Fundamentals Of Health Insurance, Part A (Basics Of Health Insurance)



This online course is the place to start to master basic concepts and terminology of the health insurance industry. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the business environment of insurance companies; learn about the various kinds of health insurance; and develop a working knowledge of how the insurance industry works, including contract provisions, underwriting, sales and marketing. This course is essential for anyone who is new to the industry.

What You’ll Learn

  • The definition of insurance and how it works
  • The major types of insurance, including medical expense, supplemental, long-term care, and disability coverage
  • Needs met by health insurance
  • The importance of the life and health insurance industry in the United States
  • Types of organizations
  • Advantages and disadvantages of flexible benefit plans
  • Contract provisions and underwriting of individual and group plans
  • Selling and marketing of insurance products
  • The role of reinsurance
  • Relevant terms and key concepts

Who Should Take This Course

  • Employees of health insurance plans, especially newcomers to the industry who need a basic orientation in health insurance principles and operations
  • Agents and brokers who specialize in group and individual health plans
  • Case managers and medical directors who seek a broader administrative background
  • Technical business solutions advisors who seek more knowledge in client operations
  • Consumers and others in related fields who seek expertise in this area


  • $165 AHIP Members
  • $215 Non-members

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The Health Insurance Primer: An Introduction to How Health Insurance Works

  • $40 AHIP Members
  • $50 Non-members

Earn a Designation

This course is good towards earning the following professional designations:

Health Insurance Associate (HIA®)
Disability Healthcare Professional (DHP)
Healthcare Customer Service Associate (HCSA)
Managed Healthcare Professional (MHP)