and are in short answer format. There are no make ups for incomplete or late
worksheets, failure to submit worksheets on the due date will result as a “zero”, no exceptions.
Final letter grades are:
INC – given under extraordinary circumstances to students who missed an exam but are passing the course.
All grades for completed exams remain as part of the student’s record, and are incorporated into the final
grade. The student has until the end of the next semester to make-up the missed exams; NO EXAMS ARE
ABS - given to a student who is passing the course but is absent from the final exam; an F is given to
students who are failing the course and miss the final exam
W – Assigned by the administration (not the instructor) to a student who has submitted the proper form
before the end of the official withdrawal period.
WU – unofficial withdrawal, assigned for excessive absences (equivalent to an F)
Do not ask your instructor to assign you a grade that you did not earn.
BI 150- Lecture Syllabus
Week Topics Chapters Worksheet
1 Course Introduction
Major Characteristics of U.S. Health Care Delivery
2 Foundation of U.S. Health Care Delivery 2 1
3 Historical Overview of U.S. Health Care Delivery 3 2
4 Exam 1
Health Care Providers and Professionals 4
5 Technology and Its Effects 5 3
6 Financing and Reimbursement Methods 6 4
7 Outpatient Services and Primary Care 7 5
8 Exam 2
9 Managed Care and Integrated Organizations 9 6
10 Long-Term Care Services 10 7
11 Underserved Populations 11 8
12 Exam 3
Cost, Access, and Quality 12
13 Health Policy 13 9
14 The Future of Health Services Delivery 14 10
15 Final Exam(4)