Course Details

Course Number: 90-861

Health Policy

Units: 6

This course introduces students to the concepts, theories, and tools of health policy. The aims of this course are to provide students with (1) the ability to identify key problems facing the United States health system, (2) increase the appreciation for and understanding of health policy as an important and useful tool for enhancing population health, and (3) mechanisms to address a current health policy issue from legal, economic, behavioral, and political perspectives. In addition, students will be introduced to a cross-national comparison of health systems.

Prerequisites:
90-836 Health Systems 6 Units

Learning Objectives:

• Understand critical issues facing the U.S. health system
• Define health policy problems and assess alternative solutions
• Analyze a range of contemporary health policies from legal, economic, behavioral, and political perspectives
• Describe the role of interest groups and public opinion in health policy issues
• Describe the United States health care system and compare it to others
• Present and defend solutions to health policy problems
• Prepare clear and concise policy papers

Syllabus

Prerequisites:
90-836 Health Systems 6 Credits

Faculty:
Elizabeth Van Nostrand