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Health Systems and Policy Unit

Strengthening health systems through evidence-based and interdisciplinary research

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We address the major health policy and systems challenges through research into GovernanceHealth financingMacro-economic Modelling of Health and Health PolicyService delivery and quality of carePolitical Economy of Health and Health Policy, and Private sector healthcare. HSPU hosts a Health Systems group that includes a wide range of colleagues from across the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.

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Our health policy and systems research addresses major challenges across the world. We draw on disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical perspectives from health economics, public health, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology and statistics and other related disciplines and fields. This allows us to offer both innovative methodologies, and holistic and multi-disciplinary research and evaluation strategies.

For specific information about our research, please see the key themes we address, which also reflect our thematic or methodological sub-groups:

Our research is recognised globally for its breadth and depth, and for the diversity of topics we cover. To improve health policies and health systems in multiple settings and worldwide, we:

  • use a system-wide lens but also examine ways to enhance the effectiveness and equity of individual health system components, specific diseases and local programmes locally
  • seek to understand how different health systems’ organisational structures and functions work for users, providers and policy makers, and how these complex interactions explain why policies may succeed or fail
  • utilise political economy approaches to conduct research on, and for, improvement of inclusive, evidence-informed and effective health policy agenda-setting, formulation and implementation
  • engage closely, while also maintaining equitable partnerships with our research collaborators

In designing our studies, we work closely with decision makers, provider and population representatives at international, national and health care delivery levels and with long standing collaborative partners to identify research needs, ensure responsive and impactful health systems research and strengthen research capacity.