This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services and strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of delivering health services will be covered. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems, and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.
1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week
Tutorial activities (10%), online quizzes (15%), 2000wd report (35%) and 1.5hr exam (40%)
HSBH1006 and (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) and HSBH1008 and HSBH1009