Culture of Healthcare

The Culture of Healthcare course was taught using the first two units of the Open Learning Initiative Health Information Technology Foundations online course and served as a first course in both the Therapeutic and Informatics pathways. Health Information Technology Foundations was developed with funding from the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN), which is funded by the Gates Foundation to support Department of Labor (DoL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees. OPEN is funding the collaboration of Open Learning Initiative (OLI), Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and Creative Commons (CC) to work with TAACCCT grantees Bellevue College and MoHealthWins consortium members St. Louis Community College and Metropolitan Community College - KC. This course builds on source content created with funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and CAHIMS curriculum created by Bellevue College with funding from the National Science Foundation. The course consists of Unit 1, Introduction and Learning Strategies and Unit 2, Healthcare Environment. Unit 2 includes modules in Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Payment Systems, Roles of Healthcare Professionals, and Government Regulations including HIPAA.
Additional Public Access To Materials:
Primary Material Type:
St. Louis Community College
Project Name:
Healthcare, Health, HIPAA, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Job Roles, Healthcare Delivery, Government Regulations, Healthcare Payment Systems, Meaningful Use

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Health Information Management Systems Society - content aligned to the CAHIMS certification
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Support Occupations (31-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health-related Knowledge and Skills (34)
Credit Type:
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
15-20 hours
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Note:
Developed in collaboration with the Open Learning Initiative, a grant-funded collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. For more information about OLI, please visit
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • Using an approved rubric to conduct the evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
  • Other Rubric
Course Note:
Culture of Healthcare / MoHealthWINs Portal


Accessibility Features:
  • Text Access - Text to Speech
  • Text Adjust - Compatible
  • Text Adjustment - Adjust Font and Colors
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Order - Digital resource layout
  • Structural Markup - Navigation Text
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Structural Markup - eReader application
  • Table Markup
  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Language - Markup
  • Language - Passage Markup
  • Non-Decorative Images Have Alt Text
  • Decorative Images Marked With Null Alt Text
  • Complex Images, Charts, and Graphs Have Text Descriptions
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Transcript Provided With Audio Content
  • Audio/Video Delivered Via Media Player
  • Non Flickering Content
  • STEM Content (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) Markup
  • STEM - Notation markup
  • Interactive - Keyboard
  • Interactive - Markup
  • Interactive - Text prompts

Copyright / Licensing

Copyright Owner:
Open Learning Initiative; In April 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology awarded $10 million in grants to five domestic institutions of higher education to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level. This course is largely based on the content produced from the ONC grant.