Analyze legislative processes and partisan politics in health policymaking


Health Policy, Politics, and Reform


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Course Description:

This course explores and analyzes health policy, legislative process, and health reform in the United States. Specifically, the course (a) examines key issues in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other major areas of health policy such as Medicare, Medicaid, dual eligibles, disparities, medical liability, and international comparisons, (b) assesses legislative processes and partisan politics, (c) evaluates emerging and evolving organizational structures and payment reform approaches, (d) critiques current policy and proposed reforms, and (e) prepares students to advocate for health reform and needed change.



HCM520, HCM530, HCM540, HCM550


Weissert, W. G. & Weissert, C. S. (2012). Governing health: The politics of health policy(4th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1-4214-0621-3


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze legislative processes and partisan politics in health policymaking.
  2. Summarize and explain provisions and implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other key areas of the health policy landscape.
  3. Evaluate options in the design of new organizational structures and payment reform approaches.
  4. Critique current policy and proposed reforms.
  5. Advocate for health reform and needed change.
  6. Apply the Saint Leo University core values of community, responsible stewardship, and integrity.


Core Value:

Community: Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.


Responsible Stewardship: Our Creator blesses us with an abundance of resources. We foster a spirit of service to employ our resources to university and community development. We must be resourceful. We must optimize and apply all of the resources of our community to fulfill Saint Leo University’s mission and goals.


Integrity: The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.



  • Discussions: 8 @ 5 points each, 40 points total, 20{0e601fc7fe3603dc36f9ca2f49ef4cd268b5950ef1bbcf1f795cc00e94cdd119} of course grade


  • 15-Point Module Assignments: 4 totaling 60 points, 30{0e601fc7fe3603dc36f9ca2f49ef4cd268b5950ef1bbcf1f795cc00e94cdd119} of course grade o Essay on Political Strategy and Political Process (Module 1, 15 points) o            Policy Summary and Assessment Paper (Module 2, 15 points) o             Policy Memo (Module 3, 15 points)

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