New Open Textbook ‘Healthcare in the United States’ Prepares Students for Careers in Healthcare Administration

For immediate release
Elizabeth Odom

  • Three nursing professors with a combined 75+ years in healthcare create an open access textbook for students pursuing healthcare administration.
  • The introductory textis one of nine open textbooks published in partnership with eCampus for the University System of Georgia’s first zero-textbook-cost degree.
Healthcare in the United States: Navigating the Basics of a Complex System
By Deanna L. Howe, Andrea L. Dozier, and Sheree O. Dickenson
Cover design by Corey Parson

Dahlonega, GA—March 10, 2022—The University of North Georgia (UNG) Press is pleased to announce a new open textbook, Healthcare in the United States: Navigating the Basics of a Complex System, available now for purchase or download. To prepare students for careers in healthcare administration, this book reviews a brief history of our healthcare system and explores the current state of health in the United States.

This low- or no-cost textbook is one of nine new textbooks currently in development for the University System of Georgia’s (USG) first zero-textbook-cost degree through its eCampus program, which offers online courses and degree paths. The B.S. in Organizational Leadership will include concentrations in Healthcare Administration, Office Administration and Technology, Public Service, and Social Justice.

Healthcare in the United States is a collaborative effort among three faculty members from the Darton College of Health Professions, Nursing Department, at Albany State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Contributors include Dr. Deanna L. Howe, Dr. Andrea L. Dozier, and Dr. Sheree O. Dickenson, who each have 25+ years of experience as registered nurses and in other various healthcare roles.

Readers will be able to…

  • consider health as defined using determinants of health
  • discover the many types of healthcare providers seen throughout the system
  • differentiate between the different types of healthcare settings
  • explore state and federal programs that provide oversight
  • examine private insurance and managed care plans
  • survey access issues and the cost of healthcare
  • review how state and federal government provides support to special populations
  • discover the quick expansion of technology use in healthcare
  • assess quality determinants and accreditation standards
  • compare national healthcare systems presently used in the U.S. healthcare system
  • identify advantages of a national healthcare system for the United States

Healthcare in the United States (978-1-940771-91-5) costs $29.99 as an 11-by-8.5 inch perfect-bound paperback. Wholesalers can purchase copies from Ingram; individuals can order physical copies from their favorite bookstore or other major retailers. Free digital copies are available on the UNG Press website.

The UNG Press is a scholarly, peer-reviewed press that serves as an extension of our sponsoring university, the University of North Georgia. Our primary function is to promote education and research with a special emphasis on innovative scholarship and pedagogy. Through our partnership with Affordable Learning Georgia and eCore, the UNG Press is the leading press in Georgia for producing open educational resources and open textbooks. ###

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