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Registration now closed for WS 2017/2018

There is only limited capacity for the running semester due to organisational changes in the running semester. The seminar is open for our cooperation partner from Ghana.


Health care systems are complex and usually not well understood. This course provides a structured introduction into how health care systems are organized, financed and regulated. Units will provide a general introduction into the framework and functions of health care systems, into coverage (of persons and benefits), into resource mobilization, pooling and allocation to third-party payers, purchasing and third party payer-provider relationships, regulation of health care providers as well as questions regarding the public-private mix. Well-known types of health care systems ("Bismarck", NHs etc.) will be presented and discussed. Participants should have a prior knowledge of health care and are expected to read and discuss the course material (literature listed below and presentation slides as they are made available during the course).

Semester (WS/SS)
Managing and researching health care systems


World Health Organization (2000). World Health Report Health systems: improving performance. Geneva: WHO Document Production Services.

World Health Organization (2007). Everybody’s business: Strengthening health systems to improve health outcomes. WHO’s framework for action. Geneva: WHO Document Production Services.

Busse R, Schreyögg J, Gericke C (2007). Analysing changes in health financing arrangements in high-income countries. A comprehensive framework approach. Washington, DC, The World Bank.

Papanicolas I, Smith P (2013). Health System Performance Comparison. An agenda for policy,information and research. Open University Press, New York. Available at: www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/244836/Health-System-Performance-Comparison.pdf

Panteli D, Arickx F, Cleemput I, Dedet G, Eckhardt H, Fogarty E, Gerkens S, Henschke C, Hislop J, Jommi C, Kaitelidou D, Kawalec P, Keskimäki I, Kroneman M, Lopez Bastida J, Pita Barros P, Ramsberg J, Schneider P, Spillane S, Vogler S, Vuorenkoski L, Wallach Kildemoes H, Wouters O, Busse R. (2016). Pharmaceutical regulation in 15 European countries: Review. Health Systems in Transition, 18(5):1–118.

World Health Organization (2013). Research for Universal Health Coverage. Available at: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85761/2/9789240690837_eng.pdf?ua=1

Mills A (2014). Health Care Systems in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. The New England Journal of Medicine 370 (6): 552-557 www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1110897


block course for 2 weeks
C 313
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse
Dr. Wilm Quentin

Please note that the course will be held as a block course with lectures starting at 9am. Unless otherwise indicated, the course is held in C313. Please note, that we also offer a social programme for the two weeks (for instance on Tuesday, November 21st). This is a preliminary schedule of the course.

The following topics are going to be adressed this year:

Introduction and Outline of the course (15:00-17:00 Uhr)


Introduction and frameworks (09:00-12:00 Uhr)
Financing I: Raising resources (13:30- 17:00 Uhr)
Networking event (from 19:00 Uhr onwards)

Seminar on health system relevant databases and information for term paper (10:00-12:00 Uhr)
Financing II: Pooling and re-allocation (13:30-17:00 Uhr)

Financing III: Purchasing and payment systems (09:00-12:00 Uhr)
Leadership and Governance + Care Delivery (13:30-17:00 Uhr)

Medical products (09:00-12:00 Uhr)
Introduction to group exercise (10:30-12:00 Uhr)
Workforce (13:30-17:00 Uhr)
Preliminary Summary of building blocks (09:00-10:30 Uhr)
Presentation by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on health cooperations worldwide (10:30-12:00)

Access and coverage (13:30-17:00 Uhr)

Quality and Safety (09:00-12:00 Uhr)
Financial and Social Risk Protection (13:30-17:00 Uhr)

Group work to prepare for presentation
Improved Health (13:30-17:00 Uhr)

Efficiency and Responsiveness (09:00-12:00 Uhr)
Summary of Health System Performance Assessment (13:30-17:00 Uhr)
Presentations and Wrap-up (09:00-12:00 Uhr)

Students wishing to receive a graded certificate

Please choose a country (your own, one you have recently been to, are currently in or are about to go). Describe and analyse the health care system in that country along the following lines:

  1. Outline the organization, regulation and financing of health care. Please be sure to incorporate a discussion of the various actors, the various functions of health care systems (resource generation, pooling etc.) and on the public-private mix as discussed during the course.
  2. What, if any, major reforms have been introduced recently or are about to be introduced? What will be the likely effect on the population and the various actors?
  3. What, in your opinion, are the main problems currently facing the health care system? Are they appropriately addressed by current health care reforms?

Be sure to make good use of the material collected during the course (slides and reading material) as well as other material, especially that provided by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
Please aim at a length of approx. 3000-4000 words. Assignments must be submitted in English.
Deadline: 31.05.2018; submission per email to

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