phe5hpa health policy analysis and research



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this advanced health policy subject,students learn how to do policy analysis, methods for policy research and how to evaluate health policy interventions. Students are given the opportunity to explore, within the health field, political institutions, operation and function of government in regulating and funding the health system, and development and implementation of public and other policies. Different theories and frameworks for health policy analysis are explored in depth and applied to a range of health policy problems. Quantitative and qualitative methods used in doing health policy research are discussed (including, for example, case study research, observatory studies, and experimental studies focusing on individual problems and their solutions, political and policy processes, or systems and contexts), and issues involved in designing policy research studies explored.Case studies from domestic and international areas of health policy are presented to illustrate some of the enduring issues of policy analysis as well as exploring specific policy areas.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDeborah Gleeson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE5POL Health Policy Development and Implementation


Incompatible subjects PHE5HPI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers. Assumed knowledge: a basic understanding of evaluation methods and research methods.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnalysing health policy: A problem-oriented approachRecommendedBarraclough, B., and Gardner, H. (2008, 1st Edn)Elsevier
ReadingsPublic policy: An introduction to the theory and practice of policy analysisRecommendedParsons, W. (1995, 1st Edn)Edward Elgar

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Conceptualise the policy process using a range of models and theories.

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02. Choose appropriate theories and frameworks to analyse particular health policy problems.

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03. Analyse and apply appropriate data sources for health policy research.

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04. Design, adapt and use analytic methods for undertaking health policy research.

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05. Critically analyse a range of issues in the design and application of policy analysis and research.

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