Welfare states and health policy


Course content is divided into two parts:

Part A: Welfare States and Their Public Health Policy
The first part of the course focuses on the topic of health and wellbeing as a challenge of 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. Special focus is on the link between welfare state characteristics, the structure of the health care system, and the empirical measurement of health outcomes. At the end of the first part, students will have the opportunity to attend selected sessions during the World Health Summit in Berlin. World Health Summit. www.worldhealthsummit.org

Part B: Comparative Analyses of Health Outcomes in Different Welfare States

Inspired by this conference, students will be supported in starting a research analysis on the interrelation of welfare state policy traditions, public policy, public health policy, and health outcomes in different countries, using health literacy of the population as the intermediate variable. Special focus will be on the distribution of health outcomes of the population according to socioeconomic status and education. The analysis can be based on one of the topics of the World Health Summit sessions. Students will be trained to comment on political strategies of countries with different welfare policy traditions.

This course is taught in conjunction with Hertie School Alumnus, Julian Kickbusch. Kickbusch is Program Director of the World Health Summit in Berlin.