Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, January 15, 2021

New courses include 3 on health policy

The La Follette School’s exciting growth continues, with several new undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, including three related to health policy. 

Associate Professor Christine Durrance and Assistant Professor Sam Trejo, both new to the La Follette School in 2020, will teach Introduction to Health Policy (PA 201, currently PA 274) and Discovering What Works in Health Policy (PA 281), respectively. At the graduate level, Faculty Associate Mary Michaud will teach Health Systems and Policy (PA 974). 

Two new adjunct associate professors also will be teaching for the La Follette School. David Rank will teach China's Rise and the Future of Foreign Policy (PA 974), and David Schmiedicke will teach Public Budgeting (PA 892).

A former acting ambassador to China, Rank served in several senior positions, including special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, during his 27-year career with the U.S. State Department. Schmiedicke has served as the City of Madison's finance director since July 2011, after serving as the State of Wisconsin budget director for nearly a decade.