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What you will learn

  • Identify the World Health Organization building blocks for analyzing systems of healthcare

  • Apply the WHO building blocks framework to various national healthcare systems to determine strengths and weaknesses

  • Understand the role of national histories in determining their current approach to healthcare delivery

  • Analyze how different countries prioritize different aspects of healthcare delivery in improving population health outcomes

Skills you will gain

organizational strategyHealth system analysisWorld Health Organization analysisOrganizational Behavior
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Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

Foundations of Comparative Health Systems

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 56 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Course Self-Assessment2m
Comparing Health Systems Part 17m
Comparing Health Systems Part 25m
Populations Have Histories5m
Measuring Population Health: Part 16m
Measuring Population Health: Part 28m
Comparative Methodology: WHO Building Blocks Framework6m
Comparative Methodology: Systems Thinking7m
3 readings
Comparative Studies30m
WHO: Health Systems20m
Defining Universal Health Coverage (UHC)10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The United States - A High-Income Country Without Universal Healthcare

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Health Spending vs. Social Spending6m
United States: Governance and Leadership6m
United States: Finance5m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Funding Long-Term Care in the U.S.7m
United States: Service Delivery8m
United States: Pharmaceuticals, Workforce, and Information12m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Pharmaceutical Spending in the U.S.3m
United States Health Care System Review12m
2 readings
Video: Adversarial Legalism11m
Chart: American Healthcare Spending10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Germany and England - Self-Governing Systems of Healthcare

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
Germany: Leadership and Governance4m
Germany: Finance and Information6m
Germany: Workforce, Service Delivery, and Pharmaceuticals6m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Germany and Preventative Care4m
German Health System Outcomes6m
England: Leadership and Governance8m
England: Finance and Information4m
England: Workforce4m
England: Service Delivery and Pharmaceuticals5m
England Health System Outcomes9m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: National Health Service Outcomes4m
1 reading
What is a German Sickness Fund?20m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Brazil and China - Middle-Income Countries Moving Towards Universal Health Coverage

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 111 min)
13 videos
Brazil: Governance and Leadership, and Information11m
Brazil: Finance6m
Brazil: Workforce, Service Delivery, and Pharmaceuticals12m
Health System Outcomes6m
China: Government and Leadership9m
China: Finance, Information11m
China: Service Delivery and Pharmaceuticals13m
China: Workforce4m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Hospital Funding in China3m
Discussion with Professor Corbett: Primary Care as First Point of Contact3m
Health System Outcomes10m
Course Conclusion13m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m



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About the Healthcare Law Specialization

This Specialization is designed to help you navigate the complex legal framework that governs modern health systems. You will learn the fundamentals of American health law, then explore how privacy law shapes the relationship between healthcare providers and their patients. You will also learn how intellectual property law influences everything from the pharmaceutical industry, to medical research, to cutting-edge ethical issues involved in emerging technologies such as DNA-testing. Finally, the specialization will conclude with a study of how other countries vary in their approaches to solving the common problems that face all health systems....
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