HPM 335 US Healthcare System • 5 Cr.


This course provides an introduction to essential topics surrounding healthcare delivery and public health within the U.S. healthcare system. This course will focus on the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system, the system's historical foundations, healthcare system resources and processes, and the future of the delivery of healthcare services. Prerequisite: Admission to the Health Promotion and Management program, or permission of the Program Chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the organization of the U.S. Healthcare system 
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers and professionals 
  • Assess the impact of medical technology as a cost-driver, barrier to access, and an overall expenditure in the U.S 
  • Articulate healthcare access barriers unique to the U.S. healthcare system 
  • Analyze the differences between hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care providers, mental health providers, and the larger healthcare system in terms of services provided, organizational structure, and financing mechanisms. 
  • Analyze the U.S. healthcare insurance mechanism and the role of the insurance industry, local, state, and federal governments in the financing of healthcare 
  • Develop a proposal for employee wellness plan