Comparative Health Care Systems

Course Name: Comparative Health Care Systems

Description: This course evaluates the different challenges and solutions to contemporary health care in the European Region, aiming to provide an overview of the current status of public health services across the European States, including organizational models, legislation instruments, financing, workforce issues, and country assessments of public health capacities and services. Health care systems stem from specific political, historical, cultural and socio-economic traditions. As a result, the organizational arrangements for health care differ considerably between States - as does the allocation of capital and human resources. The course will be mainly focused on the Italian National Health Service System. Learning objectives of this course are: 1) identify and understand the main issues of organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems across Europe; 2) understand the European public health care services and their components, resources and infrastructures; 3) identify Needs Demand and Utilization of public health resources as crucial topics for understanding the nature, structure and individual characteristics of the health care systems in the European Region; 4) describe the legal and ethical bases for public health services, including their workforce, legal basis, ethical foundations, and performance characteristics; 5) understand the key laws that govern the federal budget process, including the methods of funding public health programs on the federal, state, and local levels; 6) discuss the critical importance of public health information systems, and relevant issues in the use of data collection and management systems; 7) identify future challenges for public health administration and potential solutions.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

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