Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Health Systems in USA and Europe

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The unit presents an overview of approaches to the organization, financing and delivery of health services in different countries in Europe and in the USA.

-Healthcare systems and regulations;
-International Government regulation of healthcare;
-Healthcare delivery systems: hospitals, ambulatory care, long-term care, home care, mental health services, public health;
-Health financing models in different countries.

Each student will identify a healthcare system in a specific country and setting and undertake an appraisal of the system identifying strengths and weaknesses. This exercise will be undertaken within the fieldwork activities. During the seminars, the students will individually present this analysis.

Study-unit Aims:

- To present health systems in Europe and USA;
- To appraise health system models;
- To propose models for developing health systems to maintain rational and safe healthcare delivery.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Present approaches to the organisation, financing and delivery of health service;
- Analyse historical, cultural, economical and political aspects of health care systems in European countries and the US.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Appraise examples of health systems;
- Assess strengths and weaknesses of different health systems;
- Present challenges and priorities with respect to service provision, workforce, technologies, financing, policy, leadership, advocacy and governance.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Armstrong EG, Fischer MR, Parsa-Parsi RW, Wetzel MS. The healthcare dilemma: A comparison of health care systems in three European countries and the US. World Scientific Publising. 2011
- Brown TR. Handbook of institutional pharmacy practice. Fourth edition. ASHP. 2006
- Johnson JA, Stoskopf CH. Comparative health system: Global perspectives. Jones & Bartlett Learning. 2011
- McCarthy RL, Schafermeyer KW, Plake KS. Introduction to healthcare delivery. Fifth edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 2011
- Shi L, Singh DA. Essentials of the US healthcare system. Third edition. Jones and Bartlett Learning. 2013
- Smith M, Wertheimer A, Fincham JE. Pharmacy and the US healthcare system. Informa Healthcare. Informa Healthcare. 2013.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Indep Online Learning & Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 20%
Fieldwork SEM1 Yes 20%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Roberta Agius
Lilian M. Azzopardi
Jennifer Hanh-Tran Pham
Alan Lau
Maria Theresa Christina Mactal Haaf

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