Description: Understanding politics is crucial for understanding a health care organization's environment and determining its strategy. Whether through payment structures, coverage plans, safety regulation or simple zoning conflicts, governments shape health care delivery. This course equips students to understand and influence American politics. It presents the basic institutions and political strategies of contemporary health policymaking, focusing on the politics of coverage expansion at the state and federal levels and other current political developments. Major topics will include analyzing the structure and lessons of various federal coverage programs and student-led research into the politics of state health coverage schemes. Students will leave the class with an understanding of the political context in which health care executives operate and the importance of engaging in the political process. Since health care policy is often unpredictably influenced by the broader flow of politics, the course will frame health care delivery in the United States in the context of current American politics.
This class can be taken as an elective or in fulfillment of the law/politics requirement.