Implementation Theory and Practice

1. Define and critically appraise the key social/political/economic factors underpinning the design and functioning of health systems;
2. Critically appraise the nature and functioning of public and private-sector organizations within the context of international health system reform;
3. Critically reflect on and appraise the utility of management theory in the development and functioning of health systems and the delivery of health services;
4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of and critically review the delivery of healthcare from needs assessment through to evaluation of outcomes;
5. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the application of management theories for their own health system, including the implications for public health.

Required Resources
• Merson, M.H., Black, R.E., & Mills, A.J. (eds.) (2006) ‘Chapter 1: The design of health systems’. In: International public health: diseases, programs, systems and policies. University of Liverpool/Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, pp. 1–14.
• Hunter, D.J. (ed.). (2007) ‘Chapter 1: The policy context and growing importance of health’. In: Managing for health. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 8–27. Available from: (Accessed: 21 March 2014).