Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 a 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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 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
  • Paradigms of health service provision
  • Governance within health systems
  • Human resources for health
  • Financing of health systems
  • Donor assistance in health systems and policy
  • Medical products and technologies
  • Health information systems
  • Health 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



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Lecture Location: Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Level 4, Moss Meeting Room

Self-Directed Learning

Online 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will have two hours a week online lecture.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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