PUB HLTH 2508OUA - Health care systems: structure, policy and people
OUA - Trimester 3 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 2508OUA Course Health care systems: structure, policy and people Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Trimester 3 Level Undergraduate Location/s OUA Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide Open Universities Australia students Course Description This is a time of major change in our health care system. The system must meet the health needs of all Australians at a time when health care costs are rapidly increasing and our population is ageing. How can we ensure our health care system is efficient, equitable and the expectations of all Australians are met? In this course, students will examine how our health care system currently works and explore the various strategies that could improve both the quality and effectiveness of the care that people receive. This will include studying health care policies and how they directly impact on people's lives; following the health care journeys of a variety of Australians to examine how the health care system functions at an individual level and how it interacts with other systems and we will look briefly at how health care systems in other countries work. Students will learn a variety of practical skills such as how to analyse health polices, how to write a policy brief and how to approach health care reform.
Course Coordinator: Professor Caroline LaurenceDr Andrew Gardner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate understanding and analyse current public health issues and controversies and critique the different public policy responses to health issues within Australia and internationally. 2 Demonstrate understanding of, and describe how, the Australian health care system works. 3 Review and critique public health policies and strategies. 4 Map patient journeys through different parts of the health system, including acute care, primary care, rural health services and Indigenous health services. 5 Develop specific oral and written communications, informed by appropriate evidence, to effectively communicate health care issues and research results to policy makers.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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 is delivered entirely online in MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered entirely online in MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This equates to approximately 12 hours per week per course. This time commitment includes doing the relevant readings, preparing for online tutorials, other on-line activities and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities SummaryIntroduction to the Australian health care system / international health care systems / funding mechanisms
Health policy: role, analysis and influences
How the health system works on the ground: case studies
Health system reform / integration
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Quiz Summative 10% Tutorial and Discussion Board Participation Summative 10% Short Essay Summative 15% Policy Brief Summative 30% Case Study Summative 35%
Assessment DetailQuiz (10%)
Tutorial and Discussion Board Participation (10%)
Short Essay - Compare and contrast health systems in two countries (15%)
Policy Brief - Evidence based policy brief for the Health Minister (30%)
Case Study - Patient interactions with different stakeholders and agencies (35%)
SubmissionAll assessment is submitted online via MyUni
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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