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300.600.81 Introduction to Health Policy

Health Policy and Management
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Sewell
Course Instructor:
  • Sosena Kebede

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces students to the concepts and tools of health policy. Provides the opportunity to hear healthcare and health policy concerns from others and a chance to apply tools for policy analysis. Introduces skills necessary to be an effective policy analyst/policy advocate. Lecturers illustrate policy issues with examples from many fields of health services ranging from medical care, to current public health issues including the Affordable Care Act and population health, as well as health service delivery improvement efforts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Use a model of rational decision making to conduct analysis of alternatives in a policy environment
  2. Explain concepts and tools used to develop health policy
  3. Analyze the historical, political, ethical, and legal ramifications of health policy programs
  4. Assess current healthcare related issues through the policy prism
  5. Illustrate the healthcare trend towards an emphasis on population health and health service delivery improvement
  6. Recognize the stakeholder analysis process in forming health policies
Methods of Assessment:

Participation in LiveTalks and Discussion Forums (20%), midterm (35%), and final exam paper (45%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required