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NU 705 Health Care Policy and Ethics

Learn how policy shapes health care in America.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

America’s health care system, in all its complexity, is a constantly changing entity. Subject to social, economic, and political influences, health care policy is intended to address the needs of a vast population. In NU 705 Health Care Policy and Ethics, you will follow the journey of health care from its historical beginnings to the system we know today.

This overview of our health care system gives you insights into the challenges facing health care policymakers. You’ll explore how policy is created, monitored, and often changed. Discussions with fellow classmates and your professor on current and future health care issues will give you a greater understanding of how you can influence the effectiveness of our health care system.

What You’ll Learn in NU 705

You’ll explore the impact of policy/regulations on accessibility, accountability, and affordability of health care. Discussions and readings will also cover health care delivery, financing, legal and quality issues; medical technologies; the global impact of health care policy; ethical principles, and vulnerable populations.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • History of Health Care in the U.S.
  • Stakeholders
  • Funding Sources and Multiple vs. Single Payer
  • Politics in Action
  • Access Barriers, Personal Health Behaviors, and Health Care in Other Countries
  • Quality and Safety
  • Technology and Informatics
  • Budgeting

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 705, you will be able to:

  • Examine health care policy, and the influence of nursing research on it, through the lens of The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements.
  • Using ethical principles, advocate policies to improve the health of the population and improve the profession of nursing.
  • Participate in the policy process at the level of the institution, professional organization, and/or government at the local, state, or federal level.
  • Identify historical, social, economic, legal, and political factors that influence health care delivery in the US and its impact globally.
  • Describe common models for organizing health care delivery.
  • Compare and contrast major sources of health care spending and funding, and methods to constrain health care costs.
  • Explain how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is expected to change the financing and delivery of health care.
  • Analyze the strengths and limitations of multiple payers versus a single payer.
  • Examine the relationship between health care policy, health care costs, and social determinants of health for individuals and populations.
  • Examine impact of regulatory/accreditation requirements on health care and how quality measures are applied to improve it.
  • Explain how information technology and telehealth can improve health care quality, increase patient satisfaction, and control costs.
  • Explore the impact of social media and marketing on health care organizations and the nursing profession.

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To learn more about Health Care Policy and Ethics or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.