Comparative Health Systems
This course presents analyses of health service delivery and management issues from an international perspective. It presents a systematic comparative analysis of the evolution, administrative structure, finance, and provision of health and health care services in underdeveloped countries, developing countries, other developed countries, and the U.S. Equity/inequity and the influence of globalization will be explored. Health and illness will be dealt with as well as statistical, historic, economic, and socio-cultural phenomena. Important differences rooted in culture, ethnicity, social, economic, and political factors will be examined. Such analysis should assist one to understand the nature of a health system in one country and to identify limitations and opportunities to change it.