Health Policy and Ethics - MPH 630

Credits: 3 credits

Course Description

It is an exploration of health policy and its development, emphasizing social justice and human rights as providing the moral and ethical bases of policy. The course considers and compares institutional, local, regional, national, and international approaches to public health, health systems, and determination of research and development priorities. American health systems, their operations, processes, successes, and failures are extensively analyzed. The processes and challenges for making policy at institutional, state, and federal levels are described, and past and current attempts at health systems reform, and why they succeed or fail, are analyzed. Analysis of the 2010 U.S. health care reform is emphasized.


The expectation is that students will apply the content of the course and what they learn to their professional participation in policy discussions and their roles in policy analysis, formulation and application in institutional, local and national arenas.

Course Objectives

On completing the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Explain the ethical foundations of health policy.
  2. Describe the responsibilities and components of health systems.
  3. Describe and contrast differences in financing, care delivery and resource management of different health systems.
  4. Describe and ethically analyze the structure and operation of U.S.A. health care including: goals, financing, resource allocation, outcomes, successes and failures.
  5. Trace the history of efforts to reshape U.S.A. health care, including different modes of financing, organization of care delivery, proponents and opponents, and related arguments.
  6. Explain the ethical responsibilities of health care institutions.
  7. Explain the challenges in establishing an ethical culture and implementing ethical practices in health care institutions.
  8. Describe the processes by which USA health policy is formulated and enacted into law.

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