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Postgraduate Course: Health Systems Analysis (PGSP11363)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  65
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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%).
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of the role played by economic analysis in health policy and how different models of revenue collection and pooling can lead to different outcomes in terms of equity and efficiency.
  2. An ability to evaluate the various models of health system governance, with a particular focus on the evaluation of market vs. planned approaches.
  3. - An ability to evaluate the organisation and delivery of health systems, with a focus on human/ pharmaceutical resources and use of information.
  4. n ability to identify and evaluate methods by which resources are allocated or channelled to individual and institutional providers of health services. -
  5. Demonstrating the analytical skills required to present, communicate and debate issues in health systems policy from an economist's point of view.
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).
Additional Information
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Course organiserMr Mark Hellowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1330
Course secretaryMiss Kate Ferguson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122
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