Health Systems Policy and Administration

Head of Department: Dr. Yaakov Rozenfeld

What is health policy?

The health system is one of the largest and most complex systems in any modern country. In Israel, for example, it consumes 8% of the gross national product and employs 12% from the work force. Government offices, health organizations, health clinics and hospitals all manage large work forces and large budgets. These require trained administrators with backgrounds in medicine, health, law, management and economics. Health policy making is a unique and complex process which includes decision making, allocation of resources, risk management ,etc., through interfacing with other disciplines such as economics, law, management, communication, technology and ethics. The department aims to develop a better understanding of the various components of health administration.

Teaching program

The department of health systems policy and administration focuses on the study of decision making processes and policy making in the health systems in Israel and abroad. The students study how different domains (economic, regulatory, legal, public, social, ethical and so on) influence the ability to manage and improve the health system performance. The main courses in the program are the health systems in Israel and abroad, basic economics, health economics, public policy in health, media and health, accountancy, organizational management, economics, managements and social issues. The degree awarded in the Master of Public Health (MPH).

Research

The research projects include the use of quantitative and qualitative tools and include the analysis of case studies.

Faculty members

The faculty members are drawn from a number of disciplines including health management, health economics, accounting, law, communications, organizational studies, etc.