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PBHE601 - Health Care Administration

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE601 Course ID: 2693 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of the forces that now shape, and will shape, health care in the new millennium. The emphasis is on administration. It also provides the student with a summary of the skills necessary to be an effective administrator in this evolving industry. Additionally, it details the various elements that exist in the current system, so as to provide the departure point for new ideas, proposals and restructuring under both voluntary and involuntary (legislated) provisions.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Critique the health care delivery process from a systems-level perspective
  2. Evaluate leadership and managerial challenges in healthcare systems
  3. Deconstruct popular but misleading myths about motivation
  4. Examine the classical sender-receiver communication model and later elaborations of it
  5. Synthesize concepts associated with power, politics, and organizational performance in healthcare settings
  6. Distinguish among Quality Improvement frameworks
  7. Evaluate how to manage strategic alliances in health care
  8. Differentiate between diverse ethical principles and how they are demonstrated in health care
  9. Analyze future trends and changes in healthcare systems


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.


Weekly Assignments: Each week, you will write an assignment related to the readings for the week. You will attach the word document in the Assignment section for grading. There is a 3-page minimum with a minimum of 3 references in proper APA format. Remember that cover sheets, reiterating the assignment, and reference pages do not count. You may use your textbook as a reference--make sure you cite it correctly.

Mid-term Exam: During Week 4, there will be a midterm exam with 11 questions (multiple choice, true/false, and one short essay question). The short essay question will require references in proper APA format. You may only access the exam once so make sure you set aside enough time to complete the entire exam. If you log into the exam and then log out for any reason, you will be locked out of it. You are not able to go back to previous questions.

Research Paper/Final Project: Students are required to complete one (1) fifteen (15) page research paper on the topic listed in the assignment area of the classroom. Remember that cover sheets, reiterating the assignment, and reference pages do not count. APA style is required and you should have a minimum of (7) seven references.

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 and are NOT academic/scholarly sources. Please remember this is a graduate level course and your papers are expected in line with graduate level work. Papers will be graded based upon: 1) the extent to which students followed directions for the assignment, and 2) overall presentation (including clarity of argument, grammar and spelling) (see grading rubric for more specific grading information). The paper can be submitted to me at any time, but cannot be submitted any later than the last regularly scheduled day of class in Week 8 at 11:59pm EST.

Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course. Refer to Online Resource Center for any research assistance.

  • 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.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (ISBN 10; 1-4338-0561-8).

Other Required Readings (see Course Outline for Specific Titles). All of these required readings are located in the Course Tools section of your classroom under Lessons.

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.