This unit aims to develop a critical and comparative understanding of the history, theory and practice of health policy. It gives an overview of the political choices and frameworks - national and global - that shape policymaking. The unit examines policy frameworks, and the roles of politics, evidence and advocacy in setting policy priorities. Analysis and debates regarding health policy will be placed in broader contexts - comparing different health systems and priorities for health. Case studies will be used to examine the relationships between policy and practice. Learning outcomes. By the end of this unit students will be able to: (i) Define the boundaries and key features of health policy; (ii) Understand the basic history and features of the Australian health system; (iii) Identify policy instruments and how they function; (iv) Understand the main frameworks used for analysing policy; (v) Understand the factors influencing how policy issues are prioritized in health; (vi) Gain skills in policy communication, including preparation of a policy brief.
block mode with compulsory intensive workshops on campus. 2 x 2-day workshops, online lectures and discussions
Online learning quiz (5%); online problem based learning exercise (15%); 1 x 1500wd written assignment (30%); 1 x 3000wd written assignment (50%)
Buse K, Mays N, Walt G (2012). Making health policy. Second edition. Open University Press: London. Other recommended reading materials will be available on the unit's eLearning site