Introduction to Global Health Policy
Why are people in some countries so much healthier than others? Why are health systems around the world organized and financed in such different ways? What difference do health systems and universal health coverage (UHC) make in explaining differences in population health? These are some of the questions we will explore in this class. We begin with a review of the literature on the social determinants of health and what implications one might justifiably draw for the field of health policy and management HPAM). Next, we consider the governance and political economy of international assistance for promoting global health. Finally, we focus on the evolution of health systems in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC nations) as important cases where key issues and policies in global health have been widely debated: the HIV/AIDS epidemic, access to pharmaceuticals, human resources for health, access to primary care; UHC; and the challenge of urban health in global cities. The course will incorporate knowledge and views from multiple academic disciplines (public health, economics, politics, management, sociology, anthropology). As pre-requisites, it would be helpful to have taken an introduction to HPAM and to public policy.