Drawing on all the issues covered in Weeks 1–7 of the module (see attachment).Consider a health service or a health organization. What are the main components of the wider system within which this service or organization operates? Identify the key organizational and service relationships within that system, the nature and extent of their interdependency, and the influence they have on the achievement of your chosen service or organization.

Week 1: Health Systems and Healthcare Systems

Topics

·         Definition of core concepts of ‘health system’ and ‘healthcare system’

·         Typology of healthcare systems

·         Key features of health and healthcare systems

Week 2: Nature and Scope of Health Management

Topics

·         Theories of management

·         Theories of health management

·         Theories about health management

Week 3: Evaluation of Health Systems and Health Systems Management

Topics

·         Principles of evidence-based policy and evidence-based management

·         Assessment of organisational processes, outputs, and outcomes

·         Critical analysis of the WHO comparative evaluation of health systems

·         Post your response in the Discussion Board by the end of Day 3 (Saturday).

·         Review responses by other students and make 3–5 meaningful comments.

Week 4: Organisation and Financing of Health Systems

Topics

·         Overview of the generic functional components of health system financing

·         Consideration of the arguments for and against (a) markets, (b) the State, and (c) quasi-markets in the functioning of health systems

·         Exploration of the role played by government, social insurance, and private insurance agencies in the purchasing and provision of health services

Week 5: Organisational and Management Processes Within Health Systems

Topics

·         Characteristics of organisations

·         Organisational structure and contingency theory

·         Organisational culture

·         Organisational analysis

·         Organisational change

Week 6: Strategy and Strategic Thinking

Topics

·         The nature of strategy

·         Characteristics of strategic management and strategic planning

·         Strategic analysis and strategic decisions

·         Strategic choice

·         Strategy implementation

Week 7: Strategic Leadership

·         Theories of leadership, leadership traits, and leadership styles

·         Theory of transformational leadership

·         Relationship between ‘leaders’ and ‘followers’

·         Managing strategic change

Week 1: Health Systems and Healthcare Systems

Topics

·         Definition of core concepts of ‘health system’ and ‘healthcare system’

·         Typology of healthcare systems

·         Key features of health and healthcare systems

Week 2: Nature and Scope of Health Management

Topics

·         Theories of management

·         Theories of health management

·         Theories about health management

Week 3: Evaluation of Health Systems and Health Systems Management

Topics

·         Principles of evidence-based policy and evidence-based management

·         Assessment of organisational processes, outputs, and outcomes

·         Critical analysis of the WHO comparative evaluation of health systems

·         Post your response in the Discussion Board by the end of Day 3 (Saturday).

·         Review responses by other students and make 3–5 meaningful comments.

Week 4: Organisation and Financing of Health Systems

Topics

·         Overview of the generic functional components of health system financing

·         Consideration of the arguments for and against (a) markets, (b) the State, and (c) quasi-markets in the functioning of health systems

·         Exploration of the role played by government, social insurance, and private insurance agencies in the purchasing and provision of health services

Week 5: Organisational and Management Processes Within Health Systems

Topics

·         Characteristics of organisations

·         Organisational structure and contingency theory

·         Organisational culture

·         Organisational analysis

·         Organisational change

Week 6: Strategy and Strategic Thinking

Topics

·         The nature of strategy

·         Characteristics of strategic management and strategic planning

·         Strategic analysis and strategic decisions

·         Strategic choice

·         Strategy implementation

Week 7: Strategic Leadership

·         Theories of leadership, leadership traits, and leadership styles

·         Theory of transformational leadership

·         Relationship between ‘leaders’ and ‘followers’

·         Managing strategic change

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