Comparative Contemporary Health Systems

Discipline: Public Health
Instructor: Powers
Credits: 3
Day: null
Start: 12:30
End: 13:45
Field Work: Day 1 | Portugal Download Syllabus

This course offers an opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the health care system in the United States, and to compare it with prevailing systems in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Lectures and classroom sessions will cover the history and current status of the education and delivery systems, and examine the challenges that face providers, patients, and policy makers. Issues related to manpower, financing, access, disparities, and technology will be examined, with discussion of approaches to understanding and addressing significant problems, challenges, and opportunities. In-port forays to visit care providers, hospitals, clinics, and policy makers will be scheduled.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 1

The University of Lisbon was founded more or less in the 1200s as the Studium Generale or Estudo Geral by King Dinis. The University was relocated from Lisbon to Coimbra in 1537. At that time, it was known as the University of Coimbra. In the 1900s, University of Coimbra was shifted to the Lisbon, and finally assumed the name of the Universidade de Lisboa. The Faculty (School) of Medicine of the University of Lisbon was founded in the 19th century, and is affiliated with the 1300 bed Santa Maria Hospital, one of the largest in Portugal. There is also a modern Institute of Molecular Medicine integrated with the Hospital and School of Medicine; these three entities comprise the Lisbon Academic Medical Center. Lisbon Academic Medical Center is a partner of the Harvard Medical School-Portugal program, which aims to: - promote new translational and clinical research through an annual call for collaborative projects in areas related to human disease. - develop post-graduate medical training with Junior and Senior and Career Development Awards in Clinical Research for Portuguese MD trainees. - produce and disseminate medical and health information for the general public, and distribute educational material to medicalstudents and health professionals in Portugal.