U.S. Health Care: Poverty and Policy Seminar

Social Concerns Seminar
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U.S. health care policy and reform has increasingly been at the center of public debate and discussion in recent years. Furthermore, the Catholic social tradition invites persons of good will to pursue a health care system that values the dignity of each person. This seminar invites participants to examine and assess our current and evolving healthcare system, explore the possibilities and direction of the future of U.S. health care, and investigate how modifications might move us toward a society that reflects care for the common good. As a point of comparison, this seminar will also evaluate international health care systems and challenges. In preparation, students will look at the complexities of integrating economics, policy, and health-related outcomes into a system that works toward the common good and especially toward those in poverty.

Students will travel to Washington, D.C. during Spring Break to spend time with policy makers, health care advocacy groups, medical professionals, and researchers. Additional examination will be paid to the following fundamental questions both in the pre-immersion classes and during site visits to various health care organizations and government agencies in Washington, D.C.:

  • Should health care be guaranteed? What services should be included?
  • Is health care a human right? Who should and/or deserves be covered?
  • Whose priorities are most important (patient, physician, hospital, insurance company, research and development)?
  • What are the most effective proposals for managing health care costs and needs?
  • What role should the Catholic Church play in advocating for institutional and policy positions that place human dignity at the center of the discussion?

We hope you will join us as we learn about and discuss the future of U.S. health care.

Things to note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This includes eating on a budget and making intentional decisions around time spent together as a team. Making choices like limiting internet usage is one that groups have made in the past. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details from your seminar leaders during preparation classes.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course.

Class Dates: TBD

Immersion Dates: Friday, March 8–Saturday, March 16, 2019 (these dates include the likely travel time which has yet to be arranged)

Social Issues: 
$300 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar (financial assistance available based on need)
Application Process: 
  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) Completed application and (2) Interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email)
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen after final application deadline.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first class (see seminar calendar of events)
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email seminars@nd.edu.
  • Application will be available in early November, 2018, and the deadline is January 16, 2019.

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