300.600.81 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH POLICY
Introduces the material covered in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Focuses on four substantive areas that form the analytic basis for many of the issues in Health Policy and Management. The areas are: (1) economics and financing, (2) need and demand, (3) politics/ethics/law, and (4) quality/effectiveness. Illustrates these issues using three specific policy issues: (1) injury, (2) medical care, and (3) public health preparedness.
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the concepts and tools used in health policy. Students will learn how to use a model of rational decision making to conduct analysis of alternatives in a policy environment. The focus will be on activism – introducing the skills necessary to be an effective policy analyst/policy advocate. In addition, four analytic skills commonly used by policymakers will be reviewed. The four skills are: -analyzing historical, political, ethical and legal ramifications -assessing need and demand -examining economic and financial considerations -assessing existing programs The course will then apply these skills to examine a variety of health policy issues in greater depth.
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.