HCA 501 Health Care in America

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HCA 501 Health Care in America

3 Semester Units

Health Care in America provides a comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the US health system, from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Using a unique “systems” approach, it brings together an extraordinary breadth of information and a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Emphasize why it is important for health care managers to understand the intricacies of the health care delivery system.
  • Appreciate the implications of the above concepts for medical care delivery and for the promotion of health and prevention of disease.
  • Explore some of the recent developments and key forces that will likely shape the delivery of health services in the future.
  • Differentiate between the concepts of group insurance, self-insurance, individual health insurance, and managed care.
  • Develop an understanding of the various types of outpatient settings and services.
  • Analyze the future challenges in wellness and prevention, chronic care, and long-term care.


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