HLT 330: Public Health Policy

Course Description

This course examines healthcare policy and law from a public health perspective. The process of healthcare policymaking will be explored. Complexities of healthcare policy problems that face federal, state and local health policies will be discussed. The course examines current and past healthcare policies and the role that social factors influence the policy making process. The course will introduce the methods for analyzing health policies. The course Public Health Policy explores several aspects of healthcare policy, the healthcare policy making process, and it highlights the existence of public health disparities.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the concepts of healthcare policy and policymaking.
  2. Learn the basic functions of healthcare policies in the United States with special emphasis on the impact it has on Public Health.
  3. Examine some healthcare policy problems facing federal, state and local policymakers.
  4. Identify the role of healthcare policy and the social factors that influence policymakers.
  5. Explore existing strategies to address problems facing federal, state and local healthcare policymakers.
  6. Demonstrate competency in assessment and problem solving skills, when applying strategies for change in healthcare policy.
  7. Identify how public health establishes community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  8. Apply and utilize policy theory in a brief analysis of a contemporary public health policy issue or challenge that display public health disparities.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

25%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

30%

Public Health Policy Analysis Outline (Week 6)

15%

Public Health Policy Analysis (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Wilensky and Teitelbaum. Essentials of Health Policy and Law. 4th ed. Jones and Bartlett LLC, 2020. ISBN-13: 9781284151589

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2

Topics: Foundations of Health Policy and Law

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz

2

2,3

Topics: Law and the U.S. Healthcare Systems
  • Readings:
    • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Video:
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch video
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
3

4,6

Topics: Public Health Institutions and Systems
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Public Health Policy Brief
  • Complete Quiz

4

5

Topics: Individual Rights and the Healthcare System and Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Law in Optimizing Health

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz

5

2,7

Topic: Overview of the Four Main Public Programs that Provide Health Insurance Coverage for Millions Living in the United States

  • Readings:
    • Chapte 10, The Affordable Care Act,( ACA)
    • Chapter 11, Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz

6

8

Topic: Public Health Policy Analysis
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Public Health Policy Analysis Outline
  • Complete Quiz

7

3,6,8

Topic: Quality Healthcare
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz

8

8

Topic: Public Health Policy Analysis

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion Board
  • Submit Public Health Policy Analysis
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

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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