Today’s health care providers must not only be competent in the skills required by their role in health care delivery role; they must also understand and function adaptively in the complex system(s) within which they work. A large proportion of health-related decisions are made not by the patient and/or care provider, but by legislators, insurers, institutions, and others who lack the information available from those delivering direct and indirect health care. Care providers need a background in public policy and the U.S. health care system in order to understand how it has evolved, how it affects health care delivery, and how to influence its future course. Prerequisite: College level reading and writing.
Societal Approaches to Health Care Systems