Health Care Policy: The Past And The Future – hcs455 (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the intricate processes that public policymakers use to influence the health status of a society. The role of economic theory, interest groups, and the various levels of government involved in policymaking will be examined. A historic review of trends will be evaluated, and the challenges of future health care delivery will be examined.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Health Care Policy and Delivery

  • Describe the role of various government institutions in delivery of health care policy initiatives.
  • Discuss the impact that federal and state budget management can have on health care policy.

Politics and Health Care Policy

  • Discuss the impact of political influences on health care policy outcomes.
  • Describe the relationship of government and politics on health care policy.
  • Discuss the relationship of special interests groups to health care policy development.

Future Issues in Health Care Policy

  • Describe the challenges facing health care policy in the future.
  • Identify the issues and trends surrounding access to health care.

The Process of Health Care Policy

  • Identify the major components of health care policy evaluation and revision.
  • Identify the major components of health care policy formulation and implementation.
  • Describe the purpose and methodologies for establishing and evaluating the policy process.

Health and Health Care Policy

  • Discuss the historical framework for the development of health care policy.
  • Identify the various health and societal issues that motivate health care policy.
  • Identify the various stakeholders in the health care policy process.

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