Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System

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Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with yo...
Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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In this course, you will learn about the structure, accomplishments, and shortcomings of the US healthcare system, and how those have prompted attempts at health policy and reform. You will also take part in a unique, national group exercise, designed to help you understand questions about the 2010 Affordable Care Act and how you can improve the US healthcare system.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 1 month ago
Very good course to gain a better understanding of the factors at play in our healthcare system. Good exposition of the facts and well-explained tests. Highly recommended.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
I would not take a course from this set of instructors again, because of how the teaching team handled it rather than content. The course finished. No grades. Minimal communications from course staff. Weeks go by. No response to increasingly agitated and numerous messages on the boards asking when grades will be issued. Months go by. No grades. A staff member finally came on and said hand grading the assignments took a long time. Um... yeah. With thousands of students hand grading isn't really an option. I can't figure out what Coursera was thinking to allow that, or what the staff was thinking to propose it. We finally got our certificates the third week of February, and many people are complaining that they were given an incorrect grade. The class was over in November. As far as content, the info presented was based on pretty limited assumptions, although what was presented within those constraints was very well done. There were so... I would not take a course from this set of instructors again, because of how the teaching team handled it rather than content. The course finished. No grades. Minimal communications from course staff. Weeks go by. No response to increasingly agitated and numerous messages on the boards asking when grades will be issued. Months go by. No grades. A staff member finally came on and said hand grading the assignments took a long time. Um... yeah. With thousands of students hand grading isn't really an option. I can't figure out what Coursera was thinking to allow that, or what the staff was thinking to propose it. We finally got our certificates the third week of February, and many people are complaining that they were given an incorrect grade. The class was over in November. As far as content, the info presented was based on pretty limited assumptions, although what was presented within those constraints was very well done. There were some really great discussions on the boards about all subjects, both within and without the given constraints.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
I took this class in Nov/Dec 2013 through Coursera. Overall, the course was both informative and also a disaster for those like myself who sought a Certificate of Accomplishment. Pros (what was good): I gained a framework to better understand the US healthcare system, better appreciating the perspectives of the four main players: patients, payers, providers, and public health. I grappled with what in healthcare is important to me -- and what is not -- in doing the "CHAT" exercises. It involved allocating (effectively rationing) scarce healthcare resources. For example, is more comprehensive primary care more valuable to you than cutting edge specialty treatments? You can't have them both. (Clearly, there is no "right" answer, just your answer.) For all of this, five of five stars. Kudos Dr. Davis and staff. Cons (the disaster): Grading took months, not weeks, and I and many others (judging from the discussion boards) received failing... I took this class in Nov/Dec 2013 through Coursera. Overall, the course was both informative and also a disaster for those like myself who sought a Certificate of Accomplishment. Pros (what was good): I gained a framework to better understand the US healthcare system, better appreciating the perspectives of the four main players: patients, payers, providers, and public health. I grappled with what in healthcare is important to me -- and what is not -- in doing the "CHAT" exercises. It involved allocating (effectively rationing) scarce healthcare resources. For example, is more comprehensive primary care more valuable to you than cutting edge specialty treatments? You can't have them both. (Clearly, there is no "right" answer, just your answer.) For all of this, five of five stars. Kudos Dr. Davis and staff. Cons (the disaster): Grading took months, not weeks, and I and many others (judging from the discussion boards) received failing grades (66.7%) even though we dutifully did all of the assignments. Assignments were ungraded. My grade of 66.7 suggests that they lost track of one of my three assignments. I guess. Who knows? If you want a Statement of Accomplishment, don't get your hopes up! Moreover, it would be crazy to pay money to take this class on Signature Track. For this disaster, zero of five stars. Final grade: 2.5 stars. P.S. It is possible that Dr. Davis / U Michigan / Coursera might fix this situation (grades were finally released today, months late), but I am not optimistic. EDIT -- READ THIS TOO: Coursera / U Michigan / Dr. Davis and company did address the problem, and did fix the grading, so that I and many others (judging from the class discussion forums) received the proper grade. Hurray!! Therefore, with this problem fixed, I am changing my overall rating to 5 stars.
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