Health Care in the Developed World: Contrasts and Comparisons

Health Services Management Centre, School of Social Policy

College of Social Sciences


Code 20307

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

The module will look comparatively at aspects of healthcare systems in developed countries. An introduction and overview will be provided into models of healthcare supply, theories of demand healthcare and approaches to healthcare financing. The impact of social and cultural factors will be highlighted. Within this over-arching framework there will be focus on themes and trends such as the rise of consumerism in healthcare, attitudes to the public and private sectors and public perceptions of professionals. Specific and rationing, and the relationship between populations and government. In exploring these thems the module takes a multi-disciplinary approach drawing on frameworks from economics, political science and sociology. The Module will be based on examples of healthcare systems from around the developed world