Christy Dure is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Christy Dure is the Associate Director of Graduate Programs at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where she leads and manages the academic and business administrative operations. Previously, she held the Academic Programs Administrator role in the Office of Academic Programs and worked closely with the Senior Associate of Academic Programs and OAPRA. She has worked in a wide range of healthcare environments in the clinical aspects and leveraged this experience to transition into the administrative environment. Her passions include healthcare administration, health policy, and racial and ethnic health disparities.
She holds an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MHA, with a specialty in Healthcare Informatics. She also has a BA from Rutgers State University, majoring in Africana Studies and Public Health. She has continuously taught courses in healthcare administration and healthcare management while holding her administrative management roles. She previously held supervisory administrative roles at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and spearheaded continuing education courses for clinicians and new ancillary clinical staff programs.
This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.
Health care now constitutes almost 15% of the U.S. economy. The broad range of issues involving health care and health care delivery are at the center of national and local policy debates: Disparities in access and outcomes for vulnerable populations; right to control decisions about treatment and about dying; medical malpractice; the adequacy of the evidence base underlying medical decisions; the pharmaceutical industry and its role in health care and politics; the impact of an aging population; and coping with accelerating health cost.
This course is an introduction for undergraduate students to the major policy issues affecting health care and examines the role of government in the health care system. An important focus of the course is an assessment of the role of policy analysis in the formation and implementation of national and local health policy. Because much of government health policy relates to or is implemented through payment systems, several sessions involve some discussion of the policy implications of how government pays for care. The role of the legal system with respect to adverse medical outcomes, economic rights, and individual rights is also discussed. Proposals for health policy reform at the national and local level are examined throughout the course, with an emphasis on Medicare and Medicaid reforms currently being implemented or considered.