Health Systems Analysis

Category: Essential medicines,Ethics,Methods for HPSR,Community-based Health,Management in HPSR,Conflict,Policy analysis,Fragile and Conflict Affected States,Global Health,Health Financing,Communications,Systems Thinking,Implementation Research,Universal Health Coverage,
Institution:University of Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom [excludes Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man]
Region: Europe
Language: English
Audience: Masters Students,


Overall goals of the course

This course aims to provide students with the ability to analyse health systems and health policies in any country or region of the world. Increasingly, those who wish to influence, formulate or implement policies need a sound understanding of economic concepts and how they can be applied in productive (and unproductive) ways. Accordingly, a subsidiary aim of this course is to enable students to develop their knowledge of economic concepts and principles and their ability to deploy these in the analysis health systems and health policies.

Learning objectives

The objectives of this course are to enable students to develop:• A critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of economic approaches to health policy.• An ability to evaluate the various models of health system governance, with a particular focus on the evaluation of market vs. planned approaches.• An ability to evaluate the organisation and delivery of health systems, with a focus on human/ pharmaceutical resources and use of information.• An ability to identify and evaluate methods by which resources are allocated or channelled to individual and institutional providers of health services.• Demonstrating the analytical skills required to present, communicate and debate issues in health systems and health policy from an informed point of view.• An ability to analyse the concepts of economic and fiscal sustainability, in contexts of socio-economic/ demographic change and resource constraint.

Teaching formats

Lectures, interactive seminars (in class and online).

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