EDU 275S: Leadership and the Changing Landscape of Health Care


Readers needed: professionals in medicine or other health care field, or professionals in economics with an interest in public health


  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA

This is a writing-in-the-discipline seminar course and will investigate the historical, social, political, economic, and ethical implications of health care in the United States. We will explore how other nations have taken in developing and funding health care resources. The course examines the educational preparation of health care providers historically as well as current calls for reform. Through reading and discussion, we will analyze health outcomes and contrast those outcomes with health care costs as well as implications for the future national economy. We will investigate proposed health care models, methods of training health care workers for an aging population, inequalities in distribution and the political and ethical implications of change. Finally, we will look at the trend to population health and value-based healthcare and how the US is prepared to function in a new model of care delivery. Although we will examine policy recommendations, it is not a policy course. Readings will come from multiple disciplines. The course is writing intensive and will include short weekly written reflections of assigned readings. A midterm paper will be an opinion piece, suitable for publication in a major medical journal (i.e., Health Affairs, JAMA, NEJM, Academic Medicine). The final presentation and project will identify state-level health issues, with proposals for five-year priorities.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing?

1. Mid-term: Opinion piece as found in general medical journals such as JAMA or New England Journal of Medicine

2. Final: Conference talk including PowerPoint presentation and related white paper on a current issue in public health. Assume that you are the health and human services director for the governor of any state that you choose. Describe the five largest health problems confronting your state and outline a five-year plan to address those problems. You must substantiate and reference those health problems and explain to the citizens of your state your reasons for your choices and how the health of the state will improve.

For whom?

1. readership of established peer reviewed medical journals (M.D., medical administrators, economists with a focus on healthcare related topics)

2. citizens at a town hall meeting or a conference

Where would such writing typically be found? medical journals, political press conferences, medical/health professionals conferences

Why would someone usually read it? professional interest, personal interest


Schedule pertaining to Student – Reader Interactions

Here are the deadlines for students in the Reader Project:

an introductory meeting by September 18, 2019

first meeting discussing the draft of the mid-term paper by October 6, 2019

second meeting discussing the final project presentation by November 26, 2019

Final paper due December 5, 2019

Syllabus for EDU 275S Fall 2019: EDU275S_SANGVAI_Changing Landscape 


Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More