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300.651.11 INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Focuses on the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Contrasts the private and public sectors and examines the effects of market competition and government regulation. Examines the ways that medical providers are paid, and explores the major issues currently facing physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Also discusses several potential small and large scale reforms to the U.S. healthcare system and evaluates their likely effects on healthcare spending, quality of care, and access to care.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe basic economic concepts related to health insurance coverage
Explain how both private health insurance and public health insurance are financed
Explain the ways in which private and public health insurers reimburse medical providers
Compare and contrast private and public models of financing and delivery of healthcare services
Define basic characteristics about the hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical drug industries
Explain how nonprofit status, competition, quality, and safety affect medical providers
Discuss the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations
Evaluate how specific policy proposals will likely affect access to care and healthcare spending
Analyze how the political process affects how healthcare reform is undertaken in the U.S.

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated on an in-class written exam and a four-page memo assignment
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tue 06/18/2013 - Fri 06/21/2013
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: Preference will be given to academic credit registrants
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015