- Code POPH8103
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Public Health, Health
- Academic career Postgraduate
- Dr Jane Desborough
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2017
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This course provides an introduction to health services research, health care systems, policy formulation and analysis. The institutional structure of the Australian health system will be covered in broad outline with illustration of the major economic aspects of the system. Health policy formulation, important aspects and complexity in policy framing will be discussed. The course will offer a basic understanding of health care system, health policy and challenges in policy implementation. It also covers some important issues and questions relating to health care reform, pointing out forces that are likely to influence and shape health care systems. The semester long course will be taught over three hours contact time per week with associated readings, and include presentations from experts involved in the operation, reform and policy making of the health system.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate the major components of the Australian health system; understand some approaches to health services research and health system reform;
- Be able to critically analyse research designs as applied to health services research
- Evaluate and explain some of the financial aspects of health system operation, with reference to the institutional structure of the system and the provision of health care to the population;
- Understand in depth the concept of policy making, involvement of potential stakeholders and their contributions to and influence on policy formulation;
- Systematically analyse health issues, conduct policy analysis and develop health policy reform proposals; based on the best available evidence and
- Discuss challenges in policy making around complex problems and understand challenges in policy implementation in the health sector.
- An analysis paper 1500 words: - weight: 45% (LO: 1)
- A policy analysis exercise 2500 words: - weight: 45%, (LO: 4,6)
- Formative evaluation (Q&A): - weight: 10%, (LO: 1,2,3,4,5,6)
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WorkloadIt is expected that student will spend approximately 10h per week (inclusive of class time) on study related to this subject over the semester
Prescribed TextsHealth care and public policy: an Australian analysis
by Palmer, G. R; Short, Stephanie D
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date : 2014
ISBN: 1420256882, 9781420256888
Assumed KnowledgeNone required
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3703||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person|
|4823||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||Online|