Althouse Hall Room 218
FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.
HEST 400 Senior Sem in Health Studies
The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of national health care reform on regional models of health care service delivery and reimbursement. We will begin the course with a comprehensive review of the U.S. Health Care System to include an identification of the system’s strengths and weaknesses. This will follow with a detailed review of enacted health care legislation (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and proposed replacement legislation (The American Health Care Act). To ensure a comprehensive review of the health system and proposals to improve overall system performance, we will survey literature from numerous disciplines to include psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance. With support from the Partnership for Better Health, the community-based research will include student lead interviews with local and regional health care administrators and providers. The students will develop the interview guide; conduct interviews; and, code and analyze data generated from the interviews. Students then will use the research results to write a report to include academic background information, the survey methodology used, the findings, and discussion. The planned working report title is The Impact of National Health Care Reform on Systems of Health Care: Perspectives of Regional Health Care Institutions and Providers. The report will inform decisions made by the Partnership for Better Health in collaboration with regional health care providers to improve population and individual health status within the foundation’s defined service area. Learning goals: - effective team building and collaboration - professional conduct in communication and collaboration with a community partner - high quality oral and written final reports suitable for a community partner - interdisciplinary examination of national health care reform (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance perspectives) - skills associated with research including the development of interview guides; completion of interviews; coding and analysis data generated from the interviews; and, preparation of presentation and reports of the research findings.