Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform
Overall goals of the course
This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to evaluate critically health system strengthening and reform efforts in any region of the world – across developed and developing countries - with respect to the consequences for social objectives.
By the end of the course, each student is expected to have:• a critical understanding of the recent history of reform, in particular the role of the World Bank and IMF in processes of fiscal consolidation and structural adjustment;• an ability to evaluate critically the ability of public sector health agencies to provide universal health coverage - financial protection and equitable access to health care;• an ability to evaluate critically the impact of global health actors on the capacity of health systems to address public health need and address health inequalities; and• a critical understanding of the role of the private sector in the healthcare sector, e.g. via contracts with state purchasers and through public-private partnerships.
Lectures and interactive seminars (onsite and online)