MPH5272 - Principles of health systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)



Assoc Prof Zanfina Ademi

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


This unit will examine reform and development in health services from an international, national and local perspective. The focus of the unit will explore the implementation of health policy reform and the multitude of issues, drivers, demands, complexities and consequent impacts related to reform. Areas of concentration include international and national governing entities, the Australian health care system, developed and developing country health systems, roles of institutions (hospitals), an various applications of reform movements/models in care delivery.


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

  1. Comprehend a systematic theoretical framework for describing the design of a national health system.
  2. Identify issues and challenges in the design of national health systems.
  3. Critically appraise research and reports associated with health system development and reform.
  4. Create proposals to respond to issues and challenges faced by national health systems.
  5. Effectively communicate issues and challenges associated with reforming and developing health systems to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


  • Six written critical evaluations (500 words each) (6.7% each)
  • Written report (2000 words) (30%)
  • Written assignment (2000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

15 contact hours over 2 block days.

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