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Health Policy in Britain CPPD

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Course overview

This module provides a critical analysis of the development of health policy and the organisation and delivery of health services in Britain since the creation of the NHS in 1948, focussing particularly on more recent developments.

It covers not only the content of health policy (what it aims to achieve) but also the process of policy making (how policies are developed, implemented and evaluated). It aims to identify the main social, economic and political influences that have shaped health policy in Britain, explores where decision making power lies and evaluates attempts to improve quality and performance in the NHS.

The module also considers the future prospects for the NHS and what health care in Britain might look like in the decades to come.

Module dates

Term 2

JAN: Friday 24 and 31 January 2020
Friday 7 and 14 February 2020
Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2020

Module Submission Date: 20 April 2020



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • A good honours degree, second-class or equivalent
  • Experience of working in the health sector may be considered as equivalent to a good honours degree for suitable applicants.
  • In addition we consider applications from capable individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but have clear plans for a future career path in health policy.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Dr Justin Needle

    Justin joined City University London in 2006 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research & Policy.

    Until 2012 he was co-director of City's Centre for Allied Health Professions (AHP) Research, which carried out research into policy, practice and workforce issues relating to the AHPs, and director of the ...