Feb 29, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 500 - United States Healthcare Systems

Provides a comprehensive overview of the overlapping health care systems in the United States. It describes and assesses the various system levels and components, as well as the interrelationship of these elements to the total organization of public policy and health services delivery. The student is expected to understand the biological, behavioral, cultural, and organizational factors affecting the use, organization, and outcomes of health services. The roles of hospitals, health personnel, public health agencies, payers, and regulators are examined. Current system dilemmas and issues are identified.

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: 

  • Understand all the primary aspects of health care administration necessary to be an effective administrator of health care systems, and determine in which areas you would like to pursue additional education and experience, as well as a foundation for your future course work. 
  • Identify the foundations of the U.S. health care system, including the primary components, recent and past developments that have led to the evolution of the system, and how the system in the United States compares to that of other countries. 
  • Evaluate the resources required for the provision of health services. These include technology, health care professionals, and financing. 
  • Describe the types of services available in health care, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care.  
  • Analyze how cost, access to services , and quality all work together to determine the effectiveness of the system. 
  • Understand how health policy is formulated and how stakeholders shape the system.

Credits: 3

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