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PUBH203 Health Policy and Politics: Global and Local

Analysis of health policymaking processes, and approaches to organising, financing and providing health care in New Zealand and overseas, with reference to public policy, politics, economics and management.

If you are interested in any of the following questions then this paper is for you: What is health; what is a ‘health system’; and how much does it cost? How do stakeholders such as politicians, health professionals, patients, businesses, and charities/NGOs influence health and health systems? How does the health system in New Zealand differ from those in other countries such as Indonesia, the US and England - and why? What is the difference between inequality and equity - and why does this matter? What lies behind policies influencing the use of alcohol, tobacco, food or policies for the health of refugees, those living in poverty, and disabled people?  Your main lecturer and tutors, together with selected expert guest lecturers, will support you to achieve your learning outcomes.

Paper title Health Policy and Politics: Global and Local
Paper code PUBH203
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $988.95
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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108 points
HEAL 203
Schedule C
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Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr Adam Fusheini

Paper Structure
  • Assignment 1 20%
  • Assignment 2 30%
  • Exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements

This paper includes twice-weekly lectures and fortnightly tutorials.

No textbook required
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the process and politics of health policymaking
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of frameworks for analysing health policy and health systems
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the various means by which health services are organised, funded and delivered in different countries
  4. Analyse and discuss various health policy issues and cases

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 21
A2 Friday 12:00-13:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 21
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 21