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NURS 751 Health Care Economics and Policy

Restricted to graduate students in the Nursing and/or MPA program.

Course Description: This course introduces the principles of economics and finance as applied to the health care industry in the United States. The course will provide an analysis of the role of public, profit and nonprofit institutions in the health care system. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of economics and the political process. The material to be included is particularly important to advanced practice nurses because of the critical market and governmental forces that are affecting access, delivery, financing and structure of health care. Specific topics to be covered are: public vs. private goods, market failure, externalities in the health care market, supply and demand analysis applied to health care, public and private financing of health care, health care personnel supply and the nursing shortage, US health care policy, specific issues in health care, national health insurance, comparative health care systems, the relationship among health, health care and a nation's national economic health, and the globalization of health care. Economic analysis will be presented and applied to the variety of topics selected.

Course Rotation: PL and GC: Spring, odd years.


3 credits