Comparative Health Systems

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Health Systems

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this module, students examine the features of the Irish health system, explore the politics of health policy making, and analyse health systems through a comparative approach.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss what is meant by a 'health system'
    2. Explore the politics and the finances of health policy making
    3. Describe the principal features of the health systems in Ireland and abroad.
    4. Explore the factors which account for the different structures of different health systems
    5. Critically evaluate the ways in which different health systems meet common problems, and the impact of these choices on the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of the system
    6. Critically analyse and evaluate the features and outcomes of health systems using a comparative approach
    7. Debate current proposals for the reform of the Irish health system

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