HCM 3801: Issues and Trends in Health Care


Provides an overview of the nature of the healthcare system, factors influencing the distribution of health care, mainstream and alternative health manpower, and 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. Critique arguments related to the impact of social factors that influence the U.S. healthcare system.
  2. Defend an opinion on critical issues facing the U.S. healthcare system in the 21st century.
  3. Analyze the factors necessary to create a more equitable healthcare system.
  4. Explore the differences between various healthcare providers.
  5. Explain the impact of technology on the healthcare industry.
  6. Compare the government’s impact on health regulations and reform in various healthcare systems.
  7. Discuss common ethical principles applied to critical bioethical issues.
  8. Summarize the effect of health literacy on the healthcare system.


  1. HCM 3002
  2. HCM 1301


Health care ethics: Critical issues for the 21st century (Rev: 3rd ed.)

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning (2014)
Author: Morrison, E. E., & Furlong, B. (Eds.).
ISBN: 9781449665357
Price: $108.97

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