Introduction to Healthcare


Stanford School of Medicine


Introduction to Healthcare


Solving the problems and challenges within the U.S. healthcare system requires a deep understanding of how the system works. Successful solutions and strategies must take into account the realities of the current system. 

This course explores the fundamentals of the U.S. healthcare system. It will introduce the principal institutions and participants in healthcare systems, explain what they do, and discuss the interactions between them. The course will cover physician practices, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, and insurance and financing arrangements. 

We will also discuss the challenges of healthcare cost management, quality of care, and access to care. While the course focuses on the U.S. healthcare system, we will also refer to healthcare systems in other developed countries.

You will learn

  • The major challenges of the system
  • Issues you may encounter in efforts to improve healthcare delivery and the healthcare system.
  • Who the key stakeholders are in the U.S. healthcare system


This course is part of the AI in Healthcare Specialization and part of a monthly subscription of $79.

Dates and Duration

Original Release Date: 08/10/2020
Expiration Date: 08/10/2023
Estimated Time to Complete: 12 hours
CME Credits Offered: 12.00

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Stanford University School of Medicine adheres to ACCME Criteria, Standards and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education.  There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $79.00

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.