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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Karen Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Explores the research that formed the basis of the Affordable Care Act, its major provisions, early evidence on its impact and trends in U.S. health system performance, and future research analyses that will inform its evaluation and evolution of the U.S. health system.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the goals, rationale, and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including deficiencies in U.S. health system performance it was designed to address
Describe the predicted impact of the ACA on coverage and access to care; quality, patient outcomes and care experiences; and projected cost/savings by major source of financing
Analyze early evidence on U.S. health system performance and contrast predicted ACA impact with early trends in U.S. health system performance on insurance coverage, access to care, quality, and cost
Indicate the types of research that will help inform future health reform policy

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on class participation (10%), one written assignment outlining a research project on health reform/health system performance (25%), midterm exam (30%) and final exam (35%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduate students are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Concurrent enrollment in 300.651 or prior course work on the U.S. Health System

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail