Sydney Professional Certificate

Data Literacy for Health Policymakers

Graduates of this Professional Certificate will have specialised knowledge in Data Literacy for Policymakers.

Graduates will have cognitive skills to:

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the main concepts and analytical methods of health economic and political economy
  • Apply data literacy to complex issues in health policymaking
  • Demonstrate links between evidence, policy and practice to build skills for making and implementing evidence-based policy.

 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Data Literacy for Health Policymakers

Sydney Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Health Policymakers

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
5000-level units of study
HPOL5008
Evidence into Health Policy and Planning
6      Semester 1
HPOL5000
Health Policy and Health Economics
6    N PUBH5032
Semester 1

Data Literacy for Health Policymakers

Sydney Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Health Policymakers

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
5000-level units of study
HPOL5008 Evidence into Health Policy and Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode with compulsory intensive workshops on Campus. 2 x 2 day workshops.Unit Coordinators will assist students with online advice and supervision for their assignments. Assessment: 1 x literature search strategy (10%), 1 x 2000 word evidence based case for a policy or practice change (30%), 1 class presentation of the case for change (20%), 1 x 2500 word evidence based submission to a government consultation or inquiry (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
The aim of this unit is to increase students' understanding about the links between evidence and policy and planning and to build skills for making an evidence based case for change and implementing evidence based policy. The unit also advances conceptualisations of evidence for policy to include citizen, consumer and community experience as evidence. The teaching of this course will include: lectures, critical appraisal workshops, guest presentations from leading policy makers and student presentations of how evidence from research can assist them to address real world issues.. By the end of this unit students will be able to: Use evidence to identify areas that require policy change; Search for and critically appraise evidence for policy design and implementation; Understand key theories of the use of evidence in policy and practice; Critically analyse the role of evidence in policy and political processes; Understand citizen and community experience as evidence; Use evidence effectively in a case for policy change.
Textbooks
Required and recommended readings and reference lists will be available through eLearning.
HPOL5000 Health Policy and Health Economics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Marie Thow, A/Prof Alison Pearce Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online students: week by week online activities including online lectures and/or videos, introductory tutorial, 6 interactive tutorials with online content via discussion boards, readings (total: approx 10 hours per week) Block Mode students: 2 x 1 day workshops, introductory tutorial, 6 interactive tutorials (either face-to-face or online) with online lectures and/or videos, readings (total: approx 10 hours per week) Prohibitions: PUBH5032 Assessment: assessable tutorials (30%); multiple choice online exam: 2 hr, open book (30%); 6 short reports (400-500 words each) on health policy and health economic evaluation, submitted online (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
This unit aims to develop a critical and comparative understanding of the history, theory and practice of health policy as well as provide students with an understanding of the main concepts and analytical methods of health economics and political economy. It gives an overview of the political choices and frameworks that shape decision making in health. By the end of this unit students will be able to: Define the boundaries and key features of health policy; Identify policy instruments and how they function; Understand the main frameworks used for analysing health policy, and different approaches and perspectives regarding setting priorities in health policy; Apply methods and principles of health economics e.g. resource scarcity, opportunity cost, efficiency and equity to practical real-life examples; Critically analyse the role of economic evidence in informing policy decisions in health decision-making in Australia.
Textbooks
Recommended: Buse, K, Mays, N and Walt, G. Making Health Policy (2nd Ed). Open University Press, 2012. Copies of the text are available in the University of Sydney library. Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site