This course examines how health policy and politics at national, state, and local levels influence access to, cost, and quality of healthcare. Students will be introduced to a variety of health issues and related policy concepts and ideas as well as the government institutions, decision-making processes, and political actors which create health policy in the United States. The primary focus of this course will be to familiarize students with the sociopolitical environment influencing national health policy development including coverage of: health care financing, economics, and administration; health system structure; healthcare reform; the role of public opinion and special interest groups; and political leadership. Specific policy issues which substantively influence health services delivery in Oregon also will be discussed. 3 credits.