Health Policy Principles in Changing Health Care Contexts
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for leadership in interprofessional collaborative endeavors to address health policy. This introductory course prepares learners to analyze and influence health policy and explores the role of nurse practitioners in the creation and modification of health policy. Current trends in health policy and the financing of healthcare delivery in the United States will be examined, including an evaluation of national healthcare expenditures and strategies for cost containment. The primary focus of this course is to prepare nursing leaders to become change agents with an emphasis on improving access to healthcare and eliminating health disparities. Learners will examine approaches used to advocate for healthcare equity on behalf of populations served and will be provided with an opportunity to design individual and organizational strategies to influence the policy-making process.