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Sean Sullivan
PHARM 541
Seattle Campus

Pharmacy, Healthcare, and Society

Introduction to health services and pharmacy practice designed for future healthcare practitioners. Examines the history, organization, and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system. Stresses the student's ability to adopt a broad perspective across healthcare disciplines and traditional boundaries.

Class description

The organization, structure, financing and economics of the health care industry - the very complex and paradoxical system within which health care professionals will practice. The types of economic incentives inherent in health care financing, insurance benefit design and provider reimbursement. The relationship between health care expenditures and health outcomes. The impact that broader social and economic trends have on health professional workforce dynamics. Pharmaceutical coverage and reimbursement processes

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and small group presentation

Recommended preparation

Course textbook readings Attendance at all sessions Optional readings

Class assignments and grading

2 in class examinations

Participation, 2 examinations, and reading of assigned materials


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sean Sullivan
Date: 11/23/2008