PUBHLTH 139: HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDERS
This course provides students with an introduction to U.S. health care and health-related institutions and professions. Beginning with an overview of the development and present state of the U.S. health care system, we will cover the history and professionalization of medicine and public health and will investigate the structure of health institutions, personnel, and practice in America. We will focus on describing how the government, major providers, and funders of health care work together, identifying where problems or gaps arise, explaining how previous attempts to improve coverage and access to health care have worked, and analyzing how health care reforms might change the way health care is delivered, financed, and received. Students can also expect to gain a broader understanding of the major roles, responsibilities, and careers across the professions of healthcare and public health.