HCM 3801: Issues and Trends in Health Care


This course will provide a general overview of the current issues and trends within the U.S. healthcare industry, to include the evolution of current healthcare legislation, managed care challenges and how technology is affecting how providers practice. In addition, discussions and assignments will cover topics such as financial challenges of both patient and provider, disease management, ethical and bioethical issues, patient outcomes, and the classism of health care.


  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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