Germany, Bayreuth

Health Policy and Management

when 14 July 2014 - 18 July 2014
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 980

Course Description:

This course will focus on comparative politics and policy in high income countries, focusing on European Union member states and North America. It will focus on the relationship between political and policymaking structures, on one side, and health systems and policies on the other. The course will start with basic structural variables and questions about their contemporary relevance: social insurance and national health service systems, and forms of centralization and decentralization in politics. It will then cover the ways that these basic structures shape conflicts over priorities, structures, services and equity in different policy areas, namely: health care financing reform, primary health care, hospital care, chronic and integrated care, and public health care (prevention and communicable disease control). The course will finish by applying and extending the basic logic to the globalization and Europeanization of health care by discussing the ways in which the EU does and does not shape European health systems, and the impact and regulation of global markets for services, professionals, and patients.

Course leader


Scott L. Greer, University of Michigan

Course aim

Learning objectives- Students will be understand and be able to analyze:

- System types and the language of comparative health systems analysis

- The intricacies and typologies of health system decentralization

- Key internationally popular health system reforms

- Responses to demographic challenge

- Population health policies, viewed as public health and health care challenges

- European Union health policies and their implications for health systems

- Broader lessons from European health policies

Fee info

EUR 980: The normal participation fee is 980 EUR
EUR 500: Students coming from partner universities pay 500 EUR