This course is required for medical students. Physicians play a critical role in shaping the US health care system. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the key features of the current health care delivery and financing system and to analytic concepts needed to evaluate current health policy issues. This course introduces students to the US health care system; covers political, economic, and insurance concepts central to health policy debates; compares the US system with those of other developed nations; and provides students with practice in critically evaluating policy Read more about TF, Health Care Policy 750.0: Introduction to Health Policy
This yearlong seminar is required for doctoral candidates in health policy. The course is intended to familiarize students with the health policy research literature and selected questions in the field. Topics covered will include the financing and organization of health care, medical manpower, medical malpractice, technology assessment, prevention, mental health, long-term care, and quality of care.
Disease and medicine have generated ethical dilemmas that have challenged patients and doctors for centuries, from abortion and euthanasia to informed consent and compulsory treatment. Although moral philosophy can clarify the relevant issues, resolution often depends on the details of the specific clinical and social contexts. Taking a historical approach to medical ethics, this class explores how the moral discourse in health care has changed over time in order to understand how social factors influence the persuasiveness of moral arguments. The focus will be on medical practice in the Read more about TF, Ethical Reasoning 33: Medical Ethics and History
This course offers an introduction to the field of health care quality in the United States. Over the past two decades, quality of care has been recognized as one of the most important areas of medicine and health policy. In this course, students are exposed to timely issues related to the current quality of health care and efforts to improve quality. Students will be grounded in the current state of the US health care system and quality as it relates to errors and threats to patient safety, as well as be introduced to the basics of quality improvement and tools for improvement such as Read more about TF, Global Health and Health Policy 50: Quality of Healthcare in America
Health care in America poses fundamental policy challenges to our ability to protect low income Americans from the costs of illness; to produce high quality care; to efficiently use health care resources, and to allow Americans to die without pain, in the company of family, as they desire. This course aims to offer students a solid understanding of the American health care system, the potential impact of new reform legislation, and challenges that will remain in the future.