HCA 525: Community Health Concepts

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. health care delivery system including the interface with the public health system from a systems approach. Trends for the application of economic theory and concepts to the analysis and formulation of both managerial decisions and healthcare policy will be studied. This course covers topics such as approaches to measure the health status of populations and systematic approaches to managing and improving specific populations’ and nations’ health status. Emphasis will be on the distribution of health within a population, the determinants that influence the distribution, and the policies and interventions that impact them. (3 credits)

 

Associated Program Learning Outcome(s)

#12 Analyze global factors affecting the health care industry.

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Discuss community health and public health concepts including their role in the United States health care system.
  2. Examine how epidemiology is used to measure the status of populations by discussing communicable and non-communicable disease.
  3. Identify communicable and non-communicable diseases and efforts made to prevent and/or improve both.
  4. Analyze the role various health care settings play in the health care system.
  5. Develop a working knowledge of the US health care system’s function and perform an in-depth analysis of at least one health care reimbursement structure.
  6. Create a presentation describing the Quadruple Aim and how it is used in value-based payment methodologies.
  7. Discuss the criticality of information technology in providing data for population health management.
  8. Analyze the various social determinants of health and discuss how they impact the health of communities.
  9. Perform an analysis of the various social determinants of health data collection tools and discuss how they can be used to make meaningful change in the way health care is delivered.
  10. Demonstrate a working knowledge of potential interventions used for addressing the social determinants of health.

 

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (10 Pts) x 6

25%

Assignments (100 Pts) x 6

60%

Quiz (10 Pts) x 1

5%

Final Assignment (100 Pts) x 1

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • An Introduction to Community and Public Health (9th Edition) J. McKenzie, R. Pinger, D. Seabert, ISBN: 9781284108415

Additional Resources

  •  Journal Articles and other course material, including primary websites, will be provided as required reading within the course.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

Topics: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Definitions Organizations that Shape Community and Public Health

  • Read assigned chapters and article
  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • View week 1 overview
  • View HP2020 Goals Video
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete Week 1 – Healthy People 2020 Assignment

2

2

Topic: Epidemiology – Study of Disease, Injury, Death

  • Read assigned chapter and article
  • View week 2 overview
  • View Introduction to Epidemiology: History, Terminology & Studies Video
  • View International Classification of Diseases Video
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete the quiz

3

3

Topics: Disease Prevention and Control and Community Organizing

  • Read assigned chapters

 

  • View week 3 overview
  • View Public Health Transformation Video
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete Week 3 - Disease Prevention and Control Assignment

4

4

Topic: Health Care Delivery in the US- Structure 

  • Read assigned chapter

 

  • View week 4 overview
  • View America's Health Centers: An Enduring Legacy, Value for Today and Tomorrow Video
  • Visit telehealth website
  • Complete Week 4 – Health Care Setting Assignment

5

5

Topic: Health Care Delivery in the US – Function and Reform

  • Read assigned chapter

 


 

  • View week 5 overview
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete Week 5 - Reimbursement Methodologies Assignment

6

6,7

Topics:

  • The Quadruple Aim
  •  Health Information Technology Role in Supporting the Quadruple Aim
  • Read assigned articles and chapter section
  • View week 6 overview
  • View TheABCs of ACOs video
  • View Quadruple Aim Focus: Patient Experience of Care
  • View FUHN Federal Urban Health Network Video
  • Complete Week 6 - Quadruple Aim Wiki Assignment

7

8

Topics:

  • Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health
    • Data Collection Tools and Risk Stratification
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities
  • Environment
  • Read assigned articles and chapters

 

  • View week 7 overview Watch A Tale of Two Zip Codes Video
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete Week 7 - Social Determinants of Health Reflection Journal Assignment

8

9,10

Topic: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health 

  • Read assigned materials
  • View week 8 overview
  • View Case Study: West County Health Center & Purple Binder video
  • Complete discussion assignment
  • Complete Week 8 - Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Final Assignment

COSC Accessibility Statement

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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