New Course: “Transformation of Healthcare” Winter 2016

Looking to add a course for Winter 2016? Read on to learn about this exciting new class:

US healthcare is undergoing a massive change, a change that will proceed in a complicated and contentious manner over years.  Constructive engagement in this process will require innovators to understand the forces driving change and the implications for new technologies, business models or public policies


Course Overview:

  • Title: Transformation of Healthcare: Forces, Directions, and Implications for
  • Course Number: BioE 599 I, SLN: 11305
  • Credits/Grading: 2 credits: Credit/No Credit
  • Instructor: Lee Huntsman, Professor, Bioengineering
  • Timing: Tuesday afternoons 2:30 PM to 4:20 PM, Winter Quarter 2015
  • How to Register: You will need to contact the instructor for an entry code, at

Course Description:

“Transformation of Healthcare” is a course for senior undergraduate and graduate students who wish an introduction to the history, contemporary realities and emerging directions of healthcare.  Students will be expected to glean essential points from the text, interact with visiting experts and present an analysis of a current attempt to innovate in healthcare.

Course Format:

  • Weeks 1-6: Discussion of reading material
  • Week 7: Team meetings with instructor
  • Weeks 8-10: Team presentations of health innovation case studies


  • Text: Emanual: Reinventing American Health Care: 2014
  • Web Links
  • Suggested innovation case study topics

Class Sequence:

  1. Overview of health care history
  2. Components of contemporary healthcare
  3. Health care financing
  4. Forces driving change
  5. Affordable Care Act
  6. Emerging directions of change
  7. Team meetings with instructor
  8. -10. Team presentations of contemporary attempt at healthcare innovation
    1. 20 minutes + 10 minutes of Q & A
    2. Description of problem addressed
    3. Approach taken
    4. Alignment with current realities and forces
    5. Analysis of prognosis for impact

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