Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Self-paced. 25 weeks (45 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Health Services Policy


The course objective is to provide students with an overview of the health care system; its organization and the various components that play a role in the assessment for, development of and implementation of health policy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze health policy, and the variants, determinants and analysis of health policy as it relates to the health care system
  • Contrast the differences between individual health and community health; outlining gap and overlap areas, while distinguishing the uses of health policies in both sectors
  • Compare the various 'stakeholders' in health policy development and implementation; and evaluate the roles they play
  • Identify and evaluate health policies that impact individuals and communities on local, state, national and international levels
  • Understand the US health system, its organization and financing, and the different sectors within the system that make up the whole; and apply this information to the development of health policy
  • Comprehend the general development, implementation and use of 'policies' in society
  • And interpret and summarize the role of research, analysis, and peer review in the development of solid, impact oriented health policies

General Course Topics:

  • An introduction to health and public policy
  • Overview of the U.S. health care system
  • Organization of health services and systems
  • Health care financing
  • Health service providers, care and delivery
  • Public health and U.S. health care
  • U.S. health services and policy
  • Determinants in health policy
  • Health policy development, implementation and impact
  • Understanding health policy analysis
  • Analyzing health programs and systems
  • Health policy research
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials