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Health Technology Assessment

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:2.00
Study Course Accepted:06.12.2017
Study Course Information
Course Code:VVDG_010LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Economics; Economic TheoriesTarget Audience:Health Management
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Daiga Behmane
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Health Management Teaching Staff Group
The Head of Structural Unit:Daiga Behmane
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (count)6Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes12
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
This course provides students with a broad oversight of theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary health systems: their design, functions and objectives as well as major current issues in health service planning, delivery and management.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
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Unaided Work:
- Reading and analysis of the published research and study literature and health policy documents; - Development and presentation of the individual and group class work.
Assessment Criteria:
- Activity during interactive lectures; - Quality and terms of individual and group tasks; - Accuracy and precision of written exam answers.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Upon successful completion of the course the students will: - define health systems, their functions and objectives; - describe the system building blocks: governance, health care financing, health workforce, medical products and technologies; information and research; service delivery; - identify key actors in the health sector; -describe the objectives, principles and process of health policy development; - analyse the main models of health systems and their key characteristics; - describe different health financing systems and their ability to address health system objectives.
Skills:The students learn how to: - interpret health policy and health system objectives; - explain how health systems can be organised and managed; - explain different health care organization models; - explain different health systems using comparative policy analysis.
Competencies:Students will be able to: - set the goals for health policy and strategy; - link different policy recommendations to specific health systems; - recognize the importance of health systems in improving health status and ensuring equitable distribution of health across populations.
Required Reading
1Drummond M. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care programmes, Oxford University Press. (2010)
2Guinness L., Wiseman V. Introduction to Health Economics (2nd edition), Open University Press (2011)
Additional Reading
1Hunink M, Glasziou P. et al. Decision Making in Health and Medicine. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2001)
2Muir Gray J.A. Evidence based Healthcare (2nd edition), Churchill Livingstone, 2001