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Health Systems and Policy Department 

Health System in Pakistan presents a complex picture of a continuous struggle to improve health status of the people served, amidst poor governance, inefficient management, low budget and unjustified resource allocations. Therefore, health care system has not been able to perform to its maximum capacity, mainly because of an imbalance of human resource, facilities and finances between the urban and rural parts of the country. Yet, indicators have improved gradually but slowly relative to the targets of the millennium development goals.

Ref: Systems thinking. Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research and World Health Organization 2010. Since Health Services Academy has the mandate of teaching/training, research and service in health systems, Health Systems and Policy Department aims to contribute in improving the health systems management by grooming leadership in health care within the country. The department derives its philosophy of work from the building blocks of health systems.

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The department envisages contributing to health systems strengthening in the country by focusing on all the building blocks of the health systems.

Specific objectives (for next 3-5 years):

Capacity Building: Improve the quality, standards and range of educational and training programs in public health with a focus on health systems and policy.

Instituting Research: Explore and establish collaborations local, national and international public health institutions for advocating meaningful health systems and policy research, facilitating evidence based decision making in the country.

Health Systems Development: Establish and support community based sustainable health services delivery models, thus strengthening the primary health care.

Centre of Excellence: Develop the department into a centre of excellence for health systems research, teaching, training and policy advice.

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Health Systems And Policy Department – Roles And Responsibility in HSA

Within the paradigm of Health systems development and strengthening, Evidence based Health Policy and advocacy for credible Health Systems Research, the department will assert its niche through

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Policy Advice
  • Capacity building
  • Service
  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Consultancy

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Graduate Degree Program Short Courses
MS in Public health Health Systems Management
Extended MS in Public health Hospital Administration
PhD Public health Modern Public Health Management
Leadership in Public health

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Courses Taught at Graduate level

  • Health Systems Analysis
  • Health Systems Management
  • Health Policy & Planning
  • District Health Planning
  • Communicable & Non-Communicable Disease Control
  • Hospital Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Management Information  System
  • Advanced Health Systems Research
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking
  • Performance and Quality Management in Hospitals
  • Health Sector reforms
  • Comparative Health Systems and Policy Analysis
  • Strategic planning in health sector of developing countries
  • Applications in Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Applied Nutrition in Public Health
  • International Health

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Recent Assignments

Title Sponsor/collaborator
Hospital Waste Management trainings for Health Care Workers in 10 districts of KPK, Pakistan WHO Pakistan
Leadership and Managerial Decision Making Skills training Institute of Public Health Lahore and WHO
Strengthening Primary Health Care Training Health Services Academy & WHO
Health System for Better Health Outcomes Training Health Services Academy & WHO
Capacity Building for Peoples Primary Health Care Initiative USAID
Leadership & Effective Communication Skills Development UNFPA
Managerial Decision Making skills UNFPA
Health Promotion WHO
Safe drinking water and Sanitation Prime Minister’s Program for Prevention & Control of Hepatitis
Capacity-Building Workshop for Social Organizer of PPHI USAID
Course on Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation WHO
Primary Health Care, Millennium Development Goals & Health Systems Development District Support Managers PPHI
Primary Health Care, Millennium Development Goals & Health Systems Developmen Master Trainers MOs/FMOs PPHI
Occupational Health Health Department personnel-DoH KPK