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PBHE112 - Health Services Organization

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE112 Course ID: 2913 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines Health Service Administration, primarily The Structuring Policies of Federal, State, and Local Organizations. PBHE112 reveals the framework of the United States Healthcare System; the organization and administration of health services; the roles of international, federal, state, and local health organizations; and the barriers to health services delivery.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Define health, health policies and different forms and categories of health policies
  2. List the impact of health policy on health determinants and health
  3. Explain the role and importance of policy competency in the pursuit of health
  4. Describe the conceptual model of the public policymaking process
  5. Discuss how the phases of policymaking interact with one another
  6. Understand the relationship between the policymaking process and its external environment
  7. Identify the phases of policy formulation
  8. Explain the process of policy implementation and modification
  9. Differentiate between agenda setting and the development of legislation Summarize
  10. Explain the implementation phase of the public policymaking process
  11. Summarize the operation stage of policy implementation


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites. Rubric is attached to forum description.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 200 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 100 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Your introduction forum during Week 1 is worth 10 points. Other forum discussions (Weeks 2-8) will be worth 100 points each.

Short-Answer Assignments: Students will have six (6) assignments (two questions per assignment) that must be completed and uploaded as directed. Each response must be at least 100 words per question for a total of 200 words per assignment.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Exams: Students will have a total of two (2) timed exams for the course (Week 4 and Week 8). Week 4 Exam 1 covers contents from Week 1-4 while Week 8 Exam 2covers contents from readings/lessons during Week 5-8. Each exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions. You will earn up to 100 points for each exam, for a possible grand total of 200 points and 40% of your total grade for the class.

  • Refer to the Lessons and Resources sections in the classroom for information about all readings in this course.
  • Each week’s Lesson contains all the material for the week.
  • For most weeks, course readings are a mix of professional sources (such as peer-reviewed journal articles and governmental publications) and “popular” sources, such as newspaper articles, professional magazine articles, and websites intended for the public. All required course readings are freely downloadable from the course website or from other websites.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). 6th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (ISBN 10; 1-4338-0561-8).

Other materials can be found in the Lessons section of the course.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.