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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 299 - Global Health and International Health Care Systems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This course examines worldwide health, history, healthcare delivery systems, health care practice, and professional health education as compared to the United States. Students discuss how providers, nurses, and ancillary health team members are utilized in delivering health care. This course involves an optional study abroad experience designed to assist students to integrate a global perspective related to educational preparation, health care delivery, and health care policy within an international environment. The student analyzes competencies needed to be an effective healthcare manager in a multicultural and global environment and relates to the effective management of health services in his or her community.   (Prereq: sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an expanded understanding of healthcare systems in a global perspective and the main differences between the USA healthcare system and other systems around the world.
  2. Describe the basic principles and characteristics that define healthcare systems and health policy issues in the international arena.
  3. Explain the main characteristics and roles of international organizations.
  4. Analyze the competencies and academic preparation needed to be an effective healthcare manager in a multicultural and global environment.
  5. Identify the historical evolution of health care delivery and contributions from various countries.
  6. Compare the health delivery models  in the United States compared to other countries.
  7. Identify health management strategies used in different countries and healthcare systems to mobilize, allocate, and maintain resources to improve health care status and delivery systems..
  8. Reflect and develop a personal view about international health care systems and how it could impact one’s future career.

Course Topics
  • Introduction, history and principles of global health
  • Global health determinants and measurements
  • Health education, poverty, and economy
  • Elements of a health care system
  • Ethical and human rights in global healthcare
  • Culture and health
  • Environment and health
  • Nutrition and health
  • Women’s health
  • Child health
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Communicable disease
  • National disasters and humanitarian health
  • Professional practice and required provider education (dependent upon the country)
  • Sustainability in global health care
  • International health care systems
    • United States
    • United Kingdom
    • Mexico/Central America
    • Australia
    • Asia
  • Parity table

Victoria Carlson-Oehlers

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