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This course examines global health issues and health systems from a comparative perspective. Like the U.S., many countries are struggling with economic, social and legal issues facing their respective health care systems and are being overwhelmed by escalating costs. In the process, many countries are confronting tensions between improving quality, ensuring adequate access, and controlling costs. This course will begin by defining “health systems” and exploring what they do and how they have evolved. We will then look at the configuration of health systems, examining different frameworks for healthcare delivery, financing, coverage, and allocation of resources. Next, we will focus on select health care systems around the globe and review the structure and functioning of their health systems. We will explore country-level debates on issues such access to care and funding and will note how a country’s history has influenced the development of its health system. The teaching strategies for this class include readings, lectures, group discussions, and experienced guest speakers.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Please purchase the Course Packet at the kiosk on the 4th floor next to the mailroom.
First Class Readings
Additional Reading Assignment on Global Health Issues is available on MyWCL.
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