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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 605-Health Policy & Health Care Structure

Course Director: Stephen Whitney, MD
Course Faculty:
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:10  Max: 99
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
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Statement of Goals:
The fundamental objective of this elective will be to educate students on the influence of health policy on the design, structure, and operation of health care systems. Throughout the elective, students will develop an understanding of the political forces that shape the various facilities in which they will undertake clinical rotations and establish their careers. Students will also gain insight into the debate over health care systems implemented in other countries. With the fulfillment of these objectives, students will have been exposed to a broad overview of the policy issues that continue to shape health care as it is practices on a local and national level. It will be function of the course director to actively ensure that these objectives are being met and that students are benefiting from them.
Learning Activities
Lecture topics will address broad themes in health policy, including ethical considerations, care of the underserved, and global health. Additionally, lecturers will be invited to speak on existing health care structures: the VA, the county hospital system, private hospitals, insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Medicare/Medicaid, and the future Baylor Hospital. Lecturers will be asked to submit an article to be read by students prior to their presentation. The combined commitments of attending lecture (6 out of 8) and pre-reading will amount to approximately two hours per week. Below is a list of proposed lecture topics. Final scheduling will depend on time-constratins and availability of lecturers to be determine as coordination continues. 1. Ethics of Health-Care, 2. Medicare/Medicaid, 3. Insurance Companies/Pharma, 4. Policy and the Developing World, 5. County Hospital System, 6. Private Hospital, 7. Academic Medical Centers, 8. VA and Military Medicine, 9. Canadian/UK Systems, 10. Presidential Candidates' Health-Care Plans.
Evaluation Methods
Students will be required to submit a 2-3 pages summary of their experience with the lecture series along with notable insights gained. This assignment will give students the opportunity to actively engage the topics to which they will have been introdued. It will also provide the course director insight into the relative strenghts and weaknessess of the curriculum. The elective will be graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis. Potentially, it will counted as credit in the yet to be approved Management track.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Tuesdays, October 7 - November 25, 2008; Room M321/323 DeBakey Bldg; Noon-1:00 p.m.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Dr. Stephen Whitney
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