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SPH Alumni Courses - PHW209: Comparative Health Systems is a Course

SPH Alumni Courses - PHW209: Comparative Health Systems

Mar 9 - May 3, 2020
3.0 credits

Spots remaining: 5

$1,650 Enroll

Full course description


In the past decade, health systems and their role in global health have received increasing focus. Nothing brought this more to the international community’s attention than the recent Ebola and Zika epidemics, which revealed the glaring inadequacy of healthcare systems in many parts of the world. While disease-focused, “vertical programs”—such as malaria and HIV/AIDS—still command the lion’s share of donor resources, it has become clear that the sustainability of disease programs depends on embedding them into a country’s health system. For example, HIV/AIDS is now a chronic condition that must be managed through strong health services and financed over the long-term through domestic resources.

This course examines the most important models for financing and delivering healthcare around the world. What do we mean by universal health coverage and systems thinking in global health? What role does evidence play in how health systems are organized and how much are they a product of their cultural, historical, and ideological heritage? These questions are answered both by examining the evidence on financing, delivery, and governance of health systems; and understanding the policy context in which they operate.

In this course you will be introduced to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Healthcare Systems Mapping Tool and will have an opportunity to diagram and analyze the systems of countries at various income levels. You will also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these systems in achieving health and financial protection goals. You will learn about, and have a chance to participate in, current debates about health systems, health financing, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Innovative models of health services delivery and financing will be presented, with invited speakers who are at the forefront of global health.


Alumni completing this course will receive a Certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Enrollment Cancellation Policy: Written cancellation notification must be emailed to sph_catalog@berkeley.edu prior to the start date of the class in which you are registered in order to qualify for a refund, less a 5% administrative fee.