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Policy Formulation and Analysis in Healthcare

Explore the political process, policy development, and leadership challenges of implementing service changes in healthcare.

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Policy Formulation and Analysis in Healthcare
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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This course is part of the program Policy, Politics and Transforming Practice , which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Master of Business Administration (Health Care Sector). Find out more.

Discover healthcare policy, from formulation to policy implementation

On this course, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate and debate the practices and challenges related to policy development and formulation at local and national levels.

As you consider the changing dimensions of healthcare provision, you’ll have the chance to examine the evolution, principles and policies of policy identification, formulation and implementation.

You’ll look at various health policies in detail to trace the connections between them and explore their respective impact.

You’ll also be encouraged to take on a global perspective by considering the Sustainable Development Goals.

What topics will you cover?

  • Definition of health care policy 
  • Connections to healthcare policies 
  • What are health policies? 
  • Global perspective – Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Developing policies and impact assessments 
  • Definitions  
  • Building health policies 
  • Measuring impacts 

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different theories that are useful in policy formulation and analysis
  • Identify key features of the processes of policy identification, formulation and implementation
  • Justify and exemplify the policy role in learning organisations, innovation and change in healthcare

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those with a background in healthcare who are looking to progress their roles in middle and senior management.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

I joined Coventry University in 2020 after many years in the NHS, NICE and Public Health. I have a strong knowledge of UK and International health policy and the use of health economics in policy

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Policy, Politics and Transforming Practice , which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Master of Business Administration (Health Care Sector).