Describe the local and global political, social, and economic factors that influence individual and public health to shape programs and policies.
This assignment will help you to achieve the following Course Objectives:
– describe the role of culture in health, illness, and healing and medical anthropology’s contributions to individual and public health in domestic and international contexts
– describe the local and global political, social, and economic factors that influence individual and public health to shape programs and policies
Your RESEARCH PAPER (4-5 pages) is an “authentic assessment”; that is, it asks you to complete tasks that anthropologists actually perform. This assignment is worth 25% of your overall grade. See the Course Schedule for Due Dates.
In this assignment you will build on the work you did for the Literature Review. You are expected to take the information you collected and analyzed in the Lit. Review and use it as the basis for an Argumentative/Persuasive Formal Essay (4-5 double-spaced pages).
You must include and integrate the following as part of your essay:
A brief Summary (with citations) of any anthropological work on the topic you can find in peer-reviewed journals (not websites unless it’s a peer-reviewed journal website) using the UMUC Library bibliographic Refer to your Literature Review as a baseline. You can add additional peer-reviewed sources beyond your Literature Review if necessary.
Theoretical Your theoretical orientation is your idea about what factors determine, influence, or shape your perspective and that are important to explain or better understand regarding your topic. In other words, it’s your theory about why things happen or why things are as they are. A theoretical orientation “…determines what questions get asked and how they get answered” (Brown and Barrett, Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, 2009, p. 2).
Your specific Research What do you want to know?
Your How will you answer your questions? What exactly will you do? If conducting mini-ethnography or interviews: Where will you do it? Who will you interview? How many people? What settings or groups will you compare?
Using the Internet, research on a series of topics that will help you understand the current issues regarding managed care. You can use keywords, such as (but not limited to) managed care, current trends and issues in managed care, pharmacy benefit management, or utilization management. Like many other aspects of health care, managed care is continually changing and evolving to meet current consumer and market demands. This week, you are required to write an essay on the following topics: • Pharmacy benefit management • Utilization management Use the following guidelines for developing your essay: • Select at least two articles for each topic from the SUO library, and write a review for each source of information. • Present a summary for each topic tying together the information learned about that topic. • Describe and evaluate the market forces, current trends, and changes in drug benefit programs over the last fifteen years. • Discuss basic approaches and techniques used in utilization management. • Analyze the future of utilization management approaches. How might they change and why? • Justify your ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from reputable and scholarly texts, websites, and other references. Based on your research, summarize your findings on the selected topics and compile your observations in a 5-page Microsoft Word document. Support your responses with examples. Cite any sources in APA format.