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Healthy Futures: How Can We Create the Most Effective Healthcare System?

Find out how to solve some of the world’s biggest healthcare problems and make a positive difference.

Healthy Futures: How Can We Create the Most Effective Healthcare System?

This course is part of the program Health Policy and Governance, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a Health Administration, Policy and Leadership degree. Find out more.

Learn how to design effective health responses

Health systems across the world are facing unprecedented challenges financially, socially and environmentally.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to solve some of the world’s biggest health problems.

You’ll learn how public health policies affect our daily lives, and explore key philosophies in healthcare.

You’ll explore the determinants of health and their impact on individuals and communities.

You’ll find out how to design health responses to ensure that people can access the right care, in the right place and at the right time.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsFrom our first breath to our last, our everyday lives are impacted by a myriad of factors affecting our health and wellbeing. What we eat, where we live, how much we exercise, our genetics, and the available health services, all play a part in determining the quality and duration of our lives and the healthcare we will require. Health systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Service providers, private health insurers, professional associations, pharmaceutical companies and community groups, are all among a varied collection of bodies with key roles in the health policy conundrum. In this course, you'll be taking on the role of a key player involved in the crafting of health policy.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsYou'll interact with a range of experts across disciplines and organisations, including public health, service providers, tech developers and health economics.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsYou'll be: 1. Applying key concepts and philosophies that underpin health policy and governance;

Skip to 1 minute and 19 seconds2. Investigating the role of power, politics and ideology shaping health policy; 3. Examining governance arrangements and policy alternatives for cross cutting health issues; 4. Discussing the role of institutions and the policy context forging healthcare systems. Healthcare is complex, and rapidly evolving. Society is looking for its innovative, responsive and socially-aware leaders to take on the many challenges facing our health systems. Take on the role in this course and you will have the opportunity to design effective health responses and ensure people receive the right care, delivered at the right time, by the right team, in the right place, with the right resources.

What topics will you cover?

  • The impacts of health policy on our daily lives
  • Key concepts and philosophies of healthcare
  • Determinants of health and their impact on individuals and groups
  • Rise of healthcare expenditure
  • Achieving universal health coverage
  • Global environmental change and how it affects health

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe and compare major philosophies of health care and how they impact on health policy making.
  • Identify the key characteristics of selected international health systems, based on governance, funding and provision.
  • Identify and articulate the determinants of health.
  • Demonstrate understanding of terminology in the context of health.
  • Identify large scale healthcare challenges and describe how different health policy mechanisms are being used to tackle them.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people who are looking to grow their knowledge and skills in the health policy and governance industry.

Who will you learn with?

Ana Rita Sequeira

Dr Ana Rita Sequeira is a lecturer and researcher in the Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Program at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International, Murdoch University.

Who developed the course?

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia.

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Advance your career with a degree

This course is the first step to a degree in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership.

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Health Policy and Governance, which is part of the degree Health Administration, Policy and Leadership.

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • What is Universal Health Coverage?
    What is Universal Health Coverage?
    video

    Watch Dr Ana Rita Sequeira explain Universal Health Coverage, the idea of staying healthy or improving health without financial hardship.

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