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Winter 2008

Winter session
Dr. Yuanli Liu
2.5 credits
Readings, lectures, group discussions, guest speakers, field trips. January 2 - 24, 2008 with preparatory seminars in December 2007.

There has been an enhanced understanding of and increasing international interest in the critical role played by health systems in improving efficiency, equity, and quality of health care, and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The idea of "health system reforms" has captured worldwide attention and imagination in the last 20 years or so, and there is a high demand for expertise in how to improve health systems.

This course introduces students to the basic methods for conducting health system analysis, sensitizes the participants on the global debate on health system reforms, and help the students gain some hands-on experiences by interacting with the major stake-holders in China. China represents a good country for conducting the field study on health system reforms, not only because it is the world's largest country and has a wide spectrum of the most complex health and health system issues, but also because serious efforts are underway to reform a health system that has been recently "under fire".

Participants will be required to participate in the preparatory seminar in December and read all materials before and during the trip. At the end of the trip, each student will submit a brief research paper (6-8 pages), analyzing a particular issue facing China's health system and proposing solutions. Applications, consisting of a c.v. and letter of interest, must be completed and sent to Yuanli Liu at yuanliu@hsph.harvard.edu by October 5, 2007, and participants will be selected by October 15. Brief interview and signature of the instructor is required. The program will require a minimum of eight students, with a maximum enrollment of fifteen.
Course Note: Enrollment limited to 15 students; pass/fail grade option only. Selected participants must attend one week of preparatory class sessions at HSPH in December 2007; 15 days visit to China; one week supervised writing at HSPH.


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

Winter 2007

Winter session
Dr. Yuanli Liu
2.5 credits
Readings, lectures, group discussions, guest speakers, field trips. January 2 - 25, 2007 with preparatory seminars in December 2006.

There has been an enhanced understanding of and increasing international interest in the critical role played by health systems in improving efficiency, equity, and quality of health care, and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The idea of "health system reforms" has captured worldwide attention and imagination in the last 20 years or so, and there is a high demand for expertise in how to improve health systems.

This course introduces students to the basic methods for conducting health system analysis, sensitizes the participants on the global debate on health system reforms, and help the students gain some hands-on experiences by interacting with the major stake-holders in China. China represents a good country for conducting the field study on health system reforms, not only because it is the world's largest country and has a wide spectrum of the most complex health and health system issues, but also because serious efforts are underway to reform a health system that has been recently "under fire".

Participants will be required to participate in the preparatory seminar in December and read all materials before and during the trip. At the end of the trip, each student will submit a brief research paper (6-8 pages), analyzing a particular issue facing China's health system and proposing solutions. Applications, consisting of a c.v. and letter of interest, must be completed and sent to Yuanli Liu at yuanliu@hsph.harvard.edu by October 6, 2006, and participants will be selected by October 16. Brief interview and signature of the instructor is required. The program will require a minimum of eight students, with a maximum enrollment of fifteen.
Course Note: Enrollment limited to 15 students; pass/fail grade option only. Selected participants must attend one week of preparatory class sessions at HSPH in December 2006; 15 days visit to China; one week supervised writing at HSPH. (9.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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