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BA 685  -  International Business Immersion: Healthcare Delivery in Emerging Markets
Instructor:  Paul Clyde (pclyde@umich.edu)
This is an experiential course in which students immerse themselves in the world of international business.  This year the course is focused on health care in emerging markets.  The course will open with 7 weeks of research and discussion of (1) the role of health care in emerging markets, (2) different approaches to providing health care in emergin markets, and (3) the challenges facing these institutions.  As part of this discussion, students will form teams each of which will be investigating a particular health care institution in an emerging market in preparation for an immersion week at that instituation during Spring Break.  During the immersion week, the student team will conduct interviews and gather data to address a specific business issue identified by the health care institution.  During the last six weeks of the course, the class will learn about different emerging markets, different business models and different challenges faced by health care institutions in emerging markets as each team presents its findings to the rest of the class.  By application only - informational session 10/28
Fall A
Winter A
BE 518  -  Business of Biology
Instructors:  David Canter (canterd@med.umich.edu); Elizabeth Barry (lizbarry@umich.edu)
The objective in this interdisciplinary graduate course is to explore the intersections between science, technology, commerce and social policy as they come together to advance (and in some cases retard) progress toward more personalized health care.  The course is intended for graduate students in medicine, public health, law, engineering, and business interested in the future of health care.  It is designed to provide a framework to enhance the understanding of the complex scientific and socioeconomic trends, opportunities and challenges that are taking place in the rapidly evolving field of personalized medicine, molecular diagnostics, and targeted therapeutics (2.25 credits)
BE 523  -  Competitive Health Care Strategies
Instructor:  David Butz (dabutz@dabanalytics)
This course provides a data driven, rapid-fire, comprehensive survey of health care issues and strategy as seen from the varying perspectives of the industry's primary stakeholders: patients, physicians, other caregivers, health system executives, employers and managed care companies, policymakers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other vendors.  The course begins with the core physician-patient transaction and from this underlying relationship builds a model of health care delivery and financing around which these varying perspectives are framed.  For example, we will examine the strategies followed by these different players vis-a-vis costly new medical technology, such as cochlear implant or sepsis medication.  The course includes brief historical accounts, but focuses on today's pressing challenges and future opportunities, including technology and globalization (2.25 credits)
TO 563  -  Innovation in Global Health Deliver: Strategies for Enhancing Growth and Improving Access in Emerging Markets
Instructors:  Ravi Anupindi (anupindi@umich.edu); Prashant Yadav (yadavp@umich.edu)
New business models built around operational efficiency offer tremendous potential to improve people's health worldwide.  This course will examine how innovations in business models, operations, financing and supply chains are allowing far more people to access better quality healthcare.  The course draws extensively on real-world case studies and the latest research in this field.  Class sessions will feature thought leaders from the field of global health delivery and involve lively debates on important topics.  Concepts and approaches from strategy, operations, finance, and supply chain management will be used to understand what determines success and failure of businesses that seek to provide healthcare to low income populations.  While there will be a strong emphasis on global health, some of the concepts will be applicable more generally to product and service delivery in emerging markets (1.5 credits)
ES 720A  -  Commercialization in Biomedicine
Instructor:  Erik Gordon (rmegordo@umich.edu)
This interdisciplinary course introduces graduate students to the key issues faced by companies attempting to bring science and technology innovations in biomedical therapeutics, devices, and diagnostics to market.  Because the details of doing this change, the course will present not just current practices, but also the rationales behind those practices and more general, analytic frameworks that students will be able to use when specific industry conditions change.  Issues include understanding and reaching biomedical markets, regulation, financing, risk, organizational configurations, and alliances.  Students will understand the various ways commercialization is done and the reasons why it is done those ways (1.5 credits)
Fall B
Winter B
BE 608  -  Health Care Markets and Public Policies
Instructor:  Tom Buchmueller (tbuch@umich.edu)
This course will provide an overview of the economics of health and health insurance markets and the interplay between public policy and market competition.  We will begin by developing an economic framework for evaluating market outcomes and public policies aimed at increasing coverage, controlling costs, and improving quality.  In doing so, we will consider how health care and health insurance differ from other goods, what these differences mean for economic efficiency, and how public policies are designed to address issues of market failure.  Particular attention will be paid to the Affordable Care Act and its potential effects on insurance markets, employers, and health care providers (1.5 credits)
BE 648  -  Health Care Markets in Low-Income Countries
Instructor:  Ach Adhvaryu (adhvaryu@umich.edu)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of health care markets in low-income countries.  We will draw heavily on concepts from economics to study: (1) how consumers (patients) seek and pay for health care in low-income contexts, and what barriers prevent them from adopting beneficial health products; (2) gaps in health care provision, and how private-sector business models could improve access to care while making a profit; and (3) the global supply of essential medicines, from R&D to 'the last mile'.  Class time will be split evenly-half interactive lectures, half small-group case studies.  Students will also work in groups to develop a written product proposal, and pitch their product/strategy during the class's final meeting (1.5 credits)
BE 688  -  Washington DC Residential on Health Care Policy and Politics
Instructor:  Tom Buchmueller (tbuch@umich.edu)
Although the US has the most market-oriented health care system in the world, government involvement in health care is pervasive.  As a result, it is important for students who are interested in a career in health care to understand key health care policy issues as well as the institutional and political context in which these policies are crafted.  The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to these issues.  The course is centered on a weeklong residential in Washington DC, where we will attend presentations by a broad range of experts, representing a diversity of organizational and political perspectives.  The speakers will include a member of Congress, policy analysts from the White House and various government agencies, think tanks, the media and lobbying and advocacy organizations.
The trip to Washington will be from May 5-9, 2014.  Students can register for this course in the Winter or Spring semester.  This course does not conflict with MAP.  Students who are graduating can take this as a Winter semester course (3 credits)


Public Policy
Public Health
Socioeconomic Policy and Health Policy
Efforts at Health Care Reform in the U.S.
Health Economics and Public Policy
Public Health in Developing Countries
Health Insurance in America
Genetics and Biotechnology Policy
The Politics of Health Policy
Issues in Child and Family Health Policy
Introduction to Biostatistics
EHS 500
Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
EPID 506
Health of Nations:  Introduction to International Health
EPID 511
Introduction to Public Health Genetics
Issues in Public Health Ethics
HMP 600
The Health Services System I
HMP 602
Survey of the U.S. Health Care System
HMP 605
Health Information Technology
HMP 615
Introduction to Public Health Policy
LAW 588
Health Care Fraud & Abuse
LAW 684
Health Law and Policy