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Public Health & U.S. Health Care - Chapter Summary
Check out this collection of engaging lessons to study the principles of public health and how they relate to medicine and the U.S. health care system. Using a simplified teaching style, our instructors show you the basics of public health infrastructure, policies, laws and much more. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you retain important healthcare terms and concepts. You can access this chapter any time using your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Revisit the material as many times as needed, and feel free to submit questions to our instructors if you have any. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Discuss the principles of public health
- Differentiate between medicine and public health
- Explain the importance of public health infrastructure
- Define various public health policies and laws
- Assess the relationship between U.S. healthcare and public health
- Understand how private agencies and the government prevent disease
1. What is Public Health? - Definition & Principles
Have you ever wondered how you can help improve the health of the entire community? In this lesson, you will learn about public health. As opposed to helping people one-by-one, public health policies and practices help large numbers of people become healthier.
2. Public Health vs. Medicine: Differences & Similarities
In this lesson, we'll examine three key dimensions that distinguish public health from individual medicine. We'll also explore how these two fields sometimes overlap.
3. Public Health Infrastructure: Overview & Importance
Public health infrastructure is the foundation of the public health system. In this lesson, we'll examine the key components of public health infrastructure and discuss its importance.
4. Public Health Law & Policies: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll examine public laws and policies intended to prevent health problems and promote health across the population. We'll discuss the defining characteristics and main strategies of public health law.
5. Relationship Between Public Health & U.S. Healthcare
This lesson explores the interface between public health and the U.S. healthcare system. We examine the role of public health in healthcare organization, financing, and delivery in the United States.
6. How Government & Private Agencies Prevent Disease
There are governmental and private agencies involved in health research and disease prevention. This lesson discusses three of these organizations: the CDC, the NIH, and the American Cancer Society.
7. Required Assignments Reminder
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Other chapters within the Health 302: Health Services Policy course
- Introduction to Health & Public Policy
- Overview of the U.S. Health Care System
- Organization of Health Services & Systems
- Health Care Financing
- Health Service Providers, Care & Delivery
- U.S. Health Services & Policy
- Determinants in Health Policy
- Health Policy Development, Implementation & Impact
- Understanding Health Policy Analysis
- Analyzing Health Programs & Systems
- Health Policy Research
- Required Assignments for Health 302