The Centre for Health Policy (CHP) strives to provide learning opportunities which build and strengthen capacity in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR). CHP is actively involved in post-graduate teaching of Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Systems and Policy within the School of Public Health. This is run every second year and was held in 2017.
The degree mainly targets middle and senior-managers, civil servants, researchers and activists working in the public and non-governmental sectors to prepare them for the changing policy dynamics and health system challenges in South Africa and other low- and middle-income countries. We teach five modules which include lectures, interactive class exercise, country case studies, student-led database, group work, plenary discussions, an individual assignment and integrated exams. Given the demand, we offer all of our modules, except Health Care Financing, as short courses.
Introduction to Health Systems
This module provides an introduction to the components, actors and inter-relationships of the health system, as well as core principles of systems thinking and policy analysis as a platform for health systems analysis, action and research. The course considers what a health system is and why it is important, and introduces frameworks for thinking about health systems. This module is co-ordinated by Dr Nonhlanhla Nxumalo: +27 11 3432; Email: Nonhlanhla.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Health Policy and Policy Analysis (HPPA)
This module introduces students to contemporary HPPA concepts, theories and debates. The course also provides an outline of key issues in health policy analysis and introduces the application of theoretical frameworks and approaches to routine work experiences and 'real life' policies. This module is co-ordinated by Dr Nonhlanhla Nxumalo: +27 11 3432; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Health Care Financing (HCF)
The module introduces students to health care financing concepts and their application. It also provides learners with an understanding of financing arrangements in terms of sources, collection, risk pooling, regulation and strategic purchasing, as well as different country experiences in moving towards universal health coverag. Dr Jane Goudge co-ordinates this module: Tel +27 11 717 3425; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Systems Organisation & Human Resources for Health (HSOHRH)
This module covers two key ‘building blocks’ of health systems, namely health service organisation and human resources for health. It gives students a broader understanding of how these areas relate to health systems strengthening, and provides an overview to contemporary issues in health services organisation, with attention to health decentralisation, and district and primary health care implementation. The course also covers different approaches to health workforce planning and strategies for addressing the human resource problems. This module is co-ordinated by Dr Prudence Ditlopo and Dr Duane Blaauw: Tel: +27 11 717 3433 or +27 11 717 3422;Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This course provides a basic introduction to the field of Health Economics. It explores the insights that an economic perspective can contribute to the planning and implementation of health services and health systems. The first half of the course focuses on the application of classical and behavioural economic approaches to analysing individual health behaviour and the functioning of health markets.The second half of the course covers the principles and common methods of economic evaluation, particularly cost-effectiveness analysis. It will also provide the student with basic skills in the interpretation and critique of cost-effectiveness studies. This module is co-ordinated by Dr Duane Blaauw: +27 11 3422; Email: email@example.com
Some additional details about the structure of the MPH programme: