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Postgraduate Course: Public Health Systems in High, Low and Middle Income Countries (BIME11163)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will review differences in provision of healthcare services across the globe and it will consider the requirements for structured capacity building and strengthening of health systems.
Course description During the five-week delivery of this course we will consider the role and remit of health systems. This will include the role of primary health care in access to the health systems, disease surveillance and control.

Thereafter, we consider primary care, hospital care and long-term care, with a review of the implications of private versus public funding for health care.

The impact of donor funding on health programmes is a central theme, and we will explore the differences in vertical and central approaches.

The course will be delivered using the online Blackboard virtual learning environment with a combination of course materials and discussion boards.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the roles and remit of public health systems across a range of settings.
  2. Draw from, and apply knowledge, from a range of discipline specific resources to identify the challenge of health inequality and the prioritisation of funding in health systems.
  3. Communicate, with peers from a range of audiences, with clarity regarding the critical evaluation of a wide range of health-related data.
  4. Identify, conceptualise and define the requirements of a health system, within a specific setting.
  5. Critically review the work of others, and reflect upon how this might influence their own understanding of the topic.
Reading List
Students will be provided with a range of relevant resources and key references. Access to the University of Edinburgh online library encourages self-directed research around this subject area.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Online discussion with tutors and peers will develop confidence in communicating with others and the skills to engage in high level academic discourse.

The independent study aspect of the course will enhance the student's abilities in time-management and self-motivation.

Students are encouraged to use their personal and intellectual autonomy to evaluate ideas, evidence and experience from an open minded and reasoned perspective.
Special Arrangements Access to computer / internet
KeywordsHealth Systems,Global health,Infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Iris Bosa
Tel: (0131 6)51 3025
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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