Systems and Policies to improve Health
2015/2016, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introductory overview of what is health and how the health system can contribute to individual’s and the population’s wellbeing. The course will explain the organization of health systems, and the policy responses to public health challenges that arise within the context of these systems. During this course we will examine the health system of Singapore and the challenges it faces, as well as the experience of other countries in the developed and developing world. The course will draw on lectures, talks by field experts, assigned readings, online materials and in-class discussions of selected case studies. Literature from economics, political science, public policy research, and ethics will be referenced throughout the course. Readiness to actively participate in class is expected, however, no disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.
Student Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
Understand health and wellbeing of an individual and of a community
Describe major public health issues in Singapore, other developed nations and the less-developed world, and the role of health systems and policy
Understand the organization of health systems
Understand how health policy functions and how it could address public health issues
Apply these systems-level frameworks to analyze the nature and performance of health systems, including Singapore
Understand what role you can play to improve health in the community
Readings and Materials:
There is no required textbook for this class.
All articles will be uploaded to IVLE or weblinked.
No prerequisites are required.
The course will draw on faculty lectures, talks by field experts, assigned readings, online materials and selected case studies. The class will be conducted in one weekly 3 hour session, which will typically consist of 1 lecture and 1 classroom activity, either a tutorial-style discussion, group work session building on the lecture material, or an opportunity for the class to interact with invited speakers. Literature from economics, political science, medical sociology, and ethics will be referenced throughout the course. Readiness to actively participate in class is expected, however, no disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.
Venue: Tahir Foundation Building (MD1), Level 8, Seminar Room 1
Time: 2PM to 5PM
Day: Every Wednesday
Please note this is a tentative schedule and may change based on the availability of the guest lecturers.
What is a health of the individual? What is health of a community?
Health Policy - the role in public health. Example: Obesity Prevention
Guest Speaker: Dr Leonie
What is a health system and how does it contribute to a population’s health?
What makes a health system work? The link between policy and health system
How do we know a health system works? Do we measure health?
Do you know the Singapore’s health system? Are Singaporeans healthy?
The global obesity epidemic. Watch a documentary describing the problem of obesity and the factors contributing to the epidemic.
The role of research in helping vulnerable populations in the region. Example of HIV/AIDS prevention
Dr Christina Misa Wong, FHI360
The key health challenge for Singapore: the aging population. What can we do?
Guest Speaker: Ms Peh Kim Choo, Tsao Foundation
The environment and health. What is the relationship? What can we do?
To help, the first step is to get your message across. The role of social marketing and advocacy
Grading and Assignments
Assessment for this class will be 100% CA
Class Participation 20%
Evaluation will be based on attendance and active discussion and participation of in-class activities
Group project 45%
Students will form into groups for the semester to work on a group project. The group will be producing an 8-page report making a presentation in class at the end of semester.
Group project report 20%
Group project presentation 15%
Peer assessment of your group members 10%
Mid-term Quiz – 20%
Date: 2 Mar 2016
E-learning 3-page written assignment - 15%
Students will do an analysis of a public health after watching a documentary in week 8.
The assignment is due in week 10.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week