The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

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 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



Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Location: Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Lectorial: Face to Face 14 hour(s) per week for 2 weeks and 7 hour(s) for 1 week


Face to Face On Campus 5 day(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 6

Location: HMRI Workshop: Face to Face at HMRI Face to Face on Campus Students will attend a two day workshop starting the 2nd and 3rd of August Two days starting the 9th and 10th of August. One day on the 17th of August


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will have two hours a week online lecture.