Health policy and management is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice concerned with the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations. This definition assumes both a managerial and a policy concern with the structure, process and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes and accessibility of care.

POP HLTH 548 The Economics of Health Care 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: Econ 301, or Public Affairs 880 or cons instructor 

An analysis of the health care industry is the major topic area of this course. Markets for hospitals and physicians' care, markets for health manpower and the role of health insurance are covered.

POP HLTH 661 State-Level Health System and Coverage Reform 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Summer 

This one-week course focuses on the state's role in health care coverage, trends in public and private insurance coverage and current issues and debates about reform nationally and in Wisconsin.

POP HLTH 703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance 

  • Credits: 1-3 
  • Offered: Occasionally 
  • Cross listed with I SY E, POP HLTH 

Implementation, oversight, and management of quality-oriented activities in health care settings is the topic of this course. An overview of current and historical activities, approaches and issues confronting health care related to quality assessment, assurance and improvement are included.

POP HLTH 709 Translational & Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Prerequisites: Instructor consent 

This course seeks to review the conceptualization of translational research, focusing on "Type 2" or community-based translational research; to illustrate basic concepts and methods in research as applied to current issues in health care; and to understand the diverse perspectives that can be used to inform Type 2 translational research in different organizations.

POP HLTH 848 Health Economics 

  • Credits: 1-3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Cross listed with ECON, POP HLTH 

Health economics issues including demand, supply and pricing, market structure, medical malpractice, technological change, value of life, role of insurance and other aspects of uncertainty are discussed in this course.

PUB AFFR 874 Policy Making Process 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Cross listed with PUB AFFR, POLI SCI, URB R PL 

This course provides an intensive study of policy-making processes involved in the formulation of public policies.

POP HLTH 875 Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 & 552 
  • Cross listed with I SY E, POP HLTH 

The overall goal of this course is to introduce you to the key concepts of health technology assessment, with a focus on cost-effectiveness analysis. This field is multidisciplinary and policy-oriented: this means that there are many possible angles from which to teach the material, and a fair deal of context (and pretext) behind it. It also means, quite simply, that there is a lot of challenging material and many different ways to do basically the same thing and substantial disagreement about what is the “best” way. It is impossible to cover every interesting topic (much less every important one!) from every angle in a single course. Upon completing this course, you should have enough understanding of the methods and practice of technology assessment to be able to critically assess technology appraisals and their related academic literature. Beyond that, you should also become equipped with the tools necessary to begin to do your own technology assessment research and to be able to find further information and reach out to collaborators (and perhaps most importantly, to know when it is necessary to find further information and reach out to collaborators!).

PUB AFFR 878 Public Management 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisite: Grad standing 

The role of administration in American government is examined. Problems of organization, bureaucracy and control, and public policy as the output of the administrative process are important concepts gained in this course.

POP HLTH 879 Politics of Health Policy 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall (online) 

This course is designed to help students understand how and why health policies reflect the political system in which they are developed and implemented.

PUB AFFR 881 Cost-Benefit Analysis 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: Grad st, PUB AFFR 818 & 880 or POP HLTH 875 & at least one course in econ or cons inst
  • Cross listed with A A E, ENVIR ST, PUB AFFR, POP HLTH 

This course will present the welfare economics underpinnings for evaluating the social benefits and costs of government activities. Issues such as uncertainty, the social discount rate, and welfare weights will be discussed; case studies from the environmental, social policy, and agricultural areas will be studied. Note: This course serves as a selected methods course for the MPH program.