Title: Health Policy and Systems Analysis
Keywords: Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Health systems
Health Policy (incl. advocacy)
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Barbara Bürkin
Date start: 2019-02-18
Date end: 2019-08-10
About duration and dates: Distance-based preparation phase: 1 April - 10 May; On-campus in Basel: 25 - 29 March; Distance-based follow-up phase: 23 April - 11 August; Final assignment: due approx. 10 May; Final exam: 10 August (in Basel or as arranged with course directorate)
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Bildungszentrum 21, Basel, Switzerland (on-campus)
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT: 180 hours
Contact Hours: 40 hrs; Online and self-directed Study: 137 hours; written exam: 2 hours
Students will spend 40 hrs in the classroom sessions; students will spend 60 hrs working as preparation of the module and 77 hours for an assignment and preparation for a written exam.
Language: English
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• critically analyse the concepts of disease patterns, transmission, prevention strategies and treatment concepts of priority health problems
• to critically reflect how societies organise themselves in achieving collective health goals
• to appraise how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes
• to analyse how health systems respond and adapt to health policies
• to analyse the different strategies of financing a health system
• to evaluate how health policies can shape and be shaped by health systems and the broader determinants of health
• to compare different methodological concepts of health policy analyses
Assessment Procedures:
A two step assessment will be used to evaluate the learning experience.

1. One individual assignment (3,000 to 5,000 words, after on-campus sessions, 50%). The assignment focus on a specific issue (e.g. improving donor financing, drugs and technologies in LMIC, improving service delivery, improving information systems, etc.); students have to choose a specific topic in a specific setting and have to identify a possible solution and its consequences for all interested stakeholders. This includes also an analysis of the main risks and implications of implementation failure.

Papers are read and assessed by two independent readers on the basis of a set of criteria. All papers will be checked for plagiarism with the Ephorus software.

2. An end of module examination, based in Basel (2 hour examination, 50%)

The written 2 hours exam consist of a set of short answer questions and a case study.

In addition, students will have to present individual and group work findings throughout the module.

Resit: Those students who fail can resubmit the assignment; the written exam can be resit earliest in September 2018.
Upon completion of the module, students will understand the importance of health systems and policies, and health systems research, in international health management and in achieving public health goals. Students will be acquainted with a systems thinking approach to health systems frameworks and the main conceptual elements of working within such frameworks.

Content outline:

• Disease and risk factor patterns, transmissions, prevention (refresher)
• strategies and treatment concepts of priority health problems and alignment with health policies and systems (refresher)
• System thinking for health systems strengthening
• Global strategies and health systems
• Global health financing – development assistance for health and innovative financing mechanisms
• Health systems framework and institutions
• Health systems financing
• Comparison of health systems worldwide
• Measuring and evaluating health systems performance
• Demand and supply sides innovations in delivering health services
• Health systems and social determinants of health
• Health systems and global changes
• Governance and health policy
• From policy to implementation
The course will use a blended learning approach combining classroom, virtual sessions and distance based, tutored self directed learning, including:
• Interactive lectures, including problem analysis activities and group exercises; lectures are using a case-study approach, in which the lecturer gives only a short introduction, followed by group exercises; the results of group exercises will guide the next presentation(s) (40 hours)
• Distance based preparation with reading materials, short-answer questions to presented cases and quizzes (60 hours), not assessed.
• Assignment phase (77)
• Written exam (3)

Note: throughout the module, a Learning Management System (Moodle) will be used in which students will be required to undertake quizzes and assignments and upload learning products (short papers, statements, presentations, references and documents related to certain topics) linked to the objectives of this module, as well as to interact with each other on these same learning products, using discussion forum and other tools.
• Academic training or professional qualification in a relevant area
• Two years of work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries.
• Proficiency in spoken and written English (TOEFL paper 550 or computer 213 or internet 79,80 or IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof).
• Basic computer literacy is expected
• Students need a internet connection to follow the preparation phase and the assignment phase. No specific software licenses are needed.
Maximum number of students: 25
Maximum number of tropEd students: 5
First come, first serve principle, first priority will be given to students enrolled in the MBA in International Health Management
Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee of CHF 2’450; other students pay CHF 2’850
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in February 2015. this accreditation is valid until February 2020.
This module is regularly offered in our MBA International Health Management programme, therefore the number of tropEd students is limited.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-02-18 19:26:55 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-09-27 03:09:26 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-03-16 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-10-16 07:06:35 (W3C-DTF)

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