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MEDI6075 Health Services Organisation and Evaluation

Module Overview

This module introduces the public health importance of understanding health systems and health services, including their evaluation and quality improvement. It is therefore key to anyone interested in healthcare public health

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Explain the structure of health services in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary care, and lay and formal health care.
  • Distinguish need, demand and supply of health care, and the appropriateness of health care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of need for health care, unmet need and health care needs assessment.
  • Define inputs/structures, process and outcomes and how to assess the effectiveness/ quality of services.
  • Compare different methods of organising and funding health care (including resource allocation).
  • Assess acceptability and satisfaction with services.
  • Evaluate the equity of health care (including user need, inverse care law, accessibility).
  • Identify sources of data on the performance of health care services.
  • Contrast the challenges facing health services in low, middle and high income countries
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret data about the performance of health services.
  • Design an evaluation of health care service delivery
  • Critique health care evaluations
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate epidemiological concepts, data and information


• Sources of routine data on health care. • Understanding key concepts o Primary, secondary, tertiary o Structure, process and outcome o Need, demand, supply o Equity, effectiveness, efficiency, quality. • Methods of evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures, active participatory methods, case studies of health care data and research, e-learning, practical exercises, guided reading, group study and individual study. Delivery through MS Teams or Blackboard collaborate.

Independent Study80
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Gurol-Urganci I, Campbell F, Black N (2017). Understanding Health Services. 

Tsang C, Cromwell D (2017). Health Care Evaluation. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment includes both a formative and a summative element. The former is a multiple choice question examination and the latter an individual written assignment related to health care systems. You must pass the MCQ quiz by achieving a pass mark of 80% or above. If you fail the MCQ quiz you are allowed to take it again until you pass. The pass mark for the written assignment and module is 50%. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity. On passing your referral, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


Multiple choice Test


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation  (1000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation  (1000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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