Distance Learning




GHSD 6010- History and Organization of Health Services - 2 credits

A broad introduction to the role of health services in contemporary society. The course is divided into four sections: 1)the background, history, philosophy and purpose of public health service systems and organizations; 2) international health organizations and programs; 3) public and private insurance programs; and 4) the major types of health facilities and the problems attendant to health facility management, including manpower, quality assurance, and planning issues.(OH)


Course Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

1. Discuss the historical development of current agencies, institutions and systems

2. Summarize the evolution of the U.S. Health Care System.

3. Analyze the organizational pattem, role, legal basis, responsibility and relationships of official and voluntary health agencies.

4. Discuss the background and general characteristics, and categories of private and public health insurance coverage (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid) and managed care.

5. Analyze and differentiate the problems in funding and delivery of the different categories of health insurance.

6. Classify the characteristics ofcommunity hospitals and specialty hospitals, including but not limited to acute general hospitals, mental hospitals, and long-term care institutions.

7. Illustrate the contemporary fiscal and management issues in health care facilities, with emphasis on the problem ofcost containment.

8. Explain the Legal issues confronting the health care field in public and private sectors, including health facilities.

9. Analyze the contemporary issues in health policy at state and national levels.

10. Explain the past and current legislation relating to the United States health care delivery systems.

11. Recognize the commonly used jargon, abbreviations and terminology in health care delivery.

12.  Summarize the history of the occupational health and safety movement in the United States.

13.  Define the organizational structure and characteristics of the primary public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international public health, and discuss the history of the international public health movement and organizations.

14.  Compare the financing and performance of the U.S. Health System with other OECD countries as well as developing countries.


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