The course provides a short introduction to key concepts of health economics, such as public goods, externalities and supply and demand, as applied to health and the health sector. Based on the WHO health system performance framework, the course then discusses health financing – its functions, financing systems, payment mechanisms, Overseas Development Assistance, the effect of health system organisation on financing, measuring performance, digitization in health financing and how financing relates to other building blocks of a health system. These factors are used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a country’s level and structure of health financing.
Most health systems are characterized by a mix of public and private financing and delivery of care. For a health system to perform well – i.e., to provide needed, good-quality health services to all who need them – public and private financing agents need to generate an appropriate amount of revenue; pool risks; create appropriate incentives for quality service provision from all providers; and allocate resources to the most effective, efficient, and equitable interventions and services irrespective of the sector. These functions should be managed efficiently, minimising administrative costs.
The course will expose and discuss these aspects so that participants can critically discuss and share views on health financing and payment reforms at local, national and global level. Health financing will be further discussed in the context of achieving “Universal Health Coverage” and Sustainable Development Goal 3.
The course consists of 3 phases combining blended and hybrid learning formats, offering the benefits of both self-paced learning and synchronous real-time interaction.
Phase 1: Preparation
During the preparation phase, participants familiarise themselves with the course topic by studying materials and completing assignments under the guidance of the facilitators.
→ Self-paced distance learning and an introductory online session
→ 4 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 40 hours of student investment
Phase 2: Hybrid Face-to-Face Week
During the hybrid face-to-face week, participants engage in five days of intensive discussions, reflection exercises, case studies, group work, quizzes and presentations, either on-site at the Swiss TPH headquarters in Allschwil, Switzerland, or online. Active participation (online or on-site) is expected throughout the week.
→ On-site in Allschwil or online
→ 5 days full-time
→ Approx. 40-45 hours of student investment
Typically, there are two hybrid/face-to-face weeks with two courses back-to-back to allow participants from abroad to attend two courses on one flight.
Phase 3: Final Assignment
In the post phase, participants consolidate their learning through the development of a final assignment, such as essays, project outlines, presentations or online quizzes, supported by the course facilitators.
→ Distance-based and mostly self-paced
→ 8 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 95-100 hours of student investment
At a Glance
Online Information Session
Students acquire insight into basic principles of health economics as well as an understanding of health financing modalities so as to critically discuss, exchange and share views on health financing and payment reforms at local, national and global level.
Participants are assessed during both, the distance-based and on-campus phases of the courses, through individual and team assignments, professional presentations, quizzes or short tests, reflective papers and proposed projects.
The course is designed for those working, or wishing to work, in the field of international public health cooperation at all levels. It is of particular interest to (future) leaders and managers addressing the need to combine strong business management skills with a sound public health education.
To enrol, you need a bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant work experience, as well as a passion for global and public health. As all management courses are taught in English, strong oral and written English skills are also required. In order to attend the course, the fee must be paid before the course starts.
Fee for MBA-IHM students*: CHF 2,450
Fee for Short Course students: CHF 2,850
* The same fee applies to tropEd students and students enrolled in an SSPH+ professional postgraduate Master's or PhD programme.
Course fees must be paid in advance to gain access to the online learning materials. Tuition fees do not cover insurance, travel or personal living expenses incurred during your stay in Basel.
Swiss TPH and the University of Basel do not offer scholarships for management courses.
Disclaimer: In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the course may be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Swiss TPH is not responsible for any costs related to flight bookings, etc.