Queen Mary University of London: Global Health Systems Theory and Policy

InstitutionQueen Mary University of London
Department Blizard Institute
Web http://www.qmul.ac.uk
Email blizard@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2483
Study type Taught

Summary

This programme considers how the principles and practice of effective and fair public health care can inform health policy and health care systems in national and local settings. An important focus of the programme will be the theoretical and practical principles of solidarity in health care systems. The programme analyses the principles of health systems, and makes global linkages to social, political, economic, and cultural issues in individual countries and themes. Students will gain an understanding of competition and trade law and regulation and its application to public health care. This programme is of particular interest to medical and clinical practitioners, civil servants, public health practitioners, social and political scientists, lab scientists, and NGO workers.

High quality primary health care and public health systems form the cornerstone of an efficient, effective, and equitable health system. Many countries (whether low-, middle- or high-income) are seeking to shift from a secondary care led, disease-oriented and ‘reactive’ healthcare system to one characterised by a strong primary care sector offering ‘proactive’, whole-patient care through measures such as patient education, prevention, early diagnosis, support for self-care, risk factor and chronic disease management, and systematic gate-keeping to the secondary care sector.

This vision for developing public health and primary care is widely held (eg, it is prominent in World Health Organization strategic plans and is a strong theme in the new healthcare strategy in the USA), but it depends critically on capacity-building to produce the research leaders, educators, policy-makers and change agents who are integral to this process.

MSc

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