Health Systems


Units: 6


Health Systems is a foundational course that introduces students to many of the broad subjects that will be detailed in more advanced course work. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the health care delivery system and the stakeholders involved in providing care and treatment. You will gain an understanding of many complexities within the US health care system, including (but not limited to) applicable professional principles for those in health care, the role of government, quality improvement initiatives, and concepts related to health equity.  Case studies, small group discussions, scholarly readings, and videos will demonstrate the importance of dynamics within health care delivery systems and the myriad motivations of stakeholders involved in the healing process.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to 1) Understand the history, milestones, and current models of US health care delivery, 2) Recognize strengths and weaknesses of various reimbursement models, 3) Comprehend the health care inequities and their consequences in the US, 4) Understand initiatives to improve health care and what such endeavors mean for the future. Each of these objectives will be assessed through class participation, presentations, and papers.

Prerequisites Description