MPH5301 - Health systems and policy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Professor Just Stoelwinder

Not offered in 2017


The aim of this unit is to provide health service managers and public health practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the major components of national health systems and how health policy is created to adapt and reform these systems.

Over 6 weekly modules students will explore relevant policy theories, stakeholders and policy actors and processes that address major health policy challenges. Each module includes an overview of the relevant concepts and resources, guided readings and online, instructor moderated, discussions of applied issues with student peers.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the key structural components of national health systems.
  2. Analyse the structure of their own health system.
  3. Apply policy theories to contemporary health policy issues.
  4. Analyse formal and informal sources of information guiding health system and policy development.
  5. Analyse policy stakeholders and their policy interests.
  6. Evaluate the role of the policy making process.
  7. Critically appraise existing health policies.
  8. Compose arguments on health systems and policy development.


  • Contribution to weekly online tasks (45%) (hurdle)
  • Not less than 2 written assignments totaling 3,000 words (55%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 4528, 4529, M6007, M6021