300.651.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Bradley Herring
  • Course Description

    Focuses on the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Contrasts the private and public sectors and examines the effects of market competition and government regulation. Examines the ways that medical providers are paid, and explores the major issues currently facing physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Also discusses several potential small and large scale reforms to the U.S. healthcare system and evaluates their likely effects on healthcare spending, quality of care, and access to care.

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Apply basic economic concepts related to health insurance coverage
    • Explain how both private health insurance and public health insurance are financed
    • Evaluate the ways in which private and public health insurers reimburse medical providers
    • Assess private and public models of financing and delivery of healthcare services
    • Analyze various aspects of the hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical drug sectors
    • Explain how nonprofit status, competition, quality, and safety affect medical providers
    • Identify the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations
    • Evaluate how specific policy proposals will likely affect access to care and healthcare spending
    • Critique how the political process affects how healthcare reform is undertaken in the U.S.
  • Intended Audience

    Graduate students looking to learn about the U.S. healthcare system.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Students will be evaluated on an in-class written midterm exam and on an in-class written final exam

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course. 

  • Required Text(s)

    The required textbook for this course is Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective (fifth edition), written by Paul Feldstein and published in 2011

  • Course Schedule

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

    Please see the PDF course syllabus instead.  (The above text is a default I can't delete.)   

  • Files from the Online Library

    PowerPoint files for the lectures are posted in the Online Library (link)

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