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Daiga Behmane

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:VVDG_006LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Management; Public ManagementTarget 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
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 16, vvdgatrsu[pnkts]lv, vvdgatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67409855
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)7Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures14
Classes (number)7Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes14
Total Contact Hours28
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
This course provided students with a broad oversight of the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary health systems: their design, functions and objectives as well as major current issues in health services planning, delivery and management. This course focuses on the design of health systems and health policy planning. Students will be introduced to the international framework and elements of the health systems, based on the World Health Organization approach and the latest political documents. It aims to give understanding of health system reforms over last decades and the aim for further system development.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
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Unaided Work:
Published research and study literature and health policy document reading and analysis; 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 (Written)
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 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 and payment 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.
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