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Unit description

Explores the complex interactions between population-based characteristics that impact on health, quality of life (including social and political stability, employment, environmental degradation, climate change) and health care systems (such as funded programs, policy, infrastructure). This will involve exploration of a range of inputs and outputs (such as quality of life and disability adjusted life expectancy) to and from these systems.

Unit content

  • Health systems, health care systems and health policy
  • Population outcomes
  • Social, cultural, environmental, economic and political factors impacting health care systems
  • Private, public, regulated and deregulated health care
  • International comparisons for health care systems
  • Social, political and environmental change and the future of health systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explore the differences between health systems and health care systems
2describe and critique the various types of population health outcomes used to evaluate the success of health care systems
3analyse the range of social , cultural, environmental, economic and political factors which impact on health care systems
4critique of the strengths and weaknesses of private, public, regulated and deregulated health care
5compare national and international health care systems across a range of performance indicators.
6demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of political, social and environmental change on the possible futures of health systems

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explore the differences between health systems and health care systems
  2. describe and critique the various types of population health outcomes used to evaluate the success of health care systems
  3. analyse the range of social , cultural, environmental, economic and political factors which impact on health care systems
  4. critique of the strengths and weaknesses of private, public, regulated and deregulated health care
  5. compare national and international health care systems across a range of performance indicators.
  6. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of political, social and environmental change on the possible futures of health systems

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Assessment
Essay30%
Report60%
Discussion board10%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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