Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course provides students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds an asynchronous, engaging, practical, and interactive way to understand the U.S. healthcare system and gain insight about how they can improve the system.
Course Goals: This course provides students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds an asynchronous, engaging, practical, and interactive way to understand the U.S. healthcare system and gain insight about how they can improve the system. No specific pre-requisite knowledge is required for students in this course.
The course was originally developed following research published by Dr. Davis and his colleagues at University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania, finding that medical students are far less confident about their health policy knowledge than their clinical preparation. The course developers have formulated the learning materials to be accessible and engaging for students from multiple different fields and levels of study.
The course is designed to have a very favorable effort-to-learning ratio, with engaging instructional material and high-yield suggested readings. Learning formats include:
- didactic material (Week 1)
- documentary-style archival material (Week 2)
- in-depth expert interviews (Week 3)
- simulation exercises (Week 4)
- on-campus in-person discussion groups to engage in conversations about health plan and health system design (Week 5)
- an expert panel discussion of the future of healthcare in the US (Week 6).
Competencies: 1. Understand the main players (stakeholders) in the US healthcare system
2. Be able to identify examples of synergistic versus conflicting actions of the main players in the healthcare system
3. Expand their understanding of the history of healthcare reform in the United States, including the development and interaction of health insurance in the private sector and government programs in the public sector
4. Understand the structure and function of benefits and cost-sharing in health insurance plans
5. Be able to describe possible future directions of the US healthcare system
6. Identify potential ways that they can improve the US healthcare system through their own actions