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Governance of population health and well-being


The course focuses on public health policy by using the policy management cycle (priority setting, establishing goals, outcome objectives and indicators, adoption of a policy through legislative procedure, budgeting and implementation, and evaluation of the entire process). The course is to raise awareness about the role of governance in strengthening health systems and public health and its overall contribution to policy development. Health policy must respond to unprecedented environmental, societal, economic, and geopolitical challenges. It must lead the way to a safer, fairer, and equitable future for all. Governance has been defined as the process through which governments and other social organizations interact, relate to citizens and take decisions in an increasingly complex and interdependent national and international environment. Good health governance requires a synergistic set of policies, many of which reside in sectors other than health as well as sectors outside of government, which must be supported by structures and mechanisms that enable collaboration. Challenging problems require systems approaches that involve a wide range of society and multiple levels of governance, from local to global, with increasing relevance of regional and local levels. Health is a major macroeconomic factor and, increasingly, a critical component of business models and strategies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define governance and governance for health and well-being
  2. Position public health governance within a health policy framework
  3. Optimize policymaking in the 21st century
  4. Identify limitations of addressing health and well-being issues
  5. Define good governance and governance indicators
  6. Consider the impact of major UN agreements on governance
  7. Identify key future governance policy criteria

Course Outline

  1. Historical background on the development of specific health policies
  2. Understanding health policy: The political process at local, national, and international levels
  3. International Organizations and their role in public health such as IMF, UNICEF, WB, WHO, etc.
  4. Evaluating the impact of stakeholder on the health system
  5. Planning the development of the health workforce in quantitative and qualitative terms
  6. Indicators of health workforce availability and readiness
  7. The contribution of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to a reasoned political decision making
  8. Health system performance: Indicators and ranking of systems
  9. Principles of ongoing health care reforms in Jordan and other countries in EMR
  10. Design of a tobacco control strategy
  11. Ways to support health policies with evidence
  12. National health conferences and health reports
  13. Roundtable discussion: Bismarck versus Beveridge
  14. Scholarly presentations of seminar/field work

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.