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International Health Systems CPPD

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Course overview

This module attempts to answer the question of which approaches to designing and improving health systems are most likely to resolve current dilemmas. It enables you to understand and critically evaluate healthcare systems in terms of their main features, goals, organisational principles, funding, efficiency, equity of access, social protection and other dimensions. It also provides you with the frameworks and tools needed to undertake analysis of health systems in developed and developing countries. The module will also consider and critically assess the options for reforming health systems.

Module dates

Term 3

MAY: Friday 14 and 21 May 2020
Friday 5, 12, 19 and 26 June 2020
Friday 3, 10 and 17 July 2020

Module Submission Date: 17 August 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 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 ...