HLT 244 - Healthcare in the United States

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Examines the history, structure and functions of healthcare in the United States. Discusses services, providers, settings, technologies, financing and regulation. Analyzes current issues and future directions of healthcare with respect to cost, access and quality of care.
(2-3 Cr.) Lecture 2-3 hours. Total 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the organization of the system of health care delivery in the United States. The course will be presented through the framework of the 4 basic components of health systems: financing, insurance, delivery, and payment. This course will allow students exploring careers, particularly those in health professions, to achieve an introductory knowledge of the infrastructure of the United States health care system.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None required at VCCS level

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to HLT 244

<- Show content outlines for all HLT courses