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Health Policy & Management

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The students will analyze the tools necessary to understand how the health care system works, and how the health care policies and health services management are implemented in the US and other countries of the world. The course will also give a hands-on experience of working on a real-world Public Health project via Integrated Public Health Project.

This course is an introduction to health policy and health care systems for public health professionals and health administrators. The course covers government and private sector policies intended to improve access, reduce costs, and improve quality. This course will provide you with an overview of the structure and organization of the health care systems. We will examine the history of health policy making and the major health policies that have given rise and continue to shape various health care systems and ethical considerations in their evolution. This course is designed to help students, particularly those interested in careers as public health leaders and health care managers, develop a better understanding of critical health policies and the health policy making process as well as the overall structure and key components of different health care systems. Throughout the course, we will emphasize developing a critical understanding of the structures and processes that influence health, health care, and health care policy and will introduce students to the key concepts and frameworks using systems’ thinking.



Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the policy process and its influence on enhancing the health status of the populations.
  2. Examine and evaluate the key concepts and options in the managing and financing of health services.
  3. Apply the concepts required to formulate, implement and evaluate health plans.
  4. Analyze the diversity of international health policies.
  5. Critically review the strength and limitations of economic concepts as applied to health and health care

Track Competencies

By the end of the course, students will be able to master:

  1. Analyze the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in various Health Systems including USA.
  2. Analyze the principles of policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  3. Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  4. Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.
  5. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational' performance issues.
  6. Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational / health system issues.
  7. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  8. Examine leadership skills for building partnerships.

Course Staff

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Praveen Durgampudi, MBBS, MPH, MSPH

Dr. Durgampudi is an associate professor of Health Policy and Administration. His research interests include Health Services Research & Management

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