Challenges for health systems in the 21st century

 

This module examines a selection of some of the major challenges faced

by health systems in the 21st century in five topic sessions covering:

primary healthcare, chronic illness, the use of information communication

technologies(ICT’s), nutrition and vaccination. 

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About this course 

A well functioning health system should respond to a population’s emerging needs and expectations, resulting in an improvement in the health status of its users. However despite 20th century medical and technological advances and a global drive towards universal healthcare coverage, health status remains desperately low in many parts of the world and millions of people lack access to basic services.

This module examines a selection of some of the major challenges faced by health systems in the 21st century in five topic sessions covering: primary healthcare, chronic illness, the use of information communication technologies (ICT’s), nutrition and vaccination. Each session will apply a development approach to highlight and address some of the wider social, political and economic drivers that are often over looked when examining health interventions. The module will also address some of the key shifts in health policy and practice and how these contribute to the shifting performance of health systems across the globe.

What will you learn

By the end of the module a successful student should be able to:

1)    Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the emergence of and critical issues surrounding current health systems debates

2)    Identify some of the key social, political and economical drivers of ill-health 

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