Comparative Health Systems and Policies

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Health Systems and Policies

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Global Health, International Studies, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Is there such a thing as the perfect state health system, and if so, what does it look like? This course aims to provide students with the history and knowledge of international health systems and policies necessary to devise their own answers to these questions. Students will study the national health systems and policies of other countries, including that of their host country, Italy. By exploring themes such as access to healthcare, mental health and preventative care policies, quality and efficiency vs cost relations, and research and technology, students will uncover how these topics affect the health and well-being of their citizens. Special emphasis will be given to private versus public sector healthcare and the advantages and disadvantages associated with both. As part of their final project, students will be asked to develop their own concept of an ideal health system, drawing inspiration and combining aspects from various national systems.

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