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GLOH5135: Global Health Systems and Delivery

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code GLOH5135
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Joel Negin,
Type Description Weight Due Length

Assessment summary

Assessment criteria

Assessment grading as per Coursework Policy 2014, Schedule 1.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Overview of Unit of Study Lecture (0.5 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Workshop 1: Introduction to Health Systems and to Health Systems Governance Workshop (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Nigeria health systems case study Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 05 Human Resources for Health Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 06 Community Health Workers Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 07 Health Information Systems Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Health Systems Research Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Workshop 2: Universal Health Coverage and Health Financing Workshop (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Health Systems and Technology Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Zambia case study Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 12 World Bank case study Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of health systems and their impact on public health in developing countries.
  • LO2. Identify key issues under each of the main health systems components.
  • LO3. Apply analytical frameworks for understanding health systems challenges in developing countries.
  • LO4. Understand a number of different health systems models in use in developing countries and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • LO5. Develop research proposals to address key health system knowledge gaps.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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