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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor: Daiga Behmane
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Health Management
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Economics; Economic Theories


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.



Learning outcomes


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.


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.


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.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Public Health3Master’sLimited choice
Public Health2Master’sLimited choice
Health Management2Master’sRequiredDaiga Behmane
Health management2Master’sRequiredDaiga Behmane
Health management2Master’sRequiredDaiga Behmane
Health Management2Master’sRequiredDaiga Behmane