Health Systems and Policy

Category: Policy analysis,Systems Thinking,
Institution:Karolinska Institute
Country: Sweden
Region: Europe
Language: English
Audience: Masters Students,


Learning objectives

After completion of the course, students should have: Knowledge and understanding - to describe the major theories and frameworks for health policy and systems analysis and how these can be applied in different contexts; - to describe how health policies are made through the interrelationship of context, content, process and actors; - to describe how the policy agenda is created Skills and abilities - to integrate this knowledge and understanding in order to independently analyse different types of health systems and connected policy implications, including the role of the state for the public and private sector; - to independently identify and formulate both essential and challenging issues for functioning health systems; - to identify and adapt theories and frameworks in health systems to study specific problems within their context; - to differentiate which research and evaluation designs as well as quantitative and qualitative methods are appropriate for specific health policy and systems questions and contexts; - to demonstrate the skill required to participate in health systems research and development work. Judgement and approach - to make critical assessments of health systems, taking into account relevant scientific, social and equity aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work; - to demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, and its role in society.

Major topics covered

To give an introduction of how health systems function and how health policy is shaped and implemented. Further, to expand on the role heatlh systems research play in evidence informed policy-making and implementation.

Teaching formats

A mix of interactive lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignments. Webbased learning and interaction will be used. Major parts of the course will be allocated to individual and group work assignments. Students will write diaries with reflections and comments on specific topics brought up during the course.

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