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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6435

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): New course title: PHC 6435 Comparative Health Insurance Systems Abbreviated Title: Comparative Hlth Ins Systems New course description: Overview of health insurance concepts and major systems in developed countries, using microeconomic tools relevant to management and public policy.
Comments: to GC 4/7/14 Required for MHA, MPH-HPP. Course Desc too Long. Missing required information. Emailed 5/9/14. Back to Chair 5/20/14- to GC 9/4/14. Approved. To USF Sys 11/4; to SCNS 11/12. Appd eff 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4940 2014-02-12
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Health Policy and Management PH
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Somer Burke 8139746606

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6435 Perspectives on Health Insurance

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Perspectives on Hlth Insurance
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0


    PHC 6430 or CI


    Course Description

    Presents an overview of major health insurance systems and concepts, including demand, supply, employment based coverage, the uninsured, government sponsored programs, managed care, and various financing and organization approaches used internationally.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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 a requirement in the MHA track and a popular elective in the MPH tracks.

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


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

    A Ph.D. in Health Economics

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    A. 5. Build analytical thinking acumen.

    C. Public Policies and Community Engagement

    C. 4. Analyze public policy context and choices

    D. Concepts of Economic & Financial Management

    D. 5. Perform differential reimbursement calculations by payers and describe the major principles of health insurance

    B. Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the U.S. Health Insurance market from a structural perspective.

    2. Identify economic issues relevant to the health care policy debate.

    3. Discuss health policy related concepts involving efficiency and equality.

    4. Evaluate policies from an economic perspective.

    5. Evaluate the health care market place from a “systems” perspective.

    6. Evaluate the incentive structures underlying health care plans.

    7. Evaluate the government and private sector roles pertaining to health insurance.

    8. Compare the U.S. health care market place to that of other westernized countries

    C. Major Topics

    1. Introduction to health care systems concepts

    2. The demand for health insurance

    3. Employment based health insurance

    4. Managed care

    5. Government sponsored insurance programs

    6. The uninsured

    7. Health care systems and managed care

    7a. The U.S. System (ACA)

    7b. Germany

    7c. Canada

    7d. United Kingdom

    7e. Sweden

    7f. Japan

    7g. Singapore

    D. Textbooks

    Primary: Michael Morrisey, Health Insurance, 2nd ed. Health Administration Press, 2014

    Secondary: Matcha, Duane A. Health Care Systems of the Developed World, How the United States’ System Remains an Outlier Praeger 2003

    For critical reading project: Potter, Wendell, Deadly Spin, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2010 (see project description on page 4)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students are expected to listen to all lectures, participate in discussions, complete two exams, and complete a written project.

    The following total scores guarantee the associated grades. The application of a curve will be determined at the end of the semester and will depend on the distribution of grades.

    91-100 = A; 81-90 = B; 71-80 = C; 61-70 = D; 60 and below = F

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Midterm, Final, Written Project

    H. Attendance Policy

    Students are expected to listen to all lectures online and participate in discussions

    Please see University Policy on Religious Holidays:

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MHA and MPH programs in Department of Health Policy and Management

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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