Health and Social Care Policy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Grace Lordan, OLD M2.26


This course is available on the BSc in Social Policy, BSc in Social Policy and Criminology, BSc in Social Policy and Economics, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available to General Course students.

Course content

The course covers the foundations of health and social care policy. In the first term, students will be introduced to key concepts including need and demand for health and social care, mortality and morbidity trends, financing, delivery and stewardship of health and social care systems. Applying the concepts introduced in the first term, the teaching in Term II will address key current issues in health and social care policy, including ageing and long-term care, mental health, health and social care from a comparative perspective, health inequalities, and health and social care reforms.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

One essay of 1000 words (excluding references) and a one hour mock exam.

Indicative reading

There is no course textbook. A list of selected texts and readings will be included in the reading list which will be provided at the start of the term.

Buse K, Mays N, and Walt G (2005). Making Health Policy, OUP.
Mills A, Bennett S, and S. Russell (2001). The Challenge of Health Sector Reform: What Must Governments Do?, Macmillan.
E. Mossialos, A. Dixon, J. Figueras and J. Kutzin (2002) Funding health care: options for Europe. Buckingham, Open University Press.
WHO (2010). The World Health Report 2010 - Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage. Geneva, WHO.
Ruger, J. (2004). 'Health and social justice'. The Lancet, vol. 364, issue 9439.
Johnson J and De Souza, C (2008) Understanding Health and Social Care. An Introductory Reader. Milton Keynes: The Open University.
Department of Health (for England) (2010) A Vision for Social Care, Department of Health, London.
Wanless D, Forder J, Fernandez JL et al (2006) Securing Good Care for Older People, King's Fund, London.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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