Medical Care and Health: Comparative Perspectives

UPADM-GP.230, 4 points.


This course introduces undergraduates to the complex interplay of social factors that affect population health in any society. It focuses on the social determinants and distribution of health and disease, the organization and financing of the health care system, and the relationship of one to the other.  The first part of the class presents an international perspective on the U.S. health care system and examines  divergent perspectives for thinking about medical care and health systems. We begin by comparing clinical and epidemiological  perspectives, sociological and cultural perspectives, and introduce students to health services research and health economics. The second part of the class focuses on big issues in American health care: the role of government, cost containment strategies and managed care, the Affordable Care Act, health care disparities and public health. Finally, we consider the future of health systems in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China and India and students will have an opportunity to conduct their own research on past and future trends likely to shape medical care and health systems over the next few decades.

Prerequisites: none

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2014Daniel Ehlke, Victor G. RodwinSyllabus
Fall 2008Victor G. RodwinSyllabus
Summer 2008Victor G. RodwinSyllabus
Fall 2009Victor G. RodwinSyllabus
Fall 2010Victor G. RodwinSyllabus
Fall 2012Richard AldersladeSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2014Daniel EhlkeEvaluation
Fall 2011Rodwin, VictorEvaluation
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Rodwin, Victor G

Weekly Schedule:
Mon - 9:30 am to 12:15 pm

Session Dates:
09/02/2015 to 12/15/2015

Bldg:GCASL Room:379