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Unit Overview


Health systems are a dynamic and complex set of organisations people, practices, financial arrangements, and consumer-provider-payer interactions. 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 effectiveness, 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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Public Health major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) 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) evaluate policies in resource allocation and health care; and (6) evaluate the role of population health in the healthcare system.


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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Enamul Hoque
Unit rules
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours
tutorials: 1 hour
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.