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HL60084: Professional issues in health 1 - comparative health policy

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Doctoral (FHEQ level 8)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • FH60084A - Assignment (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
1. To enable students to critically analyse the development of health policies in different international contexts.
2. To enable students to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how their professional practice is influenced by health policy.
3. To equip students with the knowledge and skills required to conduct an original policy analysis relating to professional practice.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit students should have shown evidence of being able to:
1. Critically analyse health policy issues from a range of theoretical perspectives and in an international context.
2. Determine the relevant literature on which such policy issues are based and critically appraise its significance in the development, and evolution, of policy in different national contexts.
3. Assess the impacts of policy on service development and delivery.
4. Identify and articulate revisions and/or amendments to policy in the light of their own experience in practice, thus contributing to the development of policy in their practice area.

1. Critical policy analysis (intellectual skill: taught and assessed).
2. Literature review (Intellectual skill: facilitated and assessed).
3. Synthesis of policy related theory, research and practice from different international contexts, (intellectual skill, professional skill, taught and assessed).
4. Applying results of analysis and research to professional practice: (professional skill: taught and assessed).

1. Introduction to comparative health policy: Healthcare as public policy, classifications of healthcare systems. The politics of health. Problems in health policy.
2. Funding and governance: Comparing funding of health systems, resource allocation and rationing, health governance between centre and locality.
3. Reforming health systems: Reform and policy implementation, the market and managed competition, health and social justice.
4. Health professions: The state and professional regulation, professional power and the policy process, consumerism and the expert patient.
5. Public Health Policy: Social models of health and illness, challenging the bio-medical model, the regulation of lifestyle, a range of public health policy topics (this will change over time, but will initially cover health inequalities, smoking cessation and obesity).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL60084 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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