The purpose of this course is to help you better understand the purpose, history, components, organization, strengths, weaknesses, and proposed and implemented reforms associated with the U.S. health care delivery system.

 This course covers current challenges faced by the U.S. health care delivery system and how health policy, both historically and today, has sought to address these challenges. This system is compared with those of other nations to highlight its relative strengths and weaknesses. We will consider health care concerns associated with population and public health, including how the behavior of individuals and groups influences health. Risk factors associated with vulnerable populations are identified and discussed. We will also explore the logistics of the health care system, including how it is organized, who makes up the workforce, how health care is financed, the costs and value of health care, how it is managed, and the role of information technology in this sector. Finally, we will take a look at the future of health care delivery in the U.S. and of health care policy.