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Health Economics syllabus for Dr. Alice Louise Kassens Spring 2011 course at Roanoke College
Health Economics syllabus for Dr. Alice Louise Kassens Spring 2011 course at Roanoke College

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Office: West 234 * Phone: 375-2428 * Email:kassens@roanoke.edu * Office hours: MTW 1-3 PM * Blog:kassensroanokeecon.blogspot.com * Online calendar:www.jifflenow.com/cal/Alice_Kassens 
Subject tutoring
Tutor-ing is not available for 200-level courses.Please come to my of-fice hours frequently toensure understanding of the course material. Ad-
ditional “practice” prob-
lems and answer keyscan be given to studentsin need of additional aid.It is suggested that the-se additional problemsbe attempted and thenreviewed with me duringoffice hours.
Text: Santerre, R.E. &Neun, S.P. (2010).
Health Economics.
Ma-son, OH: South-WesternCengage LearningPrerequisite: ECON 121(Principles of Microeco-nomics)Additional Reading:Dates shown on follow-ing page and citation onInquire.
Special services: If youare on record with the
College’s Special Ser-
vices as having a specialacademic or physicalneed requiring accom-modations, please bringme the proper paper-work as soon as possi-ble. Arrangements for extended time on examsand testing in a semi-private setting must bemade
at least one weekbefore every exam.
Course specificsLearning Outcomes
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
1. Display a firm grasp of economic knowledge.2. Conduct rigorous economic analysis and research.3. Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of communication skills.4. Appreciate the relationship between economics and ethics.5. Appreciate the importance of economic and social justice.6. Describe current health care issues and compare them to past environments.7. Critique current and proposed government policy measures in the health caremarkets via economic models and concepts.
Course Calendar (subject to change)*
Thomas Sowell
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Week (date) Topic Assignment
Week 1 ( 1/17-21) Introduction Chapter 1Week 2 (1/24-28) What is health?Chapter 2, AdditionalReading #1Week 3 (1/31-2/4) Demand for medical care Chapter 5Quiz #2, Homework #1Week 4 (2/7-11) Demand for medical insurance Chapter 6TEST #1Week 5 (2/14-18)Medical care production andcostsChapter 7Quiz #3Week 6 (2/21-25)Structure, conduct, perfor-mance, and market analysisChapter 8Quiz #4, Homework #2Week 7 (2/28-3/4) Health insurance Chapter 11Quiz #5, Response paper Week 8 (3/14-18) Physicians Chapter 12Quiz #6, Response paper Week 9 (3/21-25) Hospitals Chapter 13Quiz #7, Homework #3Week 10 (3/28-4/1)Government, health, and med-ical careChapter 9Test #2Week 11 (4/4-8) Government as health insurer Chapter 10Quiz #8, Homework #4Week 12 (4/11-15) Health insurance reform Chapter 16Homework #5Week 13 (4/18-22)Good FridayAdditional Reading #2Paper PresentationsWeek 14 (4/25) Paper PresentationsMay 2, 8:30-11:30 AM CUMMULATIVE FINAL EXAM
*It is very difficult to predict how the semester will go. Therefore, this sylla-
bus is subject to change at the professor’s discretion. Alerts will be posted
on INQUIRE. It is your responsibility to check the site regularly.
Attendance: Students are expected to be in class everyday. If you have a valid rea-son for an absence, please inform me ahead of time. These absences are consid-ered excused. I must be notified of excused absences prior the beginning of class,else the student will be marked absent. Roll is taken at the beginning of class eachday, and students receive one point each day he/she is present.
More than 3 un-excused absences will result in a FULL letter grade reduction for the course.
Grade Determination
Academic Integrity:
This course requiresboth group andindividual work. It isexpected that youfollow the instructionson all assignmentscarefully with regardsto what areacceptable sourcesfor completing theassignments. Doingyour own work andproperlyacknowledging thework of others arefundamental andcrucial values in anacademicenvironment.Violations of academic integritywill immediately bereferred to the proper authorities.
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Homework: Problems are similar to test questions and should be used to under-stand the material covered and assist in studying for tests. Late homework sets will
be accepted. You may work together in groups, use your notes and textbook,but each student must turn in a copy of their work.
All work must be shown toreceive full credit.
Quizzes: In non-test weeks, short multiple choice quizzes will be given at the end of class on Fridays The purpose of these quizzes are to incentivize continuous studyof the material covered. These quizzes are closed book, but calculators may beused. No make up quizzes are given and arrangements for excused absences mustbe made a week in advance. Students may keep their graded quizzes to aid instudy for tests and the final.Response papers: Students must write a 250 word summary of an issue in HR 3590and a 250 word critique of that same issue, for a total of 500 words. You must usethe actual bill and cite the page; you may NOT use summaries of the bill. Thisshould be your thoughts. APA guidelines apply. You will be graded on your accura-cy and writing. One week later, each student will respond to two classmate's pa-pers, each response being 150 words. You will be graded upon your critical analy-sis. All writing portions must be submitted via Turnit In. More detailed instructionswill follow.
Tests/Final: Tests will be on the Friday of the week listed on the calendar.
No latetests are given
. If you have a valid reason for not taking a test on the scheduleddate, you must speak to me at least one week prior the test in order to make other arrangements. If you are sick on a test day, you must contact me prior the begin-ning of the test period, and supply a note from a doctor before a make-up test will begiven. Students not present during a test period who do not meet the requirementslisted above will receive a zero for the test.
Tests will be reviewed, but will becollected by the professor after this review.
All tests are the property of the pro-fessor. If you would like to examine your test outside of class, feel free to come tomy office during office hours to do so. You may not, under any circumstances, takeyour test home with you. The final exam date is also listed on the calendar and scumulative.
Instrument %Attendance
Homework (5)
Response paper (2)
Presentation (1)
Test (2)/Final
Presentation: Students will be sorted into groups of 4-6 to present an assigned pa-per relevant in the current health economics literature. I will assign a grade to thegroup based upon clarity, cohesion, quality, accuracy and response to a Q and Asession. A peer review process will be used to determine the share of that scoreeach student receives. More detailed instructions will follow.

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