Concentration Courses

Research Methods (2 credits): This course will provide an overview of research methods used when conducting public health research. This course enables students to develop an understanding of research methods and in designing a research project, choosing and performing appropriate methods, and assessing the strength of a study.

Global Health Systems (3 credits): On completing the class, graduate students should be able to: Understand the foundations of health systems, how political philosophy affects health systems, compare health systems in high, middle, and low income countries, understand economic factors that influence health systems, identify best practices in health systems that would serve high, middle, & low income countries, conceive models for an “ideal” health system, develop a model for an improved US health system, develop leadership skills and knowledge to advocate for an improved health system. The course will also introduce the Israeli health system and address its strengths (and weaknesses).

Health Economics (2 credits): This course covers the basic elements of health economics. Students will learn about basic health policy and economic principles, develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of health systems and health economics, gain knowledge of management and administration within the context of health care, and obtain practical skills to undertake cost-effectiveness analysis and economic evaluation.

Financial Economic (2 credits): The first part of the course is aimed to provide basic and general tools in finance such as nominal, real, and effective interest rate and the use of net present value to evaluate the profitability of investment. The second part is aimed to address the unique elements in finance which are relevant to healthcare systems such as managing risk, budgeting, financial reporting, how healthcare is financed, and the significance of for-profit versus not-for-profit business models. 

Organization & Management (2 credits): This course covers the basic elements of organization and management.  On completing the class, graduate students should be able to: apply management problem-solving skills to improve functioning of organizations and agencies in health systems, and demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and conflict management skills. More details are described in the Hebrew version of this course.

Leadership & Management (3 credits): Students will learn to differentiate and analyze different leadership styles, their strengths and weaknesses, demonstrate skills in leading change efforts and running meetings. Students will attend a bi-weekly seminar to meet with leaders (both within the health care system and in other fields) to learn about the challenges, successes, and practical applications of leadership.

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