Description: This course aims to provide an overview of population health and related policy issues in China. It consists of three main sections: (a) population and development, (b) burden of disease, and (c) health care financing and delivery.
Course Goals: At the completion of this course, students will be expected to learn about the following:
1. Population health in China in the context of demographic transition, economic development, and urbanization,
2. Health care financing, workforce, organization, and reforms in China,
3. Major public health challenges in China and their policy implications, and
4. Apply the knowledge of population health in China to the analysis of current issues in health policy and management.
In addition, to sharpen their management and leadership skills, students are required to:
1. Engage in collaborative learning by participating in a journal club,
2. Learn how to write a policy paper, and
3. Conduct professional presentations and peer reviews.
Competencies: A.1 Identify appropriate sources and gather information, effectively and efficiently.
A.2 Appraise literature and data critically.
A.6 Policy analysis: Understand the policy-making process and the role of politics; assess a problem and identify and compare potential policy solutions; and understand and critically assess methods to evaluate policy impact.
A.9 Population health assessment: Understand and apply basic epidemiologic principles, measures, and methods to assess the health status of a population; identify risk factors in individuals and communities; evaluate the impact of population-based interventions and initiatives.
B.1 Convey: Speak and write in a clear, logical, and grammatical manner in formal and informal situations; prepare cogent business presentations; facilitate an effective group process.*
B.2 Listen: Receive, process, and respond appropriately to information conveyed by others.
B.3 Interact: Perceive and respond appropriately to the spoken, unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings, and concerns of others.*
E.1 Actively seek feedback from others, reflecting and learning from successes and failures.
E.2 Develop an accurate view of own strengths and developmental needs, including the impact one has on others.*
E.3 Continuously push self to raise personal standards of performance and exceed expectations.
E.4 Address knowledge, skills, and other developmental gaps through reflective, self-directed learning, and by trying new approaches.*