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HPOL5001: Health Systems and Financing

2024 unit information

This unit aims to equip students with operational knowledge of the structures and financing of health systems. The focus will be on Australia and comparable countries. However, we will also look at particular issues around lower income and aid dependent health systems. Topics covered include the organisation of health systems, funding priorities and mechanisms, administration of health care, and debates over the public-private mix, governance and accountability. By the end of this unit students will be able to: Apply a critical understanding of the history and features of the Australian and comparable health systems; Debate the main models and principles of health system funding, including principles of insurance, risk-pooling, equity, delivery, payment models and governance; Undertake a cross-country comparative analysis of health system features and outcomes; Critically analyse national health budgets and funding programs; Locate finance policy in the wider context of health systems and economies.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Public Health

Code HPOL5001
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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GLOH5135
Assumed knowledge:
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None

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

  • LO1. apply a critical understanding of the basic history and features of the Australian and comparable health systems
  • LO2. debate the main models and principles of health system funding, including principles of insurance, risk-pooling, equity, delivery, and governance
  • LO3. undertake a cross-country comparative analysis of health system features and outcomes, including low and middle income countries
  • LO4. (critically) analyse national health budgets and funding programs
  • LO5. locate finance policy in the wider context of health systems and economies.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2020
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 1 2021
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal evening Remote
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal evening Remote
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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