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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY7622

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1716 2007-01-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 0122900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 7622 Ph.D. Seminar in Policy and the Elderly

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    PhDSem Policy Elderly
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    This course is designed to offer a comprehensive examination of the major public-policy issues generated by the health care needs of those ages 65 and older and the programs/institutions that have emerged to meet these needs.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    We have four 'areas of emphasis' in our Ph.D. program, one of which is health care policy and the elderly. We have taught this seminar at least twice and wish to add it to our permanent offerings.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The course is designed for Ph.D. students in Aging Studies, but it would also be applicable to doctoral level students in Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, and the Arts & Sciences.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This course has been offered twice as Selected Topics.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Gerontology or related field.

    An interest and/or expertise in public policy for older adults would be desirable.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the major public-policy issues generated by the health care needs of those ages 65 and older and the programs andinstitutions that have emerged to meet these needs. In addition to Medicare, other policy issues include the quality and availability of geriatric care, prevention and health promotion services, mental health care, long-term care and alternative methods of financing and delivering care. There is also a wide range of ethical concerns related to these quality, availability and financing issues.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the US health care system for older adults, and how it works differently for a variety of subpopulations.

    2. Discuss the implication of the medical model on both acute and chronic health care for older adults.

    3. Explain the mechanics and implications of Medicare for health care in the US.

    4. Make the distinction between models of “Fee for Service” care and Managed Care.

    5. Demonstrate knowledge of the US long-term care system and how it works for different older adults.

    6. Appreciate differences between acute, chronic, and end-of-life care for older adults.

    C. Major Topics

    *Current and future health characteristics of older persons and cost implications.

    *Models of healthcare for older persons.

    *Medicare now and in the future.

    *Managed care and the elderly.

    *Long-term care policy and practice.

    *End-of-Life Care and Mental Health and the Elderly

    *Health care reform and the elderly.

    D. Textbooks

    Required Readings include:

    * Mixed Trends in Population Health Among Older Adults (Eileen Crimmins), Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences, 51E(5).

    * Crimmins, E., Reynolds, S., Johnston, M., Karlamangla, A and Seeman, T. (2005). Changes in biological markers of health: Older Americans in the 1990s. Journal of Gerontology, Medical Sciences 60A(11), 1409-1413.

    * Goldman, D., Shang, B., Bhattacharya, J., Garber, A., Hurd, M. et al. (2005, Sept. 26). Consequences of health trends and medical innovation for the future elderly. Health Affairs, Web Exclusive.

    * American Geriatrics Society

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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