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Spring 2011 - 62000 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Health and Innovation Policy

Instructor(s): Callan, Benedicte
Unique Number: 62000
Day & Time: Th 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.355
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course will review the policies that influence technology development and use in the health care sector.  It will discuss how governments promote health innovation, as well as the and the institutional contexts which influence technology development, uptake and diffusion in health care systems. 

The course will be structured around a series of case studies of technologies that have (or have failed) to be introduced into health care and which illustrate the importance of different factors.  Cases will include: genetics and genomics,  rDNA and gene therapy, stem cells, imaging technologies, vaccines, health information technologies, regenerative medicines, reproductive technologies, antibiotics, nanotechnologies and drug delivery.

Particular focus will be placed on identifying the ways in which governments influence technology development and use, including through: research funding; end product purchasing, price negotiations; guaranteed markets and other subsidies; worker and environmental safety regulations; the regulatory process for assessing human safety and efficacy; intellectual property rights policy; privacy and confidentiality concerns; moderation of bioethical concerns; using/promoting comparative effectiveness and cost considerations.

However, the development and use of health technologies obviously takes place in a larger institutional context where industry structure, end-markets and consumer preferences are all very important in understanding technology development and use, these will be discussed throughout.  A particular emphasis will be given to the question of the fora in which debates play themselves out (eg at what jurisdictional level -- local, national, internationally) and with what outcomes.