Health policy process in China: A Complex Adaptive Systems perspective


The study of complex systems has emerged in the last few

decades as multi-disciplinary approach to understand the

behaviour of diverse, interconnected agents and processes

from a system-wide perspective.

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About this course 

Complex adaptive systems (CAS) are systems that have a large numbers of components, often called agents, that interact and adapt or learn (John H. Holland, 2006). This module will introduce CAS metaphor development (from Newtonian system approach to CAS), and its multidisciplinary roots, the key features of CAS and its potential contributions to health sector development, and case studies for CAS and healthcare management including essential drug policy in China, mental health policy in China, New Cooperative Medical Scheme in China, and antimicrobial resistance.

What will you learn

After receiving the training based on this course, the trainees should be able to

1) Have a general understanding of systems thinking and complex adaptive system properties.

2) Understand the concepts of health system and health policy process.

3) Have a overview of healthcare reform from a CAS perspective.

4) Analyze essential drug policy and mental health policies as complex adaptive systems.

Pre-requisites/minimum requirements

1) Master student or PhD student

2) Major in public health and social health

3) Proficiency in English

Last modified: Monday, 14 December 2015, 3:38 AM