Course Catalog » Course Listing for Policy Law

200  Health Policy & Law Seminar: Foundations  (2 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): D. Dohan, J. King       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

The Health Policy & Law Seminar: Foundations course focuses on health policy and services research and the potential and challenge of translating evidence into policy and practice. Students are exposed to frameworks for understanding the nature of interdisciplinary engagement as well as exemplars of how such approaches can successfully translate evidence into policy.

201  Foundations of Health Policy  (3 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): D. Apollonio       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course provides an overview of health policy history and issues as well as contemporary challenges and opportunities at federal, state, and local levels of government. The course reviews basic concepts and principles related to policy-making and the policy process. Major themes are developed through a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates insights from sociological, political, economic and legal-ethical perspectives on the behaviors and motivations of stakeholders.

202  How To Evaluate Policy-Relevant Research  (3 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): D. Dohan       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program.

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course provides an overview of the research methods and approaches used in health policy analysis. The course emphasizes understanding the value and limitations of different research designs and approaches for drawing conclusions about policy-relevant issues and also prepares students for advanced methods courses.

203A  US Healthcare System and the Law, Part 1  (3 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): R. Cochran       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

Students will explore the structure of the U.S. health care system by examining the legal, financial and political forces that impact employer sponsored insurance, the business of healthcare delivery and individual private insurance. Students will explore in depth the tension from a legal and policy perspective of attempting to accomplish the “triple aim” of improving quality and improving access, while stabilizing or reducing costs.

203B  US Healthcare System and the Law, Part 2  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): R. Cochran       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

US Healthcare System and the Law, Part 2 focuses on public healthcare regulation and finance, and will provide an overview of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal and state funded health care payors, including the laws protecting against healthcare fraud, waste and abuse. The course also considers how healthcare delivery, payment and regulation changed and how they are treated under the Affordable Care Act and how the US System compares to those of other countries post-ACA.

204  Health Policy & Law Seminar: Capstone Proposal  (1 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Dohan, J. King       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

The Health Policy & Law Seminar: Capstone Proposal course allows students to gain exposure to core concepts of legal research and writing. Based on this foundation from health policy/services research and legal research/writing, students identify potential capstone project ideas and refine their ideas into a concrete project.

205  Health Economics  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Spetz       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course focuses on economic principles and how they shape people's and organizations' interactions regarding health care. Rapid growth in spending on health services has raised alarm in some countries, including the United States. This course is designed so students understand the underlying drivers of health care purchasing and spending, and to lay the foundation for analyzing proposed health policies.

206  Health Care Organization and Finance  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Coffman       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course focuses on how current health care financing systems and emerging trends affect strategic technology development and market decisions. This course is designed so students understand the underlying drivers of rising health spending, the policies that might slow it, and the impact of possible policies on future product markets. The course covers the fundamental strategies to increase health care value.

207  Health Policy & Law Seminar: Capstone Execution  (1 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): D. Dohan, J. King       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Project, Web-based course work

Using a foundation from health policy/services research and legal research/writing, students will refine their Capstone ideas into a concrete project, and then execute the project with ongoing feedback from mentors and peers during works-in-progress seminars.

208  Advanced Policy Analysis  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): B. Hollister       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Lecture, Web-based course work

This course will focus on the policy process and strategies for collecting and disseminating research findings to inform and influence that process. The course will be taught using a series of recorded lectures and interviews available online. This information will be delivered by faculty with extensive experience at the federal, state, and local level in health care policy who will use examples from their own work as the basis for teaching.

209  Cost Analysis and Value-based Care  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Spetz, J. Kahn       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course examines the economic structures of the health care delivery system to highlight the impact of competition and regulation on the healthcare costs as experienced by payers, providers, and patients. It examines alternative forms of contracting and organizational structures that shape the economic performance of the healthcare system and the organizations within that system and examines recent changes in the health insurance and healthcare delivery markets.

210  Advanced Legal Research  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): H. Hardcastle       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course teaches HPL Law Track students skills in legal writing and research, including: methods for creative and efficient research strategies that fit the nature of an assignment, strategies for selecting specific research resources, how to explain research strategy in detail to others, how to describe how research choices lead to the resources chosen, and how to show all sources consulted.

211  Provider-Patient Relationships  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): R. Cochran       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course delves into some of the primary areas in which a distinct category of health law has developed, including: individual and institutional professional tort liability (primarily through medical malpractice); informed consent law; health care financing through traditional insurance, the private market, and the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act; and health care financing through government programs.

212  Health Policy & Law Seminar: Capstone Write Up  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): D. Dohan, J. King       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program.

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses.       Activities: Project

This course is devoted to completing and presenting the capstone project activities and results. Students earn credits for producing the capstone project deliverables. Course instructors and the course facilitator will conduct scheduled live office hour sessions and other live interactive opportunities.

213  Institutional Regulation and Compliance  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): R. Cochran       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course delves into some of the primary areas in which a distinct category of health law has developed, including quality control through institutional licensing and accreditation; institutional health facility tort liability; federal and state law of health informational privacy; contracting and employment issues in the health care industry; fraud and abuse regulation; and the application of antitrust law in a rapidly consolidating industry; public health; and bioethics.

214  Healthcare Reform: Legal Aspects  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): R. Cochran       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course will explore the political context and the legislative process leading up to the ACA’s enactment. Students will analyze where the Act has been successful and where it has not met expectations or has otherwise been met with roadblocks. The course will culminate by examining potential additional reforms, including those offered by liberals and conservatives and information that can be extracted from health care systems in other developed countries.

215  Organization and System Change  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): L. Schmidt       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course surveys a range of translational tools at the heath care system level that can be used to promote the adoption of evidence-based medicine by providers and delivery systems. Strategies for change are presented in the broader context of sociological theories of organizational behavior and policy implementation. The focus of this course is on translational tools that can be used by stakeholders outside health care organizations.

216  Program Evaluation  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): D. Dohan       Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the MS HPL program

Restrictions: Only students enrolled in the MS HPL program can enroll in Policy Law courses       Activities: Seminar, Web-based course work

This course will familiarize students with different types of program and intervention evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes and impact assessment. Students will learn how to: develop an evaluation plan and use systematically-collected information about a program or intervention; understand whether and how the program is meeting its stated goals and objectives.