• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anne Parkinson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in 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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically evaluate the major components of the Australian health system; understand some approaches to health services research and health system reform;
  2. Be able to critically analyse research designs as applied to health services research
  3. 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;
  4. Understand in depth the concept of policy making, involvement of potential stakeholders and their contributions to and influence on policy formulation;
  5. Systematically analyse health issues, conduct policy analysis and develop health policy reform proposals; based on the best available evidence and
  6. Discuss challenges in policy making around complex problems and understand challenges in policy implementation in the health sector.

Indicative Assessment

    • 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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      It is expected that student will spend approximately 10h per week (inclusive of class time) on study related to this subject over the semester

      Prescribed Texts

      Health care and public policy: an Australian analysis
      by Palmer, G. R; Short, Stephanie D
          Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
          Date :  2014
          Edition:5th edition.
          ISBN: 1420256882, 9781420256888

      Assumed Knowledge

      None required


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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2017 $4092
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2017 $5454
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      First Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      3703 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A
      4823 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 Online N/A

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