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Health Policy and Public Policy Spring 2011 10:832:338 NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change . . Last Update: 1/11 Instructor:  Marci Berger MA, MPH, PhD Candidate E-mail:   [email protected] Phone:  732-603-9375 Office Hours:  By Appointment Overview: This class focuses on how healthcare policies are created in the public realm and  the ramifications of those policies.  We will study the policy process and the  players who impact the decisionmaking process.  Then we will look at selected  health issues, including the new health care reform law and analyze how and why  these policies were created.  We will use readings, news articles, discussions and visual aids including movies  and clips from the internet to examine this process.  Since health care reform is a   dynamic process, please note that your assigned readings may change weekly to   capture the up-to-date health reforming happenings .    This course includes lectures, class discussions, group projects, written  assignments, quizzes and a final exam.  Discussion and class participation are  key components to this class.  I will repeat  – DISCUSSION and CLASS  PARTICIPATION ARE KEY COMPONENTS TO THIS CLASS.  Class  participation comprises 40% of the final grade. By the end of the class, students should understand the following: 1.  The roles of the three branches of government in the policymaking  process 2. How and Why deliberation is part of the policy process – at least two sides  to each issue
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3. The framework of the health care reform law 4. The 5 players in the policy process and how they impact health policy 5. Some theories in the policymaking process and how they apply to health  initiatives 6. Understand how the “case study” issues we discuss in class fit in with  these major themes. Required Texts and Readings: Textbooks.   There are 3 books required for this class.  These books will be  supplemented by other readings including journal, newspaper or magazine  articles and will vary from week to week. * Shi, Lieju and Douglas Singh. “Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System” 2 nd edition, 2010. ISBN 9780763763860 * McDonough, John E. “Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care” 2000. ISBN 0520224116 * Rosenthal, A. “Engines of Democracy: Politics and Policymaking in State Legislatures” 2009. ISBN 9780872894594 Additionally, we will view relevant movies or clips from the internet. Articles:
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