Healthcare Systems

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Healthcare Systems

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Health Care Systems is designed to give the student a deeper understanding of key concepts in how health systems are funded, operated and evaluated. The course will introduce the student to concepts such as social determinants of health; how health care decisions are evaluated; health reform; disadvantaged groups and health; and assessing quality of health services. The course will explore the Australian health care system in detail and compare it to other health care systems in developed and developing countries.

    Course Introduction
    The course provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of healthcare systems, in terms of their evolution, rationale, operation and structures. The course also examines the main issues in Australian health policy and planning from an economic perspective and explains the relevance of economic thinking to decision making in health.

    Course Aims
    The aim of the course is to encourage participants to gain a wider understanding of the national and international context within which the health of populations is managed. Different health systems operate within different cultural, social and economic contexts with different outcomes and at a different cost.

    A broad overview of issues confronting the health sector from an economic perspective will be presented focussing on the private-public mix in health care, the impact of health insurance and policies for cost containment and health care reform. These issues will mainly be examined within the Australian health care system.

    This course seeks to equip participants with the knowledge and critical expertise to examine the Australian health system in terms of its effectiveness compared to other systems and the issues it faces which are either unique to Australia or common to other health systems.

    The course will also identify that in order for medical practitioners, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to provide optimal care for patients on a one to one basis an understanding of both the Australian Health Care System and the environment impacting on a patient's health is essential in order to implement quality health care provision.

    In understanding the limitations placed on the one to one medical or clinical consultation through both the Australian and global health systems, students will be equipped to advocate for the attainment of optimal health for their future patients through an efficiently managed and integrated health care setting in Australia.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe how the Australian health system is constituted.
    2 Examine the relationship between expenditure incurred and health outcomes achieved.
    3 Analyse why workforce shortages exist in health services globally and detail strategies adopted to address this phenomenon.
    4 Describe the Australian model for funding the health care system.
    5 Compare the broad differences between health care systems, in particular, those in the UK and the USA.
    6 Appraise the underlying political ideologies which determine health system policy, funding and evaluation through an examination of an international health care system.
    7 Describe the fields of health service provision operating within Australian health care system.
    8 Describe the role of public health within health care systems globally.
    9 Appraise the role of health systems research and its integration of this in health systems globally.
    10 Demonstrate the role of health economics both in terms of its limitations and advantages and the impact of cost drivers within global health systems.

    Assessment Plan
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Written Assignment 30%/100
    Presentation -technical or professional- Group tutorial presentation & handout for peers 30%/100
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Written Academic Paper 40%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.