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State Healthcare Policy


East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • W. David Helms
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 exchanges or marketplaces. Drawing upon specific state experiences with implementing the ACA, participants have the opportunity to assess how state demographic, economic, and political differences influenced the diverse approaches these states have taken.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess 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. Explore how state differences and capabilities as well as the policy preferences of state officials and citizens have affected progress in implementing the ACA
  3. Develop experience in preparing a policy paper by analyzing how two states addressed the same health issue and in working in a small group to explore how one state is addressing a current health issue
  4. Assess how research and analysis contributes to policy making at the state level
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 50% Paper(s)
  • 30% Group Project(s)

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 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management course and should contact Dr. Helms for copy of syllabus which reviews requirements for class participation, the individual policy paper and the group exercise.