HIT 5301 The US Healthcare System

Credit Hours: (2 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week) 3 semester credits

This course will present a survey of the modern American health care system. The course will focus on the major pieces of legislation that serve as the foundation of the current US health care structures. Topics in the course will include Medicare, Medicaid, and HIPAA, their impacts on financing, health care access and professional roles. The course will integrate current legislative actions, public concerns, implications, and discussions surrounding healthcare reform.


Access to the Internet, personal computer and consent of the instructor.

Additional Information

The Professional Applied Masters Program in Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics. 

Course Goals

The student should, at the end of this course, have gained and/or increased knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • discuss the U.S. health services system—both public and private sectors—from an organizational perspective;
  • compare and contrast the U.S. healthcare workforce; their roles and responsibilities; licensure and certification requirements; and relevant policies and procedures governing health deliveries.
  • define, assess, and report on the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing access to and utilization of health services;
  • explain the role and influence of health information systems in the delivery of healthcare services.