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Semester 1

Health Systems Analysis (SCPL10034)


Social Policy





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Visiting students should have passed at least 3 Social Policy or closely related courses at grade B or above, and receive written permission from the Course Organiser to enrol. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course aims to provide students with the ability to evaluate health systems in any country or region. A core goal is to provide students with an understanding of economic principles and how these can be applied by health policy-makers in policy design, and by other analysts of health system performance. The course currently exists at SCQF Level 11 and has, since its introduction in 2013-14, been taken at that level by BMedSci Honours students doing an intercalated year within the Global Health Policy Unit. This is a challenging course and students undertaking it must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in the Social Sciences

Course Description

The course aims to provide a critical understanding of how different models of financing and delivering health products and services can lead to different outcomes in terms of important policy goals such as equity and efficiency. Students will develop an ability to compare and evaluate various models of health system governance, with a particular focus on the evaluation of market vs. planned approaches. They will learn about the organisation and delivery of health systems, with a focus on human/ pharmaceutical resources and use of information, and be required to identify and evaluate methods by which resources are allocated or channelled to individual and institutional providers of health services. In disciplinary terms, students will develop competencies in applying economic principles to look critically at factors- including micro- and macro-economic factors- that have an influence on health systems policies.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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