What you'll learn

  • How the U.S. health care system is organized, financed, and governed
  • How to give examples of key system stakeholders and participants, public and private
  • How to describe the U.S. health case system's essential building blocks
  • To interpret contemporary policy controversies pertaining to each key aspect of the U.S. health care system
  • The features and purposes of the basic components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • To identify challenges associated with reforming the U.S. health care system broadly, and specifically as it relates to ACA implementation

Course description

Many Americans complain that they do not understand the U.S. health reform law called the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). They are right, and the main reason is because most Americans do not understand the basics of the U.S. health care system and U.S. health policy. Featuring some of the nation’s foremost teachers and thought leaders, this course provides students with a basic and thorough understanding of the U.S. health care system focusing on access, quality of care, and costs. Students will learn how the system is structured, how care is organized, delivered, and financed, and how the Affordable Care Act will influence the future of the system. Students will understand the U.S. health policy making structure process at the federal, state, and local levels. Students who complete this course will be able to interpret current controversies around US health policy and develop informed opinions on future policy developments.

Faculty

  • Portrait of John E. McDonough
    Professor of Public Health Practice and Director of the Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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