Doctoral students experience health policymaking up close
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.
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