Module Catalogue

HSC8040 : Health and Health Care Policy

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Eileen Kaner
  • Demonstrator: Dr Michele Castelli
  • Lecturer: Dr Heather Brown, Mr Jan Deckers
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to an analysis of health care and policy, with a particular focus on the UK, and a comparative analysis of health care organisation in different countries/settings.

This module covers both health care and policy and a comparative analysis of health care organisation in different countries/settings. The health policy component covers the theory and practice of policy development, implementation and review, including key features relevant to the NHS such as the development and reforms of the NHS, Government Health Policy, and the role of the NHS and non-NHS agencies. The comparative health care component uses a structured framework to compare and contrast different models of health care organisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The contents of the module are:
•       History and structure of the NHS
•       Health policy theory
•       National health care strategies
•       Recent developments in Public Health policy
•       Quality in the NHS
•       Patient and public involvement in the development and monitoring of health policy
•       The commissioning role in health care policy
•       Performance review and health policy
•       Organisation theory as applied to organisations’ responses to policy change
•       Ethics of distribution and resource allocation
•       Framework for, the comparative analysis of health care organisation and delivery in different countries
•       Examples of health care organisation in other countries: North America, Europe and developing countries

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0013:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Most of the learning outcomes relate to critiquing and/or analysing the subject. Incorporating students’ own experience into their learning also enhances the benefits from the module. The teaching and learning methods used are designed to maximise opportunities for students to reflect on and incorporate their own experience into their learning. In each session students are encouraged to discuss these in relation to their own areas of study/employment and to reflect on colleagues’ work likewise. Most sessions include exercises and discussion in small groups to facilitate critique and analysis of the subject.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assignment enables the student to demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject; to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of policy; to critique policy developments; and to demonstrate the application of wider reading.

Reading Lists