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Unit Code: HSM817

Unit Name: Analysing Health Policy, Process, and Power

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of analyzing a health policy. Since health policy analysis is a small but growing area within the field of health policy and system research, the course is aiming to give students the insights and tools to better understand what health policy is, how it is developed and implemented, what the factors are that shape it, and how people (actors in the health system) can influence and shape it.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to: 1. Distinguish policy as intent, the inter-linkage of policy development and implementation process. 2. Explain the focus of policy analysis and how actors influence the policy processes using different sources of power and behaviours. 3. Examine the different forms of policy content and the main contextual features influencing policy change. 4. Conduct stakeholder analysis and appropriate development of strategies to support the policy change. 5. Distinguish ways in which the policy analysis triangle influence policy processes and policy implementation. 6. Explain the impact of globalization and the importance of research, evaluation to health policy process. 7. Analyse the contribution of economic evaluation to health policy decision-making. 8. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of regulatory effort towards achieving policy goals.

Prerequisite: Minimum Entry Requirement.

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 20

Offered In: Semester 2