Since 2000, the emergence of several large disease-specific global health initiatives (GHIs) has changed the way in which international donors provide assistance for public health. Some critics have claimed that these initiatives burden health systems that are already fragile in countries with few resources, whereas others have asserted that weak health systems prevent progress in meeting disease-specific targets. The course will revisit the classical approaches of health economics applied to the main dimensions of health systems in developing countries (ie, governance, finance, health workforce, health information systems, supply management systems, and delivery of health services), in the light of recent evidence about the complex nature of the interplay between country health systems and disease-targeted programs. The course will be based on recent health economics literature and practical examples from WHO and Global fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria.
Prerequisites:CORE-GP.1018; HPAM-GP.1830 or HPAM-GP.1831