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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Hafizur Rahman
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Explores health systems in low and middle income countries (LMICs), and examines approaches to improving the performance of health systems. Focuses on frameworks, tools, skills, and strategies to understand, influence, and evaluate health systems in LMICs. Identifies key institutions, functions, and performance issues for national and local health systems. By using frameworks and tools, students gain experience in systematically analyzing health systems and methods to plan, implement, and evaluate changes in health systems in a variety of settings, including countries in various levels of demographic, epidemiologic and economic transitions. Covers key controversies in health systems, including issues in monitoring health systems performance, the role of the public sector, dealing with unregulated private health markets, linking priority health programs and health systems, raising accountability in the health system, etc.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
describe health systems frameworks, strategies and tools to analyze and evaluate health systems and their reforms in LMICs
explain and assess key systems, functions and institutions: oversight (e.g. governance, policy, regulation, public information), health care organization, and health financing
explain the role of different factors that contribute to health systems performance and health reforms
debate health systems issues concerning the roles of communities, public sector, markets, and other key institutions

Methods of Assessment: Attendance (10%); participation in group work and discussion (40%); three exercises and one paper (50%)
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: no undergraduates
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

No consent required for Health Systems MSPH and PhD students and IH DrPH students. Consent required for students not in the Health Systems program.

For consent, contact:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses., and 220.601, Introduction to International Health

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail