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300.801.51 SS/R: Overview of United States Health Care Provider Surveys


Health Policy and Management
Winter Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Washington, DC
Thu 01/11/2018 - Fri 01/12/2018
Class Times:
  • Th F,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Prior to course enrollment, students should have already completed at least one biostatistics course.


How do public health policymakers and practitioners monitor health problems and track implementation of health policies and programs? How do health services researchers and epidemiologists understand trends in health, health care delivery, risk factors, and outcomes? They need accurate, reliable, and timely representative health and health care data. This course provides an overview of some of the nation’s major data collection efforts in health care establishments in the United States and is intended for students interested in learning about how national surveys are conducted by federal health statistics agencies.

Provides an overview of some of the nation’s major data collection efforts in healthcare establishments in the United States. Introduces establishment-based surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, covering policy-relevant topics including health care provider and practice characteristics, and the provision of services in inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory, long-term, and hospice care settings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe major national data collection efforts conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in U.S. households and health care establishments
  2. Discover the complexity in survey designs, development, and operations employed in national data collection efforts
  3. Identify and compare national health and health care survey data
  4. Critique research studies that use national health and health care survey data
Methods of Assessment:

Participation 30%; Final Assignments 70%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 2 days in the HPM Winter Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The final assignments will be due no later than February 2, 2018.