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This module introduces students to developments in the organisation of the health services across the UK, setting it within the historical, political and social contexts of society. It examines the concepts of `health¿ and `illness¿, the formulation and evaluation of health care policy and its economic dimensions, as well as analysis of inequalities in health, comparative health systems, professionalisation and accountability.
In this module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.