Tags: Access and Affordability
, Excellence and Discovery in the Health System
Professor Matthew Davis developed the Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System MOOC to explain the principles and challenges of the US healthcare system to broad audiences in an accessible, widely available format. The materials of the course are designed to meet the needs and expectations of learners from a wide array of experiences, with health professionals especially being able to benefit from completion of the course. Through this MOOC, students learn about the structure, accomplishments and shortcomings of the US healthcare system and how they have prompted attempts at health policy and reform. In addition, a unique group exercise helps students understand the 2010 Affordable Care Act and the core structure and accomplishments of the US healthcare system. From the course materials and engaged learning practices students gain a deep understanding of the US healthcare system and its effects on a personal, professional and international scale. In addition, the course inspired the development of U-M’s first “residential MOOC” focused on the same topic which was made available to the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint U-M campuses and included a multidisciplinary, face to face component to further the engaged learning experience. Over 800 members from a wide range of disciplines across the U-M community enrolled in the residential session.