HCA 610: Policy & Regulatory Strategy in Healthcare

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of health policy including policy formulation, implementation and modification. The latter two activities are illustrative of the interrelationship between health policy and health care regulation. Accordingly, contemporary policy and regulatory strategy will be examined through the prism of health care reform and the stakeholders whose interests are impacted by certain policy choices or by the passage or interpretation of a law.  (3 credits)

Associated Program Learning Outcomes

#4 Develop health care delivery goals and standards to lead organizations in quality care initiatives.

#6 Assess economic factors and payment sources that influence health care decisions of the population served.

#9 Explain the connection between the regulatory and voluntary accrediting standards and health care policies and procedures.

#12 Analyze global factors affecting the health care industry.

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze healthcare policy.
  2. Identify the importance of determinants of health.
  3. Outline the U.S. health policymaking process at the federal, state, and local levels.
  4. Describe the financing and delivery of the U.S. healthcare system.
  5. Explain vulnerable populations and subpopulations in healthcare.
  6. Outline the U.S. health policymaking process at the International level.
  7. Compare and contrast characteristics of the US health care system with other countries health care systems.
  8. Assess characteristics of health policy research.
  9. Evaluate methods of health policy research.
  10. Conduct health policy research.

 

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (20 Pts each, Weeks 1-7)

40%

Assignments (20 Pts each, Week 1-7)

40%

Final Assignment (100 Pts, Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Shi, Leiyu. (2019). Introduction to Health Policy. 2nd. ed. ISBN-13: 978-1-64055-025-4

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

4

1,2

Topic: Overview of Health Policy

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Week 1 Powerpoint
    • Assigned Articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete assignment

2

4

3

Topic: Health Policymaking

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 2-3
    • Week 2 Powerpoints
    • Assigned Articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete assignment

3

6

4

Topics: Health Policy Financing and Delivery

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
    • Week 3 Powerpoint
    • Assigned Articles

 

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete assignment

4

 6

5

Topic: Health Policy for Diverse Populations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
    • Week 4 Powerpoint
    • Assigned Articles

 

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete assignment

5

 12

6

Topics: International Policy Making and Issues

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4 and 7
    • Week 5 Powerpoint
    • Assigned Articles 

 


 

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Assignment

6

 9

8,9

Topic: Health Policy Research

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 8-9
    • Week 6 Powerpoints
    • Assigned Articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Assignment

7

 9

1-10

Topic: Example of Health Policy Research

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
    • Week 7 Powerpoint

 

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Assignment

8

 

1-10

Topic: Final Project

  • Readings:
    • None
  • Participate in peer review
  • Complete Final Assignment

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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