Spring 2008 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Texas Health Policy
Instructor(s): David Warner
Course: P A 388D - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 64245
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.330
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Taught with SPH in Houston

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course surveys health policies, problems and new initiatives in Texas. The following areas are covered: publicly provided insurance, 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 the working on several topics which are being investigated in the interim by committees or advisory groups designated by the legislative leaders. This is a teleconference course linking students at the School of Public Health campuses in San Antonio and Houston with UT students in Austin. There will be three instructors for this course:


David Warner, Ph.D., Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Charles Begley, Ph.D., School of Public Health, UTHSC-Houston
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, Texas State Commissioner of Health

Learning Objectives: Students will become familiar with governmental policies and programs. 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 present at least one reading (in nor more than 5-10 minutes), lead a discussion of the reading, and serve as a resource on the topic. All students will work on one or more interim research topics.

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.

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