Undergraduate Course: Health Systems Reform and Public Private Partnerships (IPHP10003)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to examine recent programmes of health systems reform based on markets and private sector involvement and to describe and evaluate public private partnership policy. This course builds on the Semester 1 course in Introduction to health systems. Contemporary programmes of health system reform based on markets and private sector involvement have implications for the means by which services are matched to needs in universal health systems. Public private partnerships (PPPs) play a central role in the international trend towards private provision of public serves and provide an important international model for reforming health service governance, funding and financing. Partnerships are promoted within the programmes of international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. But whilst they involve the private sector more directly in the provision of public services, they also have a direct impact on public services= resource allocation and redistribution mechanisms. This course focuses on the significance of PPPs for ownership, financing and management in public service delivery. It will examine the concepts of partnerships and the methods for their evaluation. It will take as its starting point NHS organisational and financing reforms that have accompanied PPP in order to provide a conceptual framework for more general evaluation of the model. The course will also cover concepts such as corporatisation, forms of privatisation, the third way of non-profit companies, and the use of private finance and foreign direct investment for public service infrastructure renewal.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course students will be able to:
! Describe the introduction of private sector involvement in the United Kingdom's national health service.
! Define what is meant by privatisation and partnership.
! Understand appropriate methods for the appraisal and evaluation of PPPs.
! Discuss PPP case studies.
! Discuss the international promotion of PPPs.
! Consider the arguments for and against foreign direct investment in health services infrastructure.
! Effectively communicate the course's core concepts through written and oral presentations.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Mark Hellowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1330
|Course secretary||Miss Jade Birkin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659