PUBH3307 Health Systems and Policy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Health systems are a dynamic and complex set of organisations and people, existing in a matrix of policy decisions, financial agreements and organisational interdependence. To understand the way health systems function to protect health and treat illness, it is necessary to understand the organisations involved, the goals and influence of other major stakeholders, and the administrative and financial frameworks that support and regulate functions. Models of resource allocation are evaluated within an understanding of existing disease profiles, prevention options and with a focus on efficiency and equity. Current health policy initiatives are assessed in terms of organisational reforms and alternative methods of funding. The academic objectives of this unit are to enable students to examine and critically appraise health systems in the context of options for their organisation and funding.
Students are able to (1) describe and compare aspects of Australian and international health systems; (2) discuss the role of equity in the financing and management of health systems; (3) discuss the role of economics and economic evaluation in health care and healthcare systems; (4) discuss efficiency, resource allocation and the factors determining the demand supply of health services; (5) critique current issues in the provision, administration and funding of health services; (6) critically review and evaluate policies in resource allocation and health care; (7) value the role of population health in the healthcare system; (8) work within a team in a professional and responsible manner; and (9) communicate effectively.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester quiz and written academic essay involving critical evaluation of a topic; (2) final examination; and (3) ongoing progress in the unit may be assessed through tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ian Li
Unit rules
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour
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