Denmark, Copenhagen

Nordic Health Systems

when 15 August 2016 - 26 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 1066

University of Copenhagen’s School of Global Health offers a blended learning summer course in Nordic health systems consisting of E-learning components, lectures and field trips. Key topics include the interaction between values, organization and political steering of the health systems. It will be discussed how the Nordic systems address general challenges of cost control, performance management, prevention and coordination and integration of health services. The Nordic health systems will be contrasted with other types of health systems based on social or private health insurance.

Specific topics include:

Introduction to comparative frameworks for describing health systems and assessing health system performance
Introduction to comparative design approaches
Coordination and integration of care
Centralization/decentralization of governance and delivery
The organization of primary care and community care
Economic incentives and steering mechanisms for hospitals and regions
Public/private financing and delivery in the Nordic region
Patient rights, mobility and choice
Quality, documentation and data

Course leader

Karsten Vrangbæk

Target group

This course is aimed at students with a completed BSc in social sciences public health or equivalent.

Course aim

The aim of course is to introduce students to comparative health systems analysis (frameworks and methods) using the Nordic countries as case examples.

Fee info

EUR 1066: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 1667: Non EU/EAA citizens


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