Title: Health Policy and Financing
Keywords: Health reform
Health Policy (incl. advocacy)
Actors / stakeholders
Country: Netherlands
Institution: The Netherlands - Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam
Course coordinator: Yme v.d. Berg
Date start: 2019-05-20
Date end: 2019-06-07
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
ECTS credit points: 4 ECTS credits
SIT: 112 Student Investment Hours
Contact hours: 56 hours (class sessions 50 hours; assisted tutorials 6 hours)
Self-study hours including exam: 56 hours
Language: English
At the end of the module the participants should be able to:
• Discuss and apply a framework for policy analysis, considering effectiveness, equity and implementation challenges.
• Appraise alternative (and innovative) modes of financing health systems, including the role of external aid and donors.
• Analyse the key characteristics of health system decentralization in low and middle income countries - importance, diversity, trade-offs, context specificity; and propose broad strategies for making decentralization more effective.
• Examine and discuss the meaning and importance of community participation in relation to health systems, and particularly its role towards achieving better accountability and governance.
• Analyse comparative advantages and disadvantages of public and private roles within health systems, across functions and institutions dealing with the various building blocks; and discuss in particular, the role of contracting and performance based finance.
Assessment Procedures:
Participants are required to write a policy brief (2000 words +/- 10%) on a specific topic. Participants are allowed one resit.
• Review on health systems and health reforms;
• Operationalising equity considerations across the policy cycle
• Overview of key considerations in financing health systems.
• Alternative modes of financing based on WHO report (2010),
• Challenges of health insurance; and contracting/performance based financing;
• Organization of aid, major developments in the area of international (development) finance, including those in the area of aid, debt (relief) and the financial sector,
• The economics behind aid, and the financial crisis, the linkages between these developments and health;
• World Trade Organization, intellectual property and Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS);
• Characteristics and challenges around decentralization in the context of health systems;
• Community participation as a means for better governance and accountability;
• Public and private roles: in provision of health services, in financing, and other functions across the building blocks of health systems;
• Vertical vs horizontal programs and integration of services; Policy analysis;
• Current issues in health policy and finance.
• How to write a policy brief
Interactive lectures, group work on practical case studies, tutorial group sessions on these debates, class presentations and plenary discussion on policy issues.
• Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant area equivalent to Bachelors level.
• At least 2 years professional experience in a related area including public health management and planning, in a low income country
• English level TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0 (academic version)
25 max. number of students; max. of 5 tropEd students
See prerequisites above, first come first serve
Fees: Euros 1980,-
Scholarships: For this course funding from the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP, former NFP) is available for applicants from OKP countries. Additional information available at: https://www.kit.nl/health/study/okp-orange-knowledge-programme/
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Increase in the number of ECTS credits from 3.0 to 4.0. This reorganisation has been done in response to the feedback we have received from participants and facilitators. We recognised that more time was needed to cover a wider range of policy debates and financing issues, in depth.
We also recognised that a key aspect of public health practice is to be able to engage with and communicate with policy makers; participants will learn how to write a ‘Policy Brief’.
The examination has been changed to reflect these developments; participants will now be required to write a ‘Policy Brief’ on a topic of current policy importance.
Student evaluation:
Over the years, students have consistently evaluated the content and the depth of the coverage of this content as being very good. They however have clearly expressed the need to have more time on some topics and also to include few more topics. We have incorporated these findings in restructuring the module.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Madrid, May 2004. Re-acredited in October 2011 and February 2016. This accreditation is valid until February 2021.
Remarks: online application
Email Address: F.Maldonado@kit.nl
Date Of Record Creation: 2011-11-15 05:48:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2011-11-15 07:24:34 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-07-18 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-07-18 20:39:42 (W3C-DTF)

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