HEALTH SYSTEMS IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES Syllabus
Course DescriptionExplores 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 AudienceHealth Systems MHS and PhD students, MPH students
Methods of Assessment
Peer evaluation of participation in group work throughout course = 10%
Individual paper 1 (Due Nov. 16 2013 ) : Analysis of health system constraints = 40%
Individual paper 2 (Due Dec. 15 2013): Reform strategies to address health system constraints = 40%
Group presentation (Dec. 15 2013): Critique of health reform package = 10%
Prerequisites220.601, Introduction to International Health
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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
Yuen Wai (Waiwai) Hung
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