What is the most effective and fair way of organising, delivering and financing health care? What is a health system and how can its performance and effectiveness be measured? How can governments and health services respond to the complex challenges of the 21st Century?
Over the last few decades a number of developments - such as ageing populations, new health technologies and rising public expectations - have helped push health care to the top of the political agenda almost everywhere. As pressures on health services increase, politicians and policymakers around the world struggle to meet the conflicting demands of expanding and improving health care and health outcomes, while at the same time attempting to constrain health spending and manage scarce resources.
Taking an international and comparative approach, this module attempts to answer the question of which approaches to designing and improving health systems are most likely to resolve such dilemmas. It enables you to understand and critically evaluate health care 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.
Topics covered in this module will include:
Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.
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 ...