Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform

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 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.

Learning 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.

Teaching formats

Lectures and interactive seminars (onsite and online)

Course materials:

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