Health Care Delivery In The U. S. –


(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, 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 to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Overview of the Health Care System

  • Describe how the evolution of health care delivery in the United States affects the current health care system.

  • Identify factors that influence health care utilization.

The Financial Aspects and Stakeholders of Health Care Delivery

  • Examine health care costs in the United States.

  • Compare types of health insurance.

  • Identify roles of various stakeholders in the health care industry.

Health Care Workforce

  • Explain the health care education system within the United States.

  • Describe the types of providers and services available in health care.

  • Examine the healthcare workforce from an industry perspective.

Health Care Continuum

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

  • Describe the characteristics of an integrated delivery system.

Future Directions in the U.S. Health Care System

  • Examine current issues in health care delivery.

  • Discuss future trends in health care.

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