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Frameworks and Tools for Health Systems in Global Settings

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Rosemary Morgan

606.601.86 Fundamentals in Global Health Practice


Explores health systems in global settings, with a focus on low and middle income (LMIC) contexts, 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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe health systems frameworks, strategies and tools to analyze and evaluate health systems and their reforms in LMICs
  2. Assess key systems, functions and institutions: oversight (e.g. governance, policy, regulation, public information), health care organization, and health financing
  3. Explain the role of different factors that contribute to health systems performance and health reforms
  4. Debate health systems issues concerning the roles of communities, public sector, markets, and other key institutions
  5. Differentiate potential strategies for addressing key controversies in health systems
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 30% Paper(s)
  • 45% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in the MAS in Global Health Planning and Management

Instructor Consent:

No consent required