Health Policy


Health Policy and Reform


Spring Semester

Type of Course




Aims and Objectives

The aging population and an increasing demand for healthcare resources have generated political debate and scholarly interest in health care policy and health system reforms around the world. The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of the health care system, its components, and the policy challenges created by the organization of this system.

Course Contents

The topics covered include: demand for health and health care, the physician behavior and the supply of health care, health insurance and the related issues, medical institutions and the hospital market, public health programs and the role of government, the pharmaceutical industry and drug policy, health care reforms in US and China, etc. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be familiar with the main subjects and issues in this field, and be able to conduct independent research on the related topics.

Course Requirement

No disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.