Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System

Fall 2017

The fall 2017 Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is designed to provide U-M students from a wide variety of backgrounds an asynchronous, engaging, practical, and interactive way to understand the U.S. healthcare system and gain insight about how they can improve the system. This 6 week course uses a mix of video-based lectures, online moderated discussion forums, and in-person group work to introduce learners to the main topics related to the historically complex U.S. healthcare system, including: 

  • The Main Players in Healthcare
  • U.S. Presidents and the History of U.S. Healthcare Reform
  • Private and Public Payers in the U.S. Healthcare System
  • Designing Benefits in a Health Plan - CHAT® Simulation
  • The future of the U.S. Healthcare System 

The course draws on a diverse knowledge and expertise of the members of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), with over 38 members contributing to video lectures or leading in-person group discussions on the Choosing Healthplans All Together (CHAT®) exercise. With over 400 students participating in the course each year, students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including undergraduate, graduate, medical, and dental students. Students can participate in the course as either an open learner or for 1 credit. 

The fall 2017 program begins on Monday October 9, 2017 and runs through Friday, November 17, 2017. Students should expect minimal course work with approximately 3 to 4 hours of work each week. There is also a one-time, 90-minute in-person discussion seminar which will take place in November.   

Program Leadership: 

MOOC originally developed by: 
Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.
Michael Rubyan, M.P.H.