Postgraduate

HSC8040 : Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to an analysis of health policy processes and health systems functions, taking into consideration global challenges and their impact on health care organizations and policies. The health policy component covers the theory and practice of policy development and decision making, including key features relevant to the NHS. The health systems component examines and discusses the key elements and the complexity of the health systems’ from a comparative perspective. Specific examples and case studies will be presented to analyse and discuss current challenges affecting health policies and health systems in both developed and developing countries like health care financing, access to health services and health systems performance. There will also be a focus on health systems' responses to the Coronavirus pandemic'
Students will be able to draw on different perspectives and practical examples to get an understanding of specific issues and challenges currently affecting different health systems at international level from a comparative perspective.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will provide an introduction and broad overview of these topics:

•       Introduction to health policy and system analysis
•       Ethics of distribution and resource allocation in healthcare
•       Comparative analysis of health care systems (organization, services delivery and performance) in different countries
•       Empirical case studies of health policies and health systems (developed and developing countries)
•       Universal health coverage
•       Health policy and systems reform in the English NHS

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:303:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Online Synchronous. Include interactive activities and group discussions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Online Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity81:008:00Students undertake research for a presentation / student-led contribution to small group teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous Online To answer students’ queries on the course and on the assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Sync online: Intro to key aspects of the module to inform discussions in small group sessions.
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Module Talks and Lecture Materials will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts and issues of health policy and health systems. Small group teaching will be highly interactive in order to promote student’s critical thinking and further individual study. Some specific activities and arrangements will depend on the final number of students.
The teaching and learning methods used are designed to maximise opportunities for students to reflect on and incorporate their own experience into their learning. Most sessions include exercises and/or discussion in small groups to facilitate critique and analysis of the subject. Students will have the opportunity to read different material (in advance of the session and/or afterwards) in order to maximise their learning of the topics discussed in the lecture materials and small group sessions. Skills outcomes will be met through different activities (such as group work and presentations) and through the summative assessment. The drop-in session will provide students with the opportunity to discuss issues related to the course and to ask questions on the assessment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 will evaluate students’ understanding and critical analysis of relevant health policy and systems issues, enabling the student to demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject.
The aim of the assignment is to test students’ ability to make use of pertinent literature, to access and critically analyse information on health policy and systems from various sources and to develop a clear discussion on a selected topic with a structured argument.

Reading Lists

Timetable