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300.651.81 INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Brad Herring
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
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 US

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated on a midterm and a final exam
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduate students are not permitted in this class
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses..

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail