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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Health Agency Management
HLTH-635

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course prepares students for employment as Executive Directors, Program Directors and/or House Managers of 501(c) (3) organizations. Topics include but are not limited to fund-raising, staffing, liability, budgeting, human rights issues, service coordination, and emergency preparedness.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Historically, nonprofit agencies have served as mechanisms for citizen participation, social responsibility, and collective action in the resolution of societal problems. From healthcare agencies, social service agencies, philanthropic foundations, and religious institutions to museums, universities, and professional associations, the nonprofit sector includes a diverse array of organizations, all chartered with a particular public or collective purpose.

In the last 30 years, the importance of the nonprofit agency in the development and delivery of public services has grown dramatically. This course introduces the nonprofit organizational forms and examines the complex social, political, legal, and economic environments in which nonprofits operate; the various roles they play on local, national, and international levels; and the structures, processes, and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer and professional staff decision-makers.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss acquisition and management of organizational resources.
  2. Analyze the human aspects of maintaining a successful organization.
  3. Recognize the scope and limits to the activities of public health organizations.
  4. Develop systems for continual quality improvement of public health programming.
  5. Manage traditional and social media for the furtherance of a public health agency.
  6. Develop the framework for creating a 501(c) (3).

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Hopkins BR. Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide. 7th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons; 2017. ISBN: 9781119380191.

McConnell CR. Umiker’s Management Skills for the New Health Care Supervisor. 7th ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2017. ISBN: 9781284121322.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. Current ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The student will use each thread to create the elements of the Mock Proposal assignment that will be submitted at the end of the term. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 scholarly or biblical resources in current AMA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly or biblical resource as well.

Submission of Intent

Before beginning the Case Study and Mock Proposal assignments, the student will complete a Submission of Intent form for instructor approval. The Submission of Intent must include the name of the organization that will be used for the Case Study as well as a paragraph of at least 200 words identifying the name, mission, vision, and intent of the nonprofit organization the student will create to complete the Mock Proposal.

Case Study

The student will complete a Case Study consisting of 3 parts, culminating in a final 12-page paper. The Case Study will be a critical analysis of a real-life nonprofit organization using the concepts learned during the course regarding nonprofit development and management.

Referenced Outline

The student will complete an outline of the Case Study across each section identified in the template: background, board members, volunteers, SWOT, performance measures, functions, fundraising, and fiscal analysis. The outline will include a numbered reference list of at least 8 scholarly sources, 2 biblical principles, and any additional relevant websites to the Case Study. The references will be cited, in-text, using current AMA formatting. The items on the list must be in the same order as they appear on the Case Study – Outline, and all references must be in current AMA format.

The student will submit a Draft & complete a Peer Review

The student will submit a complete rough draft of the Case Study for peer-editing. Using the Group Discussion Board, the student will also complete a critique of 1 classmate’s rough draft.

Final Submission

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 12 pages in current AMA format that focuses on a review and analysis of a nonprofit organization. The paper must include at least 8 scholarly references, 2 biblical principles, and all organizational materials (e.g. information on agency, mission, and background).

Mock Proposal

Using the Mock Proposal Template, the student will develop a business plan as if he/she was starting his/her own nonprofit organization.

Risk Assessment

As part of the Mock Proposal assignment, the student will complete a Risk Assessment, identifying and describing at least 10 specific risks for his/her hypothetical nonprofit organization.

Final Submission

The student will write a multi-section research-based proposal in current AMA format in which he/she will complete a business plan for creating a hypothetical nonprofit organization. The student will use material developed in the Discussion Board Forums and the Risk Assessment form to complete the sections of the Mock Proposal Template. The Final Submission must include at least 10 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Midterm and Final Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 40 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. The student will have 2 attempts for each exam.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (6 at 40 pts ea)

240

Submission of Intent

10

Case Study

Outline

75

Draft & Peer Review

100

Final Submission

150

Mock Proposal

Risk Assessment

75

Final Submission

150

Midterm Exam

(Modules 1–4)

100

Final Exam

(Modules 4–8)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HLTH 635

Textbooks:

McConnell, Umiker’s Management Skills for the New Health Care Supervisor (2017).

Hopkins, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

McConnell: chs. 1–3

Hopkins: chs. 1, 3

1 presentation, 1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Guidestar Account Setup

10

0

40

0

2

McConnell: chs. 5–6, 11, 13

Hopkins: chs. 4, 8

1 presentation, 1 website

DB Forum 2

Submission of Intent

40

10

3

McConnell: chs. 8–10, 14–15

1 presentation, 3 websites

DB Forum 3

Case Study – Referenced Outline

40

75

4

McConnell: chs. 17–20, 24

1 presentation

Midterm Exam

100

5

McConnell: chs. 7, 21–22

Hopkins: chs. 16, 18

1 presentation, 1 website

DB Forum 4

Case Study – Draft & Peer Review

40

100

6

McConnell: chs. 30–31, 33

Hopkins: chs. 21–22

1 presentation, 2 websites

DB Forum 5

Mock Proposal – Risk Assessment

40

75

7

McConnell: chs. 26–29

Hopkins: chs. 11–12

1 presentation, 1 website

DB Forum 6

Case Study – Final Submission

40

150

8

McConnell: chs. 36–37

2 presentations

Mock Proposal – Final Submission

Final Exam

150

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.