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Doctoral students experience health policymaking up close

Students in MUSC's Executive Doctoral Program in Health Administration and Leadership recently spent a week in Washington, D.C., meeting national health policymakers, administrators and advocates.
Dennis White, from left, Taher Giaedi, Melissa Freeland, Rep. John Lewis, Kenya Logan, Dr. Walter Jones, Stan Healy and Salvador Esparza.

As part of the seminar in National Health Policy, a required course taught by Walter Jones, Ph.D., in the College of Health Professions’ Doctorate in Health Administration program, the trip provides an opportunity to see health policymaking up close. Doctoral students, who are also working upper-level health administrators and analysts, take the seminar during their last year of coursework.
During the five days, they visit and interact with representatives from  federal health agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies, the Veterans Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In addition, they meet health quality researchers at the Institutes of Medicine , and policy advocates for the American Hospital Association. Additionally, a “challenge” feature in the course requires each student to set up his or her own visit to another significant health policy association or agency, and then report back their findings to the class.
The trip culminates with a visit to Capitol Hill, where students talked with senators, representatives and their congressional staff members. This year, the class had a session with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC-District 3), and Representative John Lewis (D-GA-District 5). Both are key health policy players, and provided insights into the debate regarding health reform. 


Friday, Aug. 21, 2009

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