- 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 PGRD
- Dr Siobhan Bourke
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
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:
- Describe the major components of the Australian health system and compare these with other countries.
- Describe Australia’s primary health care system and distinguish this from secondary and tertiary health care. Understand the structures that underpin the delivery of health care in Australia.
- Understand the principles underpinning the evaluation of health services structure, process and outcomes, including some approaches to health services research and health system reform
- Understand the concept of policy making, involvement of potential stakeholders and their contributions to and influence on policy formulation;
- Understand policy making on complex problems and challenges in policy implementation in health sector;
- Systematically analyse health policy and develop alternative health policy reform proposals.
- Analysis paper (2000 words): weight 35% (LO:1)
- Policy analysis exercise (2500 words): weight 35% (LO 4,6)
- Formative evaluation (ongoing): 30% (LO 1-6)
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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 TextsRequired readings and resources will be identified for each session and listed (or uploaded) on Wattle throughout the course.
Assumed KnowledgeNone required
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