HEALTH FINANCING IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- 1. Explain basic health financing concepts and how they are applied in low and middle income country settings 2. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different healthcare financing functions: financing, pooling, purchasing and provision mechanisms 3. Analyze household survey data to measure out-of-pocket payments, headcount ratio, poverty gap, and catastrophic health expenditures 4. Describe and evaluate the health financing systems of select low or middle income countries
Introduces students to concepts and methods in health financing targeting low and middle income countries. Examines four themes of financing: pooling, purchasing and provision of healthcare and surveys health financing practices across countries with different political and economic contexts. Enables students to use household survey data to estimate essential health financing metrics such as out-of-pocket payments, headcount ratio, poverty gap, and catastrophic health expenditures. Prepare students with health financing toolsets for a career in international health.
Students interested in health financing, specific to low and middle income country settings.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Two assignments (20% each) calculating key health financing metrics using a household dataset. Two papers (25% each) identifying challenges and possible solutions to health financing issues in a low- or middle-income country. Class participation (10%).
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Biostatistics 140.611/612 or 140.621/622 or 140.651/652 or experience using stata. 313.639, Microeconomics, or 313.641, Health Economics I are recommended.
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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