HCM 3801


An overview of the nature of the health care system, factors influencing the distribution of health care, mainstream and alternative health manpower, the social distribution and meaning of illness in the United States. Topics including bioethical issues, and contemporary issues such as bioterrorism, human genome project, rising prescription drug costs, and urbanization, social stress, and mental illness are covered.


  1. Explain the social factors and patterns influencing the US health care system and describe some of the arguments for and against key health legislation.
  2. Explain the factors necessary to create a more equitable health care system and the impact of health care inequities among citizen groups.
  3. Explain the role of power in the health care system and discuss common ethical principles applied to critical bioethical issues.
  4. List and explain the differences between different health care providers.
  5. Explain the effect of health literacy on the health care system.
  6. Explain the impact of technology on the health industry.
  7. Compare various health care systems and the role of government in health regulations and reform.
  8. Defend an opinion on critical issues facing the US health care system in the 21st century.




The sociology of health, illness, and health care: A critical approach (Rev: 6)

Publisher: Wadsworth (2013)
Author: Weitz, R.
ISBN: 978-1-111-82879-0
Price: $167.40

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