Introduction to Healthcare Organizations & Policy

4 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal is to increase students’ knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues from both management and policy perspectives. The major structural/system issues include the “big three,” access, quality, and financing, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Other system topics include the uninsured, hospitals, providers, safety net systems of care, the Veterans Administration Health System, and public health. The course applies learning techniques that are highly interactive, encourages discussion and debate, and prompts learners to seek out their own answers to complex problems in our health care system.