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Comparative Healthcare

This broad module compares the health systems of a number of countries with the Irish health system. The aim is to provide the tools to critically compare and analyse similarities and differences in the approaches to planning, financing and delivering healthcare. In addition health outcomes are compared across countries and the relationship between outcomes and system types is explored. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Comparative Analysis in healthcare, including health system classification frameworks and the indicators used in drawing comparisons between systems. Students are also guided in navigating the myriad of comparative statistics and healthcare data available on the web. Different models of healthcare financing and resource allocation will also be presented and discussed. Innovations in service delivery in international healthcare systems will be highlighted and their applicability considered in the Irish context.

We believe that, by addressing these particular themes and topics, participants will, at the end of the module, have achieved a substantial grasp of comparative health care issues. By the end of this broad module, participants should:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the major challenges and dilemmas facing the health systems in each of the countries profiled in the course.
  • Develop an understanding of the healthcare systems of the comparative countries, and a deeper understanding of the Irish health system in the international context.
  • Gain new insights into the management of healthcare and innovations in other countries that could be applied in Ireland.

Admission criteria

Applications will be considered from applicants with health service management experience. In addition, applicants should hold a good honors degree in a professional discipline or hold other qualifications deemed appropriate by the course committee.


EUR 1,000 (excluding application fee)

How to apply

Interested applicants please contact the Centre of Health Policy and Management, email:, phone: 01 896 2665 for an application pack.

Date and time

This short course is comprised of six three-hour sessions and usually runs in the Hilary and Trinity terms (18th January to 1st July). All sessions take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Precise dates and times for each session will be provided.