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  • Objectives
    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to: * Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of health management, planning and policymaking in developing health systems, with particular reference to government and NGO sectors * Apply knowledge and skills in selected areas of health management, planning and policy to local circumstances * Review types of policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policymaking in developing health systems, with particular reference to government and NGO sectors * Discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements The course is open to candidates with a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Experience of health services or of health systems in developing countries will be an advantage and may exceptionally be acceptable as an alternative basis for admission. Evidence of competence in the English language will be required if this is not the mother tongue.
  • Academic Title
    Health Management, Planning and Policy MA / PG Dip / PG Cert
  • Course description
    Imagine the latest proposal for health sector reform in your country, which is strongly backed by international donors, appears on your desk for comment. The proposal makes a strong call for adapting private management practices in the government health services. Is this a good idea? What comments would you write?

    The answer to this (and many other similarly important) questions require a critical and analytical view of the key issues around health management, planning and policy. Health managers and planners provide the crucial vision, direction, governance and stewardship a health system needs to operate efficiently. Great expectations for achieving objectives are placed upon health managers and planners. Unfortunately, they have to work within constraints (for example, lack of resources, lack of motivation, political instability) and these restrict their choice and activity. How can these constraints be managed?

    The Masters in Health Management, Planning and Policy provides a multi-disciplinary, critically analytical and practice-based approach to the main challenges and issues in management, planning and policy which face the providers of health and health-related services in low-middle income countries. The programme is designed for all health professionals, planners and managers working in, or having responsibility for, the management of health care in institutional or community settings in low-middle income countries. The Nuffield Centre has been teaching this course for over 20 years, and has established a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world.

    Transferable skills

        * Take a proactive role in problem-solving, critically review evidence and arrive at an informed judgement
        * Plan and manage tasks independently, and work appropriately in a team
        * Communicate effectively orally and in writing
        * Have a capacity for independent learning and continuing professional development

    The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
    The Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development is an academic unit of the University of Leeds, one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK. We are part of the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

    For 30 years, the Centre has been a major international resource for education, research and technical assistance in international health and development. We have a strong pro-equity base and our mission is to develop the capacity of health systems in low-middle income countries, especially in the public sector. We have a strong reputation in the fields of public health, health and hospital management and health systems development.

    The Centre has an international reputation for the quality of both its teaching (graded 24/24 in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's teaching assessment) and its research (graded 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise). A well-established and popular portfolio of postgraduate and undergraduate study courses is taught annually.

    What you study
    The Masters course extends over one calendar year starting in September. It is arranged in modules, with a total of 180 credits. This includes:

        * Foundations of International Health (30 credits) - providing a foundation for all subsequent learning, this module introduces international health and health systems.
        * Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy (30 credits) - studying the challenges health planners, managers and policy makers face in resource-limited countries.
        * You choose four or five optional modules (75 credits total) from 19 modules of specialised fields of interest and relevance to your studies, such as:
              o Health Management, Planning and Policy in Practice
              o Research for Health Managers, Planners and Policy Makers
              o Health System Requirements for Effective Decentralisation
              o Health Economics for Financial Planning

        * Dissertation (45 credits) - the highlight of your studies - a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic in the area of health management, planning and policy.

    The course can also be taken at the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) level.

    A description of the course can also be found on the department's website.

    How you study
    The curriculum combines different ways of learning in different places: time spent with members of staff, other students and independent learning. Lectures, seminars and group work occur in purpose-built teaching rooms, fitted with modern audio-visual equipment. The Health Sciences Library provides the resources and quiet environment for individual study. Other study sessions use the University’s computer resources, with support provided for students less familiar with information technology. You will also benefit from the lively crossover of debate that occurs when students from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures interact closely. From seminar series to informal social events, you’ll find a congenial atmosphere, with opportunities to network and learn from your peers.

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