ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY: PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE Syllabus

306.625.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
F 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Holly Taylor
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Identify and consider ethical issues relevant to health policy, including analysis of issues in public health and health care (medical care and health services)
    • Analyze the role of ethics in the assessment of policy options
    • Analyze policy options with new-found ethical skills and begin to reason through appropriate courses of action
  • Course Description
    Explores ethics, the moral relevance of health and the use of ethics in the assessment of health policy. Acquaints students with a number of theories of social justice. Also explores contemporary public health and health care policy issues (e.g. environmental toxin, pay for performance), using the lens of ethical analysis to supplement other approaches to policy analysis. Students develop their skills in ethical analysis and reasoning in order to critique and compare alternative strategies for to address public health and health care policy issues.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course begins with an exploration of ethics, the moral relevance of health and the use of ethics in the assessment of health policy.  Students will become acquainted with a number of theories of justice.  Student will explore contemporary health care and public health policy issues (e.g. American Coverage Act, population-based exposure environmental toxins) using the lens of ethical analysis to supplement other approaches to policy analysis.

     

  • Intended Audience
    Students interested in the ethical issues faced in the health policy arena.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Students will be asked to participate in class, present summary and interpretation of select article(s) to group during the term and have a final paper assignment.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The final paper will be due on the last day of class (5:00 pm EST, December 21, 2012). Any papers received late will be penalized one full grade for every 24 hours it is submitted after the deadline (e.g. an A paper will be given a B if received after 5:00 pm EST 12/22/12).    

  • Prerequisites
    Completion of 300.645.01 MAKING CHANGE THROUGH POLICY, or 300.600.81 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH POLICY, or 300.651.01 INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, or equivalent.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Knowledge of health policy.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There will be no textbook for the course.  Readings will be posted via eReserves.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics

    Introduction

    Defining Terrain for Course/ Introduction to Framework for Analysis

    Health Care Policy

    Health Disparities

    Health Reform: Affordable Care Act

    Evidence-based Decision-making

    Public Health Policy

    Public Health Ethics and Screening Programs

    Access to Potentially Harmful Products

    Allocation of Scarce Resources

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Holly Taylor
    Email: htaylor@jhsph.edu
    Office: Deering Hall 205
    Tel: 410-614-5358

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    1)   Introduce students familiar with health policy to the role of ethics in assessment of policy options.

    2)   Identify and consider ethical issues relevant to health policy development and implementation.

    3)   Analyze policy options with new-found ethical skills and begin to reason through appropriate courses of action

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.