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HEED 216 Health Care in the US

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the United States health care system.  Issues will be discussed through an exploration of the technology, costs, quality of care and health care personnel associated with the delivery of health care.  The course includes an overview of the health care system and an examination of the medical infrastructure with a historical perspective.
Patrick L. Finley
ST 229

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials |Exams

Statement on General Education and Liberal Learning

A liberal education prepares students to lead ethical, productive and creative lives and to understand how the pursuit of lifelong learning and critical thinking fosters good citizenship.  General education courses form the core of a liberal education within higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual experience for all students by introducing the fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry in the areas of mathematics, the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences, the arts and the humanities, and composition.  This course is part of the general education core experience at Howard Community College

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to

  • Describe influences upon patient and provider behavioral characteristics
  • Compare and contrast different forms of health care providers including HMOs, PPOs, IPAs, and SHMOs.
  • Discuss factors that influence health promotion, disease prevention, mortality, and morbidity.
  • Explain the role alternative health care currently has in the U.S. health care system.
  • Analyze, and compare and contrast current federal government policy relative to personal health insurance, employee-based health insurance, and government-based health insurance.
  • Identify and analyze current federal policies related to Medicare.
  • Compare and contrast managed care organizations in the context of the current delivery systems.
  • Identify the political, historical and social factors influencing the availability and accessibility of health care in the U.S.
  • Provide a description of the history of medical and health care in the U.S.
  • Outline the development of health care delivery systems in the U.S.

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Major Course Topics

  • Health Providers
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Patient Decisions-Making
  • Treatment Options
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Legislative Regulations
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Historical Perspective of the Health Care Delivery System
  • Cost of Care
  • Health Insurance

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Course Format

  • Is self-paced.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Is designed in 14 learning modules, each module corresponding to one or more chapters in the textbook and focusing on a specific area of Personal and Community Health. For each module the student will watch the associated multimedia content, read the associated one or more chapters in the textbook, review the module tutorial, complete the assignments, and take the quiz for each module. At the completion of the 14 topic modules, the student will take a cumulative final.

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This course has no required face-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning home page.

  • Reading Assignments: It is recommended that students complete the readings before other course component.
  • Watch Healthy Living Video video segments found on the course DVD set.
  • Tutorials: 14 tutorials, corresponding to the content in one or more chapters in the course text book.
  • Web Assignments: Students will be given assignments that relate to the materials presented in the learning modules and textbook chapters.
  • Quizzes: Students will complete 3 quizzes, each covering 5 topic areas.
  • Final: Students will complete a comprehensive final.

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Texts and Materials Required:

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Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:
Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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Students will take 3 online quizzes and an online cumulative final, which will be given at the completion of the course. All quizzes and the final will consist of multiple-choice and true-false questions and will be timed.

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to
Patrick L. Finley,

Last updated on 01-Jun-06
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