Course Summary
Credit Type:
45 hours (15 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Healthcare Policy and Law


The course objective is to participate in a survey course in U.S health policy and law. It begins by describing the basic machinery of policymaking and legal process that underpin the individual health care and public health systems and then turns to an exploration of many of the fundamental problems and contemporary issues in health policy and law.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the policymaking process and the legal system
  • Gain an understanding of the health care and public health systems
  • Gain an understanding of health care economics and financing and their relationship to health policymaking
  • Gain an understanding of federal health insurance programs and their connection to access to health care, the uninsured, and health reform
  • Gain an understanding of the basic legal concepts that underlie the health care and public health systems, including the legal rights and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the health care system and the extensive and complex role played by federal and state law in the protection of the public’s health
  • Gain an understanding of public health preparedness policy
  • Improve students’ analytic reasoning skills

General Topics:

  • Policy-making process
  • Overview of the legal system
  • United States healthcare system
  • Public health institutions and systems
  • Individual rights in health law
  • Social determinants of health
  • Role of law in promoting public health
  • Health insurance systems
  • Health economics and health law
  • Health reform
  • Government health insurance programs
  • Healthcare quality and health law
  • Public health preparedness law
  • Policy analysis
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Written discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston