INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe basic economic concepts related to health insurance coverage
- Explain how both private health insurance and public health insurance are financed
- Explain the ways in which private and public health insurers reimburse medical providers
- Compare and contrast private and public models of financing and delivery of healthcare services
- Define basic characteristics about the hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical drug industries
- Explain how nonprofit status, competition, quality, and safety affect medical providers
- Discuss the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations
- Evaluate how specific policy proposals will likely affect access to care and healthcare spending
- Analyze how the political process affects how healthcare reform is undertaken in the U.S.
Focuses on the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Contrasts the private and public sectors and examines the effects of market competition and government regulation. Examines the ways that medical providers are paid, and explores the major issues currently facing physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Also discusses several potential small and large scale reforms to the U.S. healthcare system and evaluates their likely effects on healthcare spending, quality of care, and access to care.
Graduate students interrested in learning more about the US Healthcare system.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Students will be evaluated on an in-class written exam and a four-page memo assignment
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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