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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2022-23

HIST 36 Health Care in American Society: History and Current Issues

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of critical issues in health care through the study of the historical development of the United States health care system. The course illuminates the influence of historical forces and cultural factors on the delivery of health care and on the discourse about health care reform in American history. By studying the components and relationships within the American health care system, students are enabled to acquire an understanding of the relationship between American history and the health care system, and also enabled to obtain a working contextual knowledge of the current problems of the American health care system and their proposed solutions. Each topic is presented from an historical perspective. Through an historical investigation of health, disease, and medicine students should be able to understand and discuss the changing organization of health care delivery in American history, the changing methods of financing of health care, the distinctive role of technology in health care, primary ethical issues in health care, comparative features of health care systems of other cultures, the historical changes in public health precepts, images of health care in popular culture, and the process of health care reform in American history. Open to all classes.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:SOC; WCult:W

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Department-Specific Course Categories

Class of 2023 and Before Major Dist: US; Class of 2024 and Beyond Major Dist: US, modern.


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