Introduction to Complex Health Systems

Category: Systems Thinking,
Country: South Africa [includes Marion and Prince Edward Islands]
Region: Africa
Language: English
Audience: Practicing Researchers,


Learning objectives

 By the end of this course students are expected to be able to: 1. Show understanding of the dynamic and complex nature of health systems by reflecting on and describing their value bases and functioning, their components and the central roles and behaviours of a range of agents. 2. Discuss health systems as social constructions, influenced by and influencing the agents within them, as well as influenced by broader political and economic forces, generating public value and contributing to societal development. 3. Apply these understandings to assessment of own health system and comparison between health systems. 4. Apply relevant analytical skills and an understanding of complex systems in order to develop ideas about action to strengthen health systems. 5. Develop the personal communication, teamwork and leadership skills which are important for supporting health system change. 6. Demonstrate understanding of and openness to different perspectives on the nature of health systems.

Major topics covered

This course aims to provide an introduction to understanding health systems as complex systems, by considering the components, actors and inter-relationships of the health system as a platform for health systems analysis, action and research.

Teaching formats

Facilitator inputs, small group discussions and presentations, case studies, group projects, independent reading and reflection, online course materials, open access materials, individual written assignment.

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