HEALTH SYSTEMS IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES Syllabus

221.646.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    M. Hafizur Rahman
    David Peters
  • Course Description
    Explores health systems in low and middle income countries (LMICs), and examines approaches to improving the performance of health systems. Focuses on frameworks, tools, skills, and strategies to understand, influence, and evaluate health systems in LMICs. Identifies key institutions, functions, and performance issues for national and local health systems. By using frameworks and tools, students gain experience in systematically analyzing health systems and methods to plan, implement, and evaluate changes in health systems in a variety of settings, including countries in various levels of demographic, epidemiologic and economic transitions. Covers key controversies in health systems, including issues in monitoring health systems performance, the role of the public sector, dealing with unregulated private health markets, linking priority health programs and health systems, raising accountability in the health system, etc.
  • Intended Audience
    Health Systems MHS and PhD students, MPH students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Attendance (10%); participation in group work and discussion (40%); three exercises and one paper (50%)
  • Prerequisites
    220.601, Introduction to International Health
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • describe health systems frameworks, strategies and tools to analyze and evaluate health systems and their reforms in LMICs
    • explain and assess key systems, functions and institutions: oversight (e.g. governance, policy, regulation, public information), health care organization, and health financing
    • explain the role of different factors that contribute to health systems performance and health reforms
    • debate health systems issues concerning the roles of communities, public sector, markets, and other key institutions
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    TA: Manuela Villar
    Email: mvillaru@jhsph.edu

    TA: Taufique Joarder
    Email: tjoarder@jhsph.edu

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