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