This course surveys the American healthcare system, while examining types of healthcare providers and the skill set needed to support industry change, e.g., organizational leadership, patient services management, budgeting and planning, marketing, health information technology , industry trends, public policy, ethics, and the impact of the global economy on the delivery of healthcare. (3 credits)
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe basic leadership skills.
- Evaluate the American Health Care System.
- Construct pathways to meet the administrative concerns of patients.
- Explain the healthcare manager’s roles.
- Summarize how Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other technological applications improve organizational efficiency.
- Analyze the general financial performance of a healthcare organization.
- Interpret critical components in lawful and ethical decision-making.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Reflection Papers (Weeks 1-8)
Midterm Exam Paper (Week 4)
Final Exam Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Niles, Nancy J. (2020). Basics of the U.S. Health Care System. 4th ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN-13: 9781284169874
Outside scholarly research may be performed by visiting the Charter Oak State College virtual library.
(Note: Course week runs Sunday 12:00 am EST - Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
History of the U.S. Health Care System
Current Operations of the Healthcare System and Government's Role in U.S. Health Care
Public Health's Role in Health Care and Inpatient and Outpatient Services
|4||1, 3, 6|
U.S. Healthcare Workforce and Healthcare Finance
Midterm Exam Paper
2, 3, 4, 5
Managed Care Impact on Healthcare Delivery and Information Technology Impact on Health Care
1, 3, 4, 7
Healthcare Law and Healthcare Ethics
3, 4, 5, 7
Mental Health Issues
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Analysis of the U.S. Healthcare System
Final Exam Paper
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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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