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Postgraduate Course: Health Systems Analysis (PGSP11363)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to provide students with the ability to evaluate health systems in any country or region. A core goal is to provide students with an understanding of core economic principles and how these can be applied: (a) by health sector decision-makers in policy design, and (b) by analysts of health system performance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  59
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- A critical understanding of the role played by economic analysis in health policy.
- A critical understanding of how different models of revenue collection and pooling can lead to different outcomes in terms of equity and efficiency.
- An ability to evaluate the various models of health system governance, with a particular focus on the evaluation of market vs. planned approaches.
- An ability to evaluate the organisation and delivery of health systems, with a focus on human/ pharmaceutical resources and use of information.
- An ability to identify and evaluate methods by which resources are allocated or channelled to individual and institutional providers of health services.
- An ability to use economic principles to look critically at factors- including micro- and macro-economic factors- that have an influence on policy.
- An ability to analyse the concepts of economic and fiscal sustainability, in contexts of socio-economic/ demographic change and resource constraint.
- Demonstrating the analytical skills required to present, communicate and debate issues in health systems policy from an economist's point of view.
Assessment Information
Assessment will be based on two components:
1) Input to online discussion fora. Students to submit a portfolio of contributions to course discussions, comprising three short written reflections on readings and three examples of engagement in online discussions (30%)
2) Written essay of 3,000 words (70%).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1: Core economic concepts and their application to the health sector
Week 2: Identifying the components of health systems: the systems approach
Week 3: Consumers and producers: theories of market equilibrium
Week 4: Revenue collection and pooling: market failure and the role of the state
Week 5: Market versus planned approaches in the provision of health care services
Week 6: Organisation and delivery of health systems: the nature of factor markets
Week 7: Incentives and system design: provider payment methods and performance
Week 8: Cost-effectiveness in resource allocation: theories and methodologies
Week 9: The macro-economic context: challenges and opportunities
Week 10: Enhancing the economic and fiscal sustainability of health care systems
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list The course will utilise the following two textbooks:
- Carrun, C et al (2011), Health Systems Policy, Finance and Organization, Elsevier.
- Morris, S et al (2012), Economic Analysis in Health Care, Wiley (2nd ed).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Mark Hellowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1330
Course secretaryMiss Jodie Fleming
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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