Understanding Health Systems and Policy

This course is central to the objectives of the Public Health Specialization, which provide students with an in-depth understanding of health systems, its different components and the major actors engaged in the production, resourcing and delivery of health care.

An understanding of the health sector is developed along several dimensions: health financing, system-administration, policy development and programme implementation, involving both state and non-state players. Given the complexity of the health sector in India, and the diversity of the country as a whole, it is important to develop a holistic understanding of the health system and how it functions.

This course is well integrated with the other two core courses in the Public Health Specialization namely Health, Medicine and Society’ and Program Planning and Evaluation’. It also provides a strong base for specific elective courses in the specialization.