Healthcare in America

Course Description

Together we will study our current healthcare system including how we arrived at the current state and consider the confluence of business, political and environmental obstacles that could stand in the way of changing the American healthcare system. Together we will dive into issues with pressing and contemporary relevance to healthcare, including substance use and opioids, gun violence, nutrition and food politics, housing and environmental justice, technology, health equity, behavioral health, and evolving models of care.

We will use a variety of methods to learn from and connect with professionals across many disciplines including former legislators, institutional and industry leaders, authors, and academics. We will balance broad perspectives with expert insight on major topics that uniquely shape the experience of health and wellness in America.

This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers. You will be asked to assume the role of healthcare leaders in America and present on changes to American healthcare that you would implement in the hope of making healthcare more equitable, cost-effective, and efficient.

By the end of the course, you will:
• Understand the history of the American healthcare system and various other systems around the world
• Articulate the obstacles preventing changes within healthcare
• Have a plan for starting a career in health policy

Students who take this course will be interested in understanding not only the forces that shape our world but also learning strategies on how to impact and affect change.


There are no prerequisites to this class, although an interest in medicine/public health would be very helpful.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A and 2 afternoon class sessions per week
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Tsikata Apenyo
Course Number: 10349