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HAD 559 Health Policy

Stay abreast of policies for better care delivery.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

With a focus on ethics, Health Policy (HAD 559) explores the formulation and analysis of health policy at federal, state, local, and corporate levels. This course presents an overview of the legislative, regulatory, and political processes, and their effect on the health care system.

Health Policy Coursework

Throughout the HAD 559 coursework you’ll review a plethora of literature on various policies affecting the cost, delivery, and accessibility of health care. No policy seems perfect, but you’ll have several perfect opportunities to defend your findings and feelings through class discussion, article, book and debate reviews, and exams — all culminating in a final project that details the unintended consequences the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had on a health care topic relevant to your practice or field.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health topics like the example below.

What are some unintended consequences of the ACA?

What You’ll Learn in Health Policy

The course begins with a brief journey through the history of how and why the U.S. health care system was established prior to the passage of the ACA in 2009. You will see how political considerations of various stakeholders over the past 100 years block or promote health care reform. Further exploration continues the pursuit of understanding how our system of health care evolved. Through discovery, you might question if we actually have a systematic, organized delivery of health care or if it’s something else.

As the most regulated industry in the U.S., it makes sense that health care comes complete, or incomplete, with many policies, policy makers, and people who need care. You’ll learn that health care policy involves the convergence of politics, economics, industry, technology, government, ethics, education, social determinants of healthcare, human resources, and stakeholders into a complex mix of public policy. There’s no way around it, that’s a lot of strain and influence on one system.

Additional topics like employer-based health care, Medicaid expansion, medical coverage and costs, and the impact or effectiveness of health care reform (ACA) are explored. The subjects and sentiments are broad, while the true future of health care is widely unknown. Predictions about policies will continue to be made just as you make it to the end of this course.

As the course concludes, you’ll pull together the text, discussion boards, supplemental readings, and book you have selected in order to exam how health policies are developed, as well as the deficiencies that exist.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • Health Care Politics
  • Health Care Policy Formation
  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Medicare
  • Cost Containment
  • Issues in Health Care Reform
  • Health Care Technology
  • Devising Policies for Health Care Reform

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Policy coursework provides a conceptual and analytic framework for policy analysis regarding formulation, adoption, implementation, operation, evaluation, and termination. Pragmatic application of policy analysis tools will enable you to:

  • Understand the political, economic, and social issues of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Describe the social, political, economic, and technological dynamics that have shaped U.S. health care policy in the past 150 years.
  • Articulate the impact of increased chronic disease and longevity in the development of health care policies.
  • Describe the role of stakeholders in the development and implementation of health care policies, including insurers, patients, providers, PHARMA, malpractice litigators, undocumented immigrants, and vulnerable populations.
  • Recognize how society allocates resources for health care in a vastly different way from all other industrialized countries.

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