Decision-making and priority setting

Health Services Management Centre, School of Social Policy

College of Social Sciences


Code 22554

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

A key element of the commissioning cycle is the ability to assess needs, understand competing priorities and make decisions about how financial resources should be invested to best improve health outcomes for local people. In additional to technical skills, this also requires an awareness of the principles of public value, of political and negotiation skills and of how national policy is made, disseminated and implemented. Against this background, key topics in this module include:

  • Methods of needs assessment and priority setting (national/international)
  • Different concepts of need and methods of measuring health outcomes
  • Epidemiological and economic perspectives
  • Quality of life measurement and economic evaluation
  • The policy process and political/organisational influences on decisions
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Evidence-based policy and practice