Overview of the US Public Health System

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Brief Description: This module will focus on examining the evolution of public health systems within the U.S. over time and examining the various roles for individuals within both public health and health care delivery systems. Special discussion of physician roles and compensation, the healthcare team, and rural service delivery areas addressed.

 Learning Objectives addressed:

  1. Describe the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health care systems compared to systems of other developed nations.
  2. Articulate key milestones in the history of public health, as well as its philosophical foundations, core public values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
  3. Recognize basic concepts of public health-­‐specific communication and use technical and professional writing and electronic technology to communicate public health issues.
  4. Identify types and characteristics of public health and health care professionals and the changing nature of the health professions
  5. Summarize compensation practices unique to health services organizations, including monetary and non-monetary rewards and employment benefits. 
  6. Differentiate among types of nursing and allied health personnel and articulate key issues in managing nurse staffing and workload.
  7. Discuss the role of physicians in various healthcare delivery settings

This course is part of the Rural Health Training Series.

Principal faculty and their credentials: Jennifer Hunt, MPH and Christen Minnick, MPH
Medium or combination of media used:  Video and readings
Method of physician participation in the learning process: N/A
Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 2.75 hours
Dates of original release and most recent review or update: August 24, 2022
Termination date: June 2, 2025

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Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this online activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education for Health Professionals(CEHP) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  It is the policy of the CEHP that each presenter and planning committee member of any CME activity must disclose any financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with corporate organizations whose products or services are being discussed in a presentation. All commercial support of an educational activity must also be disclosed to the conference attendees.

This training modules was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $40,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Up to 2.00 (2.00CH) continuing nursing education hours have been approved for this session of the program. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

East Tennessee State University Continuing Medical Education adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  The OCME requires each presenter and planning committee member to disclose all financial affiliations with commercial interests.  

A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  The following individuals have provided disclosure of potential conflicts of interest as noted:

Jennifer Hunt: Nothing to disclose
Christen Minnick: Nothing to disclose