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  School of Public Health 2018-2020 Courses Health Systems and Policy Courses  

Health Systems and Policy Courses

HSAP 0515 Data for Health Services Research and Policy (3) The purpose of this course is twofold. First, the course introduces students to methods for identifying and employing relevant data sources for use in health services research and policy analysis. Second, it provides a comprehensive introduction to data management and hands-on experience using, managing, and producing estimates from such data.
HSAP 0519 Managing Health Care Delivery Organizations (3) This course provides students with descriptive information about the organizations in the United States that deliver health care and some of the methods used in managing them.
HSAP 0565 Health Politics and Policy (3) An in-depth analysis of the government institutions and processes that affect health policy in the American context. The course has two primary goals: (1) to explore how the institutional arrangements of American government work with respect to the development of health policy; and (2) to review several health policy case studies and identify lessons from them. Explores fundamental challenges that face all health policymakers--whatever country or its level of economic development--and the array of policy instruments that can be deployed to address them. The readings, lectures, and writing assignments are designed to help students explore the ways in which choices of policy instruments and their implementation over time are shaped by the nature of government institutions, drawing on the United States as the fundamental frame of reference.
HSAP 0614 Health Services and Policy Research Methods (3) Public health research is increasingly based on the analysis of surveys of households, providers, and analyses of administrative records. This course explores the foundations of such secondary data analysis.
HSAP 0615 Health Care Economics (3) Students will use principles of microeconomics to examine the special features of the health care market. They will develop analytical skills that are grounded in economic theory and techniques to assess and evaluate health care issues and problems. Class discussions focus on such topics as health insurance, demand for health care, physician payment, national health care reform, cost containment strategies, and more. Prerequisites: PHCO 0501 and PHCO 0504.
HSAP 0617 Health Services Research and Evaluation (3) Building on prior exposure to research methods in biostatistics and epidemiology, and issues in health services administration, students are presented with an overview of both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in investigating health services, including health needs assessment and evaluation of health services programs. Prerequisites: PHCO 0501, PHCO 0502, and PHCO 0504.
HSAP 0620 Public Health Ethics and Law (3) Legal topics that will be examined include general information on the role of law in public health enforcement and administration; constitutional and legal basis for regulation of public health; public good versus private rights; and, administrative law as a branch of public health law. The course will also illustrate ethical concerns and problems in public health research, practice, and administration using a case method approach.
HSAP 0630 Global Food System and Policy (3) Although high rates of undernutrition continue to persist in many parts of the world, the burden of overweight, obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases are increasing rapidly. Many countries are now tackling multiple burdens of malnutrition. At the same time, the way food is produced, and moves from farm-to-fork, has led to high greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of water sources, and biodiversity losses. The global food production and distribution systems face challenges in delivering benefits that contribute to the health of populations or to the planet. This course will provide an overview of food system drivers, elements, and activities, and their key players. Students will learn about the challenges faced by food systems locally and globally, and critically analyze the design, evaluation, and impact of programs, policies, and interventions aimed at addressing those challenges. They will also learn about the different methodological approaches that can be used to assess food system activities and outcomes as well as how they can be applied to different country contexts. The course will be divided into three modules: 1) setting the global nutrition scene; 2) intervening in the food system; and 3) social, environmental, and ethical food system considerations. A combination of lectures (in-class and online), discussions, online quizzes, in-class group work, and assignments will be used to meet the course objectives. Prerequisites: School of Public Health level PHCO 0501 with minimum grade of B.
HSAP 0659 Cross-National Comparisons Health System (3) This course will go beyond the discussion of comparative health systems in the core course in public health and survey the policy responses of a range of nations to the strains imposed by the evolution of modern health care systems. We will seek to explain why nations differ in their policy choices, explore the pros and cons of some of these approaches, and draw implications for U.S. policy debates. Students should leave the course with an enhanced understanding of the range of strategic responses to the major policy problems facing modern societies, and this understanding should help them to comprehend more fully both the dynamic environment in which they work and the complexities of health care reform.
HSAP 0661 Health Care Policy (3) This course examines the current issues in U.S. health care policy with in-depth case examples from New Jersey policy. Provides an overview of the financing, regulation, and delivery of health care in the United States, with discussion of current policy topics including health insurance coverage, quality of care, and racial/ethnic disparities in care. Prerequisite: PHCO 0501. Cross-listed with 34:833:580.
HSAP 0663 Issues in Private and Public Health Insurance (3) Explores issues related to the role of private and public health insurance in the health care sector. The focus is on institutional features of the private and public health insurance systems, the theory underlying the population's demand for private and public health insurance, and potential behavioral responses by persons with such coverage. Students engage in a critical evaluation of the private and public insurance systems with the intent of identifying changes that might improve the efficiency and equity with which these markets pool risks.
HSAP 0665 Public Health Management and Practice (3) This course is designed to provide public health students with a conceptual framework for both understanding and integrating the dimensions and practice of the evolving field of public health. It addresses historical aspects and events that have impacted the field and emphasizes directed efforts to clarify and strengthen the discipline and functions of public health from a systems approach. It also reinforces the organization and management of mandated community health and related services provided by governmental health agencies.
HSAP 0666 Public Health: Policy and Practice (3) This course is designed to provide public health students with a conceptual framework for both understanding and integrating the dimensions public health, health policy, and practice bring to the evolving field of public health. It addresses historical aspects and events that have impacted the field and emphasizes directed efforts to clarify and strengthen the discipline and functions of public health from a systems approach. It emphasizes the interrelatedness of law, the policymaking process, and governmental public health; addresses essential issues in health policy and law (e.g., health insurance, health economics, government health insurance, the uninsured); and strengthens skills in active listening and health policy analysis.
HSAP 0670 Neighborhoods, Health Systems, and Population Health (3) The health of populations depends on not only the characteristics and health behaviors of individuals but the social, economic, and physical environments in which they live and the health care systems that provide their medical care. This course will explore the current evidence regarding the role of these factors as determinants of population health and identify emerging issues. The role of public policy in improving the health of populations will be discussed in the context of empirical research evidence.
HSAP 0671 Topics in Health Systems and Health Care Policy (3) Selected topics related to the performance and structure of health care systems, and the possible policy responses to address perceived shortcomings in health system performance. Prerequisite: HSAP 0615.
HSAP 0673 Population Health and Public Policy (3) Surveys selected population health problems and how they are shaped by the social, economic, and residential circumstances of individuals, their political environments, and their health behaviors. Particular emphasis of the course will be to explore public policy initiatives to address the health problems under consideration, and to evaluate their success and unintended consequences.
HSAP 0674 U.S. Mental Health Policy (3) This survey course on U.S. mental health policy engages multiple disciplines to examine the historical and contemporary landscape of mental health treatment and policy in the United States. We will begin by building a foundational set of understandings on mental health illness and treatment approaches, psychiatric epidemiology, the financing and delivery of mental health care, and the intended and unintended consequences of mental health policy. We then will apply these foundational concepts to special populations (e.g., people with serious mental illness, racial and ethnic minorities, children and adolescents, older adults). Although these special populations are heterogeneous at the individual level, we will engage in population-based analyses of mental health needs and service use, and then consider the historical and contemporary policy responses in light of these data. The course concludes by contextualizing our experience in the United States with those of other countries, and identifying how recent mental health policy reform is anticipated to impact our health and mental health care delivery systems and public health, more broadly. We will provide particular attention to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
HSAP 0773 Population Health and Public Policy (3) The purpose of this course is to survey selected population health problems, including the leading risk factors for premature death, and to explore the underlying circumstances, monetary and nonmonetary incentives, and behaviors of individuals that contribute to such problems. In doing so, an important goal will be to identify underlying causal mechanisms that lead to health problems and to understand the dimensions of policy. This course will also integrate discussions of current health policy initiatives. Over the course of the semester, students will develop analytical writing through the health policy analysis assignment. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HSAP 6504 Human Resources Management (3) This course examines the relationship between employers, employees, and their labor relations organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. It focuses on the leadership and direction of employees and the impact of collective negotiations on critical issues of public policy and civil service organizations. Cross-listed with 56:834:557. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 6505 Organizational Behavior (3) Examines organization behavior--of individuals and groups/teams--and the organization context in which that behavior takes place. Organization theories as well as behavior theories and approaches are discussed, including seminal historical works and more current treatments. Cross-listed with 56:834:505. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 6525 Public and Nonprofit Management (3) Contemporary management approaches, techniques, and skills for managing various kinds of public organizations. Decision-making, administrative leadership, planning, implementation, evaluation, and ethics are key topics. Cross-listed with 56:834:525. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 6540 Colloquium: Writing Public Policy and Administration (3) Intensive examination of specific areas of public policy concern or of specific trends in public policy analysis. Seminar topics include health administration, transportation, housing policy, productivity, energy policy, judicial management, international management, international financial management, administrative communication, environmental policy, community leadership, and comparative public policy. Cross-listed with 56:834:601. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 6558 Executive Leadership and Communication Skills (3) Examines the strengths and limitations of various leadership theories and provides students with an awareness of personal learning, leadership, influence, and communication styles. Students will develop leadership skills through interpersonal exercises and through course projects involving current managerial and political issues. Communication skills involving writing, speaking, meetings, media relations, and strategic planning are emphasized.
Cross-listed with 56:834:558. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 6559 Ethics in the Public Sector (3) Basic survey of the ethical values, theories, policies, laws, and institutions shaping government ethics, focused on the role, duties, and responsibilities of the public administrator. Cross-listed with 56:834:559. This course is offered through Rutgers Graduate School-Camden.
HSAP 9523 Sociology of Health (3) Social correlates of health and illness in the United States; major social roles and organizational structures concerned with health and medical care. Cross-listed with 16:920:523. This course is offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies in New Brunswick.
HSAP 9568 Health Care Policy (3) This course provides an overview of health care policy in the United States, a close examination of selected current policy topics, and exposure to real-world health policy-making in New Jersey. Cross-listed with 34:833:580. This course is offered through Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
HSAP 9585 American Social Policy (3) Cross-listed with 34:833:585. This course is offered through Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
HSAP 9594 Program Evaluation (3) Examines the procedures and techniques that can be used to scientifically document the implications of professional interventions. Conceptual, measurement, and analytic tools including activities and objectives, monitoring and measurement, design of monitoring and social experiments, and impact analysis are also covered. Cross-listed with 34:970:594. This course is offered through Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
HSAP 9595 Economics of Poverty (3) This course uses economic tools and analysis to examine the causes and consequences of poverty, how poverty is defined, and the impact/effectiveness of government policy. Cross-listed with 34:833:595. This course is offered through Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
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