Health systems are complex and multi-faceted - even more so in resource limited settings. Successful health systems require attention to political economy, governance, institutions, and local context. This unit will cover health systems in developing countries to equip students with a conceptual understanding and a set of tools to address major public health challenges from a health systems perspective with an explicit focus on building effective primary health care systems. With a focus on evidence-based decision making, the unit will provide an understanding of health systems including specific topics such as health workforce, financing, service delivery, information systems and policy, and how these impact health interventions and health status in less developed countries. A multi-sectoral, integrated model will be used to understand the varied aspects of development challenges related to health systems. A case study approach will then provide students with concrete examples of health systems challenges and will strengthen students' ability to view health problems in a holistic, multi-faceted manner. The unit will provide students with the tools needed to make a practical difference in health systems in less developed countries with emphasis on implementation of health projects, knowledge translation and bringing interventions to scale.
1x2hr lecture per week for 9 weeks; plus 2 full day workshops and 1 half day workshop (workshops are offered to online students through e-learning site through recordings)
1x2000wd health systems essay (30%); 1x2500wd health systems solution proposal (40%); participation in online discussion boards (15%); presentation (15%)
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site