Jamie Lynn Shirley
B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
This course will examine the history and current structure of the American health care system, with a particular emphasis on health insurance systems. We will focus on the current disparities in health and health services and discuss current efforts to reform the system to create more equitable outcomes through institutional changes and regulatory mechanisms.
Student learning goals
At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the current structure of the American health care system. 2. Describe the disparities of health access and health outcomes. 3. Understand the historical context and content of the Affordable Care Act 4. Discuss ethical strategies for containing costs and allocating resources.
General method of instruction
No prerequisites other than an interest in the American health care system
Class assignments and grading
Readings, quizzes, exploration assignments, paper.
Grades assigned on the basis of class participation, understanding of and engagement with the material.