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KAFP 3400 - Public Policy - Health challenges: from national to european and global perspective

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 36

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This introductory course has a special focus on policy-making and how decision are made in a complex governance history and context. The multidisciplinary approach of this course trains students to implement intergrative problem solving for complexe global and domestic health issues, as well as attain integrative understandings od diseases and conditions that afflict developing and developed countries. An important part of the course will understand the "global health diplomacy" and the paramount importance of the World Health Organization in it. Indeed, WHO has recently gained new monumentum through the negociation during the pas years of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the International Health Regulations. However, the venue of global health diplomacy has shifted to include other spaces of negociation and influence, and the number of organizations dealing with health has increased exponentially. At all level there is a diversification of actors, the most illustrative development being the growth of public-private partnerships and plateforms around a multitude of health issues, all clamoring for attention and funds. It is clear that the profound change underway requires new mecanisms and new skills for global health diplomacy. Other important contributors in the field will be also presented such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The course will feature Richard Horton, the Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. His focus wwill be on the contrast between the overwhelming progress the world is making in health and the growing disparities in health combined with the larger existential threats people are facing form climate change, ecosystem loss, conflict to political dysfunction. The course will consiste of 5 main parts : Introduction and course overview (genral introduction and detailed objectives, understanding date in the world health); Europe as a region of the World (the WHO EURO region, Benchmark of European Healthcare systems, the French Global Health Strategy); French world healt "goldies" (the ECDC, the Institut Pasteur International Network, REACTing); Global Health Policy (Health Policy, current issues and actors, International Health Regulation monitoring framework); general conclusion.


  • BENAMOUZIG, Daniel (Chargé de recherche)
  • GIDOIN, Timothée (Directeur général)
  • HORTON, Richard (Editor in Chief)
  • VALLET, Benoît (Conseiller Maître, Cour des Comptes)

Course validation

Students will be invited to contribute in the following: - to attend and participate in class, and prepare in 4 groups a list of questions to the 4 invited speakers (20%); - based on lessons learned throughout the beginning of the semester, to write a brief note (2 pages max) elaborating the main features of a proposed public health policy (25%); - to finalize a “written policy paper” at the end of the semester (55%), after several proposed subjects by the teacher, in which the students are confronted to real health and development situations and invited to share how they would react and deal with the given health challenges and issues (policy and strategy-wise). Students' initiatives and presentations will be valued.


Individual preparation will consist of: - Specific essential readings (two to three mainly recent short publications and scientific papers) before each session; - Prepare of questions to the lecturers; - Possible student's presentation.

Required reading

  • The Global Burden of Disease, papers the Lancet publishes annualy.
  • Weekly Offline columns in The Lancet, which focus on contemporary issues in global health.
  • Readings in Global Health. Essential reviews from the New England Journal of Medecine, David J. Hunter and Harvey V. Fineberg