This course is a study of health policy and management concerns regarding the delivery, quality and cost of healthcare for individuals and populations. It reviews the structure, process and outcomes of health services including costs, financing, organization and accessibility to care.
This course provides the foundational understanding for the organization and function of the public health and health care delivery systems in the United States. As a core requirement in the study of public health, it presents the public and private sector entities that impact both individual and population-based aspects of health care, including health policy and planning, legal and ethical issues, and safety and preparedness. The course will emphasize critical examination of the health care delivery system as it currently exists, and of contemporary efforts to improve its efficiency.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread of 400–500 words to the provided prompt for each discussion. The student will then submit replies of 200–300 words to at least 2 classmates. AMA style formatting, in-text referencing with a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed resources is required on all posts and replies.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae Assignment
The student will research the support services available to them at the LU Career Center and engage with a Career Coach. The student will create a Cover Letter and a Resume or CV and submit it for critique at the LU Career Center. Please review carefully the “Instructions for Resume or CV Assignment” document.
Policy Brief Assignment
A policy brief describes the rationale for choosing a particular policy recommendation or course of action in a current policy debate. The public health issue will be of the student's choosing. The student will carefully review the “Instructions for Policy Brief” and the "Guide to the Policy Brief" documents.
Quiz: Resume or Curriculum Vitae Career Center Submission
The student will submit their Resume or CV for critique at the LU Career Center.
There will be a quiz in each module that covers the Learn material pertaining to that module. Each quiz is 10 questions with a time limit of 30 minutes. The quizzes are open-book and open-notes.