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Health Policy and Economics Final Project

Health Policy and Economics Final Project

This assignment is due on Day 1 of Week 8.

Using the texts from the course and outside academic sources, students will submit a 12 page, double spaced, paper on a pre-approved health policy topic.  All proposed topics, with a brief abstract, will be submitted to the instructor prior to week four for approval.  Topics must have a public policy aspect to it and involve a public policy issue discussed in the course.

Approved outside web sources that may be used for this paper include the following:

Kaiser Family Foundation


Health Affairs


Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law


Commonwealth Fund


Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing


This is not a complete list of possible sources. You should access the UC online library database of Healthcare journals as well.  If using sources not on this list or available through the library, they must be academic in nature.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze a policy issue featuring comparisons of alternative approaches to a policy problem.  The following format may be helpful in researching and formulating your paper:

Part I – Definition, Scope, and Description of the problem (1 to 2 pages)

Part II – Goals (1 page is ideal 2 pages maximum)

The goals are statements of the results you wish to see with your proposed solutions.  Each goal should be applicable to each policy proposal.

Part III – Policy Proposals (4 to 5 pages)

Each policy proposal should describe an idea which constitutes a possible solution to the issue defined in part I.  At least two solutions should be proposed.  Specify the essential features of your proposed policies.

Part IV – Policy Analysis (5 to 6 pages)

Analyze the proposed policies against the goals outlined in part II.  Describe how your proposal is a better alternative to the current policy in place and give each policy proposal equal analysis.  Compare and contrast the proposed policies to the current policy and to each other.

Part V – Conclusion (1 page)

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