PHH1052 - Health care systems: Global and local - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Nwamaka Nwogwugwu


Dr Samson Muyanga

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • October intake 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree




This unit provides an introduction to health care systems (local and global), including key features and principles as well as the role of policy, politics, ideologies, resources and funding in their design and operation. The unit also utilizes relevant current events to generate discussion and debate around policy approaches to specific issues and the politics of health and social care.


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

  1. Recognise key features of health and social care systems.
  2. Identify key principles and processes underpinning the design of health and social care systems.
  3. Describe the roles of health professionals in the health system.
  4. Explain the role of key factors influencing the design and operation of health and social care systems (including politics, ideologies, resources and funding).
  5. Compare health systems with regard to structure, performance, and context.
  6. Work effectively in a group to plan and complete tasks collaboratively.


  • Individual presentation (10 minutes) (15%)
  • Group presentation (15 minutes) (20%)
  • Written assignment (2,500 words) (40%)
  • Quizzes x 3 (in-class) (multiple choice) (25%)

Hurdle: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Workload requirements

4 hours per week (2 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial) PLUS 8 hours of private study hours per week.

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