Welfare states and health policy

The first part of the course focuses on health and wellbeing as a challenge for public policy. The focus is on the interrelation between political traditions of different countries and their health policies and governance. Students will be introduced to the theory and methodology of identifying different traditions and types of welfare states worldwide. A special focus will be placed on the links between welfare state characteristics, the structure of health care systems, and health policy intervention strategies. At the end of the first part of the course, students will have the opportunity to attend selected sessions during the World Health Summit in Berlin. World Health Summit: www.worldhealthsummit.org Inspired by this conference, students will be supported in starting a research analysis on public health policy in the second part of the course. This part will help students to build a basic understanding of public health governance and how public health policy can be analyzed and evaluated. The students will learn about policy evaluation and analysis, focusing on different outcome variables like morbidity, mortality and socio-economic status, intermediate variables like health literacy, and procedural measures like advocacy, coalition-building and policy engagement. Via problem-based learning, the students will acquire the skills to apply key concepts of public health governance to specific cases of public health policy. 

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.