Syllabus for NUR-529



During this course, students examine a comprehensive model of policy-making. Course emphasis is on the healthcare trends, forces, and issues that shape health policy. Students, focusing on the core elements of health policy analysis, examine how politics, ethics, economics, and social and cultural variables influence policy development and impact healthcare outcomes. Students also explore the leadership role of nursing in policy-making.


  • Agenda Setting
  • Analyzing Policy Environments
  • Building Political Communication Skills
  • Collective Action and Collective Bargaining
  • Continuum of Policy Evaluation
  • Demanders and Suppliers of Policy
  • Economics and Financing Health Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Financing Health Care
  • Health and Health Policy Defined
  • Healthcare Workforce Capacity and Development
  • Impact of Health Policy Locally, Regionally, State and Federal
  • Incrementalism and Health Care Reform
  • Influencing Community and Professional Change
  • Influencing Policy Environments
  • International Health Policy
  • Legislation Development
  • Legislative Players
  • Mechanics of Policy Analysis
  • Medical Malpractice and Liability
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Models of Policy Making and Analysis
  • Modification
  • Normative Values and Ethical Choices
  • Nursing and Nurses’ Role in Health Care Policy
  • Overview of US Healthcare System and its Relationship to Policy Making
  • Perspectives in Health Policy Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Industry/Issues
  • Policy Forms and Categories
  • Policy Objectives and Rulemaking
  • Policy Solutions and Recommendations
  • Policy Stakeholders
  • Political and Cultural Circumstances
  • Political Campaigns, Lobbying, Giving Testimony
  • Political Competence
  • Political Theories and Influences
  • Politics of Nursing and Nurses
  • Professional Organizations as Policy Stakeholders
  • Public Health/Bioterrorism
  • Stages and Cycles of Policy
  • State and Federal Agencies and their Roles in Health Policy
  • Transplantation


After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

ISBN-10: 1433805618, ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

 ISBN-13: 978-1567937190

ISBN-13: 978-0323241441



Health Policy (NUR-529) is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. The forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in module 1 and an ungraded but required Course Reflection in week 12.

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

  1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is a paper called Health Policy Legislation Paper that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is a paper called Letter to Legislator & Policy Brief that is worth 20% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is a brief paper called Policy Analysis—Topic Selection. The paper will be evaluated as part of the grading for WA #5.
  4. The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is a paper called Case Study that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment, WA #5, is a paper called Policy Analysis that is worth 20% of your final grade.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.


See Course Calendar for due dates.


You are required to submit Written Assignments 1, 2, and 3  in this course to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.


For each, you will need to complete your work with the site prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.


Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ


Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details


This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows.

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program will be governed by academic policies for graduate nursing courses while enrolled in the graduate nursing courses required for the BSN degree.

To receive MSN credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.). BSN students receiving a C, C+, or B– will earn credit toward the BSN degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree. BSNA students receiving a C+ or B– will earn credit toward the BSNA degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree.

Lateness Policy

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tip for success.


Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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