221.647.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Upon successfully completing the course, students will be able to 1) design comparative evaluation approaches for health policy development in multiple low- and middle-income country settings; 2) apply at least three comparative health system evaluation methods in three different country settings in relation to policy goals; 3) critically assess methods and results of comparative health system evaluations; and 4) define the strengths and limitations of research in health policy contexts.
  • Course Description

    Presents evaluation techniques to compare health system interventions in international health. Focuses on addressing existing constraints in health systems development, given key policy goals as quality, equity and efficiency. Presents both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate interventions to better inform policy how to improve system performance and functions. Identifies policy goals, actor groups, system functions and ways to assess improvement strategies related to policy goals using existing systems frameworks. Covers key constraints in systems performance such as: effective prevention and treatment programs, patient compliance, health worker performance, inequitable access, collective financing, choosing priorities, and community-level interventions. Comparative methods draw on a mix of epidemiology, health economics, disease modeling, services research, and qualitative techniques.

  • Intended Audience

    Health Systems MHS and PhD students. HPM MSc and PhD students, and master's students from the Business School

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Attendance and participation in group work and discussion 50%; paper and exercises 50%

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    220.601 Intro to International Health or equivalent course or equivalent background

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

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