Health Care Law and Policy – GOVT 463

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines key public policy and legal issues, trends and strategies related to the health care context. Students will also examine and articulate recommendations for policy in this context and identify future legal challenges and issues.


GOVT 458


Health policies and laws are an inescapable and critical component of our everyday lives. The accessibility, cost, and quality of health care; the country’s preparedness for natural and human-caused disasters; the safety of the food, water, and medications we consume; the right to make individual decisions about one’s own health and well-being; and scores of other important issues are at the heart of health policy and law, and in turn at the heart of individual and community health and well-being. Health policies and laws have a strong and lasting effect on the quality of our lives as individuals and on our safety and health as a nation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of law and policy on the health of individuals and populations.
  2. Describe ways to conceptualize health policy and law, including from a Biblical perspective.
  3. Discuss the key features of the U.S. legal system as it pertains to health policy.
  4. Provide an overview of the U.S. healthcare system including at the state and local level.
  5. Describe the role of private and government health insurance.
  6. Describe the economics of healthcare policy.
  7. Analyze healthcare policy.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. A minimum of two scholarly references are required.  In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Essays (2)

The student will write a 3–4-page paper with 3–4 sources discussing issues pertaining to Healthcare Policy.  Essay 1 will examine the advantages and disadvantages and positives and negatives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Essay 2 will compare and contrast Health and Healthcare Disparities, lead a scholarly discussion on actual disparities that exist today, and offer policy recommendations to help close some of the disparity gaps.

Research Paper: Topic, Thesis, and Outline

The student will select a topic, complete a thesis statement, and develop an outline for his or her Research Paper based on the topic selected.

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography of ten references that will be used in the completion of the Research Paper. Each annotation must be 150-200 words, and each bibliographic citation must be in proper Turabian formatting.

Research Paper

The student will prepare a 12-page Research Paper (not including title page, abstract, or references) on the topic of “Health Care Policy in the U.S.”.  The student must focus on the pros and cons of the U.S. Health Care system with respect to policy, access, delivery, and affordability.  The student will discuss the central tenets of the Affordable Care Act, private insurance, and public health and how it contributes to a thriving health care system or the lack thereof.  The student must integrate biblical precepts that provide a blueprint and or standard for scripturally-based health care and corresponding quality.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, and will contain 20 multiple-choice or true/false questions and one essay question. Each exam has a 1-hour time limit.