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2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 205 - American Health Care Systems

An overview of American health care systems that includes an historical perspective of their growth and development, and an assessment and analysis of their current status and future prospects. It provides a basic understanding of diverse and complex subsystems; respective professional and allied health roles; conflicts and contributions in the political, legislative and economic domains, and their complex interdependencies.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 4 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

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

  • Assimilate your experiential learning as a health care professional and/or consumer with the reading, to grasp the complexities, benefits, and barriers to health care in the United States. 
  • Understand the concepts of health and health care as they relate to the U.S. Health Care System outcomes and individual health care seeking behaviors. 
  • Compare the U.S. health status to other industrialized countries. 
  • Describe individual attributes and other factors affecting health care seeking behaviors in the United States. 
  • Discuss the public health responsibilities of local, state, and federal government. 
  • Understand the impact of competition and regulation on health care quality. 
  • Explain the benefits and barriers to health care usage created by different types of health insurance. 
  • Describe the various levels of health care along the continuum of care in the U.S. Health Care System. 
  • Learn why the U.S. Health Care System encourages care of the sick rather than prevention of illness. 
  • Describe the types of care the Health Planning Commission attempts to ensure for all residents. 
  • Explain at least two critical issues facing the U.S. Health Care System. 

Credits: 3

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