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Comparative Health Systems (POPH90209)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90209
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A thorough comprehension of the different institutions, structures and processes that constitute health systems globally provides a strong platform for further studies and varied career paths in population and global health. This subject provides students with the analytical frameworks to explore the social and political dynamics, institutions and structures that constitute health systems globally. This subject is delivered by a cross-disciplinary team of experts working in health systems strengthening and analysis, and draws on contemporary research and examples from across Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and other global contexts. Students of this subject will develop and apply skills in critical and comparative analysis of health systems in a range of countries and in settings with varied levels of socio-economic development.

Issues addressed in this subject include, but may not be limited to: global disparities in health system expenditures and outcomes; the characteristics of different health financing systems; health system structures; health system reform and performance measurement; health system strengthening approaches and strategies; intergovernmental relations and development assistance for health; health workforce supply and policy; general practice and primary healthcare; complementary health systems and health system orientation for Indigenous peoples; and the multi-level policy processes that inform health system decision-making.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Analyse the institutions, structures and processes that constitute a health system;
  • Contrast the key components of Australian and other regional and global health systems;
  • Apply the tools and techniques of comparative health systems analysis;
  • Analyse different processes of health system policy making and reform, with emphasis on improving equity in health outcomes.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information,
  • Written communication,
  • Oral communication,
  • Persuasion and argumentation,

Last updated: 21 September 2019