Health Care Delivery In The United States – hcs310 (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of the various functions of the United States health care system. The historical evolution of health care is examined. The student is introduced to the various forms of provider models and service delivery systems found in private and public health sectors, including ambulatory care, acute, mental, and long-term care. The financing aspects of health care and their influence on health care delivery and quality are outlined.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Overview of the Health Care System

  • Identify factors that influence health care utilization.
  • Describe how the evolution of health care delivery in the United States affects the current health care system.

Health Care Workforce

  • Explain the health care education system within the United States.
  • Identify the roles of health care workers within the health care delivery system.
  • Examine the roles of the various organizations in the health care system.

Future Directions in the U.S. Health Care System

  • Examine current issues in health care delivery.
  • Discuss future trends in health care.

The Financial Aspects of Health Care Delivery

  • Examine health care costs in the United States.
  • Compare the types of health insurance.
  • Discuss models of managed care.

Health Care Continuum

  • Describe the relationship between components of the health care system continuum.

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