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Comparative Health Systems

Course Description

This class focuses on the organization and financing of health systems in wealthy nations. We begin with a discussion of conventional health system models around the world and alternative perspectives for studying them and evaluating their performance. The class readings reflect how selective evidence is often marshaled to evaluate health care systems in the U.S. and abroad. Finally, and this is the heart of the class, we discuss a range of different approaches to the empirical analysis of health system performance in selected nations, and examine the extent to which the available evidence supports or refutes widely shared views of different health care systems. I will ask students to become "experts" about a health system of their choice outside the United States, preferably in a nation belonging to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), but with an option to focus on a health system in one of the so-called BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China).


HPAM-GP.1830 or HPAM-GP.2836, CORE-GP.1018, CORE-GP.1022, and CORE-GP 1011, or permission from the instructor

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