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One part examines the challenges facing the United States in the area of healthcare: how does the nation balance the challenges of insuring the uninsured, reducing disparities, ensuring access to high-quality care, while ensuring that innovations that are valuable continue to be developed. Another part considers the political dynamics of modern western democracies with regard to major social policies. It focuses on how policies, for example in the arena of health care, move through agenda-setting, legislation, and implementation. Prerequisite: Normally limited to students who have taken SUP-921, but if space permits others with appropriate background may enroll with the permission of the instructor. Readings require at least two semesters of statistics or equivalent experience.
Also offered by the Sociology Department as Soc 296b.