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ZUG1108 - Overview and context of a health system

Undergraduate – Unit

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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


This module provides an introduction to health care systems (local and global), including key features and principles as well as the role of policy, politics, ideologies, resources and funding in their design and operation. The module also utilizes relevant current events to generate discussion and debate around policy approaches to specific issues and the politics of health and social care.


  • Describe key features of health and social care systems
  • Identify key principles and processes underpinning the design of health and social care systems resources and funding
  • Compare health systems with regard to structure, performance, and context
  • Work effectively in a group to plan and complete tasks collaboratively
  • Describe the roles of health professionals in the health system
  • Explain the role of key factors influencing the design and operation of health and social care systems (including politics, ideologies, practices)


Within semester/Formative assessment: 60%
Examination/Summative assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.