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Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy by Howard P. Greenwald

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CHAPTER 3
MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEMS IN MODERN SOCIETY
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• To understand health and illness as basic challenges to the health care system
• To learn about the causes of illness and injury
• To become familiar with the basic concerns, concepts, resources, and applications of epidemiology
• To appreciate the relative importance of specific threats to health and longevity in the United States
• To recognize the implications of demographics and epidemiology for health care management
• To see how epidemiology can be applied in management and policy

CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE

The health care industry’s manifest task is to maintain and improve the biological functioning of Americans despite the ever-present threat of illness and injury. ...

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