List of Courses Offered

HEALTH SYSTEMS, POLICY & MANAGEMENT COURSES
 

HSYS5001                                Health Systems, Policy and Management

(Compulsory MPH Course)   3 units

 

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.

HSYS5002                                Healthcare Organization & Management

                                                  2 units

This course aims to equip students with a broad base of knowledge and concepts in health services management, as well as to develop their competency in applying the knowledge and learning to appraise day-to-day management and operational problems in healthcare organisations. Basic financial management concept is also introduced in the course. This course is designed to meet most of the Basic Specialist Training and Part I Examination curriculum in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine.

 

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)

HSYS5003                                 Health Economics

                                                   1 unit

 

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.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)

HSYS5004                                 Health Systems and Policies

                                                    3 units

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.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)
 

HSYS5005                                 Health Care Financing

                                                    1 unit

This course introduces the key policy and economic principles that underpin the approaches to healthcare financing and the performance of health systems in relation to Universal Health Coverage.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)

HSYS5006                                  Managing in Healthcare

                                                     2 units

This course focuses on the practical aspects of management, and supplements the theories presented in HSYS5001, HSYS5002 and HSYS5012, to further the training in healthcare management. Teaching will include lectures, case studies and small group discussions, as well as exercises and interactive games to enhance management insights.

(Pre-requisite: preferably have at least two years working experience, though not necessarily in the healthcare field.)

HSYS5011                                   Health Informatics

                                                      1 unit

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

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)

HSYS5012                                    Human Resource Management

                                                       3 units

This course aims to introduce the major issues and concepts of human resource management in the healthcare setting, so as to develop students capabilities in analyzing and solving related problems to achieve system or organizational objectives.
 

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5013                                    Financial Management

                                                       2 units

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)

HSYS5014                                   Quality and Safety Management

                                                      2 units

This course introduces students to the concept, framework, practical approaches and current movement for safe, efficient, effective, and patient-centred healthcare; principle and practices of incident management and patient relations; concepts of errors in healthcare and principles and strategies in quality improvement; key concepts in operations management in the healthcare settings.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and 5002)

HSYS5015                                   Medico-legal Management

                                                      2 units

This course covers the principles and practices of health care ethics and medicolegal management in modern healthcare. The course uses case studies to cover important topics in health care ethics and medico-legal management including theory and principles of health care ethics, ethical issues in public health & services, complaints handling and investigation, clinical negligence and responsibility, and risk management strategies. It introduces and discusses major ethical issues in healthcare to provide perspectives in health services management as well.

(Pre-requisite: HYSY5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5016                                    Health Services Planning 

                                                       1 unit

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health services planning and technology management. Students will have the opportunity of visiting a local hospital to appraise the planning issues and learn the principles of planning through case studies and class exercises.
 

(Pre-requisite: HYSY5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5017                                     Health Innovation and Technology Management

                                                        1 unit

 

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health innovation and technology management. The course will involve active learning from the students with a workshop on design thinking and a case study on health technology management.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5018                                     Healthcare Ethics

                                                        1 unit

 

This course introduces and discusses major health care ethics issues and provide perspectives for health services management. The issues are discussed based on cases and dilemmas.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5019                                     Operation Management

                                                        1 unit


This ELECTIVE course introduces students to key concepts in operations management including LEAN and 6-sigma in the healthcare settings.

HSYS5020                                     Corporate Communication and Marketing

                                                        1 unit


This course introduces students to the principles and practices of today’s corporate communication and marketing in healthcare. Examples and case studies, from healthcare where appropriate, are used to illustrate the up-to-date treatment of the key aspects of corporate communication and marketing.
 

*Enrolment to the course is confined to 15 students.
 

HSYS5021                                       Advanced Organization Management

                                                          1 unit

 

This course aims to equip students with a more in-depth knowledge in organizational management by going into areas of organizational health and organizational culture. Organizational health and organizational culture are important and related concepts affecting the performance of the organization with respect to external and internal stakeholders. The course emphasizes on learning through reflection and practical application of key concepts in organizational health and culture supported by case studies.
 

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001 and HSYS5002)

HSYS5022                                       Patient-Centred Health System

                                                         1 unit


The course will introduce students to the principles and practices of patient-centred care, and application of design thinking concepts in the development towards a patient-centred health system.


 

HSYS5023                                        Local Visits

                                                          1 unit


This course aims to give students a broader and deeper exposure to service management through observing management in action in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Management in non-healthcare settings can often shed useful insights to healthcare management. The ability to observe and identify good practices or rooms for improvement, and to evaluate different practices are important skills for health service managers and the group interactions would help to sharpen these skills. These local visits supplement the classroom teaching. The work of summarising and presenting their observations would help to consolidate the learnings from visiting these organisations.
 

HSYS5801                                        Health System & Public Health Issues in China

                                                          1 unit


China has undergone profound reforms on its health system in recent years. In the meantime, China faces multiple public health challenges such as communicable disease outbreak, air and water pollution and a surge of chronic disease prevalence. This course aims to provide basic knowledge of China health system on its organisation, financing, payment, insurance, disease control, drug policies and priorities on recent reform issues.  We will discuss specific challenges such as air pollution, Examples of key public health issues will be discussed. Group discussion and interactive learning approach are to be used.

HSYS6801                                       Case Study Series on Health Services Management

                                                          2 units


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. Each student is required to choose 1 case from one of the following areas. By working together, the students would 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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