HSH769 - Comparative Health Systems


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Community Based Delivery (CBD)*, Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 hour lecture per week (pre-recording provided) 
2 hour on-campus seminars in weeks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 10

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 hour lecture per week (pre-recording provided)
2 hour online seminars in weeks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 10


*National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute students only.


This unit provides students with a framework for undertaking critical and comparative analysis of the performance of both state-based and market-based health systems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the various domains that impact on equitable and efficient health care delivery including: (i) the organisation, operation, funding and policy environment and (ii) the role that political, cultural, legal and economic factors play in the development of health systems. Further issues that are explored are the fragmentation of health systems, health workforce supply in a global context, health inequities particularly indigenous and isolated populations and the neglect of health promotion and primary prevention at the expense of curative care. These topics are explored in the context of a series of case studies including the National Healthcare Service (NHS) in the UK, the Affordable Care Act in the US, Australia’s Medicare, and various other examples from India, Africa, South America, the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Thailand.

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