Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Professor of Health Care Management
  • Professor of Family and Community Health

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    Topic Pair: Improving Global Population Health & Health Disparities to Equity The first half of this course will review the causes of and policy approaches for health disparities and relate them to the specific discipline of each student. We will explore health equity within the context of population health while examining strategies for improving health equity through case studies and policy analysis. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify health disparities and social determinants of health that adversely affect populations' health and apply strategies for improving health equity and creating opportunities for all populations to live up to their full health potential. The second half of this course pair will apply an economics perspective to topics related to health in low- and middle-income countries and examine policy solutions to improving population health in these countries. Through a mix of lecture, discussion, and student presentations we will review key questions in global health. We will address these questions through an exploration of empirical investigations of the impact of various policies on health issues including immunization and malnutrition in children, malaria prevention, and HIV prevention. Upon course completion, you will be able to appraise key health policy issues in low- and middle-income countries This course will review major issues related to the delivery of health services in low- and middle-income countries. The course will examine trends in health-related foreign aid; assess the performance of major donor-funded health initiatives; and review efforts of countries such as Brazil, India, and South Africa to improve the health of their populations through initiatives such as eexpanded health insurance. In addition, this course will analyze the demand- and supply-side barriers to improving health in low-income countries while also reviewing innovative service delivery models and behavioral interventions. Upon completing the course, students will have abetter understanding of prominent health initiatives in developing countries, the financing and delivery of health services, and innovative solutions that have the potential to be implemented at scale in the future.


    This introductory course takes a policy and politics angle to health care's three persistent issues - access, cost and quality. The roles of patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies will be established. The interaction between the government and these different groups will also be covered. Current national health care policy initiatives and the interests of class members will steer the specific topics covered in the course. The course aims to provide skills for critical and analytical thought about the U.S. health care system and the people in it. No pass/fail. Grade only.


    This course will explore the effects of the changing health care environment on the physician, patient and health care manager. It is intended for any undergraduate with an interest in how 1/6th of the American economy is organized as well as those planning careers as health care providers and managers. The course complements other health care courses (that take a societal perspective) by focusing on the individuals who participate in the health care enterprise. There are no prerequisites, as the course will stand on its own content. The course will be divided into modules that focus on the participants of the health care process and the process itself. We will analyze the patient, the doctor, and manager in light of the patient-doctor interaction, the turbulent health care marketplace, expensive new technologies,resource allocation, and ethics.


    Arranged with members of the Faculty of the Health Care Systems Department. For further information contact the Department office, Room 204, Colonial Penn Center, 3641 Locust Walk, 898-6861.

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