Introduction to Health Financing
What you'll learn
- Explain the functions of a health financing system
- Analyse various mechanisms of health financing vis a vis the health financing functions
- Explain concept of universal health coverage and use the indicators for measuring UHC
- No pre-course requirements
Why Health Financing?
Health financing is a key building block of a health system. In their efforts to reach universal health coverage, governments across the globe are introducing various health financing reforms, shifting from pure tax based or insurance-based mechanism to a more mixed form of financing. In this current scenario, competency in health financing is an important asset for both professionals and policy makers. Unfortunately, one of the major challenges faced by low and middle income countries is the lack of human resource with the required expertise in health financing. It is to bridge this gap, skills and competence in health financing is needed.
Objectives of the course
Health financing aims to build the competency of participants in describing, implementing and analyzing a health financing system or scheme. At the end of this course, the participants will be able to describe a health financing scheme in a structured manner, implement a scheme in their region and will be able to analyse the performance of a scheme and suggest corrections.
About the Instructor
This course is organized and taught by Dr. N. Devadasan, an expert on health financing with experience from the grass root level to policy level in this subject. He is a visiting faculty in many universities and is also a member of various committees on health financing.
The course is beneficial for all those interested in health financing, health insurance, Universal Health coverage, Public health professionals etc.
Course structure and duration
This course is divided into three sections with about 3-4 classrooms in each section. To effectively complete the course, you will need about 5 hours.
Who this course is for:
- The course is beneficial for students of public health, public health professionals, implementers of HF schemes and policy makers. Anybody with a Bachelor's or Master's degree and interested in Health financing can join
Subject Matter Expert (SME)
The course is organized and taught by Dr.N Devadasan, Director and Subject Matter Expert(SME) at Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India. He is an expert in health financing and has experience from the grass root level to policy level in the subject. He is a visiting faculty in many universities and is also a member of various committees on health financing. IPH is pioneer in public health related e-learning programmes and has certified several professionals globally.