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.

Health Economics (2 credits): This course aims to expand students’ understanding of key concepts and tools in economic theory and empirical health economics research that will equip them to apply these to issues in health management and policy. Students will be provided with an overview of applications of economic analyses to applications including the provision of health care, health insurance in market and non-market settings, health behaviours and the evaluation of interventions and its role in informing decision-making. An essential focus of the course is the features of the services of health care and public health that distinguish them from marketed commodities..

Financial management for health systems (2 credits): The first part of the introduces basic and concepts and tools in finance such as nominal, real, and effective interest rate and the use of net present value. The second part addresses the unique elements in finance which are relevant to healthcare systems such as managing risk, budgeting, financial reporting, approaches to healthcare financing, 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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