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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Explores the complex interactions between population-based characteristics that impact on health, quality of life (including social and political stability, employment, environmental degradation, climate change) and health care systems (such as funded programs, policy, infrastructure). This will involve exploration of a range of inputs and outputs (such as quality of life and disability adjusted life expectancy) to and from these systems.

Unit content

  • Health systems, health care systems and health policy
  • Population outcomes
  • Social, cultural, environmental, economic and political factors impacting health care systems
  • Private, public, regulated and deregulated health care
  • International comparisons for health care systems
  • Social, political and environmental change and the future of health systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explore the differences between health systems and health care systems Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
2 describe and critique the various types of population health outcomes used to evaluate the success of health care systems Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 analyse the range of social , cultural, environmental, economic and political factors which impact on health care systems Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 critique of the strengths and weaknesses of private, public, regulated and deregulated health care Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
5 compare national and international health care systems across a range of performance indicators. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
6 demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of political, social and environmental change on the possible futures of health systems Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explore the differences between health systems and health care systems
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe and critique the various types of population health outcomes used to evaluate the success of health care systems
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. analyse the range of social , cultural, environmental, economic and political factors which impact on health care systems
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critique of the strengths and weaknesses of private, public, regulated and deregulated health care
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. compare national and international health care systems across a range of performance indicators.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of political, social and environmental change on the possible futures of health systems
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.