Oct 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 205 - American Healthcare Systems

This course provides an introduction and overview of the United States healthcare system. The overview includes the concepts of health and healthcare, including consumer healthcare-seeking behaviors. The course describes the roles of government and the private sector, and the varied, constantly changing levels of care in the U.S. health system. Included in this course is information about future healthcare reform as it relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

Prerequisites & Notes

Assignment Overview
Term-based with weekly lessons and a final

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Understand the history and basic nature of the United States healthcare system.
  • Explain the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on the provision of healthcare services.
  • Describe the current operations of healthcare systems in general.
  • Explain the role of the government in healthcare services and the responsibility for public health.
  • Contrast inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Describe the roles of the healthcare workforce in the U.S.
  • Explain the financing of U.S. healthcare services.
  • Identify the impact of managed care on the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Explain the importance of information technology in healthcare. 
  • Discuss healthcare law and ethics and their impact on healthcare services and providers.
  • Describe the way in which mental health issues impact the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system.

Credits: 3 Offered: February, May, August, and November

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