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302.610.01 State Healthcare Policy

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
David Helms
Course Instructor:
  • W. David Helms

Acquaints participants with the critical role states play in developing and implementing policies that affect both health and health care. Reviews how the role of states has evolved within the US federal system of government where states and the national government both have significant responsibilities. Focuses on how states are approaching the implementation of both Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchages or marketplaces. Drawing upon the experience of implementing the health insurance exchanges in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Alabama, participants have the opportunity to assess how state differences have affected the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. 1.Explain the evolving roles of both the national and state governments in health and health care and how changing interpretations of federalism have influenced the allocation of responsibilities between these levels of governments
  2. 2. Assess how state capabilities and the policy preferences of state political leaders and citizens have affected progress in implementing state health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act
  3. 3.Analyze how specific health reforms might be implemented in a given state context
  4. 4. Assess how research and analysis contributes to policy making at the state level
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%), Individual policy paper (50%) group exercise (30%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergrad seniors can enroll with consent of professor.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Interested undergraduate seniors should have taken Dr. Donald Steinwach's Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management course and should contact Dr. Helms for copy of syllabus which reviews requirements for class participation, the individudal policy paper and the group excercise.