There will be two graded discussions each week on topics addressed in the readings. Your initial post in the first discussion must be completed by Wednesday night; your initial post in the second discussion is due by Friday night, and two classmates responses in each of the weekly graded discussions must be completed by Sunday night (except in Week 8, when all work is due by Saturday).
Your initial response to each discussion question or prompt should be a full paragraph in length (8-10 sentences) and demonstrate your familiarity with and thoughtful analysis of the readings.
In addition, you are expected to respond to at least 2 classmates in each discussion by Sunday. Responses should be substantive posts that advance the discussion. Reflect the strengths of their comments and/or challenge them when you disagree (politely, of course). Pose questions that will engage your classmates in further discussion.
You will write two short papers and one longer research paper for the course.
Paper 1 (Due Week 2): Interview a health care worker. Give a brief summary of his or her background, education, job title, the nature of the individual's facility, and the type of patients with whom he or she works. Your interview should include questions about his or her general perceptions of both the U.S. health care system and his or her facility. Ask the health care worker, for example, what concerns he or she has with our current system in general, and with the facility in particular. Document several suggestions that the worker offers to make the U.S. health care system better, and specifically, how he or she would effectuate these changes. Lastly, add your own analysis. Do you agree or disagree that the issues raised by the health care worker are important? Would the solutions the health care worker proposes be feasible or effective? In your analysis, indicate several health care issues that you believe are important, and how you propose we address those problems. Cite to at least three (3) authoritative sources, one of which may be our text. This paper should be a minimum of 750 words.
Paper 2 (Due Week 4): Identify a current public health care issue raised in our text that affects you or someone you know. Public health care issues can be, for example, related to: clean air and water, vaccinations, communicable diseases, traffic safety, healthy food, gun use, birth control, birth defects, smoking, school lunches, and recreation opportunity, such as sufficient parks and bike paths. Define the public health issue you choose, and the public policy about this concern. Describe how this issue is addressed, whether federally, by states, locally, or by private groups, or by some combination of these. If this particular issue is relevant to only certain locations, or handled differently in different areas, explain this variance; and which, and how, various entities are responsible for and address (or don’t) the problem; and the difficulties involved. Conclude with your analysis on the importance of the issue, and, propose how the issue might be better addressed. Cite to at least 3 authoritative sources, one of which may be our text, to support your analysis and recommendations. This paper should be a minimum of 750 words.
Proposed paper topic (Due Week 5): Submit your paper proposal to the Dropbox, describing your topic in a minimum of 4-5 sentences.
Research Paper (Due Week 7): Your research paper will address a current health care topic (approved by the instructor in Week 5) that relates to this class or an extension of subject matter addressed in this class. It will be graded on your demonstrated grasp of the basic subject matter, supporting and conflicting authority on the issue, your application of critical thinking and analysis, which is supported by existing research and logical thought. The paper should use APA or MLA format for citations and include primarily materials from credible sources, such as those found at the Columbia College Stafford Library. Some citing to newspapers and authoritative magazine articles is acceptable, particularly peer-reviewed articles; however, the bulk of your research must include seven (7) current authoritative sources from recognized and respected authorities in the field of your chosen subject, and not from random websites with no scholarly credentials (Wikipedia, WebMD, magazines or ezines of a general nature are not considered respected authorities. If you have any questions about the acceptability of a source, please contact me.) A rubric is attached to this assignment under Assignments. The body (title page and citations not included) research paper should be at least 2000 words excluding any abstract, title or references pages, and rely on at least seven (7) scholarly and credible sources. Refer to the research paper rubric for additional grading details.
You will have a quiz each week to test your understanding of the readings for the course. Quizzes may include multiple-choice, fill in the blank questions or essay questions. Any essay question requires a minimum of 5 sentences in response. You will have 55 minutes to complete each quiz.
All submissions for this class must contemporaneously written, and not have been previously submitted for this class, for any other class, or previously written for another purpose.