Time: Wednesdays, 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: 324 Clark Building
Exploration of health economics, financing, insurance theory and contemporary trends in health care organization, management and administration.
This course introduces students to the American Health Care System and provides an opportunity to analyze the diverse components comprising the system. The historical evolution and development of health services in the U.S. will be presented in order to set the stage for exploring the current organization of health services. Interplay between cost, quality and access, as well as values and ethics in health care will be explored. In addition, the characteristics of health services utilization relative to the principal categories of disease and illness that lead to use of health care services will be addressed.
This course will also help students analyze the major components of the system in order to describe how provider settings, health service providers, financial resources, technology, and the government interact for the purpose of meeting and serving the health care needs of the American people. Activities to provide international comparison of health systems will be conducted. Monitoring current health reform efforts and its implications will be also emphasized.