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Title Health Policy and Management
Course number 2740
Programme Folkhälsovetenskap
Language English
Credits 4.5
Date 2014-04-28 -- 2014-05-16
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements
Intended learning outcomes After the course the students will be able to:
- Identify health policy processes and actors;
- Describe functions of health systems building blocks;
- Describe the scientific philosophies and assumptions that underpin Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR);
- Describe ""system thinking"" applied to public health and health systems;
- Describe leadership and management perspectives, including monitoring performance of health services organizations;
- Share understanding of HPSR in different contexts;
- Develop, present and critique a concept note relating their own research to the field of Health Policy and Management; and
- Critical appraisal other concept notes within Health Policy and Management.
Contents of the course This course is modified version of the course number 1659 which has been conducted several times at KI.

The course aims to review scientific approaches to the formulation of health policies implementation and the management of health services.The content focuses on the following themes:
- Health Policies and Systems in Context
- Systems thinking in Health Policy and Management
- Introduction to HPSR including health policy analysis
- Change Management Research
- Evidence Informed Policy
Teaching and learning activities Interactive educational methods including lectures and question-answer, small group and large group discussion including case scenarios, peer education and individual activities (project assignments), seminars.
Combining students with different cultural and professional background and at different stages in their research careers presented both challenges and opportunities that the course organisers are well aware of and utilise during the course.
Compulsory elements Active participation in seminars and group work is mandatory. The course director assesses if, and in that case how, absence can be compensated.
Examination The examination consists of verbal and written presentations of individual assignments with participants paired into presenters and commentators. Participants will develop and submit their written assignments beginning of last week. These will be assessed by faculty.
Fulfillment of group work and successful presentation of individual assignments and comments are prerequisites. The oral examination consists of presentation of own assignment as well as discussing a fellow course participants proposal. Grading consist of written assignment (50%), presentation (30%) and comments (20%).
Literature and other teaching material Health Policy and Systems Research, A Methodology Reader. Edited by Lucy Gilson
Making Health Policy. Kent Buse, Nicholas Mays & Gill Walt
And selected references and handouts
Number of students 15 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information
Additional course leader The course director is Göran Tomson (GT), Professor of International Health Systems Research, Karolinska Institutet. He leads the Health Systems and Policy research grp judged as outstanding in the 2010 ERA evaluation at KI. GT is engaged in research on many international health care systems including Burkina Faso, China, Laos, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. He has been involved in setting up the Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research (now a division of WHO), the International Network for Rational Use of Drugs, network to contain antibiotic resistance and is a member of the WHO Expert Panel Drug Policy Management. He is also a senior advisor to the WHO Evidence Informed Policy Network EVIPNet health.
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Göran Tomson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
Contact person Vibeke Sparring
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik

Hamideh Mohammadzadeh Esmaily
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
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