Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System

An overview of the U.S. health care system and how it impacts providers and consumers, this course covers regulatory, financial, and technological issues. Students learn trends and political impacts on the health care system.

What you can learn.

  • Understand the history and current state of the U.S. health care system
  • Identify the major environmental influences and issues affecting the health care system
  • Understand emerging trends for health care
  • Analyze and interpret the impact of events and decisions on the health care system
  • Discuss the complexity and alignment of major subsystems of the health care system

About this course:

The U.S. health care system operates in an intense, dynamic, and complex environment. Today's health care professionals are expected to understand the key components of this system, including its environment and emerging trends. This course covers an overview of the health care system, components of the system (public, private, regulatory, and health care professionals), how we pay for health care, how health care is delivered, health care from the consumer's perspective, and emerging health care issues in the 21st century (e-medicine, quality measurement, patient safety, and technology). Students analyze the impact of events and political decisions on the health care system from both a provider and a consumer point of view.

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