PUB HLTH 7092 - Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7092 Course Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 7075, PUB HLTH 7093, PUB HLTH 7091, PUB HLTH 7090 Course Description This course is structured into three linked modules: 1) A broad overview of health systems; 2) Systems thinking and political science and 3) Advocacy in the public health context.
1) A broad overview of health systems examines the foundations of health systems, exploring how they are structured, why they function in the way they do and the different types of health systems that have evolved over time. The course will focus on the Australian healthcare system, with a specific focus on public health, prevention and health promotion and will compare and contrast the Australian health system with a variety of international health systems.
2) Systems thinking and political science provides students with an introduction to systems thinking and complexity theory. Systems thinking is an emerging core skill in public health and students will explore the role of political science and how systems thinking can impact on developing policy and support systems to change by moving from a silo-ed structure to a more integrated system, which considers social and public health impacts.
3) Advocacy in the public health context brings the health systems and systems thinking concepts together to apply them to drive change for public health. Advocacy occurs at the policy and government level, organisational levels and with the community, in grass roots advocacy. Students will learn the fundamentals of advocacy including the role of advocacy in federal and state policy development and political debate. They will explore leadership in advocacy, and focus on learning practical skills such as communication, negotiation and diplomacy.
Each module includes a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues; a series of practical exercises and guest speakers who will focus on their experience of integrating theory and practice in navigating and managing a variety of systems and advocating at all levels.
Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa BurgessCourse Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess
Phone: 8313 3468
Location: Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
Course Co-cordinator: Professor Caroline Laurence
Phone: 8313 4951
Location: Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Timetable details are located on MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the building blocks of health systems and describe how these are translated into the health systems of different countries.
Demonstrate an understanding of how the principles of systems thinking and complexity science can be adapted to inform system functioning, facilitate multi-sectoral collaboration, drive change and successfully implement public health programs.
Demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of advocacy and demonstrate how they can be applied at various levels, including in government, in different organisations and at a community level
Effectively present accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for policy makers, lay audiences and the media
Identify how advocacy principles can be used to identify policy options that should be targets for advocacy
Demonstrate an ability to apply effective leadership, communication, political science and negotiation strategies in an advocacy context
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.
Online LearningThis course will be offered in blended mode.
The primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni.
Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with students. Course material will be supported by online resources via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended mode with a mix of online content and on campus classes offered in intensive mode in the Summer Semester. The course consists of a mixture of seminars, skill building workshops and guest speakers providing expert commentary on public health practice and advocacy.
Online activities before and during the intensive will allow students to develop an understanding of core concepts of
health systems theory and systems thinking.
Group functions of MyUni will be used to facilitate the completion of the group project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements...
Learning Activities SummaryThis course consists of 3 modules, with associated practical activities:
Module 1: A broad overview of the health system
Module 2: Systems thinking and political science
Module 3: Advocacy in the public health context
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Short answer Quiz
Advocacy campaign plan
3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment Detail1. Short Answer Quiz on Health Systems
2. Essay: (approximately 2,000 words).
Students will identify a complex public health issue (either in Australia or in another country to be agreed with the Course Co-ordinator), and examine how systems thinking can help public health practitioners to identify the broader systems issues associated with this problem, why it is considered complex and how systems thinking could be used to address the problem.
3 Advocacy campaign plan:
Students will choose a topic of public health importance that you believe is suitable for advocacy. The plan should:
· Identify a policy option suitable for advocacy and a rationale for the choice (approximately 500 words)
· Specify the goals, tactics and partners (approximately 1000 words)
· Explain how the campaign will be evaluated (approximately 500 words)
4. Group project:
Students will choose a country and develop a presentation on the structure and functioning of that health system, with a particular focus on the role of public health and disease prevention.
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