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Spring 2012 - 61980 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Texas Health Policy

Instructor(s): Warner, David C.
Unique Number: 61980
Day & Time: W 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: UT Public Health School, 1616 Guadalupe
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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 surveys health policies, problems and new initiatives in Texas. The following areas are covered: Medicaid, probable impacts of the Affordable Care Act, provider and insurance regulation, mental health, long-term care, medical education, health promotion and disease prevention, rural and border health, public health infrastructure, and chronic disease. The state budgeting process, legislative process, and agency roles and responsibilities are discussed.

Policy analysis concepts and methods are introduced and applied in working on several topics which are being investigated in the interim by committees or advisory groups designated by the legislative leaders. In addition for shared responsibility for the class discussion in a specific class students will produce a well designed policy analysis relating to Texas Health Policy and be active participants in class discussions and the discussion board or a list serve. This is a teleconference course linking students at the School of Public Health campuses in San Antonio and Houston with UT students in Austin. Charles Begley, Ph.D., School of Public Health, UTHSC-Houston will be a guest lecturer. There will be several additional guest lecturers as well. David Lakey, Commissioner of DSHS may also participate.

Learning Objectives: Students will become familiar with issues related to Texas health policy. They will understand how policy is formulated and implemented, and they will be able to analyze and evaluate policy problems and alternatives.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to come to class with thoughtful questions or comments on the readings. Each student will help to moderate at least one class and be active participants in class and on line discussions. As mentioned above each student will design and write a policy analysis which examines alternative policy solution to a policy or issue which the student chooses which is of relevance to Texas Health Policy.

Readings: Journal articles, book chapters, and government documents will serve as readings for each class. The readings will be handed out in class, available in reading sets, on library reserve, or on the Internet.