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English

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What you will learn

  • Critically compare different health system models in order to identify opportunities and challenges for health systems around the world.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 24 hours to complete

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Introduction to Health Systems

6 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 43 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
What is a Health System? (Part 2)6m
Health System Functions6m
Historical Evolution of Thinking about Health Systems6m
Health System Financing (Part 1)7m
Health System Financing (Part 2)4m
Case Study: Health Financing and Health Seeking Behaviours (Lusardi et al Research Findings)2m
Recap4m
9 readings
About Imperial College & the Team10m
How to be successful in this course?10m
Grading Policy10m
Glossary and Reading List10m
Introduction to Health System25m
Global Health System Actors15m
High Quality Health Systems25m
Bismarck or Beveridge: a Beauty Contest between Dinosaurs25m
Key Health Financing Terms25m
3 practice exercises
Health System Functions30m
Health Financing30m
Health System Financing35m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Health Systems Governance

6 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 20 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Defining Priority Setting in Health and Healthcare5m
Country Experiences in Priority Setting5m
Recap2m
6 readings
Health System Governance on a Global Level35m
Health System Governance: Principal–Agent Linkages and Health System Strengthening20m
The Global Health System: Actors, Norms, and Expectations in Transition25m
Defining the Global Health System and Systematically Mapping its Network of Actors (Optional Reading)45m
Priority Setting in Healthcare: Lessons from the Experiences of Eight Countries1h
How are New Vaccines Prioritized in Low-Income Countries?45m
3 practice exercises
Health System Governance30m
Health System Governance and Priority Setting25m
Priority Setting in Health & Healthcare35m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Health Systems Performance Assessment

7 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Health System Performance Measurement (Part 1)5m
Health System Performance Measurement (Part 2)4m
Tools for Health System Performance Assessment (Part 1)5m
Tools for Health System Performance Assessment (Part 2)5m
Exercise: Conduct a Quick Health System Performance Assessment2m
Recap4m
4 readings
Introduction to Health System Performance Assessment20m
Improving Performance of Health Systems1h
Optional Readings2h 15m
Health System Profiles50m
2 practice exercises
Health System Profiles40m
Health System Performance Assessment35m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Universal Health Coverage

5 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage: Examples from Around the World6m
Peer Review Assessment Briefing3m
Course 1 Recap2m
Course 2: Looking Ahead1m
3 readings
Sustainable Development Goals40m
Tracking Universal Health Coverage1h
System Thinking for Health System Strengthening15m
1 practice exercise
Universal Health Coverage35m

About the Health Systems Development Specialization

This specialisation aims to expose students to, and engage them in, all-encompassing thinking of ‘health systems’ and the importance of a horizontal approach to health system investment to achieve better health outcomes. The specialisation also aims to provide insight into a range of disciplines including organisational behaviour, health policy, information systems and human resources in order to strengthen students’ capacities to think as effective health leaders....
Health Systems Development

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