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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE315 Course ID: 2981 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide the student with tools used to express the financial and economic components of the health care industry. The student will develop a vocabulary in addition to gaining knowledge in the use of graphs, charts, tables and reports. The student will utilize these tools to assess past and present analysis as well as projecting future developments.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Recognize the relevance of economics to health care and to apply economic reasoning to better understand health care and health-related issues;
  2. Understand the mechanisms of healthcare delivery in the United States and other countries within broad social and economic contexts;
  3. Explore the changing nature of health care, health-related technology, and workforce planning and their implications for medical practice and public health policy;
  4. Analyze public health policy issues in the healthcare sector from an economic perspective.


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


Initial Response:

  • Post your initial response to each discussion by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should have substance where students explore, explain, and expand upon issues being discussed, and apply relevant course materials.
  • Students should analyze course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)

Peer Responses:

  • For each discussion, reply to at least 2 of your classmates by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)
  • All discussions can be accessed in the discussion section of the course.
  • A Discussion rubric is included in the discussion section of the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each discussion can be found in the discussion tab within the course.
  • Late Discussion 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, and that the discussion is finished. You cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
  • If there are less than 3 students in the course, 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.


Students will complete assignments that will assist in completing the final paper.

  • Week Three Assignment, Research Topic and Outline

Students will select a research paper topic that can be assessed using health care economics principles. The research paper for this course will be argumentative. The argumentative research paper requires you to take a position on an issue and support the position with persuasive facts and statements. Students will then complete an outline based on this topic for the final paper. Check the assignment section of your course for more details.

  • Week Five Assignment: Online Library Exercise and Annotated Bibliography

The assignment will help the student begin to identify research questions and the strategies to answer the question from week 3 assignment. Students will complete an online library tutorial and create a formal bibliography that includes citations of sources with summary and evaluation information for each source. Two scholarly sources should be used. The emphasis is on finding accurate, reliable sources and providing a clear summary and evaluation for each source. Check the assignment section of your course for more details.

  • Week Eight Assignment: Final Paper

Select a topic from any of the chapters in the Dewar text or any topic covered this quarter and write a 7-10 page research paper using APA Format. You must include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page(s). You must use at least 7 additional resources. Check the assignment section of your course for more details.

  • 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.



Quizzes will consist of multiple choice questions that highlight selected economic principles from assigned chapter readings. Quizzes will contain questions from each assigned chapter reading. Students will have a total of four (4) quizzes that must be completed as directed. Quizzes represent 20% of the total course grade.

Quizzes are untimed and have an unlimited number of submissions. The quiz can only be taken during the week it is assigned. If the quiz has not been completed by 11:55pm on the Sunday it is due, it will be retracted and there are no makeup quizzes. Make sure you complete the quiz before 11:55pm on the Sunday of the week it is due!

Final Project:

Research Paper Assignment

Students are required to complete one (1) seven (7) page research paper on a health care topic of their choice .Students must submit their research topic and outline in the third week of the course. Students will complete an annotated bibliography in week five (5). Papers must be a minimum of seven (7) double spaced pages, not including the cover page and reference pages (or abstract and table of contents which are not required - but if used). Charts, graphs, photos, drawings, lists and extended quotes will not count against the seven (7) pages of written text required. The paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font with all references cited. As always, Wikipedia, Wikianswers, and are NOT academic/scholarly sources. Please ensure you cite your references in APA format with a minimum of 7 references (You may use your textbook as a reference and you should have a minimum of 6 academic outside references including 3 peer-reviewed journal articles).

  • 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.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address


Health Affairs

Emerging Health Threats

Mckinsey quarterly

Health Leaders

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.