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Health Systems and Management




Admissions requirements



The course examines health systems from a global perspective. The primary goal of the course is to enable students entering or working within a health system to describe the parts of systems and their interactions, the environment in which the systems exist, and the internal and external forces, and points of leverage that create opportunities for change. Although health systems vary widely in their structure and performance, there is substantial similarity in the issues they face. Differences between systems are often a matter of degree. The course addresses health systems from a system improvement perspective, and focuses on health systems analysis and evaluation, and health system reform. The course examines metrics used to evaluate health systems and the various components of health systems, including financing mechanisms, payment schemes, workforce, and the organization of health care organizations. This course also introduces the relationship between international relations, global health policy and public health outcomes.

Course objectives


  • Apply theories, concepts, study findings, and case study experience to examining influences that affect health system performance assessment and health systems design.

  • Acquire proficiency in analyzing health systems, taking into account performance expectations, internal and external influences, health systems goals, objectives, functions and activities, reform needs, stakeholders’ interests, financial and payment methods, health workforce issues, and regulatory issues.

  • Acquire and strengthen knowledge, theory, and methodological skills that can be applied to international health systems planning and implementation


  • Identify and apply tools and methods for improving performance assessment and health system design.

  • Identify health system issues and service delivery problems and their root causes, and compare and contrast approaches to resolving or ameliorating them.

  • Understand the legal and regulatory factors associated with health system reform efforts

  • Understand the effects, both positive and negative, of globalization on health policy at the international and national level;


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Supplementary resources such as videos, podcasts

  • Debates

  • In depth topic exploration with case studies (student presentations)


*Media Representation - 15%
*Weekly presentations - 17%
*Final exam - 35%
*Group project written report - 20%
*Group presentation - 13%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list



This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. M.J. Cho