Note: This class is capped at 20 graduate level students. Undergraduate students are capped at 5. The 6 credit option is open to grad and undergrad students enrolled in the course only.
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Summer 2003, Second Session, LabI, 1040

This course surveys the historical, social, economic, and political context of the U.S. health care system. We will examine American health care visions and values and how key actors are often at odds with one another. The purpose of this course is to enhance students' abilities to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to the tension between health and health care. As a key component of the environment in which the health care administrator must function, the political processes and roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government in health policy will be examined. Those seeking to advance health care reform will acquire broader perspicacity by exploring agencies, policies, organization, leadership challenges, administration, consumerism and development of public and community health programs. The course seeks to provide practical mechanisms to intervene on behalf of programs or institutions.

Two Credit Individual Study Option: Those desiring to complete the two credit module for 6 total credits will write a  research paper pertaining to course materials on an approved area of interest.


Weissert, Carol S., William. G. Weissert. April 2002. Governing Health: the Politics of Health Policy. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 2nd edition. ISBN: 0801868467

Zhou, Huizhong (Ed.). 2001. The Political Economy of Health Care Reforms
 W.E. UPJOHN INSTITUTE FOR EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Edition Number: 1 (Cloth: $15 from publisher)  ISBN 0-88099-223-9 /2001.

Goddeeris, John H, and Andrew J. Hogan, Eds. 1992. Improving Access to Health Care: What Can the States Do? Michigan State University. ISBN 0-88099-118-6

Kawachi, Ichiro, Bruce P. Kennedy. July 2002. The Health of Nations: Why Inequality Is Harmful to Your Health. New Press ISBN: 156584582X

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