Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System

Winter 2017



Students registering for PUBHLTH 626 will be prompted to select a 90-minute in-person discussion seminarThis seminar will only meet once during the course.




The winter 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 through SPH 626. 

The winter 2017 program begins on Monday January 16, 2017 and runs through Friday, February 24, 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 mid-February.   

Program Leadership: 

  • Susan Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. – Faculty Lead
  • Trish Meyer, Ed.M. - IHPI Strategic Initiatives Manager
  • Michael Rubyan, M.P.H. - Course Producer
  • Jason Wolfe, M.A. - IHPI Associate Project Manager – Course Manager 

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