HCTM 301 US Healthcare Policies and Delivery Systems • 5 Cr.


Introduction to healthcare systems in the United States. Students will identify laws, regulations, standards, initiatives, and payment systems; learn the impact of policies and procedures applicable to the various healthcare organizations; and gain an appreciation of the roles and disciplines of providers throughout the US healthcare system. Includes comparison of the national and international healthcare systems. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Relate current issues and controversies in healthcare to historical development of the United States (US) healthcare system
  • Compare and contrast the US healthcare system to healthcare systems in other countries
  • Outline the role of federal, state and local governments in provision of healthcare in the US, including healthcare information technology (HIT) and healthcare informatics initiatives
  • Summarize the roles and structure of the types of healthcare organizations responsible for providing healthcare and the professionals who provide healthcare in the US
  • Debate the strengths and limitations of current mechanisms for financing healthcare in the US
  • Analyze current and pending legislation, accreditation, licensure and certification standards that affect and/or regulate healthcare delivery systems in the US
  • Present the trends in US healthcare delivery systems and debate challenges moving forward