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 and context. The course addresses health systems from a system improvement perspective, and focuses on health systems analysis, evaluation, and reform. The course examines the various components of health systems, including financing mechanisms, human resources, medical products/technologies, and health information systems. This course also introduces the relationship between international relations, global health policy and public health outcomes.
Identify health system issues and service delivery problems and their root causes, and compare and contrast approaches to resolving or ameliorating them (group assignment 33%; final exam35%)
Be able to produce a digital story of individual healthcare experience critically reflecting on the enablers challenges with access to appropriate healthcare (Digital Storytelling Assignment 15%)
Students will read and interpret the readings based on the context of the major course themes mentioned in the course description (critical reflection assignment 20%)
Students will be able to analyze existing health systems and be able to discuss the interaction among the different parts of the health system as well as the challenges (group assignment 33%; final exam 35%)
Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
Supplementary resources such as videos, podcasts
In depth topic exploration with case studies (student presentations)
Critical reflection, read & respond (weekly student led discussion), 19%
Digital Story Telling, 19%
Group assignment/presentation, 32%
Written exam, 30%
There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.