This unit aims to develop a critical and comparative understanding of the history, theory and practice of health policy as well as provide students with an understanding of the main concepts and analytical methods of health economics and political economy. It gives an overview of the political choices and frameworks that shape decision making in health. By the end of this unit students will be able to: Define the boundaries and key features of health policy; Identify policy instruments and how they function; Understand the main frameworks used for analysing health policy, and different approaches and perspectives regarding setting priorities in health policy; Apply methods and principles of health economics e.g. resource scarcity, opportunity cost, efficiency and equity to practical real-life examples; Critically analyse the role of economic evidence in informing policy decisions in health decision-making in Australia.
Online students: week by week online activities including online lectures and/or videos, introductory tutorial, 6 interactive tutorials with online content via discussion boards, readings (total: approx 10 hours per week) Block Mode students: 2 x 1 day workshops, introductory tutorial, 6 interactive tutorials (either face-to-face or online) with online lectures and/or videos, readings (total: approx 10 hours per week)
assessable tutorials (30%); multiple choice online exam: 2 hr, open book (30%); 6 short reports (400-500 words each) on health policy and health economic evaluation, submitted online (40%)
Recommended: Buse, K, Mays, N and Walt, G. Making Health Policy (2nd Ed). Open University Press, 2012. Copies of the text are available in the University of Sydney library. Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site