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HAD 553 Health Care Organization

Gain knowledge of our health care systems to provide comprehensive, high quality, and affordable care.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Health Care Organization (HAD 553) studies the landscape of our country’s voluntary health system. It examines the major components of this system and explores how they relate to each other, what the features and characteristics are, as well as the management, financial, and regulatory aspects.

Health Care Organization Coursework

HAD 553 provides an overview of the organization, structure, and financing of the health care delivery system in the United States. The various elements comprising the system are presented, along with an exploration of the basic concepts and measures of health, disease, needs, quality, and utilization. Issues in health care resourcing, institutions, and system organization are also fully examined.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current voluntary health system topics like the example below.

Why is the difference between illness and disease vital to proper care delivery?

What You’ll Learn in Health Care Organization

Throughout HAD 553 Health Care Organization, you’ll discover that the American health care system is an industry-wide enterprise and a collection of systems organized by major stakeholder groups. The systems at times overlap, compete, supplement, and interface with one another all striving to provide their end-users with comprehensive, quality care and access while reducing cost and expenditures. You’ll soon realize that in speaking about the American health care system, most people are referring to what is commonly known as the voluntary health system. However, the public health system is the fourth system and it has had a major growth in attention, funding, and service in recent years.

Over the years the continuum of care, a common model used to describe what the voluntary health care system is about, has expanded to include more components, such as wellness and health promotion, home care, and hospice. Quickly, you’ll realize the fact that American voluntary system health care system is larger and more complex now than it was a generation ago. It also suggests that knowing how these components relate to one another is fundamental to understanding how to succeed in the field of health administration.

The components of the voluntary health care system share many similarities, but there are unique differences between them, often in their financial structures, their governing policies and regulations, and their management requirements. It’s imperative for you to understand these differences to fully appreciate how these components operate and what expectations and constraints they experience from their primary stakeholders. During the scope of this course, you’ll cover these components in ways that provide these insights. You’ll gain the full appreciation for this voluntary health system and understand the major drivers that impact it for individuals, communities, and society in general.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • Historical Overview of Health Care Delivery in the U.S.
  • Health, Wellness, Illness, and Disease
  • Inpatient Care and the Hospital Industry
  • Outpatient Services and the Ambulatory Care
  • Long-term Care and Chronic Illness
  • Palliative Care and Hospice
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Industry
  • Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Public Health
  • Managed Care
  • Health Policy

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Care Organization coursework provides an in-depth look at the elements and impact of the U.S. health care delivery systems. Throughout the course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of this country’s voluntary health care system, along with a less comprehensive review of the nation’s Veteran’s health system, the active military health system, and the public health system.
  • Understand the expectations, demands, and contributions that the key stakeholders of the voluntary health system represent.
  • Identify the major components of this system, how they operate, and how they relate to all of the other components in the continuum of care model.
  • View this system in terms of its key policy issues, financial structures, operational components, and managerial responsibilities.
  • Discern the unique mix of private and public features this system represents that produces some of the world’s finest medical research and technology, while at the same time mediocre health results, in comparison with other industrialized nations of the world.

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