You will take five compulsory half unit courses, and will complete a compulsory 6,000-word dissertation which may be written in conjunction with a summer placement within a government department, international agency, private organisation, or academic research institution. The purpose of the dissertation is to allow students to explore a particular topic or a relevant policy issue in some depth. The dissertation may take the form of an empirical research conducted on a topic or issue of relevance to health/social policy; or may be a literature-based providing an analysis of a specific research question of relevance to health/social policy. In addition, you will choose courses from a range of options across the Social Policy Department and other relevant Departments such as Economics and Methodology.
Please see below for a description of the core courses in the programme.
(* denotes half unit)
Financing Health Care*
Focuses on the health financing functions of collecting revenue, pooling funds and purchasing services, as well as on policy choices concerning coverage, resource allocation and market structure.
Measuring Health System Performance*
Presents a framework to discuss the opportunities and challenges with performance measurement in health care.
Introduction to Health Policy and Politics*
Provides a comparative approach to the development of health and healthcare policies in high, middle and low income countries, emphasising present and future policy options and problems.
Develops basic economic concepts as they are applied to the health sector, and provides for specialisation in health economics.
Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy*
Introduces the economics of pharmaceutical markets and related policies that affect national and international markets.
Dissertation in Health Policy*
An independent research project of 6,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
In addition to these core courses, you will select courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
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