Honors | Health Systems Administration (SPEA)
H320 | 14001 | Nicole Quon

TuTh 11:15am-12:30pm

This course is an introduction to the U.S. health care system.
During the first four weeks, we will duscuss some frameworks for
thinking about health systems and health policy.  Then for the next
eight weeks, we will explore the social and political forces that
shape the health care system and the key characteristics and policy
issues associated with healthcare institutions and programs.  The
final weeks will focus on the needs of specific patient populations.

During this class, you will learn about the key characteristics of
the U.S. health care system. By the end of the semester, you will be
able to name the four parts of the Medicare program, define managed
care, and discuss the relationship between ambulatory and primary
care.  Do not be alarmed if you do not know what these words mean 
you are taking this class to learn these things.  These are facts,
and there are right and wrong answers.  Your grades will be
partially dependent on your overall knowledge of the health care
system.  But there is another component of this class that is based
on ideas.  There are strong opinions, supporting evidence, opposing
evidence, values, and ideology about the health system, but there
are no right or wrong answers because there is no consensus about
how to balance these many views.  Your grades will also be dependent
on your ability to be thoughtful about the issues that face the
health care system.  You will not be graded on the content of your
ideas but how well you support your claim with precise and
persuasive arguments.