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The Health Policy Process, Politics and Power CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the social, political, economic and historical factors influencing health policy in the 21st century, focusing particularly on the policy process and its main actors, and on the central roles of politics and power.

It will equip you with the concepts, frameworks and tools you need to make sense of the policy process, to critically analyse health policies and to present your analyses effectively and persuasively.

This is a level 7 module.

This module is part of the MSc Health Policy (link at the bottom of this page)

Module dates

Term 1

SEP: Friday 25 September 2020
Friday 2, 9, 16 and 30 October 2020
Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 November 2020
DEC: Friday 4 December 2020

Module Submission Date: 18 January 2021



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 one of the following qualifications 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 ...