UVa. to Offer Free Online Lectures on Health Care Topics

Dec. 19, 2013

The Department of Public Health Sciences in the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine is offering a free webinar course to students and community members to help people understand the current state of health care.

The 14-week series, which begins Jan. 23, will offer one-hour discussions with experts on topics ranging from health care spending, on both a national and international perspective, to patient safety and challenges facing hospitals.

The series, which is open to the public and funded by the Center for Health Policy within the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, includes students from within the UVa. community and other universities as well. UVa. has partnered with Cornell, Vanderbilt and the University of Texas at Austin for the series.

Students at the partner universities, as well as about 30 students from UVa., use the webinar as a supplement to a regular, in-person course in which students meet at their respective schools for a lecture and discussion on the topics at hand.

While guest lecturers choose the topic of conversation that guides the weekly webinars based on their expertise, they don’t come in with a prepared lecture but instead promote the community classroom experience by taking questions from students and guiding discussions based on their classroom audience.

The series does not include tests on material covered in the webinar. However, students are asked to complete weekly readings in preparation for the week’s guest lecturers and are offered the opportunity to ask questions of the guest lecturers based on their readings.

Email Carolyn Engelhard, the Director of UVa. Health Policy Program, to sign up at cle6z@virginia.edu


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