This course examines the process of changing health policy. It builds on students’ existing knowledge of the health care system and policy issues. The course focuses on how public policy is developed and shaped. How policy changes are initiated and implemented through interest groups, advocacy groups and the political environment is also studied, as well as how they shape the actions of policy makers and policy-making bodies. By the end of the course, students are able to distinguish different sources of health policy, explain the roles of interest groups in shaping policy change and analyze current examples.