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The subject focuses on the decisions, usually made by governments, which determine the present and future objectives underlying a country’s health services and programs. The following topics will be covered:
- policy definitions and instruments;
- ideas, ideologies and interests that influence priorities in policy decision making;
- the significance of effectiveness, efficiency and equity as objectives of health policy;
- legal, political, managerial, sociological and economic perspectives in understanding policy formation; and
- the emerging role of scientific evidence in policy formation.
Processes relating to the development and implementation of health policy including health policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation. Both Australia and developing country contexts will be studied.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe and critically appraise theoretical perspectives on policy making from a political science, epidemiological, economics, law, , sociological and managerial perspective.
- Debate the role of different understandings of equity alongside other objectives in informing health policy and policy change
- Critically analyse the origins and evidence base of health policy and funding decisions both in Australia and developing countries
- Describe and critically analyse policy development processes and the drivers of policy change
- Choose and justify a policy analysis methodology for a particular policy issue
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Initiative, autonomy and organization,
- Oral communication,
- Written communication,
- Persuasion and argumentation,
- Working with others and in teams.
Last updated: 18 December 2020