May 15, 2021  
Catalog/Bulletin 2015-2016 
Catalog/Bulletin 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


[3 Credits]
This course on policy analysis for public health focuses on key issues, concepts, arenas, and actors in decision making for health policy. Decision models will be used to describe, explain, and predict behavior and health outcomes. The policy analysis methods include: forecasting, case methods, technology, political fesibility, and economic viability assessments. Whether descriptive or analytical, the objective of any policy analysis is better understanding of information through research and actions taken by key stakeholders in the health arena. This course will teach students about government intervention to correct market failures and regulation of the health sector. For example, the U.S. political-economy pressures government officials to respond to demands for federal entitlement programs, private-sector health benefit programs, alternative health policy approaches, and regulation of health services. Regulatory mechanisms governing healthcare industries are explored.