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NURS 5001/6001/7001 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5001/6001/7001 - Health Care Policy

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The primary focus of this course is the analysis of healthcare systems.  Public and private healthcare delivery systems are examined.  Students explore future challenges and processes to improve systems.

Course Outcomes:


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Discuss a historical overview of the healthcare system and its development in the United States.
  • Evaluate current political and ethical factors affecting healthcare policy formation and implementation.
  • Analyze economic variables affecting healthcare access in various populations.
  • Compare national and international healthcare systems.
  • Determine the role of advanced practice nurses in affecting health policy formation and implementation.
  • Analyze the ethical dimensions of health policy and the impact on various populations.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program.


Course Topics:
  • Historical overview of United States health care policy 
  • Policy and politics: a framework for advanced nursing
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Financing healthcare
  • Ethical decision making
  • Collective strategies for political action
  • Political action through professional organizations
  • Global healthcare systems
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Assigned periodicals, documents, position statements, and Internet online articles; Supplemental periodicals and journal articles assigned by instructor

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

All course requirements are submitted online and will include short papers related to the required reading material. One final exam will be given in this course. The dates for the exam will be posted on the course calendar.  Deadline time is in central time as posted on the calendar.  Students are required to complete the exam by the posted due date. Exam format consists of essay type paper.  No proctoring is required for any assignments.

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:

Point Range


Assigned Grade

486-522 Points



449-480  Points



402-438 Points



365-397  Points



under 397 Points

under 70


Assignments and Projects:

There are four papers required in the course, an introduction post,  twelve discussion questions, and an impact on practice post

The four short papers will be related to the modules. All papers will be expected to be double spaced and written using APA format, as listed in the required textbooks. All reference lists should be in APA format.

Papers are to be written in MS Word only. The document is expected to be free of grammatical and punctuation errors. The paper and reference page must be in APA format, as described in required textbooks. The student will submit the paper via the assignment drop box. The student is advised to keep a copy of all written work. Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. Any paper found to have any part or parts of an assignment plagiarized will receive a zero grade on that assignment the first time this is discovered. If a subsequent discovery of plagiarism is detected, the student will receive an "F" in the course. Information regarding scholarly integrity can be found at Detailed descriptions and/or grading rubrics for all assignments can be found on the content page under in the assignment topic area.

Graded Items



Public Health Policy Paper 

100 Points

Advocacy Role Paper

100 Points

International Obesity Policy Paper

100 Points

Applying Policy to Practice Final Exam Paper

100 Points

Online discussions (12 will be graded at 10 points;  introduction and impact on practice will be graded at 1 point each)

122 points

Total Points

522 Course Points

Class Participation:

All students are expected to actively participate in online class discussions. Each discussion question posted will be assigned a date by which the student must respond. If a student is unable to fulfill this requirement for any reason, he/she must notify the instructor prior to the class and make alternative arrangements. Zero points may be awarded for late entry discussion board postings/responses.

The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information. Students are required to respond to all posted discussion questions. Student responses to discussion questions must be substantive, that is, thoughtful and analytical. Students will be expected to respond to all questions asked within a module. Because the system has its own way of formatting material posted on the discussion feature, the student will not be expected to strictly follow APA guidelines for discussion submissions. However, the student is held to academic standards of writing style and the use of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Each student will be expected to reply/counter at least two (2) fellow student's entries for each discussion board. Responses must shed insight or a new perspective and not just an "I agree" entry.

Plan to post your original response to the discussion board question no later than 1/2 way through the week. In this way, you and your fellow students have something in which to make a response during the second 1/2 of the week. Trying to post all responses (original and 2 responses to students) at the deadline, leaves little opportunity for quality responses and may result in a lower score for you.

Do not post discussion board postings until the week of the discussion. If you want to work ahead, write your posting on a word document and save it. You can copy/paste it into the appropriate discussion board at the appropriate time. Review your posting content before posting to ensure that your information and thoughts are still current. You may have learned something new between the first time you wrote it and when you are ready to post it.

Late Policy:

Two points per day will be deducted from the grade of any paper or exam submitted after the due date.  Zero points are awarded for late discussion posts.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 22, 2017