Health is critical to human well-being, and to the growth and productivity of the national economy. Health Policy concerns range from the impact of policies of all sectors on health to policies that govern the organisation of health care services. Health systems across the South Asian and African regions confront challenges such as the need to mobilise investment for health, improve social accountability of health services, set health care priorities, plan for health equity and make appropriate technological choices for low resource settings, improve on the legal and ethical framework of health care and build better governance. All this calls for evidence based policy making and a good competence in health economics, the financing of health care and in designing and managing health care institutions. Globalisation and trade in health services and health commodities also pose new challenges and provide new opportunities.
This innovative Master of Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance (MPH- HPEF) is a response to the limited institutional capacity in India and South East Asia for making and interrogating health policy, and creating more money for health and more health for the money.
The programme has been created in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The programme will have an international focus and teaching would cover literature from across the globe with specific focus on South East Asia and India.
It is a four-semester, (2 years) intensive programme consisting of theory courses, one internship, a 18 week field practicum and research dissertation. The combination of a strong taught component and extensive mentored fieldwork would enable learners to develop a sound knowledge-base as well as professional skill enhancement. The degree is awarded after completion of all programme requirements, which is designed to be completed within the two years; but has a provision to complete over a maximum period of 5 years from the date of registration.