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308.700.81 U.S. Research On Health System Performance and Health Reform


Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Karen Davis
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning; 300.651 or prior course work on the U.S. Health System


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 Objectives:

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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Indicate the types of research that will help inform future health reform policy
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation: 5% Weekly policy analyses:20% Mid-term Exam: 25% Debate Teams: 30% Final policy brief on health reform: 20%

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduate students are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required