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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): Change the prerequisite from: PHC 6430 and undergraduate microeconomics to undergraduate microeconomics (required) and PHC 6430 (recommended)
Comments: Required for MHA, MPH-HPP; Change Pre-req. To GC. Approved 5/16/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Approved eff 2/1/15 (2015 is correct)

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5195 2015-02-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Health Policy and Management PH 640400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Somer Burke 9746606

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6435 Comparative Health Insurance Systems

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    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)
    Comp Health Insurance Sys
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 100


    PHC 6430 and undergraduate microeconomics



    Course Description

    Overview of health insurance concepts and major systems in developed countries, using microeconomic tools relevant to management and public policy.

  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?

    Students in the MPH and MHA are required to take this course.

    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.)

    Terminal Degree Required

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    A. Build analytical thinking acumen.

    B. Public Policies and Community Engagement

    C. Analyze public policy context and choices

    D. Concepts of Economic & Financial Management

    E. 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

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Students are allowed to make up missed exams only with a valid excuse (assessed on an individual basis)

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MPH and MHA

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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