STIA-322 Global Health Systems and Politics
Fall for 2013-2014
This course examines health systems and health policies from the global perspective and at the level of national comparisons, with a focus on but not a limitation to developing countries. Regional and national comparisons and analysis will be made with respect to 1) population health—including but not limited to Millennium Development Goals; 2) health policies and systems and their relationship to broad public sector policies and systems; 3) roles of and resources for health providers; 4) cultural, socioeconomic and other influences on health policies, systems and outcomes; 5) the impact of conflict and natural disasters; 6) the role and function of community-based health services; and 7) resource allocation with respect to addressing critical and emerging health problems, including balancing communicable and non-communicable diseases. The course will also address the role of international donor, regulatory and other bodies in health systems and policies and in particular their impact on health systems and policies in developing countries. Understanding of how health care is delivered in diverse contexts and particularly in low-resource countries will enable those who are engaged in international health at a variety of levels – from providing direct clinical service to providing technical assistance to strengthen health systems and policies to have an appreciation of the variable contexts in which they will be engaged.
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