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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Programme and Aims

'... I brought my little girl to the health centre in my district in the south of Bujumbura. But the nurse wouldn´t see us as I didn´t have any money to pay for the consultation.'
Simeon, Burundi

This programme provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to:

  • Identify, classify and evaluate models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery
  • Understand and assess a diverse range of health system reform programmes currently underway in the developed and developing world
  • Recognise and appraise the key institutions and mechanisms of domestic and global health policy formulation
  • Examine the range of factors that shape population health and health inequalities both within and between populations;
  • Understand different theories that seek to explain the causes of health inequalities; and
  • Critically consider different approaches to improving health and reducing health inequalities, including interventions directed at individuals, communities, social structures and broader economic and political influences on health.

The course benefits from the inter-disciplinary approach of the Global Public Health Unit and integration with the wider School of Social and Political Science. Our students have the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge base across the health systems field, from GPHU courses on health policy, global politics and health inequalities, to SSPS courses on economics, development and social anthropology.

Through a combination of one-hour lectures and two-hour interactive seminars, students are introduced to the dynamic and complex character of contemporary health systems thinking, and are provided with conceptual and analytical tools for understanding and engaging with domestic and international health policy.

User fee at hospital