GTZ-ILO-WHO-Consortium on Social Health Protection in Developing Countries

Study Courses and Training

Training, courses and study programs on Social Health Insurance and similar topics

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a non-exhaustive selection of courses on health economics and social protection only. The organisations belonging to the Consortium are not responsible for content and quality of courses which are not explicitly linked to their institutions.

Master Programs
Bocconi University School of Management – Milan, Italy
Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP)
Course content: Financial accounting in healthcare organisations; basic epidemiology; health economics; healthcare systems & policy; quantitative methods; organisational behaviour; economic evaluation of health care programmes; e-Health; organisational design in healthcare; cost accounting in healthcare organisations; marketing in healthcare organisations; pharmaceutical policy and management; managed care; management control & performance measurement; quality management and operations in healthcare organisations; policy and management in developing countries; decision analysis for healthcare organisations; regulation, management and entrepreneurship in the biotech sector; advanced epidemiology; global strategies for health; issues in public health
Duration:: every year, starts in September
Academic Degree: Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP)
Information: http://www.ceebd.co.uk/ceeed/un/ita/mihmep.htm
Boston University, School of Public Health, Department of International Health – Boston, USA
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Course content: Key areas of health policy and management: health policy administration/ management; policy, politics, and planning; financial skills; organization and delivery of care
Duration:: every year
Academic Degree: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Information: http://sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=365&Itemid=462
Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Economics, Centre for Health Economics – Bangkok, Thailand
Master of Science in Health Economics
Course content: Micro- and Macroeconomics and applications, health care systems, statistics for health economics, economic evaluation of health care services, health care planning, organization management and decision making, health economics research methods.
Duration:: Annually up to June till May following year
Academic Degree: Masters degree in social, medical or basic sciences
Information: http://www.econ.chula.ac.th/programme/ms_health.html
CERDI – Centre d’etudes et de Recherches sur le Dèveloppement International
Master in Health Economic in Developing and Transitional Countries (French)
Course content: Le Master Professionnel “Economie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition”, dont le prolongement normal est l’entrée dans la vie active, veut répondre aux besoins croissants d’économistes spécialisés dans la problématique de l’économie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition. Ces pays doivent aujourd’hui développer et réorienter leurs systèmes de santé dans le cadre de réformes générales de politique économique, lesquelles vont souvent de paire avec des changements profonds dans le rôle des acteurs publics et privés (y compris des ONG).
Duration:: 12- 16 mois (en fonction des stages)
Academic Degree: Master Professionnel
Information: www.cerdi.org/ 3cyc/ MasterPro Sante-Bref.asp
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CERDI – Centre d’etudes et de Recherches sur le Dèveloppement International
Master Professionnel “Economie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition” (French)
Course content: Le Master Professionnel ” Economie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition “, dont le prolongement normal est l’entrée dans la vie active, veut répondre aux besoins croissants d’économistes spécialisés dans la problématique de l’économie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition. Ces pays doivent aujourd’hui développer et réorienter leurs systèmes de santé dans le cadre de réformes générales de politique économique, lesquelles vont souvent de paire avec des changements profonds dans le rôle des acteurs publics et privés (y compris des ONG).
Duration::
Academic Degree: Master Professionnel “Economie de la santé dans les pays en développement et en transition”
Information: http://www.cerdi.org/3cyc/MasterProSante-Bref.asp
International Labour Office (ILO) in co-operation with University Maastricht
Social Policy Financing (SPF)*
Course content: Management of social risks; economics, statistics and mathematics required for demographic and social protection analysis; the different concepts of financing social protection; national accounting and social budgeting; actuarial mathematics; and quantitative techniques in healthcare financing.
Duration:: September – July: every year
Academic Degree: MSc degree in Public Policy in Human Development with specialization in Social Policy Financing
Information: University Maastricht
ILO
* The programme in Social Policy Financing/ Social Policy Design is currently under revision and will be offered as a specialised track within the Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) programme in the next academic year (2008/2009).
International Labour Office (ILO) in co-operation with University Maastricht
Social Policy Design (SPD)*
Course content: Management of social risks; economics, statistics and mathematics required for demographic and social protection analysis; the different concepts of financing social protection; national accounting and social budgeting; actuarial mathematics; and quantitative techniques in healthcare financing.
Duration:: September – July: every year
Academic Degree: MSc degree in Public Policy in Human Development with specialization in Social Policy Financing
Information: University Maastricht
ILO
* The programme in Social Policy Financing/ Social Policy Design is currently under revision and will be offered as a specialised track within the Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) programme in the next academic year (2008/2009).
International Labour Office (ILO) in co-operation with University of Lausanne
Master of Science in Actuarial Science
Course content: The programme develops an understanding of the actuarial principles and techniques necessary for the management of insurance companies as well as financial and savings institutions including pension funds and social security systems.
Duration:: each year in September
Academic Degree: MSc in Actuarial Science
Information: University of Lausanne
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Karolinska Institutet, Department of Public Health Sciences – Stockholm, Sweden
Master Program in Public Health Sciences
Course content: Basics in public health sciences, biostatistics for health economists, microeconomics, scientific theory and methods (selection)
Duration:: two years, every year in autumn
Academic Degree: Master Degree in Public Health Sciences
Information: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=11072&a=22228&cid=11074&l=en
Keele University / Centre for Health Planning and Management (CHPM)
MSc Human Resources in Health
Course content: The Program includes training in the broader skills of health planning and management. Some of the teaching is shared with the MBA (Health, Population and Nutrition), and some is dedicated to the specialist area, ensuring students receive a balanced programme, and can place the human resource management task into the context of health sector needs. Taught subjects include: Health Planning and Management; Health Economics and Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Human Resource Planning Techniques; Workforce Management and Mobilisation.
Duration:: Full-time: 1 year (starts in September), Part-time: 2,5 years (starts in September and January)
Academic Degree: Master of Science in Human Resources in Health
Information: http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/hm/Courses/hrh.htm
LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science – London, United Kingdom
International Health Policy (Health Economics)
Course content: The programme develops an understanding of the actuarial principles and techniques necessary for the management of insurance companies as well as financial and savings institutions including pension funds and social security systems. Compulsory courses:Financing Health Care, Health Systems and Policies with long essay, Health Economics, Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Health Care; 2 of the following courses: Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Health Economics, Health Systems in Europe: Politics and Regulation
Duration:: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Academic Degree: MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics)
Information: LSE 
LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science – London, United Kingdom
Health Policy Planning and Financing
Course content: This programme aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing, and be able to devise appropriate health policy responses. The programme is taken by students from a wide range of backgrounds including: social science or medical training; health service managers or health care providers and those who have worked in national health care systems, international agencies or NGOs. This is a joint programme provided by LSE and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This programme provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise in issues of common concern to countries with similar health systems and problems.
Duration:: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Academic Degree: MSc in Health Policy Planning and Financing
Information: LSE
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LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science – London, United Kingdom
Social Policy and Planning
Course content: The Masters Programme in Social Policy and Planning aims to immerse students in the most important, often controversial, issues facing social policy today. It aims to provide coverage of the main areas of, and theoretical approaches to, social policy and to enable students to develop the capacity to learn and apply general approaches to the analysis of social problems. There is an emphasis on comparative and international aspects, reflecting the diverse student intake and the importance of an international focus. Increasing emphasis on the provision of European and global perspectives provides an awareness of the complexity and variation of how human and social needs are met in different contexts.
Duration:: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Academic Degree: MSc in Social Policy and Planning
Information: LSE
Promotion Santé Suisse – Lausanne, Suisse
Master of Advanced Studies en économie et management de la santé (French)
Course content: Obtain competencies in health economics and management, understand financing models in health care and politics
Duration:: Four semesters
Academic Degree: Master of Advanced Studies en économie et management de la santé
Master of Advanced Studies in Health Economics and management
Information: http://www.hec.unil.ch/iems/Enseignement/MASHEM
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in co-operation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) – Amsterdam, Netherlands
International Course in Health Development (ICHD/MPH)
Course content: Health policy, planning and management / Health economics and financing; Human resources development; Health systems research; Health resources development; Health policy and financing, advanced module (selection) Sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS
Duration:: every year on the third Wednesday of September for 12 months
Academic Degree: Master of Public Health
Information: http://www.kit.nl/smartsite.shtml?id=15662
Universiteit Maastricht, Faculty of Health Sciences – Maastricht, Belgium
Master of Science in Public Health – Health Policy, Economics and Management
Course content: Health economics, quality and professionalism, health policy analysis and law, logistics and operations management in health care, organisational change and transformation, financial management, thesis (selection)
Duration:: One year (full-time); Two years (half-time)
Academic Degree: M.Sc. in Public Health, specialisation Health Policy, Economics and Management
Information: University Maastricht
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University of Leeds, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
Master of Health Management, Planning and Policy
Course content: Health Management, Planning and Policy in Practice; Research for Health Managers, Planners and Policy Makers; Health System Requirements for Effective Decentralisation; Human Resources Planning and Development for Health; Health Economics for Financial Planning
Duration:: 12 months
Academic Degree: Master of Health Management, Planning and Policy
Information: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/lihs/nuffield/landt/ma_hmpp.htm#aims
University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management
Master’s Program in Health Administration (MHA)
Course content: Population health and epidemiology, research methods for health care management, operational and economic evaluation of health care, health care economics and resource allocation, health care system organization and policy, management skills, corporate finance, managerial economics, data analysis, organizational behavior and human resources management, thesis (selection).
Duration:: 15 months
Academic Degree: Master’s Program in Health Administration (MHA)
Information: http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/mba/content/section/12/89//
University of York, Center for Health Economics – York, United Kingdom
Master in Health Economics
Course content: Health economics; evaluation of health care; econometrics or quantitative analysis or econometric methods for research; advanced microeconomics or applied microeconomics for decision-making and policy analysis, clinical decision analysis
Duration:: 12 months full time; coursework runs from October to May
Academic Degree: M.Sc. in Health Economics
Information: http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/econ/prospective/grad/courses/msc-hlth.htm
The University of Sheffield, School of Health and Related Research – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Master of Sciences in Health Economics and Management
Course content: Health economics, health service research methods, economic evaluation, operational research and modelling, managing organisations, management in the NHS, health policy, management clinical and legal risk, dissertation
Duration:: three days per month part-time; six days per month full-time
Academic Degree: MSc in Health Economics and Management
Information: http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/prospective_students/masters/hem/
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Short courses (trainings, workshops.)
Boston University, School of Public Health, Department of International Health
Management and Finance for International Health
Course content: Essentials of microeconomics, health financing, program monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, human resource management, drug management, budgeting, organizational behaviour.
Duration:: on request
Target Audience: Health professionals working in the field and medical personnel
Information: http://sph.bu.edu
Groupe CIDR Centre International de Développement et de Recherche
Séminaire sur la viabilité des services de santé et des organisations mutualistes
Course content: Design, implementation, financing and management of Community Based Health Insurances or Health Care Institutions.
Duration:: 1 – 2 weeks
Target Audience: Managers of community based health insurances in francophone Africa
Information: www.cidr.org/ Seminaire-sur-la-viabilite-des,134.html
Harvard University, Department of Population and International Health – Boston, USA
Entrepreneurial Management in Health Sector Reform: Business Planning for Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations
Course content: International health reform, entrepreneurial management, structuring a business plan, organizational strategy, marketing and financial planning, presentation skills
Duration:: to be announced
Target Audience: experienced senior managers and policy-makers
Information: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ihsg/training.html
International Labour Office (ILO) – Geneva and Turin (International Training Centre)
Training through technical cooperation
Course content: Quantitative Model Family, like population projections, social budgeting, pension model, wage distribution, health model
Duration:: From 2 weeks to 6 months (depending on requirements)
Target Audience: Staff of social security institutions
Information: www.ilo.org/public/ english/protection/ secsoc/areas/ttc.htm
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International Labour Office (ILO) – Geneva and Turin (International Training Centre)
Training courses on Social Security Conventions in ILO member states
Course content: Training on international social security standards, in particular on ILO social security conventions and recommendations
Duration:: several weeks
Target Audience: Staff of social security institutions
Information: www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/secsoc/areas/tssc.htm
International Labour Office (ILO) – Turin (International Training Centre)
Workshops on Pension Schemes and Social Security Financing
Course content: Principles, concepts and typology of social security schemes; economic and social implications of social security systems; financing mechanisms; governance of social security institutions; fund management and investment (e.g.)
Duration:: Between 2 and 3 weeks
Target Audience: Managers and personnel of social security schemes; members of the governing bodies; staff involved in administration of social security funds etc.; officials from key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social security systems et
Information: http://learning.itcilo.org/socpro/pensions/
International Labour Office (ILO) – Turin (International Training Centre)
Workshops on Strategies for the Extension of Social Protection
Course content: Extension of formal social protection mechanisms: social insurance, universal benefits and social assistance schemes; the promotion of and support for the development of decentralized systems deriving from local initiatives, in particular micro-insurance (e.g.)
Duration:: 2 weeks
Target Audience: Leaders and key members of informal economy or non-governmental organizations; planners, advisers and professionals dealing with social security and social protection mechanisms; representatives of workers and employers’ organizations involved in the ext
Information: http://learning.itcilo.org/socpro/extension/
International Labour Office (ILO) – Turin (International Training Centre)
Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA)
Course content: Aims at supporting the modernization of training systems, principally by studying and disseminating ways in which the latest insights from learning theory and from information and communications technology (ICT) are used in flexible online learning and in face-to-face learning.
Duration:: Several days
Target Audience: Managers and staff of social security institutions
Information: http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-areas/delta
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International Labour Office (ILO) – Turin (International Training Centre)
Workshops on Asia Micro-Insurance Network (AMIN)
Course content: Health micro-insurance schemes, different topics in the context of micro-insurances
Duration:: Several days
Target Audience: Government officials, managers and staff of social security institutions
Information: www.ilo.org/ amin/ShowCapbuilding.do
Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)- Antwerp, Belgium
Short Course in Health Policy
Course content: The aim of this course is to empower participants to play an active role in the development of public health policies in developing countries. Health policies from different contexts and continents are studied. The process of their formulation and implementation and the evaluation of their results are analyzed. The role of international aid on health policies and the influence of the principles of the market economy on health sector reforms are scrutinized.
Duration:: 3rd March – 25th April, 2008
Target Audience: The course is open to holders of a master’s diploma in public health (MPH) or equivalent (can be relevant experience).
Information: http://www.itg.be/internet/courses0708/cursus_info/21%20SC-HP%20E%200708.pdf
InWEnt GmbH in co-operation with different partners
International Approaches to “Health Financing and Social Health Insurance”
Course content: 8 modules: introduction to health and health care, basic concepts and terminology of health economics; health financing in developed countries: USA, Britain, Canada; social health insurance in Germany; access to health care; micro schemes of health financing; cash-based systems of health financing; health insurance in developing countries
Duration:: 1 week preparation seminar, 6 months E-learning, 1 week follow-up seminar (Blended-learning course)
Target Audience: Staff in health insurance institutions (like Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Health Financing and Health Insurance Fund), competent government departments and regional public health services
Information: http://gc21.inwent.org/ibt/GC21/area=gc21/main/de/site/gc21/ibt/openGC21/courses/online-courses.xht
InWEnt GmbH in co-operation with different partners
ILT “Social Security”
Course content: The course deals with principle elements and aspects of social security using health insurance in south-east Asian countries. It consists of a 3 months theoretical part followed by 4 months practical in German institutions. The theoretical part develops the following modules: 1) History of social security systems, 2) Macro- and micro-economic analyses of social security systems, 3) IT, controlling and accounting tools for efficient social security and insurance management, 4) New Public Management: implications for social security systems, 5) Implications of macro-policies and reforms of social security systems for developing countries, 6) E-learning course on health economics
Duration:: 12 months residential course including German language course and International management competence course
Target Audience: Young professionals and future senior management and top level staff in ministries and companies
Information: http://gc21.inwent.org/ibt/de/ilt/ibt/programme/socialsecurity/xhtml/index.sxhtml
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Royal Tropical Institute – Amsterdam
Health Systems Research
Course content: The course examines the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and methods to health systems research. In order to identify and develop problem solving strategies in health systems, managers of health care programmes need to be able to use a full range of research approaches and methods. Methodologies such as action research and participatory research focus on processes that make research more user friendly and relevant to clients, health providers and policy makers. Various approaches and methods to health systems research, their strengths and weaknesses, and when and in what context they can be used, are presented in this course. Participants develop their own research protocol using a step-by-step approach. The emphasis is on qualitative and participatory research methods in order to generate knowledge, decisions and interventions, not just from the perspective of researchers, but also from research subjects.
Duration:: 3 weeks
Target Audience: staff from educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries
Information: http://www.kit.nl/smartsite.shtml?ch=FAB&id=15641
Royal Tropical Institute – Amsterdam
Health policy and financing
Course content: Important issues in health policy and health economics, such as decentralization, the public-private mix, SWAps, global funds, TRIPS and structural adjustment are dealt with here
Duration:: 3 weeks
Target Audience: Senior managers who are actively involved in planning, management and evaluation of health sector reforms in developing countries
Information: http://www.kit.nl/smartsite.shtml?ch=FAB&id=15646
Royal Tropical Institute – Amsterdam
Advanced Course on Health Sector Reforms and Financing
Course content: Introduction into the most important topics in health policy, planning and financing, their effect on equity and efficiency and their relation to poverty reduction and development. The aim of this intensive course is to develop an understanding of the context and scope of the current health sector reforms and financing options in developing countries. The course will help managers by offering tools and skills to describe and critically analyse the national health system in their country in terms of its financing, its structure and functions, and its performance, and to examine how this performance can be influenced by alternative policies and reform strategies.
Duration:: 25.08. – 05.09.2008 (10 days)
Target Audience: senior managers – from health ministries, embassies, international organizations or NGOs
Information: http://www.kit.nl/smartsite.shtml?ch=FAB&id=15642
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health – Heidelberg, Germany
Financing Health Care – Principles of Insurance 2008
Course content: convergence of healthcare, financial services and technology, and the rise in healthcare consumerism fuelled by the internet and direct-to-consumer marketing from the perspectives of all the stakeholders
Duration:: 05.-16. May 2008
Target Audience: public health professionals and managers
Information: http://www.klinikum.uni-heidelberg.de/FinancingCare.8025.0.html?&0=
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University of Copenhagen, Institute of Public Health – Copenhagen, Denmark
Health Care Systems in Low-Income Societies
Course content: Historical perspectives on biomedicine and health services, effects of socio-economic changes on health, formal and informal health care, health policy and planning, management and organization of health systems, financing of health sector, insurance, health information systems (selection); this course is part of the Master program International Health
Duration:: every year
Target Audience: health professionals
Information: http://www.pubhealth.ku.dk/ifsv_en/
University of York, Center for Health Economics – York, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals by distance learning
Course content: Basic economic concepts; health economics: concepts and analysis; introduction to health care evaluation; the economics of health care systems
Duration:: every year
Target Audience:
Information: http://www.york.ac.uk/res/herc/distance/
WHO Regional Office for Africa, Noguchi Memorial Insitute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health in Ghana, WHO Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy at the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim
Medicines & Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative, Course in Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis
Course content: Participants will enhance skills to identify problems in medicines access and use, and to design,
implement, and evaluate medicines benefit policies in health insurance systems. Interactive course with group case discussions and small group hands-on analyses of health insurance program data. During the course, participants will focus on a specific medicines policy issue relevant to their country and system, and develop a post-course plan to design and implement a policy intervention to improve key outcomes.Application Deadline:  15 September 2008
Duration:: 10- days, 16-25 November 2008, Accra, Ghana
Target Audience: Policy makers, analysts, actuaries, and others involved in making medicines benefit decisions for emerging or existing national and/or private health insurance systems in African countries.
Information: http://www.whoccpp.org/training/medic2008/course_overview.asp
WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific in Co-operation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, and the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare
Training Course on Social Health Insurance
Course content: Overview on social security system, recent development trends in social security worldwide, health care financing, social health insurance as an alternative financing option, international experiences in social health insurance, health care system in Korea, the evolution of National Health Insurance of Korea (selection)
Duration:: autumn every year
Target Audience: mid-career, senior-level policy makers and managers, staff from collaborationg international organizations
Information: http://polhn.org/system/files/course+brochure.pdf
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WHO SEARO / Chulalongkorn University, Centre for Health Economics – Bangkok, Thailand
Economic Principles for Health Policy
Course content: The purpose of the course is to encourage the use of economic principles in health policy and planning at country level. It serves as a practical introduction to economics to assist health decision makers in applying these principles effectively for better health policy and planning. Course content: health and development, health and macroeconomics, the market for health and addressing market failure, application of economic techniques.
Duration:: 6 days
Target Audience: Senior country staff from policy-linked institutes / MoH units
Information: Dr Alaka Singh: singha@searo.who.int, Website: www.searo.who.int
World Bank Institute (WBI)
Flagship Course on Health Sector Reform on Sustainable Financing
Course content: Analyzing health sector performance; specific strategies for financing Health Care; designing benefit packages and targeting beneficiaries; sharing resources and responsibilities (a selection)
Duration:: every year
Target Audience: Government representatives, civil society organizations, other stakeholders
Information: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ihsg/course_flagship.html
World Bank Institute (WBI)
Basics of Health Economics – E-Learning Course
Course content: Aims of the course (selection): use the economic rationale arguments to determine what government should or should not do; apply economics to improve allocative efficiency in the health sector; analyze economic arguments to help improve technical efficiency in the health sector
Duration:: Several months; 16.01.-20.02.2008
Target Audience: Non-health economists that contribute to the policy and operational decision making in the health sector
Information: http://web.worldbank.org/
World Bank Institute (WBI)
Elements of Health System Financing – E-Learning Course
Course content: Six modules, which build up to a comprehensive system to evaluate health finance reform options based on the broad aims of the health system. A selection: What type of public financing is the best? How can we best raise and pool public funds to finance medical care? How can we best manage and allocate public funds for medical care? How can we best motivate physicians in the community? How can we effectively integrate private and public finance?
Duration:: Several months
Target Audience: Non-health economists that contribute to the policy and operational decision making in the health sector
Information: http://siteresources.worldbank.org
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World Congress – Washington DC, USA
The 4th Annual Consumer-Centric Healthcare Congress
Course content: convergence of healthcare, financial services and technology, and the rise in healthcare consumerism fuelled by the internet and direct-to-consumer marketing from the perspectives of all the stakeholders
Duration:: 20.-21. November 2008
Target Audience:
Information: http://www.worldcongress.com/events/HL08045/index.cfm?confCode=HL08045