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Health Policy

Health policy (3 credits): DNP students are required to take NSG 551 Health Polities and Policy (Winter quarter) as part of the DNP core course requirement. MN students can take NSG 551 or other health policy courses available on the UW Seattle campus to fulfill the requirement.

Below are recommendations for MN students. The offerings and descriptions of these courses may change during the year. Please consult UW Course Catalog and as needed email the instructor for updated information.

If you find excellent health policy courses that are not listed here, please let us know.

HSERV 512 Health Systems and Policy (3)
Students review and examine selected topics from literature. Includes need and access to care; theory and effects of health insurance; private and public insurance programs; managed care; costs/expenditures; availability and organization of health resources; and quality assessment and improvement. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511.

HSERV 513 Health Policy Research (3)
Extends students' understanding of the nature of health policy and health policy development in the context of a market-based economy. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511, permission of instructor; recommended: HSERV 512. Instructor Course Description: David Grembowski

HSERV 518 Social and Ethical Issues (2-4, max. 4)
Presents introduction to ethical issues in public health policy and practice. Additional one credit option focuses on health administration/managed care. Coursework designed to train students in basic skills of ethical analysis and increase competency in recognizing, researching, and analyzing issues arising in public health and health services delivery.

HSERV 551 Public Health Law (2)
Focuses on the role of law in public health administration and in the increasingly regulated healthcare industry. Provides a foundation in the relevant law for public health officers and healthcare industry administrators. Offered: jointly with LAW H 512.

HSERV 552 Health Policy Development (3-, max. 3)
Uses primarily case- and problem-based learning and small-group projects to focus on factors that influence public policy development concerning health services in the U.S., with some global health content. Examines the roles of science and stakeholder interests in the structure of and changes to a nation's health system. Offered: A. Instructor Course Description: Aaron Katz

HSERV 553 Politics of Healthcare (3)
Understanding of health policy making within the context of American politics. Health policy making is examined in light of political leadership, the legislature, the initiative process, rule making, interest groups, and lobbying. Prerequisite: HSERV 551, a basic understanding of the American healthcare system, or permission of instructor.

HSERV 554 Health Legislation Seminar (1)
Discussion of current state of health policy, topics with legislative staff and others involved with state health policy. In addition to four sessions on campus, course meets once in Olympia during legislative session. Credit/no-credit only.

HSERV 587 Health Policy Economics (3)
Applies economic theory to selected topics in healthcare, including information, risk and insurance, industry organization, government regulation, and public health issues. Emphasizes policy implications of these applications.

PBAF 506 Ethics and Public Policy (3/4)
Teaches students to identify moral issues in public life. Special focus on the integration of moral concerns into public discussion in a manner which contributes to good policy and does not polarize issues. Discusses moral and political theory by focusing on contemporary cases and issues. Instructor Course Description: Andrew Light Michael I. Blake

PBAF 554 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy (3)
Examines the changing role of nonprofit organizations in American society. Selected policy topics include privatization, for-profit/nonprofit competition, public-private partnerships, tax policy, and new sources of revenues.

PBAF 560 Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan Region (3/4)
Explores national/local urban policy concerning the major problems confronting cities and metropolitan regions today. Economic globalization, income inequality, and metropolitan decentralization shape the urban agenda, the context for urban policy, and the analytic focus of the course. A project allows the exploration of strategies for intervention. Offered: jointly with URBDP 560. Instructor Course Description: Rachel G. Kleit

PBAF 561 Urban Economics and Public Policy (3/4)
Examines the rationale for and consequences of public intervention in urban land, housing, and transportation markets through land use regulations such as zoning and urban growth boundaries, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies to manage urban development and traffic. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or equivalent. Offered: jointly with URBDP 561. Instructor Course Description: Melissa A Knox Paul A Waddell

PBAF 568 Social Justice and Public Policy (3/4)
Examines the values of social justice that motivate action in the public arena; thinks about how those values create concerns and solutions; and explores issues of equity and liberty, of balancing the rights of the individual, the common good, and redistribution. Instructor Course Description: Rachel G. Kleit

PBAF 569 Race and Public Policy (3-4)
Analyzes the way in which the persistent problem of race is expressed in the formation and implementation of social and public policy. Instructor Course Description: Sheila Edwards Lange

PBAF 570 Foundations of Social Policy (3)
Examines major institutions and programs in social policy including: income maintenance, social services, education, and healthcare. Focuses on American social policy with some attention to comparative welfare state development. Includes extensive discussion of different policy strategies to address social policy problems. Instructor Course Description: Robert D. Plotnick Steven Rathgeb Smith

PBAF 581 Information Technology and the Policy-Making Process (3)
Demystifies information base for policy making in democracies. Examines theoretical and practical issues associated with information processing in the public sector. Considers role of new technologies in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information with special attention to the relationship between these technologies and effective government service, public participation, and organizational accountability.

PBAF 582 News Media and Public Policy (3)
Explores impacts of news coverage on public policy. Exposure to journalists' approaches to coverage of public affairs, as well as to strategies used by leaders of public/nonprofit agencies to attract favorable coverage and minimize damaging coverage. Students learn techniques for assessing impacts of news coverage.

PBAF 585 Topics in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (3-5, max. 12)
Examines relationship between advancement of technical knowledge and pace of technological change, and public policies to induce or respond to these trends. Generic issues of government research, development, and personnel training programs are addressed. Applications of policy issues involving biomedical, communications, energy, environmental, transportation, and weapons technologies. Instructor Course Description: Howard E. Mccurdy

SOCW 501 Poverty and Inequality (3)
Analysis of poverty and inequality in United States. Analytic and descriptive focus on measurement, processes of production and perpetuation, and public policy responses. Examines causes of poverty, the role of policy, and socioeconomic dimensions of stratification, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, and family structure. Instructor Course Description: Tina Aiko Schaefer

SOCW 560 Policy Processes, Institutions, and Influences (3)
Focuses on the process and institutions through which social policies are developed, adopted, and implemented, with special attention to the implications of these processes for social justice. Develops practice skills in analyzing and influencing the policy process, including social problem definition, policy design, policy adaptation, and policy implementation.

SOCW 561 Concepts and Methods of Policy Analysis (3)
Engages students in the concepts and applied practice of policy analysis and evaluation. Prepares students to address two generic policy questions: Given an identified problem, what policy or program should be selected? Given a particular policy or program, how do we evaluate effectiveness? Particular attention paid to social justice implications.

Additional Recommendations

PBAF 513 Public Policy Analysis (4)
Production and use of analysis to support public policy decisions. Defining problems, devising alternative solutions, clarifying stakes in choices, predicting impacts of choices. Skills developed by working on specific policy problems. Assumes familiarity with statistics, microeconomic theory, and institutions and processes of American government. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or permission of instructor. Instructor Course Description: David S. Harrison Rachel G. Kleit Marieka Klawitter Howard E. Mccurdy Maureen A. Pirog William M. Zumeta

PBAF 517 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management II (4)
Serves to deepen student understanding of microeconomic theory and develop skills in applying it to public policy and management issues. Prerequisite: PB AF 516. Instructor Course Description: Mark C Long