Advanced Course in Health Systems and Policy
Upon completion of the course, students should Knowledge and understanding - to reflect on the major theories and frameworks for health policy and systems analysis; - of how national health policy agenda is created and influenced by international organisations and other global factors; - of how the policy is implemented and how knowledge generated can be effectively communicated to policy-makers. Skills and abilities - to plan interventions and reforms in health systems as well as evaluation of these; - to apply theories and frameworks required in health systems research and improvement work. Judgement and approach - to make assessments of health policy, taking into account relevant scientific, social and equity aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work; - to identify knowledge gaps and develop appropriate research questions and a research design that could close these gaps.
Major topics covered
To deepen the students' knowledge of the functioning of health systems as well as health policy formation and implementation. Deepen the skills of health system research and evidence-informed policy-making and implementation.
A mix of interactive lectures, seminars, case methodology, site visits, and individuals and group assignments.. Major parts of the course will be allocated to a group work assignment, in which health systems and policy knowledge and skills are applied in an improvement projects. Students will write diaries with reflections and comments on specific topics brought up during the course.