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Introduction to Health Policy and Management
Description: The course provides an overview of the development, organization, financing, delivery and management of the Canadian health system. Students will examine the health care system's central assumptions, the distribution of power and authority within the system, current debates about the system's future, and the potential for political action. Recognizing that the existing health care system is the result of power struggles and contestable political choices, the lectures and readings will encourage students to think critically about health care policy in Canada. By the end of the course, students should be formulating their own opinions about future directions for health care.
Description: Students will be expected to apply knowledge of selected social determinants of health to multi-level interventions to improve health of individuals, communities, and populations. The course takes an ecological approach to the analysis of health needs and the design of public health actions. Students will apply key social science theories to the analysis of social determinants of health.
Introduction to Environmental Health
Description: Introduces environmental health issues and scientific understanding of their causes in developed and developing countries. Examines the role of environmental factors (biological, chemical, and physical) and its importance in relation to other factors that affect health of a community. Provides case studies of how environmental factors are dealt with in practice; including methods and approaches for assessment, prevention, and control.
Statistical Methods in Health Research
Description: Basic biostatistical concepts and methods used in health science research including; the role of biostatistics in research including ethics-related issues and data management; exploratory data analysis and data presentation by tabulations and graphics; estimation and comparisons of means, proportions, rates; introduction to regression analysis; and non-parametric methods.
Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health
Description: The aim of this course is to promote an understanding of epidemiological methods and study designs and their application to improving human health, and is designed for students not specializing in epidemiology or biostatistics. Topics include measures of disease frequency, study design, bias, confounding, and assessing causation. A focus will be on critical review of epidemiologic studies through case studies.
Integrative Seminar in Public Health
Description: Using public health case studies in the Canadian context, this course will encourage critical integration of the key bodies of public health knowledge in order to address context relevant scenarios. Students can expect to utilize systems thinking and develop cross-cutting skills.
Fellowship in Health System Improvement
Description: With Canada's health system performance trailing behind many other countries, there is now a critical need for leaders who bring about transformative change. The Fellowship in Health System Improvement will provide a unique mix of learning and action oriented experiential opportunities over six weekend sessions. The fellowship is designed for current leaders and senior managers in health systems looking to increase their knowledge of health and health system performance, enhance personal and organizational leadership skills, build their understanding of international health systems and develop the ability to lead transformative change.