Global Health Systems and Policy


This course will cover health systems and policy to equip students with a conceptual understanding and a set of tools to address major public health challenges from a health systems and health policy perspective. The unit will provide an understanding of health systems including specific topics such as health workforce, financing, service delivery, information systems and health policy, and how these impact health interventions and health status in countries. A case study approach will then provide students with concrete examples of health systems and policy challenges.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and critically examine the components of Health Systems.

2. Identify and critique key issues in various components of Health Systems in countries.

3. Critically describe and understand how Health Policy is developed, implemented and evaluated in varying settings.

4. Bring evidence based solutions and current world┬┐s best practice to Strengthen Health Systems.


The course will be designed with 9 Modules, and will have both internal and external delivery modes.

The content of the Modules will include the following:

  • Overview and Introduction to Health Systems and Policy.
  • Financing of Health Systems.
  • Human Resources for Health.
  • Health Information Systems.
  • Medical Products and Technologies.
  • Health Service Provision Paradigms.
  • Governance and Health Systems.
  • Health Policy
  • Globalization and Health Systems & Policy.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have a qualification or experience in a health related field, and will have an understanding of the basic principles of public health.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool, Callaghan and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Face to Face on Campus Students will attend a week long intensive workshop which will be conducted the week prior to the commencement of semester 2. Weblearn Students will still have two hours a week online lecture.


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Day for 1 Weeks

This course will be delivered as a week long intensive workshop for students enrolled at the University of Newcastle Sydney Campus. Lectures will commence on Monday 19th of September and will conclude on Friday 23rd September.