Course Description

How do we know if a health policy or program is having its desired effect? Survey the fundamental concepts and methods of study design through engaging, brief lecture videos and real-world examples by Amol Navathe—a recognized expert in addressing health care challenges through policies. Then apply your learning to evaluate health policy and programs at a national or local level, or in your workplace.

Specific course topics include:

  • approaches to evaluation, establishing comparisons, and mitigating the effects of common biases
  • determining the validity of a study
  • common methodologies, including randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs
  • applying these methodologies in areas such as health insurance, food policy, and hospital operations
A sample video from the course Evaluating Health Policy and Programs, taught by Amol Navathe, MD, PhD.
LECTURE VIDEO SAMPLE: A lecture excerpt about randomized controlled trials, from Evaluating Health Policy and Programs

Available Course Dates: March 3-April 6, 2020

Estimated Hours/Week: 8

What You Will Learn and DO

This course is designed to help you address questions such as:

  • What approaches are available to study the impact of policy and programmatic change?
  • What are the best methodologies for a given situation, and how can we assess their strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do I manage and advise on the evaluation of real-world health policies and programs?

Who Takes This Course

Clinicians, administrators, and IT professionals who are interested in measuring the impact of proposed health care programs and policies through practical research. Gain a solid foundation for leading and advising on policy evaluations.

Researchers who are interested in engaging organizational stakeholders, and more effectively communicating about complex data, evaluation methods, and results. Gain practical language to make a case for evaluation in real-world settings.

Meet the Faculty

Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD

Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Navathe served as Managing Director, Healthcare for the firm Navigant, where he led the Academic Medical Center, Value Transformation, and Analytic Services practices. Dr. Navathe is a practicing physician, health economist, and engineer with expertise in delivery transformation and policy design. His thought leadership led to founding the new disciplinary academic journal Health Care: the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation and serving as its Co-Editor-in-Chief, as well as serving as Founding Director of the Foundation for Healthcare Innovation. His work on improving health care costs and quality has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Services Research, American Journal of Managed Care, and other leading academic journals. Dr. Navathe completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; post-graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and obtained his Ph.D. in Health Care Management and Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

His work has focused on two core areas: (1) provider economic behavior, including incentive design and behavioral economics, and (2) applications of informatics to address health services research questions. These streams include a mix of pragmatic clinical trials and observational data analyses. Current areas of focus include bundled payments, applications of behavioral economics to physicians and non-physician clinicians, and peer comparisons. His work in advanced health data analytics and technology to improve health care delivery has been implemented at numerous large health systems. He has also applied his skills to federal policy for health care evidence development and data infrastructure. Dr. Navathe’s technical expertise focuses on the use of claims and clinical data to measure the costs, quality and appropriateness of care, making inferences on clinical care delivery highly relevant to analysis of health system performance and policy design. He also has deep experience with large-scale government-led projects, having served as Medical Officer and Senior Program Manager for the $1B federal Comparative Effectiveness Research program, and with informatics and information technology to support health care delivery. 

Dr. Navathe is inspired to transform health care delivery for his patients. As a practicing physician, he sees the complexity and hardships of health care financing and delivery in a very personal way.  He is inspired by his patients on a day-to-day basis and hopes that his work will improve their lives and those of Americans nationwide.

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