PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy

Course Descripton and Competencies:
Against the background of changes in population health‚ this course introduces the history‚ organization‚ financing and regulation of medical and public health services in the United States. Special emphasis is placed on the social and behavioral factors that shape health‚ inequalities in health and health services. A central theme in this course is the tension between the need for health care organizations to position themselves for success in the changing economic environment and the basic public health principles of access‚ equity‚ quality care‚ health promotion and prevention.  Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Recognize social, economic and cultural factors that impact health care access and utilization;
  • Identify research skills useful in assessing the pros and cons of current health policy issues;
  • Understand health service options for vulnerable population groups;
  • Identify the historical and current political factors that influence health care access and population health in the US and developing countries;
  • Understand systems thinking to analyze health system and related policy issues; and
  • Identify public health methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.

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