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HPOL5001: Health Systems and Financing

Semester 1, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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 funding priorities and mechanisms, the debates over the public-private mix, governance and accountability. The unit addresses questions such as: Who makes decisions about funding priorities? To whom should decision makers be held accountable and for what aspects of their work? How does health financing shape universal health coverage? By the end of this unit students will be able to: Apply a critical understanding of the basic 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 and governance; Undertake a cross-country comparative analysis of health system features and outcomes, including low and middle income countries; Critically analyse national health budgets and funding programs; Locate finance policy in the wider context of health systems and economies.

Unit details and rules

Unit code HPOL5001
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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GLOH5135
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Carmen Huckel Schneider, carmen.huckelschneider@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Carmen Huckel Schneider, carmen.huckelschneider@sydney.edu.au
James Gillespie, james.gillespie@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assessment A3
Written assessment
40% Formal exam period 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5
Participation Compulsory contributions
Participation
5% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Assessment A1 Online quiz
Quiz covering content weeks 1-4
15% Week -05
Due date: 01 Apr 2021 at 23:59
15 questions/60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Assessment A2
Written assessment
40% Week 07 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, asdefined in marking rubrics for individual assessments.

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined in marking rubrics for individual assessments.

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined in marking rubrics for individual assessments.

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined in marking rubrics for individual assessments.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

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

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Health Systems and Finance: Introductory lecture, readings and online discussion Online class (8 hr) LO1
Week 02 Fundamentals of understanding health systems Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO3
Mapping a complex health system Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 History and Politics of the Australian Health System Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 04 The Australian Health System: Structures, Instituions and Equity Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 05 Comparative health policy - the metrics Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 06 Comparing health systems - beyond the metrics Online class (8 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Comparing health system rankings Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 07 SWOT week Online class (10 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 08 Health systems and sustainability Online class (8 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 09 Financing models for health systems Online class (8 hr) LO2 LO5
Choosing payment models Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 Setting and analysing budgets Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Public and private actors in health systems Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Reforms choices in the public/private mix Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Parties, politics and health priorities Online class (8 hr) LO4
Week 13 Revision and key concept: Universal Health Coverage Online class (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 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.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

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. 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.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Unit has been extensively revised, with some content now shared with GLOH5135 to broaden range of international comparisons.

Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements for this unit

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