Description: It is a societal imperative that we improve the quality of health for all Americans while reducing the cost. In so doing, we must move from a reactionary, disease driven, hospital-dominated model to one that creates the appropriate level of incentives and health delivery infrastructure so that patients embrace strategies to prevent disease and promote healthy living and behavior. What is Population Health and what role do individuals, executive branch agencies, and non-profits play in the protection and promotion of positive health outcomes? How are health outcomes assessed? In this introductory course, we will examine the way health care delivery systems, public health agencies, community-based organizations, and many other entities work together to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the local, national, and global communities they serve. We will first learn to examine health issues from a population health perspective.
Learning Outcomes: 1. Understand the challenges of creating a culture of wellness and the important role this plays in sustaining population health initiatives 2. Appreciate the promise of a improving population health 3. Identify the various components that make up the current spectrum of care in the United States 4. Familiarize ourselves with the various policy initiatives at the Federal and State level directed at health promotion and wellness 5. What are the legal implications of health reform 6. Explain the political landscape for shaping the dialogue 7. Explore how can we evolve our current education system to support the tenants of population health 8. Understand the role of behavior change and behavioral economics to improve the health of populations 9. Describe the various health advocacy and assistance programs available to patients and how these are delivered 10. Understand the key health drivers, cost and care implications of moving from acute to chronic care models 11. Explain the concepts of quality and safety in the context of population health 12. Appreciate the powerful role of health information technology in shaping the population health experience 13. Learn about key metrics for decision support in making healthcare decisions 14. Explore several successful models of population health in action 15. Appreciate the role of marketing and communication in successfully implementing population health initiatives