Winter Quarter 2002
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The Evergreen State College

U.S. Health Care Foundation: Values and Formative Culture

An intensive weekend and online course

Class Sessions: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., *Oct 5, Oct 26, Nov 16, & Dec 7
Room: Lab I, Room 1040

You MUST be present Oct 5* to be considered registered. All class sessions will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
WebX participation is required in this class.

Joan Bantz, MPA, RHU  Phone: (360) 867-5095
 Office: Lab I, 3011 e-mail: 
4 Credit Hours


  Exploring health care from the early roots of medicine and health to the present. Although it often seems that the current problems we face in health care emerged overnight, they are a direct result of the accumulated cultural constructions, values, vision, policy decisions and market choices made over the last century.

    This foundation concentration/elective will explore how we got to where we are today. We will examine the underpinnings of US health care by looking at historical development and underlying values; viewing through functionalism, political economy and social constructionist lenses; mind/body/spirit and pathways of delivery through alternative and traditional medicine. We will pay special attention to how special interest groups have captured and framed the rhetoric.

This concentration/elective will prepare students for further study in the health care policy and promulgation as well as those working in health care delivery.

Dougherty, Charles Back to Reform: Values, Markets and the Health Care System
Goldstein, Michael S.   Alternative Health Care: Medicine, Miracle or Mirage?
Lupton, D. Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies
Starr, Paul The Transformation of American Medicine

Several articles, case studies and on line resources will be used as well.