Analysis of International Policies in Health


After this unit, students should be able to:
Provide students with an insight and understanding into the analysis of (a) contents of global international health policies; (b) global health governance and institutions; (c) how to do health policy analysis.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Simões


Weekly - Se a UC for oferecida como opcional, o horário será disponibilizado no 2º semestre

Total - 40

Teaching language

English and Portuguese


Not applicable


• IMF (2014). Poverty reduction and growth trust. International Monetary Fund, Washington DC.
• Sambo LG, Kirigia JM (2014). Investing in health systems for universal health coverage in Africa. BMC Int Health Hum Rights, 14, 28.
• Wagstaff A, et al. (2006). Millennium development goals for health: what will it take to accelerate progress? In: Jamison DT, et al. (eds) Diseases control priorities in developing countries, 2nd edition, Chapter 9. World Bank, Washington DC.
• Whitehead M (1990). Concepts and principles of equity and health. Copenhagen, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.
• WHO (2000). World health report. World Health Organization, Geneva.
• WHO (2012). Malaria in Africa. World Health Organization, Geneva.
• WHO, et al. (2002). Scaling up the response to infectious diseases. World Health Organization, Geneva.

Teaching method

Lectures; seminars; practical exercises.

Evaluation method

Evaluation will be based on participation to lectures and seminars as well as on the elaboration of written essay.

Subject matter

I. Complexity of the analysis of health policy analysis.
II. Existing frameworks and theories of health policy analysis in low- , middle- and high-income countries.
III. Health as a global issue.
IV. Global health challenges.
V. The Burden of Disease concept – theory and practice.
VI. The emergence of global health interventions.
VII. Global and international health governance and institutions.


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