Global Health Policy and Management
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? Beyond such basic questions in the field of “global health,” this course focuses on selected issues of particular relevance to students in health policy and management (HPAM). We begin by considering the challenges for HPAM and why the field should be concerned with global cities, the spread of infectious disease and the design of public health infrastructure. We will then turn our attention to the roles of state and non-state actors in global policies aimed to improve health care systems and population health. Finally, we consider the meanings of universal health coverage (UHC) and how the globalization of the medical industrial complex is likely to affect the future of health care systems.
All nations face challenges from the effects of globalization and international organizations (e.g. the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade-GATT) that affect population health and national economies. Government leaders must address not only health problems within their borders, but those that cross their borders. Likewise, they must interact with international organizations that affect global health. The course draws on diverse disciplinary and professional perspectives (public health, economics, political science, management, sociology, anthropology). It has two objectives: to expose students to the burgeoning literature in global HPAM; and to prepare them to work in international organizations, consulting firms, and governments. As pre-requisites, it would be helpful, though not required, to have taken an introduction to HPAM and/or to public policy.