The teaching element of the course consists of four sessions, each of two weeks’ teaching during the course. Each session has two modules – one a week. Six of the modules are core, and two are elective modules.
The research dissertation element is one extended project that will be completed outside the teaching blocks.
Module 1 Health Systems and Policy in developed and developing countries
Introductory model considering what health policy and systems are, how to compare health systems and the international and national influences on health policy.
Module 2 Health Economics for Health Policy
Looks at how macro and micro economics affect healthcare. Explains concepts of behaviour economics and their utility in health policy.
Module 3 Financing Healthcare
Considers how healthcare is funded from the raising of revenue, to allocation of revenue to payers, to the paying of providers.
Module 4 Health and Society
Focuses on the impact of public health and its importance for health policy-makers and also considers issues of inequalities.
Modules 5 Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Covers the need for effective management and leadership in healthcare and allows participants to consider their own skills in this area.
Module 7 Health Service Delivery
Utilises Imperial College’s position as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) to look at how policy is delivered, with time spent in Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust.
Optional Modules – chosen during Session 1.
Module 6 (Choose one from)
Measuring and Improving Performance in Health Systems
Looks at the different ways of measuring health performance and also how these data can be used to improve effectiveness.
Communicating Health Policy
Effectively communicating health policy is as important as getting the initial policy right and this module looks at techniques and the impact of different media.
Module 8 (Choose one from)
Innovation in Healthcare
What enables or prevents successful innovation, the role of different sectors and the impact of innovation on health policy will be considered in this module.
Ageing and Social Care
What should be the policy response to an ageing society and how does healthcare interact with other service providers is the focus of this module.
Year one Part time Modules 1 – 5 Year Two Part time – Modules 6 - 8