Courses Offered in 2016-2017

Health Systems, Policy & Management Courses

This course is an introductory course to the basic principles of management, strategic planning, quality assurance, health economics and financing, and health policy analysis that serves as a foundation to more advanced coursework in health policy & management. This course is benchmarked to meet most of the competencies of the Part A, Diplomate Membership level of the UK Public Health Examination, the US Certified Public Health Exam of the Association of Schools of Public Health as well as Part I Examination in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine.

This course is an advanced module covering the key areas in healthcare organization and management. The course will focus on practical application of key concepts in organization and management supported by case examples from existing healthcare organizations. It is benchmarked to meet most of the competencies of the Basic Specialist Training and Part I Examination curriculum in Administrative Medicine of HK College of Community Medicine.

There is a fundamental question asked in public health and healthcare in general: how can we get the best results, in terms of better health, from the resources which are available in the community? Health Economics, as a field, attempts to provide an explicit and rationale framework to improve the efficient and equitable allocation of healthcare resources. In this course, we will examine selected topics in health economics that have major implications for healthcare delivery, financing and clinical and public health research. Essential economic theories and methods for exploring each topic will be discussed, along with the role of markets and government. We will go through different models of healthcare financing from a policymaking perspective, applying measures such as equity and efficiency to evaluate them. In addition, basic skills of conducting economic evaluation, such as cost-effectiveness analysis, will also be introduced.

This course will build on the content of HSYS5001, and students will gain advanced understanding on the structural and functional characteristics of health systems. Through in-class interactive discussion, students will acquire competency in analyzing factors which impact on health service delivery and in comparing health systems in different. Students will also be exposed to basic methodology in health policy research and analysis.

This course focuses on the practical aspects of management and supplements that of HSYS5001 and HSYS5002 to complete the training in healthcare management. Teaching will include lectures and discussions; as well as exercises and interactive games to enhance management insights. (Pre-requisite: at least 2 years full-time work experience in an organizational setting)

This course introduces the principles of healthcare information systems, role of informatics in risk management, quality improvement and basic understanding of technical aspects.

Most health services managers find people management difficult to master. This course covers the key aspects of human resource management in healthcare including basic understanding of the behavior of health professionals. (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

This course focuses on essential competencies of health services managers to understand, interpret and manage financial resources. It covers the basic knowledge and concepts in Management Accounting and Financial Management. Topics include understanding of accounting principles and standards, financial statements, financial performance and budgeting, revenue generation and financial decision-making. (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

This course introduces the evolving approaches of quality in healthcare. Framework and methods in quality management will be described. Systems and processes in preventing errors and managing risks will be discussed.‚Äč

This course covers the medico-legal environment of modern healthcare and describes the major aspects that healthcare managers have to handle. These include complaints handling and investigation, clinical negligence and responsibility, legal management and arbitration, and risk management strategies. (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health services planning. It covers the essential scope of health services planning, including planning for population health, capacity planning, facility planning and technology management. The course also aims to provide an integrated approach towards understanding health services planning by incorporating 2 case studies for students to gain insight on the practical aspect of planning.

This module aims to provide the students with an opportunity to get exposed to some day-to-day problems in health services management and develop a framework for solving these problems. Students will have the opportunity of going through a collective learning process covering all the key areas in health services management and developing an understanding on the approaches in addressing these management problems.

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