Overview of U.S. Health Care

Course Code
GNUR 5390
Rick Mayes

Because health care is complicated, this course is designed to provide an overview of: (1) how health care is financed, organized, and delivered in the U.S., as well as (2) the major policy challenges created by the system’s organization, or lack thereof.  In drawing from a variety of perspectives—including political science, public health, economics and history—the course surveys the key stakeholders: those who pay for, provide and receive care.  It contrasts the different ways that health care providers are paid, how and why reimbursement methods have changed over time, and their consequences for the quality, cost and accessibility of health care services. The course also covers primary health policies such as: public health, mental health, women’s health, global health, obesity & eating disorders, aging & geriatrics, bioethics, and race & medicine. No particular disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required. 

Primary objectives:

 1.)To explain the structure of U.S. health care—how it is paid for, organized and delivered.

 2.) To delineate the role that provider and system factors play in the utilization of health services and its variation across different geographic regions.