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Invitation to a US Health Policy MOOC

Posted by John McDonough  March 25, 2014 08:35 AM

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So I just found out on Monday that is stopping its "community voices" blog series on Monday of next week, including (sniff, sniff) Health Stew.

Will you miss me?

Well, for a little while, you don't have to.ph210x_banner608x211.jpg

Starting April 7th, I will be the host and occasional lecturer for a new HarvardX "Massive Open Online Course" (MOOC) called an Introduction to US Health Policy. Over ten weeks, 20 55-minute lectures will feature an array of Harvard and other health policy stars, including:

Joe Newhouse and Nancy Kane on Medicare;
Kate Baicker and Ben Sommers on Medicaid;
Ashish Jha, Atul Gawande, Lucian Leape, Sara Singer, Arnie Epstein on quality;
Meredith Rosenthal on health care financing;
Kathy Swartz on private health insurance and long term care policy;
Michelle Mello on medical malpractice and liability;
Jerry Avorn on pharmaceutical policy;
Bob Blendon on public opinion;
Mary Lou Sudders (BC) on behavioral health policy;
Christine Reidy and Mary Tavares on oral health policy;
Peter Berman on the global impact of US health policy;
Karen Donelan on the US health care workforce;

and more...

Why are we doing this?

I do a lot of talking across the country about health reform and the Affordable Care Act, and a lot of conversations go like this:

Audience: "Why is so hard to understand Obamacare?"
Me: "How well do you think you understand the US health system to begin with?"
Audience: "Not well."
Me: "If you don't understand the system, then it is much harder to understand its reform."

We hope this course will help people all around the globe to understand U.S. health policy and its many controversies to develop more informed opinions on future developments. Please consider this a personal invitation from me to you to sign up and take part. No tuition, no fees, no advertisements -- just the straight stuff.

And my Health Stew swan song -- coming up shortly.

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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »


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