HCI 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 the program, or permission of instructor. Previously HCTM 301.


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 
  • Debate the US healthcare system and compare 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 including challenges moving forward 
  • Analyze current and pending legislation, accreditation, licensure and certification standards that affect and/or regulate healthcare delivery systems in the US