This course provides an overview of the research and practice of clinical and population-based applied health sciences. Students learn the basic tools needed for clinical and population based practice. The course will also address the basic concepts and terminology of applied health sciences, including epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, health policy, health services research, and health economics.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public health and primary health care. The course will emphasize the intersection of global, national, and local health issues and the role of citizens in these issues. Students gain a greater understanding of the nature of the health needs of an individual and community and the need for scientific and technological knowledge to address these needs. Students will also develop an understanding of the role of the social, behavioral, cultural, economic, environmental, and political components of health.
The second half of the course focuses on economics, ethics, legal issues, political science, management, communications, and technology in public health policy. Students learn the basic tools needed for policy analysis and communications. Students will also develop an understanding of macroeconomic aspects of health and health care, and of the social determinants of health. Students will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between public policy and private law.
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to health law in a comparative context. Students examine regulatory approaches to health care and their impacts on access to care and community health. The focus is on the context for health care, including economic, ethical, legal, political, and social factors. The course is designed to provide an overview of the overall US health care system, including the health insurance system, medical technology, and bioethical issues. Students learn how public policy and private law interact to shape U.S. health care, and draw lessons for reforming health systems.
Students will learn to recognize, assess, and evaluate the many facets of the health care system: health policy, health insurance, health professionals, medical technology, and social and community factors. Health care is a complex and dynamic system and its effects are not experienced equally by all people. Changes in health care must be analyzed in the context of the entire health care system and in the context of other sectors of the U.S. economy. Students will also learn to assess the impact of health care decisions on the community and population in which they live.
This course provides students with an understanding of how the public health system has evolved over time and how this impacts health policymaking. In particular, the course will explore the following topics:
the US political and economic systems
evidence-based public health decision-making
ethical and legal issues in health policymaking
systems and social policy
the concept of public health
the history and evolution of public health as a field of study 827ec27edc