Policy, Management and Organisation in International Public Health


Course Objective

To develop a detailed understanding of the health policy process and its
outcomes both at national and international level
To acquire insight into the different theoretical concepts on policy
design in the field of public health
To understand how policy decisions are translated into programs and
projects, and subsequently implemented
To get acquainted with different management and governance practices in
health programs
To get acquainted with and acquire skills in international diplomacy,
resolution writing, negotiation and the procedures of the United Nations

Course Content

This course contains two parts that will run parallel throughout the
course: a theoretical part and a practical, diplomacy, part. In the
theoretical part you study different theoretical concepts of policy
science in international public health. You study core concepts of
public administration in relation to IPH such as power relations,
securing public interest, public versus private sector, managing change
and the network society. Questions are addressed such as: In what way
does the political structure of a country influence health policies;
Why do certain topics get on the policy agenda while other topics never
make it; Why do policy makers and politicians regularly seem to ignore
scientific insights; To what extent do international organisations
(such as the World Bank and the World Health Organisation) influence
national policies? To link these the theoretical insights to concrete
all students will have to read the book 'Wisdom of Whores', which traces
response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
In the diplomacy part you develop basic diplomatic
skills by practicing them in 4 training sessions and a final 1.5 day
World Health Organization simulation under Model United Nations rules
of procedure (WHO MUN). Model United Nations (informally abbreviated as
Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that
aims to educate you about civics, effective communication,
globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In Model UN, you take on
roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of
the WHO.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (29 hours), training workshops (14 hours) and simulation (12
hours), self study (102,5 hours), and examination (2.5 hours)

Method of Assessment

Individual exam (70%) and diplomacy assignment (30%). Both grades need
to be at least 5.5 to pass the course.


"Making Health Policy", Kent Buse,Nicholas Mays & Gill Walt, 2005, Open
University Press, ISBN 0-335-21839-3

"The Wisdom of Whores", Elizabeth Pisani, 2008, Granta Publications,

Other reading materials via Canvas

Target Audience

Compulsory course within the Master specialization International Public
Health; optional course for students in other specializations of the
Masters Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences.

Additional Information

Attendance of training workshops and simulation is compulsory.
For further information and application, please contact Maarten Kok

General Information

Course Code AM_470819
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator M.O. Kok
Examiner prof. dr. J.E.W. Broerse
Teaching Staff M.O. Kok
prof. dr. J.E.W. Broerse

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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