Introduction To Health Care – hca210c (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of the United States health care system. The historical evolution of the business of health care is examined. The student will explore management concepts and workforce opportunities within the health care industry.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to University Resources

  • Identify university resources that support student success.

History and Overview of the U.S. Health Care System

  • Describe major historical events that have influenced the evolution of health care delivery in the United States.
  • Describe how demographic factors contribute to the delivery of health care in the United States.

Major Health Care Providers

  • Identify health care delivery providers that are involved in direct care.
  • Identify education, licensure, and certification requirements for major health care providers.


  • Describe the continuum of the health care workforce.
  • Identify ancillary services that support the health care industry.

The Business of Health Care

  • Describe major business functions of the health care industry.
  • Identify key management roles and functions.

Public Health and the Community

  • Define public health.
  • Describe the role and function of health care in the community.

Economic Costs of Health Care

  • Identify the payers involved in the health care system.
  • Explain the economic causes of health care spending and costs.

Technology in Health Care

  • Describe technological advances on health care.
  • Explain how electronic health records affect health care delivery.

Future Trends and Global Impact of Health Care

  • Identify future trends in health care.
  • Describe the global influence on health care.

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