Analysing Health Systems: Lessons From COVID-19

  • Online certificate course
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code OCC-HSM
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Global


The events of 2020 have highlighted a pressing need to better understand the weaknesses and inequalities within and between health systems globally, as well as the value of a multidisciplinary approach to pandemics. By identifying areas for improvement, governments, the healthcare sector, and civil society can prepare for future large-scale health challenges that would require urgent mobilisation of resources.

The Analysing Health Systems: Lessons From COVID-19 online certificate course draws on a multidisciplinary perspective that highlights the broader social, economic, and political complexities influencing a country’s approach to an international health crisis, using the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study. Over six weeks, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of the global health system, while examining the strategies employed to facilitate high-quality and equitable healthcare. You’ll also explore the multifaceted issues underpinning and facing contemporary health services. Throughout the course, you’ll develop the skills to think critically and creatively about healthcare initiatives and policies, and to build robust systems ready to deal with health crises in the future. 

This course has been designed by faculty from the Department of Health Policy at LSE, which aims to influence and improve how health policy and systems are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Through multidisciplinary research and teaching, the Department has made substantive contributions to health planning and delivery on the global stage.

CPD Certified

This online certificate course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 50 hours of learning.

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 13 July 2021

Course start (Orientation opens): 21 July 2021

Module 1 starts: 28 July 2021

Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation)

Commitment: 7 - 10 hours per week

Fee: £2,200

Course outcomes

  • Gain a nuanced understanding of the economic, social, political, and policy structures that influence the readiness of health systems to withstand a pandemic
  • Learn how to technically assess health system performance, use the insights, and explore the potential of data integration to better manage current and future healthcare needs
  • Acquire an analytical view of the impact COVID-19 has had on health systems, and realise the extent to which factors such as resource constraints and funding will shape global response
  • Develop a comprehensive toolkit of strategies and tactics to repair ailing health systems in order to deliver high-quality and equitable care on both a local and global scale

Programme structure

  • Orientation module
  • Module 1: Introduction to COVID-19 politics and policy
  • Module 2: Inequitable suffering
  • Module 3: The health and economic consequences of COVID-19
  • Module 4: A comparative perspective on assessing the COVID-19 health system impact
  • Module 5: Healthcare quality and the impact of COVID-19
  • Module 6: Health system surveillance


Dr Clare Wenham – Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Health Policy, LSE 

Dr Miqdad Asaria – Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Health

Andrew Street – Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Policy, LSE

Dr Rocco Friebel – Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy, LSE

Dr Irene Papanicolas – Associate Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Policy, LSE


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leader in online education, GetSmarter. View this Analysing Health Systems: Lessons From COVID-19 online certificate course on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. 

This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

Reading materials

All reading materials for this course will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus. Notes for each module are often downloadable, and you are able to save any information or collateral you use to your personal profile.

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