Challenges in Healthcare 1


INSTRUCTOR: Barbra Roller


SCHEDULE: Monday, Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Course Description

This course is an overview of the healthcare system. Sessions are presented by the course director as well as by guest speakers who are prominent physicians with expertise in different areas of medicine and healthcare. The course also incorporates sessions on the skills and attributes students will need in order to decide on a healthcare career and be competitive applicants.

Class meets twice a week. Class will be supplemented by active learning strategies. Faculty will engage students with controversial/ethical discussion topics, case study analysis through class discussion, and out of class assignments. Readings to be assigned by course director or other participating faculty. Diagnostic reasoning case studies. Assignments such as conducting a literature search or data search on a research topic and presenting the findings to the class.

Required Resources For this course, students need dependable internet access. The materials used in this course are posted on Canvas at: Students are responsible for regularly consulting online materials. They are responsible for any material distributed through Canvas or through email.

Note: The course you are trying to enroll in requires department consent. To apply for this course, please contact Brenda Luna at

Students will learn to:

  • Evaluate and assess your own commitment and aptitude for entry into and success in medical school or another health profession
  • Develop your interest and skills in service, leadership, communication, analysis and organization
  • Develop learning strategies, test taking strategies and strategies to facilitate time management
  • Map out the expectations and describe the rigors of achieving the MD or other degrees in healthcare
  • Be ethically aware and sensitive to the challenges faced by healthcare professionals locally, nationally, and globally
  • Be able to apply the basic history, structure, and previous policies to contemporary issues in a changing healthcare system
  • Be able to relate the sociological, anthropological, and philosophical contexts of healthcare and cultural competency to current medical practice
  • Have developed skills to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary manner
  • Have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the MCAT (or corollary exam), to interview well, and to otherwise be a successful applicant to professional schools in the area of healthcare Format