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PUBH742 Global Health and International Health Systems

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Health systems in a global context, comparative health systems and how different countries organise their health systems. Evaluation of the performance of different health systems.

This paper examines the global forces and institutions that shape health systems, challenges faced by developing and developed countries and the different methods for assessing health systems' performance.

Paper title Global Health and International Health Systems
Paper code PUBH742
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 7 November 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,428.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,181.50

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PUBH 706
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Recommended Preparation
PUBH 714
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the second half of the second semester.
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent

It is strongly recommended that students complete PUBH 714 before commencing this paper.

Wellington Campus:
Christchurch Campus:
Dunedin Campus:

Teaching staff

Dr Johanna Reidy (Wellington)
Erin Penno (Dunedin)

Paper Structure


  1. Challenges to global health
  2. Emerging trends in global health
  3. Strategic responses to global health challenges
  4. Health systems
  5. Universal health coverage
  6. Governance in global health and the role of international institutions


  • Assignment 1 - 40%
  • Assignment 2 - 55%
  • Participation - 5%
Teaching Arrangements

Distance taught, with learning supported by Zoom webinars:

  • Week 1: Two compulsory 3-hour block sessions 9am-12pm on the Monday and Wednesday of week 1. These will be held via Zoom with the option of attending in person in Wellington or Dunedin (though there is no material advantage to do so).
  • Weeks 2-6: Weekly 1-hour sessions Mondays 4-5pm via Zoom. Students must attend two thirds of the webinars to pass, though it is highly recommended that students attend all of these sessions.
None - key readings provided in course materials
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of health systems in an international context, including the roles of international governmental and non-government agencies, global health risks and international health policies
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of comparative health systems and how different countries organise their health systems, including the roles of universal coverage, health insurance and health reforms in different jurisdictions
  • Evaluate the performance of different health systems

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1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 7 November 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system