Health Policy

Sample courses for a Health Policy focus

Please note:
These are an example of the courses that would fulfill this complimentary policy requirement.
We cannot guarantee when or if these courses will be offered.


*335. Health Economics. (3)
Market concepts and health care issues. Economic assessment of the U.S. health care system. Explores physician supply and demand, hospitals, malpractice, pharmaceuticals, insurance and related topics.

*410. Topics in Health Economics. (3)
Specialized topics in health care economics including medical education, national health insurance, comparative systems, drug industry and other contemporary issues. Emphasis on empirical applications in the study of health care issues. For course content, consult the Economics department.


540. Medical Sociology and Health Policy. (3)
A review of major theories and research in medical sociology with special attention to health policy; focus on health and mental health problems of underserved populations; analysis of the U.S. health care system in comparative perspective.

595. Health and Social Inequalities (3)

Politcal Science

511. Health Policy and Politics (3)

 Public Administration

561. Health Policy and Management. (3)

 Communication and Journalism

533. Health Communication Campaigns. (3)
Focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of communication programs for addressing health issues. Provides an overview of relevant theory and research and opportunities to study, design, implement, and evaluate actual health communication campaigns.

555. Culture, Disparities, and Health Communication. (3)
Covers the influence of culture on health beliefs, values, and health care practices. How beliefs and values impact communication in health care settings.


614. Women and Health in American History. (3)
We examine the health issues women have faced and their responses to them from the 18th to the 20th centuries in the U.S., investigating women as patients, women as practitioners and the gendering of disease.

615. The History of Reproduction. (3)
 By examining the history of reproduction, this course explores the ways in which medicine has intersected with cultural constructs of gender, sexuality, race, and class to produce ways of controlling the male and female reproducing body.

616. Health and Disease in the Southwest. (3)
This course explores the diseases, practitioners, institutions, and patients of the history of medicine in the southwestern United States, from first contact in the 16th century to current health challenges of the area.

609 / 409. United States of Germs. (3)
The course will examine the impact of infectious epidemic diseases on Americans and their history, investigating how such diseases have helped to shape national identity through public health, war, and immigration.


593: US Healthcare System. (3)

Public Health

554. Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity. (3)
Provides students with understanding of factors within and outside of health care system. Reviews social policy in addressing coverage of uninsured, improving population health and reducing social inequities. Examination of frameworks and politics of policy programs.

582. Global Indigenous Health. (3)
Course integrates physical, cultural, social, political, intellectual and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous populations globally. It examines health as a collective and individual inter-generational continuum that links to health status, practices, data, equity, policy and systems.

583. Advanced Topics in Health Sector and Globalization. (3)
The course will follow a seminar format to analyze the U.S. health sector reform debate and legislation submitted to Congress while using other country experiences to highlight similarities and differences/pros and cons.